Last Night’s Action: Tigers, Verlander Stumble, Lose Series to Indians; Avril Officially a Hold Out


Once again the Tigers couldn’t put together an inning that look like the team we’ve seen for the past two weeks.  Thirteen base runners led to 3 runs for the Tigers and normally that would be enough for Justin Verlander, but, like the rest of the team, he has struggled against the Indians too this year.

Verlander was cruising along in normal Verlander fashion until the 7th inning.  While pitching with a 3-1 lead, he gave up back to back solo home runs to tie the game then 2 more runs to lose the game.

There isn’t much else to say about this all around frustrating game other than the series with the Tribe is over with and so far on the year the team is a whopping 1-8 against them.  You don’t win divisions with records like that against division rivals.

On to Toronto it is where a decimated pitching staff and injuries all over have the team reeling.  Let’s hope that the Tigers can piece things back together again and start playing like the did before visiting the mistake by the lake.

Cliff Avril, probably after he did something good.

In Lions news, this isn’t too big of a story because anyone that followed them knew it was coming but Cliff Avril is officially a hold out now.  He doesn’t have to report to camp until just before week 1, sign his tender and he gets all $8MM or so of it.  He cannot be fined for not coming to camp as he isn’t technically under contract.

Expect Avril to show up sometime before the 1st preseason game and after the grueling two-a-day’s are over with.

Also in Lions news: Ndamukong Suh is being suh’d (see what I did there?) by one of the women that was in the car with him in Portland, OR when he crashed it.  She claims the $1MM lawsuit isn’t about fame then says that high profile athletes need to be held accountable for their actions, which to mean sounds like fame is somewhat involved.

I wouldn’t expect too much to come of this but I feel if she was in a car accident and a guy that made $40K per year was the driver, she wouldn’t be trying to sue anyone for “emotional distress.”



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