09/11/07 8:30 PM ET
Notes: Tigers near four 100-run scorers
Granderson, Ordonez, Sheffield and Polanco on the verge
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
With 113 runs scored by Curtis Granderson and 107 more by Magglio Ordonez, the Tigers have two players over 100 in the same season for the first time since 1997, when Brian Hunter and Tony Clark did it. They'll likely double that total within the coming days. Gary Sheffield's run on Tuesday night brought him within a run of 100. Placido Polanco was close behind at 96.
Assuming they both hit the century mark, the Tigers will have four 100-run players in the same season for the first time since 1950. George Kell led that team by scoring 114 runs, followed by Johnny Lipon and Jerry Priddy with 104 each, then Hoot Evers at 100 even. No Tigers team has had as many as three 100-run scorers since 1961, when Rocky Colavito, Al Kaline and Norm Cash did it.
As a team, the Tigers entered Tuesday second in the Majors with 803 runs, well behind the Yankees at 844 but nearly 40 runs up on the rest of the American League. The Yankees were one of the last Major League teams with four 100-run scorers, having done it in 2005 along with the Red Sox. Sheffield, ironically, was one of those 100-run Yankees two years ago.
Speaking of Sheffield: He broke out of his 0-for-25 slump on Tuesday night with a first-inning single to give Granderson his 113th run of the year. It was his first base hit since his three-hit game on Aug. 18 at Yankee Stadium.
Sheffield didn't want to go into detail about how much his shoulder was still affecting his swing, not when he sees teammates playing through injuries. Manager Jim Leyland, however, admitted it's still bothering him.
"I think his shoulder's not 100 percent and he's rusty," Leyland said. "He's rusty and he's sore, but he's playing for the team. He knows his presence in the lineup helps."
Tigers remember 9-11: The Tigers held a moment of silence prior to both games of their day-night doubleheader in remembrance of the sixth anniversary of the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001. They also took a moment to give applause to men and women serving their communities and country in police, fire and the armed forces.
Both the Rangers and Tigers wore American flag patches on the side of their caps for the games.
Still pondering rotation: Leyland said on Tuesday morning he's still weighing his options for what to do with his rotation for the upcoming week with Jeremy Bonderman unavailable. He could move up his starters and save his open spot for next week's series at Cleveland, or he could keep everybody on turn and use a fifth starter over the weekend at Minnesota.
Coming up: The Tigers and Rangers finish up their three-game, two-day series with a 7:05 p.m. ET game on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Justin Verlander (16-5, 3.56) will try to match his win total from last season when he takes the mound opposite Edinson Volquez (2-0, 2.45).
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.