Tigers close to within two of White Sox
June 26, 2012 18:30:30 UK
The Detroit Tigers scored five in the first on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
Miguel Cabrera helped Detriot to victory against Texas.
Miguel Cabrera's two-run double was the big blow of the inning as Detroit won their second in a row to close the gap on both the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians in the American League Central Division.
Rick Porcello (5-5) went 6+ to pick up the victory allowing a single run on six hits and three walks while striking out seven and rookie Drew Smyly will get the call on Tuesday in Game 2 before Doug Fister faces Roy Oswalt in the finale.
Texas Rangers are 301.00 to win the World Series, with the Tigers 1.55 and the White Sox 301.00.
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The White Sox remain in first place despite losing 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins.
Francisco Liriano (2-7) conceded just four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out five to defeat Jake Peavy (6-4) who left after six innings having surrendered three runs on 10 hits.
A half game back are the Cleveland Indians who were routed 7-1 by the New York Yankees in the opener of their series at Yankee Stadium.
Josh Tomlin (3-5) was gone after three innings having allowed six runs on six hits, including three home runs, and a couple of walks.
Meanwhile at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City the Royals blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 8-0. Luke Hochevar (5-7) tossed a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out eight, as KC bounced back from being swept over the weekend by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bruce Chen goes in search of his seventh win of the year against Chris Archer of the Rays in Game 2 on Tuesday.
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