The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP backed up his credentials in the biggest moment of the season Thursday night, throwing a four-hitter in the decisive Game 5 to get the Tigers back to the AL championship series for a second straight year with a 6-0 victory over the overachieving Oakland Athletics.
Seth Smith hit a game-tying, two-run double off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp capped Oakland’s rally with a two-out RBI single, and the A’s staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 Wednesday night.
Prince Fielder halted his home run trot when Coco Crisp snagged his fly at the top of the center-field wall in the second.
The Phillies settled for a 3-3 tie with the Baltimore Orioles and lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in split-squad spring training games on Sunday.
The Phillies settled for a 4-4, 10-inning tie with the the Detroit Tigers in Clearwater, and lost to the New York Yankees 3-0 in Tampa in split-squad games on Sunday.
Roy Halladay gave up two homers to non-roster invitee Eric Patterson and allowed three runs overall in three innings but the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 Friday.
Thome hit his 600th home run Monday night, becoming only the eighth player in major league history to do so.
Cliff Lee gave up two runs and struggled with his control in his spring training debut Tuesday, but didn’t sound too worried about it following the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-2 loss to a Detroit Tigers split squad.