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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:19 am

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3

Loss sends Tigers back to square one

Just when it seemed like Detroit was turning the corner, latest setback sends it to seven games under .500 once again.

Tom Gage / The Detroit News

TORONTO -- They've won some games but have lost some players. They've looked good, bad and so-so.

It's been a week since manager Jim Leyland yelled at his players, since he stormed and stomped in Chicago and the Tigers initially responded with a three-game winning streak.

But they have not responded with consistency and until they do, with or without Placido Polanco and Gary Sheffield in the lineup, they'll remain at the corner waiting to turn.

When the Tigers lost 5-3 on Sunday to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, it was their third defeat in four games since they routed the Indians, 13-2, Wednesday night in Cleveland.

That was the night when, with their third victory in a row, it looked as if they were about take off, as if they'd finally found their missing "sync" Leyland often talks about.

It's not been found, though. Perhaps it was sighted in the distance, perhaps there was a brief glimpse of it, but instead of finding their missing sync, it's everything but the kitchen sink this strange season continues to throw the Tigers.

For instance, it looks like they're about to get Curtis Granderson back. But they're concerned about Polanco and Sheffield. There's no sync in getting one player back but losing two.

Granderson's rehab assignment to various locales in the Tigers organization has gone well. His legs were sore early, but that was to be expected. However, he also tripled in his first game, meaning his legs couldn't have been too sore.

In any case, he's nearly back, and if it were only the input of his talent the Tigers have been missing, they'd about to be in fine shape.

But unless they converted him during his two days in Toledo, Granderson is not a starting pitcher and the Tigers starters, with Nate Robertson falling to 0-2 on Sunday, have dropped to 3-10.

Those who've been in the rotation for all of the season's three weeks are 2-10, a miserable but all-too-familiar record, seeing that after their first 12 games the Tigers were 2-10.

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when Leyland yelled at them. That's when he boiled over. In the week that has followed, the Tigers are 4-3. In the week that has followed, they've improved -- but still not consistently enough to overcome their 0-7 start.

"We're 6-13," Leyland said after Sunday's loss. "It's certainly been better, but we still haven't been able to get over the hump.

"You have to maintain that killer instinct. I'd like to see more of that. That's what you have to have when times are tough."

Throw in Sheffield's sore shoulder and Polanco's stiff back -- stiff enough for him to return to Detroit on Sunday to be examined (with no immediate word on how it went) -- and the Tigers are still scrambling.

And too many of their games are contradictions.

Sunday's loss was the latest case in point. Sheffield didn't play and won't play again today, but the Tigers still had many of their powerful components in place only to lose, basically, on a three-run home run by scrappy David Eckstein off Robertson in the fourth inning.

Eckstein, as you probably know, is not a home-run hitter. He's averaged fewer than five per season in his seven-year career, and this three-run shot joined the other three he's hit with two runners on in his career.

"Not a guy you'd think would hurt you putting it over the fence," Robertson said.

It did heavy damage to the Tigers all the same.

Then there was the matter of Blue Jays starting pitcher A.J. Burnett walking six in five innings, but winning, and Robertson walking only one in five and losing.

Translation: the Tigers had their chances but did not take full advantage. When Burnett lost track of the plate in the fourth, for instance, when he walked the bases loaded and couldn't get a breaking ball over to save his life, the threat ended on Magglio Ordonez's routine grounder to shortstop.

In the meantime, just when it looked like Robertson was beginning to roll, having recovered from a bad-luck run in the first, the roll abruptly stopped.

Equipped with a fresh 2-1 lead, Robertson struck out Rod Barajas to start the fourth, only to give up singles to three of the next four batters, and a home run (Eckstein's) to the fifth.

Just like that the Blue Jays had countered the Tigers' two runs with four more of their own, and also just like that, except for the lone run the Tigers scored in the fifth, the bats on both sides went to sleep.

"I'm better than this," Robertson said of his rocky start.

The Tigers are probably better, too. But they still haven't been so far.

You can reach Tom Gage at tom.gage@detnews.com.


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:47 am

They're probably all saying "I'm better than this!"
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:09 am

You could start showing us you're better than this. I could live with a nice winning streak... whistle

Every article and interview ends with this: "we're better than this".
I've heard that now. I want to see it. go team go team
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:00 am

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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:42 am

We all know that they are better than 6 -13. PLEASE start showing it!!!
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:14 pm

04/21/2008 3:42 PM ET

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Galarraga strong in second start
Backed by four-run second, Tigers rookie shuts down Jays
By Gregor Chisholm / Special to MLB.com

TORONTO -- The Tigers used another strong performance from rookie right-hander Armando Galarraga on Monday afternoon to end a two-game losing streak and pick up a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Galarraga, who is filling in for injured left-hander Dontrelle Willis, tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings en route to his second victory of the season.

Galarraga (2-0) retired the Blue Jays in order for the first two innings of the game, but he ran into some trouble during the third and managed to pitch his way out of it. With runners on the corners and just one out, Galarraga forced Jays shortstop David Eckstein to pop out to shallow left field, which kept Gregg Zaun on third base. Two batters later, Galarraga got second baseman Aaron Hill to weakly ground out to short and end the frame without a run allowed.

One inning later, Galarraga was pitching with the bases loaded and one out. But after a strikeout and a groundout, the 26-year-old once again escaped a jam without having surrendered a run.

Detroit (7-13) did most of its offensive damage in the top of the second inning. Second baseman Ryan Raburn hit a two-run single with the bases loaded to put the Tigers in front, 2-0. Three batters later, Raburn was brought home on an RBI single by catcher Ivan Rodriguez that gave Detroit a commanding four-run lead that it would never relinquish. Shortstop Edgar Renteria added a solo home run in the top of the sixth to round out the scoring for the Tigers.

Gregor Chisholm is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:03 pm

GO ARMANDO!!!
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:48 am

What will happen when Dontrelle is healthy again??? scratch I don't think i want to lose Armando. He was just the best SP we had till now. clap
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:58 am

Agreed! Armando means business!
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:52 am

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 1
Galarraga delivers yet again for Tigers
On day Leyland challenges team, super sub responds with second win.

Tom Gage / The Detroit News

TORONTO -- On a day manager Jim Leyland called on his "big boys" to start stepping up, look who responded.

A budding big boy, that Galarraga guy again. Working the first 5 1/3 innings, and with the support of four runs in the second, he beat the Blue Jays, 5-1, Monday.

One good start, therefore, has become two. In fact, one victory has become two, meaning that Armando Galarraga, acquired in a quiet little deal with the Rangers in February has become the first Tigers pitcher to win two games.

"Hard to believe," he said.

Others have huffed and puffed in vain to win even one game. Galarraga, meanwhile, has stepped into the void left by Dontrelle Willis' injury and has done, well, he's done this:

In two starts, right-handed hitters are 0-for-21 against him including 0-for-11 in this game.

• In two starts, he's allowed two runs on four hits in 12 innings.

Furthermore, in two starts, Galarraga has provided a semblance of stability to the Tigers rotation. What they'll do if he's still pitching this way when Willis returns could be interesting, but that's fodder for the future.

If it becomes a problem, it'll be the kind of problem a team likes -- too many arms to choose from.

Leyland certainly likes what he sees in Galarraga. Then again in this game, especially after what he said in his office before the game, he saw a lot he liked.

After losses in three of the previous four games, Leyland had that agitated look again. The Tigers had responded to his outburst in Chicago with three consecutive victories, but on the eve of coming home from their Cleveland-Toronto trip, they'd lost three of four.

No matter how Monday's game went, it's not as if they were bringing an attractive-looking record back to Detroit with them. If they had lost, it would have been 6-14, one more game in the hole than their 0-7 start.

With a get-away victory, however, they're 7-13 ugly, but not as bad as the alternative. Knowing it still adds up to a disappointing start, Leyland chose to speak out before the game instead of after.

"The big boys have to start stepping up," he said, meaning both pitchers and hitters.

"There are no secrets here. I have to do better. The coaches have to do better. The players have to do better, and the big boys have to step it up. It's that simple.


"I'm never going to criticize a player, that's not my style. We're in this together as a team, but right now we have a lot of talent, but we don't have a lot of team."

Still bothering Leyland were "non-concentrated at-bats." That's what caused him to erupt in Chicago, the sight of at-bats being given away. This session wasn't of that volcanic caliber, no lava flowed, but his mood wasn't the best.

"We have to grind them out, and we're not grinding them out," he said. "I'm not rubbing the tummy just right or something, because we're not grinding it out like we need to.

"Are they trying? Yes, they're trying. Are we grinding like we need to grind? No. I'm sorry but not every pitcher pitching against us is Cy Young. We all need to step it up.

"This is the big leagues. There are no excuses," he said. "If it doesn't get better, we're going to get our butts kicked. I'm not criticizing anybody. I'm just saying it's not good enough. What's going on is not good enough. It's that simple.

"It's not an easy game to play, don't get me wrong, but we're better than this. We're better than what we've shown and I'm at the head of the class to blame.

"I'm tired of excuses. I want to see some action."

No sooner said than done, the Tigers responded with early action against the Jays. Miguel Cabrera's four-pitch walk got it going. David Eckstein booting Jacque Jones' grounder to short kept it going.

But instead of having it stop there, it only began there. Three singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and another error later, the Tigers led 4-0 -- quite unusual for a team that had scored eight in the first two innings of its first 19 games.

Edgar Renteria's solo home run in the sixth made it a five-run lead, but if Galarraga hadn't prevailed in two jams, the Jays might have made a game of it.

However, he got Aaron Hill to ground out to short with the bases loaded in the third, and also left them loaded in the fourth by striking out Gregg Zaun and getting Joe Inglett on a routine bouncer to first.

Zaun hit a home run in the ninth inning off Todd Jones to spoil the shutout. But that's all it spoiled as far as the Tigers were concerned.

You can reach Tom Gage at tom.gage@detnews.com.


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:36 am

we gotta PARTY! when we have the chance! Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:54 pm

Galarraga's opportunity reminds me of how Fidrych started. At that time the regular starter sustained an injury and they brought Mark in to pitch until the starter got back...well Fidrych did so well that he stayed in the rotation and someone else went away! Hopefully Galarraga is the real thing and one of our other starters can end up in the bullpen!


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:32 pm

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Three-homer third inning leads to win
Verlander earns first victory of season with quality start
By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The Tigers had gone a relatively long time since having this kind of offensive attack, but not nearly as long as Ramon Santiago.

The Tigers hit at least three home runs in an inning for the first time since last May, but it was the third of the homers that was the rarer feat. Santiago's two-run shot completed a five-run outburst off Rangers starter Vicente Padilla, sending Detroit to a 10-2 victory on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Santiago's second-inning RBI double had already given the Tigers a 2-1 lead before Detroit's bats broke out in the third. Padilla (2-2) hung a 2-2 fastball to Magglio Ordonez, who hit it out to left for his third homer of the season. Three pitches later, Padilla tried to challenge Miguel Cabrera and paid for it with a line drive into the left-field seats, Cabrera's fourth home run on the year.

Jacque Jones nearly homered in the next at-bat, but his drive to straightaway center merely one-hopped off the fence, 420-feet away, for a triple. Edgar Renteria singled him in, before a fielder's choice by Brandon Inge brought in Santiago.

The switch-hitting utility infielder, who had a two-homer game as a rookie that included a leadoff shot off of Pedro Martinez, took a 1-0 pitch and pulled it down the right-field line. It marked his first home run since he took a James Baldwin pitch deep against the Twins at the Metrodome on Aug. 1, 2003.

Santiago had gone 417 Major League plate appearances without a home run, though his Minor League service included a 10-homer season at Triple-A Tacoma in 2005. Or in more relative terms, Rangers third-base coach Matt Walbeck was the starting catcher for the Tigers on the day Santiago last homered in the big leagues.

The collective effect was a comfortable cushion for Justin Verlander to earn his first win of the season. The young right-hander, who won 35 games over his first two full big league seasons, recovered from a Frank Catalanotto solo homer to last six innings and scattered six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:49 pm

Not only was it Maggs' 1000th RBI, it was his 250th career HR!!!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tigers 10, Rangers 2
Santiago's first homer in four years lifts Tigers over Texas
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DETROIT -- Ramon Santiago homered for the first time since 2003 and drove in three runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Tuesday night.

Magglio Ordonez also homered, giving him 1,000 RBIs for his career, while Edgar Renteria had four hits.

Justin Verlander (1-3) struggled early, giving up five hits in the first two innings, but got out of it with only one run allowed. He blanked the Rangers in his last four innings, giving up one more hit, to lower his season ERA to 5.93.

Vicente Padilla (2-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings. Seven of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.

After Frank Catalanotto's second-inning homer made it 1-0, the Tigers came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring groundout by Brandon Inge and Santiago's RBI double.

The Tigers took control with five runs in the third. With one out, Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers over the bullpens in left, and Jacque Jones followed with a triple to center.

Renteria's single made it 5-1, and Santiago increased the margin to six with Detroit's third homer of the inning and his first since Aug. 1, 2003.

Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly made it 7-2 in the seventh, but the Tigers put the game away with three runs in the eighth.


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Homer-happy Tigers cruise to win
Verlander earns first victory of season with quality start
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DETROIT -- This is what the Tigers offense is supposed to do, take good pitches to hit and punish them. This is also what Justin Verlander is supposed to do, spot his mid-90s fastball and work ahead of hitters.

However, this is far from what Ramon Santiago is expected to do.

With Rangers starter Vicente Padilla leaving his fastball in the strike zone on Tuesday night, the Tigers pounced for their first three-homer inning since last May. It was the third of the home runs that was the rarer feat. Santiago's two-run shot completed the five-run third, sending Detroit on its way to a 10-2 victory and erasing a lengthy gap on his career resume.

Not since Santiago was Detroit's starting shortstop in the 119-loss season of 2003 had he hit a Major League home run. Or in more relative terms, Rangers third-base coach Matt Walbeck was the starting catcher for the Tigers on the day Santiago last homered in the big leagues.

"I hope he doesn't start hitting the ball in the air," Leyland said, "because that will be the kiss of death for him."

No danger there.

"Me, I'm a line-drive hitter," Santiago said.

Santiago's second-inning RBI double was more along those lines, an opposite-field drive that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Then Detroit's bats broke out in the third.


Padilla (2-2) hung a 2-2 fastball to Magglio Ordonez, who hit it out to left for his third homer of the season. Three pitches later, Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive into the left-field seats, Cabrera's fourth home run on the year.

Jacque Jones nearly homered in the next at-bat, but his drive to straightaway center merely one-hopped off the fence, 420-feet away, for a triple. Edgar Renteria singled him in, before a fielder's choice by Brandon Inge brought up Santiago.

The switch-hitting utility infielder, who had a two-homer game as a rookie in 2002 that included a leadoff shot off Pedro Martinez, took a 1-0 pitch and pulled it down the right-field line.

"I hit it pretty good, and the ball carried very good," Santiago said. "It was a pitch middle-in, and I hit it out front. When you hit the ball in front with the barrel of the bat, the ball carries. I put a good swing on it."

It marked his first home run since he took a James Baldwin pitch deep against the Twins at the Metrodome on Aug. 1, 2003. Santiago had gone 417 Major League plate appearances without a home run, though his Minor League time in between included a 10-homer season at Triple-A Tacoma in 2005.

The collective effect was a comfortable cushion for Verlander to earn his first win of the season. The young right-hander, who won 35 games over his first two full big league seasons, had battled fastball command and innings that turned on him quickly in each of his first four starts.

This time, though his velocity was strong throughout at 94-96 mph, his test came in the early innings. He stranded two runners in the opening inning by throwing a 96-mph fastball by Hank Blalock, but former Tiger Frank Catalanotto made him pay for falling behind with a home run leading off the second. Back-to-back singles put two on with one out for the top of the Rangers order.

Verlander recovered to set up a change of speeds and struck out Ian Kinsler. He followed with an offspeed pitch to All-Star Michael Young, who flew out to center to end the threat.

"Tonight," Verlander said, "was a battle."

With 110 pitches over six innings, he didn't go as deep as he would've liked. Still, he scattered two hits from the third inning on, had a few quick groundouts, and generally kept the ball out of harm's way on his way to six hits over as many innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

"I think Justin's close," Leyland said. "I don't think he's totally there yet, but I think he's close. I think he was a little bit stuck on fast-forward [with his pace] yet, but I thought the ball came out of his hand very well. He elevated velocity when he needed to, pitched with a little more velocity than he has been.

"Getting that first win under his belt could do wonders for him. We've just got to get him back into a consistent rhythm."

Much of the progress on Tuesday, Verlander (1-3) credited to a slight change in his arm angle between starts. Not only was his fastball harder, but he said his breaking ball felt crisper. If he can continue that, he could be back to the pitcher many expect to frustrate hitters over the course of the season for a team that's expected to hit better as the weather warms up.

Just don't expect home run power from Santiago.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Eleven-run sixth inning highlights big night at the plate
By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- If this is what the Tigers can do with Curtis Granderson in the lineup, look out.

They can't expect to do this every day, of course. Once every election year, though, seems to be their current rate.

Four years ago on this night, the Tigers put up an 11-run sixth inning at Comerica Park on their way to a runaway victory. The opponent was different on Wednesday, but the setup was the same. Carlos Guillen's two-run double, Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer and Curtis Granderson's two-run single fueled another 11-run sixth, sending the Tigers to a 19-6 rout of the Rangers. This is their highest run total since a 19-6 win at Texas on Aug. 8, 2001.

Up until that point, the Tigers had been nicking and cutting Rangers pitching with smaller hits. Though Detroit put up five runs in the second inning and single runs in the two innings after that, Jacque Jones' third-inning solo homer was the Tigers' only extra-base hit through the first five innings.

Given the struggles of starting pitcher Kenny Rogers, they needed all those runs. Once the Tigers finally put up some cushion in their lead, they made it a runaway. Guillen had driven in three runs coming into the sixth, and he doubled that by the time the inning was over. His double down the right-field line plated two. After Rangers reliever Jamey Wright walked Magglio Ordonez, he fell behind on Cabrera, who got enough of a 3-1 pitch to send it carrying to the opposite field and just into the right-field seats for his second home run in as many nights and fifth on the season.

Nine consecutive Tigers reached base safely, including two hit-by-pitches by Wes Littleton, before Guillen came back up to hit a sacrifice fly. Ramon Santiago took a pitch off of his right leg with the bases loaded to plate another run, then Granderson turned in his second single of the inning with a ground ball through the right side.

Granderson, making his first start of the season after missing more than three weeks with a fractured bone in his right middle finger, scored three runs in his 2-for-4 performance. He was one of four more walks in the seventh inning to bring in another run.

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Magglio goes deep twice, team totals five long balls in finale
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said for most of the season that his club won't manufacture many runs. With five home runs Thursday afternoon, they didn't need to.

Magglio Ordonez hit a pair of homers and Curtis Granderson hit his first of the season to help the Tigers extend their winning streak to a season-high four games with an 8-2 win over the Rangers before an announced crowd of 39,058 at Comerica Park.

Down, 1-0, on a Michael Young home run to left-center in the first, Granderson cranked his 14th career leadoff home run and first since he returned from the disabled list. Ordonez hit his first homer in the third to give Detroit the early lead.

A bases-loaded walk by Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman tied it at 2, but then Ordonez struck again. He launched a 3-1 pitch 389 feet to left for his fifth home run of the season to put the Tigers up 5-2. Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn hit back-to-back homers in the sixth to send the Tigers on their way to their first three-game series sweep of the season.

Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs on two hits, but walked a season-high seven in his 4 2/3 innings of work. Zach Miner turned in his best outing of the season with 3 1/3 hitless innings in relief to pickup the win.

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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:01 pm

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Tigers 8, Rangers 2
Even wounded, they're winning
Despite health issues at every turn, Tigers complete convincing three-game sweep.
Tom Gage / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- At some point you don't fight it, you don't worry about it, you simply shrug your shoulders and push on

At the same time the Tigers are winning more consistently than they've done all month, completing a three-game sweep with an 8-2 victory over the Rangers on Thursday, they also are getting hurt more consistently.

That's saying something, because they've been hurt a lot.

But it's true. Carlos Guillen didn't just limp out of the clubhouse following this victory, after not being able to participate in it because of a sore right knee. He hobbled so slowly and painfully that if he can play by Sunday, it would be surprising.

And Jacque Jones, who'd been hot after a slow start, didn't just tumble into the stands down the line in left while chasing a foul ball, he flipped into them with such force that multiple body parts couldn't avoid getting battered and bruised.

"I slid too late," he said

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tried to stay in the game, but couldn't. With a bruised right knee and jammed left wrist, he left after his next at-bat.

All that, and Todd Jones' 40th birthday, happening to a team which got Curtis Granderson back Wednesday, Placido Polanco on Thursday and hopes (without counting on it) to get Gary Sheffield back today.

Jim Leyland has decided to look on the bright side, not only because there is one but because it simply wastes his time not to.

For one thing, the Tigers have won four in a row -- three at the expense of a Rangers team that allowed 67 runs in losing all seven games of its Boston-Detroit trip.

But merely to blame the caliber of the opposition when the Tigers finally have put something together doesn't do justice to what their bats just did.

Thirty-seven runs in three games. Five home runs Thursday, including two from Magglio Ordonez, whose three-run shot in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie.

Granderson bursting back onto the scene, this time with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first to match the one-out shot Michael Young hit off Jeremy Bonderman in the top of the inning.

Speaking of Bonderman, he didn't last long enough to win.

With a pitch count climbing to 110 in the fifth because of seven walks, he was replaced by Zach Miner (1-1), who's been a different pitcher since making a major adjustment in Toronto.

"I stopped expecting bad things to happen," Miner said. "(Leyland) was right with what he told me about that."

Anyway, that's how the Tigers won: With five home runs and lots of bullpen help, although Bonderman gave up just two hits and struck out seven to match his seven walks -- meaning that while he often was out of the strike zone, he nearly was unhittable when he was in it.

If nothing else, winning had a calming effect on Leyland. Whereas before the game the list of the walking wounded seemed woefully long, its length no longer wore him down after the game.

See for yourself.

Leyland before: "We can't get our team together for the life of me. Get one back, lose one. It's unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it."

Leyland after: "I'm not going to worry about it. If I have to play a pitcher out there, I'll play a pitcher out there. You can't do anything about injuries. We're scuffling, trying to make the best out of the situation."

But there's a bright side to every down side these days. Even when Leyland trotted out to left to see if Jones was all right, there was solace.

"I'm just glad we weren't in Colorado," the chain-smoking manager said. "I would have (bleeping) died running out there that far."

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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:26 pm

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Starter allows four runs in inning, takes 'L' in opener vs. Angels
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The Tigers had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped by the Angels on Friday night in a 4-3 defeat in front of 40,280 at Comerica Park.

Nate Robertson kept the Angels off the scoreboard through three by staying ahead of hitters, but when he started falling behind, they capitalized. A two-run home run to left by Vladimir Guerrero, who entered the game hitting .643 against Robertson, and a two-run single up the middle by Casey Kotchman made it 4-0.

The Angels would not score again, but it was enough to earn the win.

Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to right, his second in as many days. Placido Polanco followed with a double and later scored on an RBI groundout by Magglio Ordonez to cut the deficit to two.

The Tigers had a chance to take control of the game in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. But they only plated one run on a Miguel Cabrera fielder's choice.

They loaded the bases again the next inning, this time with two outs. Again, they were unable to get a big hit, though they came close. Gary Sheffield, back in the starting lineup after missing five games with a sore shoulder, hit a drive to deep left-center field before Torii Hunter settled under it within a step of the fence.

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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:35 am

Nate sure started out good though. Wish he could've kept it going...
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Robertson's one bad inning too much to overcome in opener
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The Tigers couldn't claw all the way back this time. But that's not to say they didn't have chances.

A surging team that had scored 54 runs in its last five games and has looked every bit the group that could lead the league in runs was unable to find a big hit with runners on base. As a result, the Tigers had their season-high four-game win streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to the Angels on Friday night before 40,280 at Comerica Park.

"They weren't intimidated," Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson said. "That's one of the things we knew coming into Spring Training, was that nobody's going to be intimidated by us, no matter who comes up to the plate."

The Tigers dropped to 0-11 when scoring four or fewer runs. By contrast, they are 10-2 when scoring five runs, the total that would have given them their seventh come-from-behind victory this season.

It looked like they would cap the comeback with some golden chances in the late innings.

After rallying against Angels starter Ervin Santana (4-0), they loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh innings, only to produce a run-scoring fielder's choice. They also had two aboard in the eighth, but again could do nothing with it.

"That's good pitching, and that's what happens," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We just couldn't get a hit when we needed it."

A lot of that had to do with Santana.
He did not allow a hit until Granderson led off the fourth with a home run to left. Pitching through right fingernail troubles, the right-hander continued his turnaround season, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"Very confident guy. He doesn't care who you are, doesn't care what the situation is," Granderson said. "Definitely a great talent, definitely a great arm."

Tigers starter Nate Robertson (0-3) arguably had his best outing this season, matching Santana through three.

"He did a great job," Leyland said. "If we can get that all the time, I'll be very happy."

But neither Leyland nor Robertson felt very pleased to see Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero step to the plate with a runner on in the top of the fourth. Guerrero entered Friday's game hitting a staggering .643 (9-for-14) off Robertson.

Not much changed as Guerrero belted a pitch running in on his hands into the left-field seats for a 2-0 lead.

"He's a freak of nature," Robertson said. "I gave him everything I had. I went away from him, came back inside and he got me. ... It reminded me of another one he hit off me about three years ago, where it was going to bounce, and he hit it out. Yeah, he's real good."

Said Leyland: "It's tough to keep that ball fair. [Barry] Bonds can do it. Obviously [Guerrero] can do it. Not many can. Most guys hook that ball foul."

Casey Kotchman's single up the middle later in the inning drove in two more runs, making it 4-0. The Tigers answered with two in the bottom of the inning, but only scored one in the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs. A fielder's choice by Miguel Cabrera made it 4-3.

Yet, the Tigers got another bases-loaded opportunity, this time with two outs in the seventh inning.

Gary Sheffield, back from a five-game absence due to shoulder soreness, looked like he gave the Tigers the lead. His shoulder gave him no trouble in this at-bat, as he clobbered a drive to one of the deepest parts of the park in left-center field.

"When I hit it, I thought it was out," Sheffield said.

With the fans roaring in anticipation of a grand slam, Angels center fielder Torii Hunter watched it fall into his mitt within a step of the outfield fence.

"The wind held it up, brought it back," Hunter said. "I thought he got it pretty good. He hit it pretty high. In most day games, that's out."

Said Sheffield: "I felt like I put a good swing on it, and that's what you want it that situation, to drive the ball. Maybe it'll drop in and be a double, and guys score. I thought I had it."

The Tigers put two more on in the eighth, but Ivan Rodriguez hit a bullet right at Kotchman at first base to end the inning.

"That was a great ballgame, and we just got beat," Leyland said.

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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:15 pm

"'That was a great ballgame, and we just got beat', Leyland said."

He wasn't kidding.
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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:17 pm

I'd rather be beat by the best than beat up on by the worst!


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Galarraga flirts with no-no; Ordonez, Polanco plate two apiece
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The Tigers held off the Angels for a 6-4 win on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 42,068 at Comerica Park.

A three-run seventh inning helped propel the Tigers to their ninth win in their last 13 games. These two teams finish a three-game series Sunday night on ESPN.

Detroit starter Armando Galarraga no-hit the Angels through 5 2/3. Vladimir Guerrero broke up the no-hitter with a triple that rolled to the right-center-field wall. Guerrero's hit was the first by a right-handed batter against Galarraga this season.

Magglio Ordonez had an RBI double that landed just inside the left-field foul line in the first inning to open the scoring. Neither team scored again until the fifth, when Placido Polanco laced a single to right-center to score two.

The Angels cracked Galarraga in the seventh when they tied the game on a two-run double by Maicer Izturis and an RBI single by Chone Figgins.
Gary Sheffield's fielder's choice in the seventh put the Tigers up for good. An Ordonez double and Jacque Jones sacrifice fly gave Detroit a three-run lead.

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DETROIT 6, L.A. ANGELS 4
Granderson's triple huge for Tigers, 3-1 since his return

BY JOHN LOWE • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • April 27, 2008

Curtis Granderson had homered twice since he returned Wednesday.

But he hadn't produced his signature hit.

He uncorked his first of the season Saturday when the Tigers really needed it.

They had just fallen into a tie with the Angels by allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. With one out and nobody on in the home seventh, Granderson launched right-hander Darren O'Day's pitch up the gap in left-centerfield.

As the Comerica Park crowd let out a cry of joy (at the long hit) and anticipation (at seeing Granderson set out for third), Granderson sped to third without a play. He had 23 triples last year -- the most by any big leaguer in almost 60 years -- and this was the first in his four games this season.

The Angels intentionally walked Placido Polanco to try for an inning-ending double play from Gary Sheffield. Granderson scored the go-ahead run when Sheffield hit a grounder on which the Angels didn't come close to a double play. The Tigers added two more runs in the inning for a 6-4 win.

The Tigers are 3-1 since Granderson returned from his broken hand, and they hit enough balls hard to win Friday.

"He's very important to that offense," said Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter. "We're not talking about a leadoff hitter that bunts. We're talking about a leadoff hitter who gets triples and doubles and maybe takes you out of the park."

Granderson got a bloop double in the fifth that landed barely fair in left. It set up Polanco's two-run single that gave Armando Galarraga a 3-0 lead.

Galarraga, bidding for his third win in as many starts, didn't give up his first hit until the next inning, when Vladimir Guerrero tripled.

Galarraga stranded Guerrero, but he threw away Hunter's bunt to open the seventh. By the time the Tigers got the third out, Galarraga was gone and the Angels had pulled into a 3-3 tie.

Galarraga got his second quality start. That's as many as everyone else on the team combined.

After the Tigers regained the three-run lead in their seventh, Denny Bautista took over for the eighth. Guerrero led off with a massive double off the base of the left-center fence. It was the 2,000th hit of his career, and he well might have at least 1,000 more in him.

Then Casey Kotchman singled. So the unyielding Angels -- they have the resolute personality of their manager, Mike Scioscia -- had brought home-run threat Hunter to the plate as the potential tying run with none out.

Hunter smoked one to third, and Brandon Inge made a nifty stop and started a round-the-horn double play.

"As good as it gets," manager Jim Leyland said of Inge's play.

Contact JOHN LOWE at 313-223-4053 or jlowe@freepress.com. Check out his Tigers blog at www.freep.com/sports.


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Tigers impressed by righty's stuff, but Angels find holes
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander can't seem to get a break these days.

Even when he pitches well, the losses keep piling. Even when the Tigers' 25-year-old ace has his best stuff of the season, as he did in Sunday's nationally-televised series finale against the Angels, he can't find a streak of luck.

Verlander took the loss in Detroit's 6-2 series-clinching defeat in front of 36,347 at Comerica Park, a shame considering how well he pitched. The velocity on his fastball registered in the mid-90s. He said his breaking ball was the best it's been this year. He hit spots, made the pitches he needed to make, but it all equaled Verlander's fourth loss in five starts this season.

"My stuff was the best it's been all year -- breaking ball was sharper, fastball had better life on it, everything was better," Verlander said. "That's what I was looking for right now. Obviously the results are not what I wanted, but that's something I can take away from, and say, 'OK, let's build on that.'"

Coming off his first win this season on Tuesday against Texas, Verlander looked destined for win No. 2 in this one, especially with Detroit's starting lineup intact for the first time this season. He kept the Angels off the scoreboard and allowed just one hit through three. But then he gave up single runs in the fourth and fifth, and a four-spot in the sixth that knocked him out of the game.

"That was a shame," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had really good stuff. I thought he threw the ball extremely well, and I thought he had all his pitches going pretty good. The one inning they scored the four, his control got away from him a little bit."

He finished with six earned runs allowed on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. But even the Angels didn't feel that line did his effort justice.

"He's tough. He had terrific velocity and was changing speeds," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He got his pitch count up, and we got the big inning against him. But his stuff looks terrific."

It didn't help matters that the Angels' struggling starter, Jered Weaver, got back on track against the fully-stocked Tigers offense. Detroit put two runners on in the second and fourth innings, but came away empty. They didn't score until the seventh, with the Angels up 6-0 and Weaver finally running out of steam.

"When we had a couple shots there, we let him off the hook, swung at some pitches out of the strike zone," Leyland said. "He pitched very well, too, don't get me wrong. He used both sides of the plate, changed speeds, threw strikes."

Meanwhile, Verlander struggled to find the strike zone in the decisive sixth.

Gary Matthews Jr. opened the inning with a walk. Vladimir Guerrero followed with a bullet single to right, but an error by Carlos Guillen allowed the runners to settle at second and third with no outs. Second baseman Placido Polanco received the relay throw from right fielder Magglio Ordonez, turned and tried to throw out Matthews, who was trying to advance to third. Guillen, making his first start at third since 2003, bobbled the ball, which allowed Guerrero to motor to second.

After Verlander got Casey Kotchman to fly out to center, he faced Torii Hunter, who had tripled in a run earlier in the game. Verlander hung a curveball, and Hunter squeaked a grounder inside third base and down the left-field line for a two-run double that made it 4-0.

"Torii did what I wanted him to do," Verlander said. "He grounded it, but he placed it in a good spot right down the line."

Verlander next intentionally walked Garret Anderson, and another walk to Maicer Izturis loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Erick Aybar. Aybar produced one of the biggest hits of the night, drilling another high offering through the left side that bumped the lead to 6-0, taking the wind out of the energetic crowd and ending Verlander's night.

"He pitched a great game and just had some bad luck," Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. The Angels "played better. They did the things they needed to do to win games."

Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: DET. TIGERS 2008 REG SEASON SCHEDULE & SCORES   Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:39 am

Monday, April 28, 2008
Angels 6, Tigers 2
Tigers' results still out of order
Apeil 27, 2008 game
Tom Gage / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- Don't ask, O.K?

Don't ask what more could the Tigers have wanted Sunday night than to have their big, bad lineup together for the first time this season.

Or to have their Opening Day starter Justin Verlander on the mound to complement what they had wanted to be their Opening Day batting order.

Don't ask, because even when everything finally seems in place for the Tigers to do well, nothing's in place if they wonder later what happened.

As was the case in their 6-2 loss on ESPN to the Los Angeles Angels.

The wondering this time was more about Verlander, now 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA in six starts, than it was about anybody else.

Carlos Guillen was back from the absence his foul-ball knee caused. Guillen, in fact, played third base for the first time since he was moved there nearly a week ago and while not looking the least out of place, he made an error there by fumbling a throw.

But this wasn't about Guillen. He looked fine. He'll do fine.


This really wasn't about anybody but Verlander, who's doing his best to find answers, but had to stifle yet another onslaught of frustration after believing he'd found them.

"The best stuff I've had all year," he said of Sunday's outing. "Raising my arm slot a little bit has helped get my stuff back to the way it should be. You see me out there with that kind of stuff on a nightly basis, most times I'm going to be successful.

"My breaking ball was sharper, fastball had better life on it, everything was better."

Except the outcome.

But if the Tigers had cashed in against Jered Weaver (2-3) when they had second, third and fourth-inning chances to do so, it might have been different.

"We helped him out when he got in a jam," said Leyland. "He was good, don't get me wrong, but when we had a couple of shots at him, we let him off the hook swinging at pitches out of the strike zone."

If the Tigers hadn't wasted four walks in the first three innings, it also might have been different.

Moral to the story, even a so-called super lineup doesn't matter if it doesn't hit. Leyland said before the game it had been "nice to write it down, see what it looks like" but during the game it wasn't as menacing.

Some of that was Weaver, younger brother of former Tiger Jeff.

Some of that, as the manager said, was the tendency to chase bad pitches.

"Like I said, getting us to swing out of the strike zone, that hurt," said Leyland

That said, it was a scoreless game until the fourth inning and still up for grabs until the sixth inning when the Angels broke through for four runs, two on Torii Hunter's one-out double and two more on Erick Aybar's two-out single with the bases loaded.

"That was a killer," Leyland said of Aybar's hit. "Keep that lead to four and you think you have a shot."

Instead the Tigers trailed by six, only to cut it to four with a pair of runs in the seventh -- Edgar Renteria knocking in the first with a sacrifice fly and Pudge Rodriguez doubling in the second.

Verlander had visibly outstanding stuff at times, but still strives in vain to find the consistency that made him such a dominating pitcher in the past.

"Last start he was on fast forward, some other starts he was slow motion," Leyland said before the game. "We're hoping to get that in-between where he finds his rhythm and stays in it.

"But this is a tough lineup for him a tough lineup for any pitcher who throws pitches. I think this is one of the toughest lineups to face."

"You now about (Vladimir) Guerrero and those guys, but this lineup beats you by getting those little guys on base and driving you crazy."

Little guys, sure enough, like Aybar, king of the killer single.

You can reach Tom Gage at tom.gage@detnews.com.


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They are swinging at too many balls. We need Sheff out of the lineup, Los to DH, and Inge at third.
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