Detroit — Buck Farmer worked another clean inning Sunday, retiring left-handed hitters Andrew Romine ad Kyle Seager in a 1-2-3 seventh inning as the Tigers beat the Mariners, 5-4, on a ninth-inning walk-off.
Farmer now has worked eight consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. In his last 19 appearances, he’s allowed three runs in 18.1 innings.
“He’s starting to feel it,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think he believes in himself a lot right now, confident in all his pitches. And we starting to put him in some bigger situations.
“That’s the way it works.”
Left-handed hitters are 6-for-28 against him, a tribute to his change-up.
“Once you see a guy getting a real good feel for something, you start moving him into more impact situations,” Gardenhire said. “And he’s handled all of them. He’s got the pitches to get both righties and lefties out.
“It’s what we talked about in spring training. He’s actually a guy with a power arm that can do some things. Hope he keeps it going.”
Broken hand for Cano
The sound wasn’t good.
Blaine Hardy’s 2-2 pitch kind of went ‘splat’ on Robinson Cano’s right hand in the third inning and he went down in a heap of pain. X-rays showed the Mariners second baseman fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in the hand and will be out indefinitely.
“I knew right away,” Cano said. “It was the same feeling when I broke my toe in Japan. It is definitely frustrating the way we've been playing, but it could have been worse. This will be tough, because I've never dealt with anything like this.”
He will see a specialist Tuesday.
“They didn't say anything about how long I might be out, but it is broken bad, so there might be surgery,” he said. “All I can do is do whatever it takes to get 100 percent and get back as soon as I can.”
The Mariners have an interesting decision to make. Dee Gordon, a Gold Glove-winning second baseman, moved to center field when he joined the Mariners. He could move back to second.
“Nobody (has mentioned that) at this point, but I understand why you are asking,” Gordon said. “Once we have a better idea of how long Robby is going to be out, we'll discuss our options beyond the next day or two.”
Around the horn
So what’s next for Hardy? Probably back to the bullpen. He allowed two runs over 4.1 innings in his spot start Sunday.
“Being up here, it doesn’t matter what I do,” he said. “Bullpen, start, hit — not saying I can do that, but ... Team-wise, it doesn’t matter what they want from me. I will do it.”
… Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder impingement) will test his arm again off flat ground Monday. He plans to do light tossing from 60-70 feet. He’s not expected to throw off the mound until Wednesday at the earliest. The Tigers will call up another starter to pitch on Wednesday against the Indians. Gardenhire said they’ve decided on the pitcher, they just aren’t ready to announce it.
… James McCann had his hitting streak stopped at 10 games.