For 72 hours, all will be well in the world of the Detroit Tigers.
They followed up Saturday night’s victory over the Twins with a 13-4 rout on Sunday, and will now fly home and enjoy a day off before Tuesday night’s game against Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
The day didn’t start promisingly, as Miguel Cabrera needed a day off to rest his sore ankle, but his offensive partners let him enjoy a quiet afternoon. Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter combined for five hits and eight RBIs, while Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler scored five times.
"You’d never predict that we’d score that many runs without Miggy in the lineup, but that’s good," Brad Ausmus said after the game. "It was great to have those guys pick him up, because now he gets today and tomorrow off, so he’ll have two full days before we play the Yankees."
The win gave Detroit a split of the four-game series, even after giving up 32 runs in the first two games, and a 4-3 road trip.
"It takes patience, man," Hunter told FOX Sports Detroit’s John Keating. "They put a whupping on us in the first two games, but we bounced back and did what we needed to do. We’re starting to come around.
"Winning the road trip is great. We got two out of three in Tampa and we split here. That’s what you have to do."
Detroit’s offense responded so well to the early blowouts that, coming off a 1-0 loss in Tampa, the Tigers tied a franchise record with 60 hits in the four games at Target Field.
"We end up going 4-3, which isn’t awful, and we had a nice recovery in the last two games here," Ausmus said. "The good thing is that the bats really picked up the pace here, and hopefully, we can use keep that going against New York."
Detroit’s record on the trip looks even better considering the two blowout losses came in games where rookie starters Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer couldn’t get out of the second inning.
"We knew we had those young guys pitching, and that was a tough situation for them," Ausmus said. "But we got through those two games, and we were able to pull things together for these last two."
The Tigers have another tough week ahead, including another doubleheader Saturday in Chicago, so they intend to enjoy Monday.
"This day off is coming at a perfect time for us," Ausmus said. "We’ve got some guys with really heavy legs after playing the doubleheader yesterday and more than four hours today."