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C.J. Cron swatted a pair of home runs -- including a two-run walk-off shot -- in Tuesday's 11-9 win over the Tigers.

Cron finished the game 2-for-4 with five RBI. He got his evening off to a nice enough start, hitting a two-run home run against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in the first inning. A sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for his third RBI of the evening. And then, silence until the ninth, when the 26-year-old first baseman demolished a Mark Lowe offering for a no-doubter of a game-winner. Cron hasn't put together too many performances like this in 2016 and is slashing just .250/.307/.394 with five homers and 24 RBI over 160 at-bats.
Jun 1 - 1:59 AM

Ian Kinsler launched a grand slam in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Angels.

The Tigers trailed 9-2 after four innings, but fought back valiantly. Kinsler did his part when he stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases juiced in the seventh, pounding a Cam Bedrosian offering down the left field line and keeping it fair for the grand slam. That drew the Motor City Kitties to within 9-8. Victor Martinez would tie the game with a solo home run in the eighth, but alas for the Tiger faithful, the Angels would win on a walk-off home run by C.J. Cron an inning later. For the season, Kinsler is slashing a sterling .315/.364/.537 with 11 homers and 28 RBI across 203 at-bats. The veteran second baseman has finished the season with a batting average north of .300 just once in his career. He notched a .319 average in 2008.
Jun 1 - 1:51 AM

Hector Santiago ranged all over the map in taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 11-9 win over the Tigers, striking out nine while allowing six runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Strange, strange start. The nine strikeouts represented Santiago's second-best effort through 11 outings. The six runs tied the most he has allowed in a start this season. Five of those six runs came on the strength of home runs surrendered to Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. The three homers allowed also tied a season-high for Santiago. He will look to move past this weirdness when he takes his 4.96 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 52/23 K/BB ratio (61 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Yankees next time out.
Jun 1 - 1:38 AM

Anibal Sanchez proved ineffective in earning a no-decision against the Angels on Tuesday, surrendering six runs on eight hits over three innings.

Yikes. Sanchez coughed up a two-run home run to C.J. Cron in the bottom of the first to set the tone, then proceeded to top himself by allowing a three-run homer to Mike Trout in the second. One more solo home run in the third -- this one courtesy of Jefry Marte -- would cap off the evening's unpleasantness. With at least four runs allowed in five of his last six starts, the veteran right-hander makes for an unappealing fantasy option even in deeper AL-only formats. He will try to jump-start his season in a home date with the White Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 1 - 1:36 AM

Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Valencia swatted a two-run home run off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the third inning and came through again with an RBI double in the fifth. The 31-year-old third baseman has been racking up the hits of late -- he has nine of them in his last 14 at-bats. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing a simply stupendous .333/.370/.555 with eight homers and 19 RBI in 35 games.
Jun 1 - 1:35 AM
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