Manager Jim Leyland disagrees with the notion that his Detroit Tigers are having a letdown after sweeping the Chicago White Sox.
After gaining a tie for first in the AL Central during the weekend, Detroit fell back when it lost Monday while Chicago was beating the Minnesota Twins.
The Tigers lost a second consecutive one-run game to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, falling 3-2. Detroit is now 17-21 in games decided by the slimmest of margins.
"It's like Manny (Acta, the Indians manager) said," Leyland noted. "They pitch good against us.
"As for the talk we've had a big-series hangover, that's totally false. In the first inning (Monday), we loaded the bases and had scored a run with one out."
Leyland said he could only recall one game all season where he thought his team might been flat, but it hadn't occurred recently.
"Effort is not the problem with this club," Leyland said. "We come here steady every day. We've got to win games."
Nearly all managers will say their team looks flat when it doesn't get any hits, and the Tigers managed just four Tuesday night, including the 34th home run of the season by Miguel Cabrera.
"At this time of year, you just have to win games, at least series," said Rick Porcello, who has lost five in a row with no runs scored for him in his last 23 innings as the pitcher of record.