Alex Gonzalez's single lifts Tigers over Royals on Opening Day
On Monday, March 31, the Detroit Tigers gave 45,068 fans, the second-largest crowd in Comerica Park's history, an Opening Day to remember. Alex Gonzalez helped rookie manager Brad Ausmus begin the season with a win, lining an RBI single off Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Cabrera's three-run home run helps Tiger rally to 4-1 victory
On Tuesday, May 13, the Detroit Tigers found themselves trailing the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run, followed by Victor Martinez's solo blast, to help the Tigers rally to a 4-1 victory.
Davis uses legs, smarts to help Tigers nip A's
On Tuesday, May 27, Rajai Davis stepped in as a pinch runner for J.D. Martinez with the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's locked in a 5-5 tie. Davis stole second base on a passed ball by catcher Derek Norris, and waited for Norris to throw the ball back to pitcher Fernando Abad before sprinting to third. Davis scored the go-ahead run when the A's couldn't complete a double play on a grounder by Austin Jackson, helping the Tigers to a 6-5 victory.
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Davis smacks walk-off grand slam for Tigers
On Monday, June 30, Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland A's, the same day the Detroit Tigers honored the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World Series team. Davis joined Alan Trammell in the record books, becoming just the second Tigers player since World War II to hit the biggest-possible homer -- a game-ending grand slam while trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Porcello tosses second straight complete-game shutout
On Tuesday, July 1, Rick Porcello threw his second straight complete-game shutout, holding down the Oakland Athletics 3-0. He became the first Tigers pitcher with back-to-back, complete-game shutouts since Jack Morris had three straight from July 9-18, 1986, almost a year and a half before Porcello was born. He is 12-5 with a 3.39 ERA heading into the All-Star break.