Notes: Crazy night in Cleveland
Tigers immersed in fans' euphoria after Cavs' huge win
CLEVELAND -- Sean Casey was among the later of the Tigers to leave the visiting clubhouse at Jacobs Field on Saturday night, so he decided to walk the handful of blocks to the team hotel. He found himself wandering through what some called the biggest sports night in this city in 40 years.
"Horns honking. High-fives everywhere. It was mayhem," Casey said Sunday morning. "It was unbelievable. There were people on top of their cars. Nothing crazy like anybody being idiots, but it was nuts. Everybody was high-fiving everybody. I just started high-fiving people. When in Rome, do what the Romans do."
Or when in Cleveland, don't let the masses downtown know you're from Detroit.
The two-city, two-sport twin bill Saturday night ended up being a split. Casey and the Tigers left the park as winners, but considering the Cavaliers finished off the Pistons to advance to the NBA Finals, fans around Jacobs Field and Quicken Loans Arena could take the Indians' loss in stride.
Thousands of them took to celebrating downtown once the basketball game ended. By then, most of the Tigers had made their way back to the hotel on the team bus, which had a police escort.
Just because they were safe in their hotel, however, didn't mean the Tigers were home sweet home. The area around the hotel was also part of the celebration.
"Probably the most interesting thing I saw was a ripped-up Rasheed Wallace jersey," Curtis Granderson said. "People were carrying that around. But the excitement, from what I saw, was under control. It didn't look like there was much trouble going on, so that was a good thing."
But with people yelling and horns honking, it was loud. Todd Jones, who managed to get to sleep Friday night after his rough outing, had more trouble sleeping Saturday with the noise.
"It was pretty bad," he said.
It's not a sight many Tigers are using to seeing. Though the Red Wings and Pistons have had their share of titles, the Tigers usually have been on the road when they happened, and Comerica Park isn't close to Joe Louis Arena or the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Injury updates: Both third baseman Brandon Inge and shortstop Carlos Guillen are expected to be ready to return to action on Tuesday.
Inge's injured left big toe was looking significantly better Sunday. He's shooting for a Tuesday return.
"It hurts," Inge said, "but I'm pretty sure I can play through it and be beneficial."
Manager Jim Leyland noted how capably Omar Infante and Neifi Perez have filled in with Inge and Guillen out. Infante went 6-for-22 at the plate, including a double and run scored at the leadoff spot Sunday against Indians left-hander Jeremy Sowers. Perez proved capable of handling shortstop for a series, providing solid defense.
"I just think they went up there and played like pros," Leyland said.
It ends with a 'Z': Zach Miner was hoping he had qualified for his first Major League save when he finished out Saturday's 9-5 win before realizing he would've had to have entered with the potential tying run on deck. Even if he had, it would not have been his first as a professional.
Miner started the 2005 season in the Braves' farm system at Double-A Mississippi after spending Spring Training working out of Atlanta's bullpen. Since he hadn't been stretched out enough yet to make a full start, he was scheduled to piggyback for four innings after Macay McBride. He finished out the game, got the save, and was soon promoted to Triple-A Richmond.
If Miner had received a save Saturday, he would've been the sixth different Tigers pitcher with one this season. Joel Zumaya, Fernando Rodney, Bobby Seay and Aquilino Lopez have one each along with 15 for Todd Jones. Only four Tigers pitchers recorded saves last season -- Jones, Rodney, Zumaya and Roman Colon.
Another win for Trahern: Double-A Erie starter Dallas Trahern became the Eastern League's first eight-game winner Saturday night with eight innings of one-run ball in the SeaWolves' 3-1 win at Binghamton.
Trahern scattered six hits, five of them singles, and struck out six. He recorded 14 ground-ball outs compared to just three in the air. He improved his overall record to 9-1, including a win in a spot start for Triple-A Toledo last month.
Coming up: The Tigers have Monday off, allowing some players to go home and others to return to Detroit briefly before starting a three-game series in Texas on Tuesday night. Nate Robertson (4-5, 4.25), who has lost four of his last five starts, will try to shake out of his slide in the 8:35 p.m. ET start. Vicente Padilla (2-8, 6.45) has also lost four out of five entering his latest start for the Rangers.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.