Doug Fister in Game 3 of the ALCS

MLB Championships: Tigers Roar in Game 3!

Comerica Park was packed to the rafters and the Tigers’ faithful were rewarded with a victory. The ALCS now stands at Rangers up 2-1.

Doug Fister, the ex-Mariner, pitched a gem, quieting the vaunted Ranger bats for a 5-2 win.  The Rangers’ Colby Lewis pitched decently, though he started getting the ball up in the 5th inning.  Only Yorvit Torrealba, the Rangers’ catcher on this night, seemed to see the ball well coming out of Fister’s hand.

Doug Fister in Game 3 of the ALCS

The game seemed in doubt, though Texas started early with a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  The Tigers looked determined tonight with Magglio Ordonez out for the series and Delmon Young unable to play with an oblique injury.  On top of that, the superb designated hitter, switch-hitting Victor Martinez, did some possible damage to an oblique muscle as he was hitting a home run off Colby Lewis.  Miguel Cabrera, the American league batting champion, added a long home run to deep left field, one of three round-trippers smashed by the Tigers.

On Wednesday, it will be the Tigers’ Rick Porcello hosting the Rangers’ fine left-hander Matt Harrison.  Many are picking the Tigers at home, but Harrison and the Rangers could win this game.  The Rangers’ bats may show up in this game 4, and Harrison will be facing more left-handed batters than usual (due to Tiger injuries).  Whatever the outcome, this game is expected to be a close contest.

Remember, on Wednesday the Rangers and Tigers play at 4pm ET; the Brewers and Cardinals play at 8pm ET.

Here’s to exciting MLB championship baseball!