“I think the defense has been tremendous,” Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said Sunday. “Honestly, I think it’s been a huge plus for us.”
“He’s a three, four hitter on any other team in the big leagues,” Victor Martinez said. “Makes you feel pretty good about your offense.”
Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Shane Greene pitched seven impressive innings …
Jon Lester fielded the ball — and it seemed like the toss to first base would be the first out of a double play.
“I don’t know what’s going on today,” Sanchez said, “but for sure everything’s going to change soon.”
Anibal Sanchez (1-2) gave up nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit, which lost for the second time in 11 games this season.
Castellanos went for second and Garcia made a one-hop throw. Replays appeared to show Ramirez tagging him on the toe.
David Price dazzled again Friday, allowing only one earned run over eight innings as the Tigers notched a win over the White Sox.
Coming into this season, the Tigers had started 9-1 just twice since World War I: in 1968 and 1984, the years of Detroit’s last two World Series titles.
Comerica Bank visited five high schools this week and surprised the baseball and softball teams with $5,000 grants.