Octavio Dotel used to be a Yankee. Which isn't surprising because it is literally quicker to name the teams he hasn't played for. Literally! Dotel has been quite good over his career, and it's almost as if his control is improving, but his strikeout prowess is remaining constant. I can't wait to see what World Series team he'll be with next year.
The first batter Dotel faced, though, walked. While a five-run rally still seemed unlikely, putting a runner on for free seemed like a bad idea. And it was unlike Dotel.
Dotel struck out the next two hitters, though, and he retired Eduardo Nunez on a fly out. Crisis averted.
The Yankees countered with human white flag, Derek Lowe. That didn't go as well:
That was the second pitch Lowe threw, and Austin Jackson sent it a long way. The Tigers are up 7-1 now heading into the top of the eighth.