Still feeling optimistic?
Nick Blackburn's evil twin, Black Nickburn, resurfaced on Friday night, getting shelled for six earned runs in three innings pitched as the light-hitting Athletics blasted the Twins, 12-5. Doogie Wolfson notes via the Twitter machine that Nickburn is 1-7 with a 7.85 ERA in his last 11 starts, surrendering 85 hits, of which 29 went for extra bases and 13 were home runs.
I did manage to find three things to be positive about:
1. The Tigers lost! The Tigers lost! Sabermetrics has conclusively proven that you do not lose ground to a team if you both lose on the same day. It's science, people. Look it up.
2. Denard Span hit a leadoff home run for the Twins, his second HR in as many games.
3. Francisco Liriano returned and didn't suck. 2 shutout innings, 35 pitches, 23 strikes, 4 strikeouts.
Early start on Saturday, friends. Enjoy your weekend.