Torkelson Homer pushes Tigers past Royals, 2-1

Kansas City, Mo. –Tigers assistant pitching coach Juan Nieves threw his hat away. He was sure of it.

“He called the shot,” said Michael Fulmer, who capped off the Tigers’ tense 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. “He said, ‘Tork homer here’ and he lowered his hat to confirm it. Everyone knows that, right? You throw your hat away to confirm your shot. You get one per game. S ‘he doesn’t hit it, you lose it.

“Juan understood.”

Did it ever.

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, congratulates Spencer Torkelson, center, after Torkelson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

Rookie Spencer Torkelson, with Miguel Cabrera in second and the Tigers trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, hit an 0-1 lead, putting it 432 feet above the Tigers bullpen and into the small section of seats in left field. The ball left his bat with an exit speed of 111.5 mph.

He turned to the Tigers’ dugout immediately after contact and shouted, “Come on, baby!”