Tigers keep tabs on Indians-White Sox series

Tigers keep tabs on Indians-White Sox series

Tigers keep tabs on Indians-White Sox series
DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland holds White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn in the highest regard. He's frequently called Dunn the "best power hitter in baseball" throughout the season. But he wasn't a big fan of Dunn on Monday night, nor of Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano.

Having just finished defeating the Royals, 6-2, and moving a half-game back of Chicago for first place in the American League Central standings, Leyland watched in the Indians-White Sox game in his office.

At the time, it was the eighth inning and Pestano, who hasn't allowed a run to the Tigers in 12 innings, was on the mound. With runners at the corners, Dunn stepped up having homered earlier in the night. On an 0-2 count, a one-run White Sox deficit turned into a two-run lead as Dunn hit his 41st bomb of the year.

As a result, the Tigers dropped once again to a full game back.

"I'm ashamed of myself of what I called Vinnie Pestano," said Leyland with a smile. "I was sitting here very comfortable, got 0-2 on him and within five seconds I was in the shower. He had him 0-2, and he didn't try to, but it wasn't pretty."

It was a sudden change of events that the Detroit players had trouble comprehending, too.

"It's unbelievable how Pestano is one of the best pitchers for the Indians and how he gave a home run to Dunn in the eighth inning," Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta said. "That's amazing."

However, while the team was taking batting practice prior to facing the Royals on Tuesday, the Indians' reliever pitched a scoreless eighth inning. The media had cleared out before Cleveland won, 4-3, and put the Tigers in position to pull into a tie atop the division, but it's safe to assume the words for Pestano were a bit kinder.