The day did not start out too well for the KC Royals, as veteran infielder Miguel Tejada was suspended 105 games for a second and third positive test for amphetamines. For his second positive test (he tested positive the first time earlier in his career), he received 25 games and then another 80 for the third test.
Many believe that he will never serve the suspension because there is talk that he will retire. If he chooses to stick it out, he started serving his suspension immediately and it will carry over to the first 64 games of the 2014 season. It is the third longest drug suspension in the history of baseball.
In a statement, Tejada admitted taking a banned substance, but that he medically needed to take it:
“I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans,” Tejada said in the statement. “I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so.”
All of his teammates had nothing but good things to say about him prior to their game in Detroit. Each one expressed how good of a teammate he was.
However, the game did not go well, as another Miguel ruined the Royals chance at victory. Miguel Cabrera hit a walk off home run for the Tigers 6-5 win. The Royals had just tied the game in the eighth.
The two teams combined for 26 hits, as it was all about the offenses.
Wade Davis started, but lasted just 3.2 innings and threw 93 pitches. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out just one. He left with a man on base in the fourth, but lefty Will Smith left him stranded. Smith‘s lone blemish was a Prince Fielder solo home run in the seventh. It could have been worse for Smith, but Kelvin Herrera escaped a two on, one out jam in the 7th inning.
Aaron Crow started the 9th inning and threw five pitches to Miggy, who took the fifth pitch out of the park for the celebratory victory. Twitter was abuzz about walking him. A leadoff walk is better than a walk off HR.
The middle of the Tigers order did most of the damage. Miggy, Prince, and Victor Martinez went a combined 6-for-13 with three runs scored and five RBIs.
On the other hand, the middle of the Royals order drove in three runs on four hits. Every Royals hitter had at least one hit, with the last five batters collecting two hits.
Mike Moustakas was back in the starting lineup and went 2-for-3. From what I hear, he looked good on the bases and in the field. He was pinch-hit for in the seventh.
The series concludes on Sunday with a great pitching matchup: Bruce Chen versus Max Scherzer. The Royals are now back to 7.5 games back of first place in the American League Central. They are also 5.5 games back of the wild card.