Greetings from Comerica Park in Detroit ... home of Motown and Eminem. And since I can't really play any Eminem on here for obvious reasons, I will go with one of my favorite songs
It's July 2, so let's all wish a very happy birthday to Jose and Ozzie Canseco, who were born in 1964.
Look, Jose Canseco is a moron. We've all established that. But he's a talented moron that actually admitted to being on PEDs and he was proven to be right on most of his allegations.
You know who was also born on this day in 1957 ...
And from nationalpastime.com ... on July 2, 1963
In one of baseball's most memorable pitching duels, Giants' Juan Marichal and Braves' Warren Spahn both hurl 15 scoreless innings before Willie Mays ends the marathon with a homer off Spahn in the bottom of the 16th giving San Francisco a 1- 0 win.
Max Scherzer looks sharp rolling through the order 1-2-3
Doug Fister looks equally as sharp.
The Mariners get on the board as Franklin Gutierrez, who was questionable before the game, crushed a 3-1 Scherzer fastball to left-center for his eighth homer of the season to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
That lead does not last long as things fall apart for Fister in the second. He gives up a single to Boesch and then later gives up an infield single to Brandon Inge that traveled about eight feet. A walk to Al Avila loaded the bases for light-hitting Don Kelly, who was in the game because Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch. Kelly came through with a ground rule double to left-center to score two runs. And then Austin Jackson followed with a single up the middle to score another two runs. Tigers lead 4-1.
Rob Johnson draws a leadoff walk from Scherzer but nothing comes of it.
Fister seems to have settled down a little and gets a 1-2-3 inning
The M's get a lead-off single from Branyan, and yet it matters little.
Fister gives up a two-out walk, but gets out of the inning unscathed.
The M's look overwhelmed against Scherzer right now.
Fister again finds trouble with two outs. He walks Johnny Damon and then has a Magglio Ordonez ground ball goes off his foot for an infield single. Boesch steps up and delivers a soft single to right to score a run. Making it 5-1. That's all for Fister, who pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Since coming off the DL, Fister has had back to back starts where he failed to go five innings.
Chone Figgins with a two-out single, but that's about it.
Chad Cordero has looked ok in relief. He gave up a single to start the inning, but a strike him out, throw him out double play and another strikeout get him out of the inning.
Scherzer gets through the seventh with the help of a double play from Gutierrez.
The M's bring in Sean White, who gets a ground out from Austin Jackson. He then complained about the pitching mound and had the grounds crew come up and work on it. From there, he gave up a single to Ramon Santiago and a two-run homer to Johnny Damon and struck out Ordonez. Then was yanked from the game. Tigers lead 7-1.
Scherzer needs just nine pitches to get through the eighth for the longest out of his career.
Chone Figgins gets doubled off first on a fly ball to deep left-center with a runner in front of him with the Mariners down six, yep that about sums it up.