TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
MLB

Valverde returns to Tigers with save in win over Royals

{eot}
The Canadian Press
4/24/2013 10:50:21 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

DETROIT -- For the Detroit Tigers, it felt like 2011 again.

Two of the key components of that year's AL Central division champs reunited Wednesday night to help the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs and Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save.

Martinez missed all of last season with a knee injury, and entered the game hitting .182. On a 39-degree night, he was robbed of extra bases by Eric Hosmer in his first at-bat, but he had an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fourth.

"I felt good out there... and I got some balls to fall in," he said. "It wasn't fun out there in this weather, not at all, but the important thing was getting some hits and winning a game."

Valverde, called up earlier in the day, returned to the Tigers with a perfect ninth inning. Valverde lost the closing role during last season's post-season and wasn't offered a contract, but signed a minor-league deal earlier this month and returned to Detroit after a short minor-league stint.

"This wasn't a first day -- I've been here for four years," he said. "I just missed a couple weeks of weather like this."

Valverde threw 18 pitches, all fastballs.

"I'd like to see one of you throw a splitter on a day like this," he joked. "Tomorrow, maybe I'll throw a split or two, but today I had my cutter and my sinker."

Max Scherzer (2-0) earned the win, allowing five runs in five innings, while Wade Davis (2-1) took the loss, giving up seven runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. Davis allowed eight hits and four walks while only getting 11 outs.

"Pitchers need to be able to feel the ball with their fingertips -- that's how they are able to manipulate it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "When it is this cold, you can't do that. I'm sure that was a big part of Wade's problem, but it didn't help Scherzer, either. Everyone has the same problems on a day like this."

The Tigers took the lead on Omar Infante's RBI single in the second, but Kansas City responded with four runs in the third. Salvador Perez and Chris Getz started the inning with singles, and Alex Gordon tied the game with a double. Alcides Escobar and Billy Butler made it 3-1 with RBI singles, giving the Royals five straight hits, and Hosmer drove in the fourth run with a long sacrifice fly.

The Tigers added two more in their half of the third on a Martinez RBI double and Jhonny Peralta's run-scoring single. Martinez tried to score from second on Peralta's double, and was beaten so badly by Jeff Francoeur's throw from right that he veered off for the dugout and was called out for leaving the basepath.

"I saw the catcher get the ball, and I was halfway to the plate," he said. "There was no reason to do anything stupid -- I want to keep playing baseball."

Detroit took control in the fourth when Infante scored on a Moustakas error and Miguel Cabrera followed with a tie-breaking sacrifice fly. Martinez added an RBI single, chasing Davis, but Luis Mendoza walked the next two batters to force in a seventh run.

The Royals loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth, but only scored once, and couldn't get anything after putting two runners on in the seventh.

"That fifth inning really hurt us," Yost said. "We did some nice things to get the bases loaded, and then we only got one run out of it. We had a couple chances after that, and never did anything, so we only ended up with the one big inning."

NOTES: The game started on time, despite rain and snow showers throughout the day. Neither team took batting practice, but the skies cleared as the evening went on. The last few innings were played under a full moon with the temperature dropping through the 30s. ... The Tigers officially purchased Valverde's contract before the game, and designated Duane Below for assignment. ... The Royals came into Wednesday having only played on two of the previous six days, thanks to the police situation Friday in Boston and Tuesday's rainout in Detroit.

Jose Valverde (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story



Canadians in MLB

Canadians in the Majors

Take a look at the early-season results from all of Canada's Major League representatives. More...

The Boys of Summer

MLB Preview 2014

It's time for another season of Major League Baseball. Get primed for 2014 with previews for all 30 teams including Scott MacArthur's look at what to expect from the Toronto Blue Jays.


American League: East | Central | West
National League: East | Central | West
Toronto Blue Jays

Free Agency: American League | National League

Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: April 18 - Scott MacArthur

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur discussed the embarrassing loss that the Blue Jays experienced against the Twins.

TSN 690 - Melnick in the Afternoon - Orlando Cabrera - April 10th

Mitch, Rod and Gallo welcome former Montreal Expo shortstop and 2004 World Series Champion Orlando Cabrera to the show.

TSN: Blue Jays Report with Scott MacArthur: April 9 - Opening Edition

In the Opening Edition of the Podcast, Scott MacArthur, Richard Griffin (Toronto Star) and Gregor Chisholm (MLB.com) discuss Toronto Blue Jays.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television