Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:16 pm
The incredible streak roars on.
No, it maybe isn't record-setting in major-league annals. But when Detroit won its 12th consecutive game Wednesday, a 6-5 come-from-behind job over the White Sox, it reached way back into history: No Tigers team has won that many in a row since ... gulp ... 1934.
The Tigers right now can do no wrong. They hit. They've got starting pitching. They've got a lockdown bullpen. Jose Valverde converted his 44th consecutive save opportunity, a club record for a single season.
And before that, when it all looked hopeless, Ryan Raburn drilled a solo homer in the 9th inning to pull the Tigers to within 5-3. Then All-Star Alex Avila crushed the first pinch-hit homer run of his career, a game-tying, two-run homer.
What once was a tight AL Central race now is a shambles. The only question left is when the Tigers will clinch, and that looks almost certain to be this weekend in Oakland. Their magic number over the White Sox now is one game. It's three over Cleveland.
And as of now, winners of 12 in a row, Detroit has another magic number: 1934. It's incredible to think that no Tigers team has won that many in a row since the Mickey Cochrane days. But these Tigers right now are just that, incredible.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:42 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Before we get too much deeper into spring, I need to correct something.
When I was with the Tigers in Lakeland last week writing this column on Miguel Cabrera, I joined a clubhouse interview with young catcher Alex Avila in mid-stream. Avila, who, along with Magglio Ordonez, spent much of the winter working out with Cabrera in Fort Lauderdale, was discussing those workouts with a small group of four or five reporters. But I misunderstood the context of the conversation when I first walked up and was under the impression that Avila was discussing Cabrera.
As such, I quoted Avila saying, "He's an animal. He was always a couple of minutes late [to the gym]. We were like, 'Where have you been?' And he was like, 'Oh, I've been riding my bike 15 miles.' And this was BEFORE the three of us would work out really hard."
Problem was, the quote is accurate, but the subject is not. As an alert reader pointed out when she noticed a discrepancy between my column and that of Jason Beck, the fine Tigers beat man for MLB.com, Avila at that point was discussing Ordonez, not Cabrera. I've since double-checked this, and it's true. I stand corrected.
A moment later, the interview with Avila shifted to Cabrera -- whom Avila, Ordonez and manager Jim Leyland all agreed worked out really hard this winter and is in terrific shape. It just wasn't him who already had been on a 15-mile bike ride before joining his two teammates at the gym.