Five Things for May 28th: Rajai Davis’ Heads-Up Steal Keys Tigers’ Win Over A’s
1. The transformation of the Tigers' roster from a lumbering 'station-to-station' team to one that makes things happen on the basepaths has been well documented. It showed again last night, when Rajai Davis made a very unique steal in a critical situation:
Austin Jackson would ground out to shortstop on the next play, bringing Davis home to score and giving the team a 6-5 lead. Joe Nathan shut down the 9th inning with the help of some excellent defense by Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers got off the losing side of things with a 6-5 win.
Detroit hit two home runs in the game, one from Cabrera and one from Torii Hunter. Max Scherzer did not pitch very well once again, going six innings and giving up five runs. Anibal Sanchez will be in charge of trying to turn things around for the pitching staff, as he takes the ball against Scott Kazmir tonight.
2. The NBA's western conference finals are much more intriguing than they were four days ago. At that point, the Thunder were reeling. Now, they have won two straight games in convincing fashion. The return of Serge Ibaka has obviously been a major boost, but it was Russell Westbrook who stole the show last night. He has 40 points and 10 assists in a 105-92 win. This series is all tied up a 2 heading back to San Antonio.
3. The NHL offered up a wild game last night. The Canadiens jumped on top of the Rangers 4-1, and New York coach Alain Vigneault pulled Henrik Lundqvist (aka. the best goalie in the world). The Rangers then bounced back with three goals in under five minutes to tie the game. However, Montreal was able to regain control and close out a 7-4 win.
This game had some nastiness at the end, and the most dangerous play was John Moore's late hit on Dale Weise. Moore, a depth defensemen for the Rangers, could face a suspension from the league.
4. A major blow for the Dallas Cowboys as middle linebacker Sean Lee may be injured for an extended period of time. It appears that Lee may have torn his left ACL in non-contact drills at OTA's yesterday. Lee is the leader of that defense, and one of the best linebackers in the entire league.
5. The United States Men's Soccer team won a World Cup warmup against Azberbaijan 2-0 last night.