With a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees the Detroit Tigers kept their hot start going and right now look as good if not better than everyone else around Major League Baseball.
Despite being a fantastic group of hitters, the Tigers owe this victory to Alfredo Simon, allowing 7 hits in 7.1 innings but just one run and striking out seven batters before Joba Chamberlain came out for a strong relief 2/3 of an inning and followed by an impressive closing session from Joakim Soria.
The Yankees actually held the lead from the second inning to the 7th after a Mark Teixeira home run, but RBI singles from J.D. Martinez and Yoenn Cespedes improved the Tigers record to 11-2.
More around the Majors
The Chicago Cubs improved to 7-5 following a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kris Bryant looked every bit the promising prospect with three RBIs (hitting .429 since getting called up).
The Boston Red Sox regained the lead in the AL East with a 7-1 demolition of the Baltimore Orioles, with big errors by Wie Yin Chen and Manny Machado (hitting just .156 so far this season) doing most of the damage.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 10-3 with a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Not busy fighting (like they were against the A’s) their quality shone through with another fantastic pitching performance for Edinson Volquez.
The San Diego Padres shattered bats and some records with a 14-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, including 17 hits. Matt Kemp finished hitting 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs as Jorge de la Rosa didn’t make it out of the third inning.
The Houston Astros, believe it or not, are one game above .500 following a 7-5 win over the disappointing Seattle Mariners. Luis Valbuena hit a couple of home runs, improving his season tally to five.