Tonight’s loss makes the fourth in a row for Detroit, and they have dropped nine of their last fifteen games. It is the fourth time they have been shut out this season.
Rick Porcello was tagged with the loss, and his record falls to 4-5.
After the game, the Tigers announced that Dontrelle Willis had been designated for assignment. Willis had tried to overcome a number of personal issues, and this spring it seemed as though he had righted his ship. He was given the opportunity to be a part of the rotation at the start of the season. But uncertainty remained every time he was on the mound.
The move will make room for the return of pitcher Max Scherzer (1-4, 7.29), who will start in tomorrow’s game.
Oakland will counter with Dallas Braden (4-4, 3.23). Braden pitched a perfect game on Mother’s Day.
- Trying to change his luck, Gerald Laird is now sporting the number 12 on his jersey. Previously, he wore the number 8 on his back. Unfortunately in his first at-bat, he was robbed of a home run by Athletics left fielder, Gabe Gross.
- Rookie Brennan Boesch had the night off. He was replaced in the lineup by Ryan Raburn.