Kansas City Royals
Stakes could not be much higher in a regular season game.
Stafford emerged from the game with a 125.3 passer rating, but statistics tell only part of the story.
The Tigers six-run third featured Victor Martinez’s infield RBI single, run-scoring doubles by Don Kelly and Alex Avila, a two-run double by Castellanos and Hunter’s run-scoring single.
The San Francisco Giants were ahead by six runs, and manager Bruce Bochy was still antsy.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stated the obvious when he called the series the biggest of the season to date.
Kansas City players tipped their caps to Derek Jeter when the retiring New York Yankees captain walked up to the plate in the first inning.
The last time Jason Vargas pitched against the Texas Rangers, it seemed like every runner that reached scoring position somehow managed to cross home plate.
39-year-old Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan has seen his share of pennant races, and for him, Sept. 1 marks the start of scoreboard watching.
The record 60th player that the Texas Rangers have used this season did his job superbly.
The Royals made a flurry of roster moves Monday as they begin a September march toward the playoffs, activating first baseman Eric Hosmer from the disabled list and promoting first-round draft pick Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.