Tigers 1, Red Sox 0 April 22, 1999
Visits by the Red Sox to Tiger Stadium used to feature four hours of bash ball, not 1-0 games wrapped up in less than two hours. Times have changed. On average this season Detroit (2:44) and Boston (2:49) ranked third and fifth at week's end for fastest games in the majors, largely because they had two of the worst offenses in either league and their staffs were among the stingiest.
Last Thursday three pitchers needed just 200 deliveries combined to shut down both lineups and complete the American League's quickest game since the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 2-1 in 1:45 last Sept. 27. Compare the tidiness of Boston- Detroit with the Devil Rays' ugly 1-0 win over the Orioles on the same day: Tampa Bay and Baltimore needed 79 more pitches and 48 more minutes to achieve the same result.