In a rare day game the Detroit Tigers dropped a tough game to the Los Angeles Angels 12 -7 on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. On a dark overcast and very warm day in downtown Detroit the Tigers were playing catch all afternoon long. The Tigers fell behind Angeles 7-3 early in the game when starter Brad Penny was struggling. In fact Brad and catcher Victor Martinez had a heated exchange in the third inning. Pitching coach Jeff Jones had to come out and settle things down between them. Manager Jim Leyland then was ejected for the third time this season when he disputed a call by the home plate umpire.
The Tigers still remain in first place in the Central Division a game and one half in front of the Cleveland Indians who were idle. Andrew Jackson lead the Tigers with three hits and Johnny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera each chipped in two hits. Starter Brad Penny just didn't have his stuff today and dropped to 7-8 on the season. The Tigers continue on this home stand with 3 more games against the Western Division leaders Los Angeles Angels. They then will open a string of games against their Central Division rivals.
The Tigers will have a key game vs the Angels on Sunday July 31st when Justin Verlander will take on Jered Weaver both with 14 wins each. This is the year that manager Jim Leyland will have to win the Division and make a long run in the playoffs to retain his job beyond this season. However I'm starting to feel that the 67 year old skipper is losing touch with his players and is beyond his time. But if the Tigers reach the playoffs and do well I can see the Tigers keeping him for several more years.