Great game -- after the first inning. The home plate umpire was taking a lot of heat from both benches for a questionable strike zone that seemed to really rattle the Dodgers starter. Mattingly got tossed later in the game. I think he was pissed after an early call that allowed Hunter a double after a poor tag following a great throw from Puig. Puig is like Dave Parker or Roberto Clemente out there with his arm. The reverse call (which was clearly the right call) on Hunter's double was crucial because it allowed the Tigers to continue with a big inning where they collected eight hits. A few observations: Despite Verlander turning it around, he did not seem ready to pitch when he walked out there. This is from the Detroit Free Press story: Is how Verlander pitched after the first inning how he wants to pitch with those new mechanics? “Closer,” he said. How will he know when he’s there? “When I start not having to work at it,” he said. “When it comes easy.” Miggy had a triple, which is about as rare an occurrence as a lunar eclipse. What to do with Austin Jackson? He's not a leadoff hitter. He belongs at the bottom of the lineup.