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PostSubject: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:33 pm

GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET





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Detroit Tigers AT Minnesota Twins
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Game Time - 4:10 p.m. EDT


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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Detroit's Trade Deadline gem from last summer opens a season wearing the Old English D for the first time after signing a five-year contract over the winter. He had a no-decision and a loss at Target Field last year.



Twins: RHP Kevin Correia (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

After 10 seasons in the National League, Correia will make his first start as an American Leaguer in the second game of the year for the Twins. Correia, though, faced the Tigers twice in Interleague Play last year and posted a 3.75 ERA.





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Fanfare in the past, Tigers and Twins continue set

By Paul Casella / MLB.com | 4/1/2013 10:46 PM ET

Whereas fans and players typically spend the offseason looking forward to Opening Day, Tigers manager Jim Leyland spends the winter months eagerly anticipating his team's second game of the year.

And with all the fanfare surrounding Detroit's season-opening 4-2 victory now in the past, the game Leyland has waited for -- Wednesday's 4:10 p.m. ET contest against the Twins -- is finally on deck.

"I will say this: I'm always glad when Opening Day is over, because you never really get into sync until after Opening Day," Leyland said. "There's so much hype going on, and there's so much stuff going on. Once you get past that, you get more into your routine on a consistent basis."

This year the routine will start with Anibal Sanchez taking the mound to square off against Twins newcomer Kevin Correia.

Sanchez ended up in the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind ace Justin Verlander despite a rocky end to his Spring Training. The right-hander tossed five scoreless innings in February before departing for the World Baseball Classic, but struggled after returning from his time with Team Venezuela.

In his first start back with the Tigers, Sanchez allowed four runs over six innings and was then tagged for nine runs on 11 hits in just five innings in his final spring outing, last Thursday.

While Sanchez will be looking to regain his form on Wednesday, Correia will be looking to prove himself with the Twins after spending his first 10 big league seasons in the National League. The righty signed with the Twins this offseason after spending the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he went 12-11 each year, with a 4.79 ERA in 2011 and a 4.21 mark last season.

The Twins are hoping that Correia's consistency -- double-digit wins and 26-plus starts in each of the last four seasons -- will help provide some stability to their revamped rotation.

"Our starters are going to have to eat up innings and get us deeper into the games," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We have to protect our bullpen. You can't end up using them four or five innings a game. So our starters definitely have to get us deeper into the games, and we have to stay healthy."

Though easier said than done, the health aspect will certainly be a focal point for a Twins team that was ravaged by injuries a season ago en route to a 66-96 record and last-place finish in the American League Central.

"I think from the first day of Spring Training, our focus has been about moving forward, not looking backward," said veteran first baseman Justin Morneau. "No matter how much success we've had or struggles in the last couple of seasons, it doesn't matter once we get out there. It's something fresh."

Tigers: Leyland hopes team capitalizes on off-day

Not that Leyland wants his club to start looking ahead to Friday's home opener, against the Yankees, but he does hope his team uses Tuesday's off-day to take care of some odds and ends regarding the weekend series.

With the team not allowed to hold a workout anyway, Leyland is hoping his club makes the most of the early rest following its season-opening victory.

"I think it's a good day if you use common sense," he said. "It's a good day to kind of relax. It's a good day to maybe get some things touched up before the home opener, make sure you have your ticket requests and your family's there and reservations and all that stuff. I think it's a good day to kind of clean up on that stuff so you have a little less to do."

Twins: Morneau hoping for another healthy season


Morneau would love to return to the 30-homer, 100-RBI form that earned him AL MVP honors in 2006 and four consecutive All-Star appearances from 2007 to 2010.

Now in his 11th season with the Twins, the 31-year-old would gladly settle for just being healthy and contributing to a postseason run.

"The only thing that matters to me is being in the race in September," he said. "If I'm healthy, I think I can help us have a lot better chance of making the playoffs or being in that playoff run, battling for those spots, either the division or those Wild Card spots, whatever they are. Anything's possible. I'm still young enough."

In 2012, his first mostly healthy season in three years, Morneau hit .267 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs in 134 games. He had played just 150 games in the previous two seasons combined.

"I think I proved to myself last year that when I'm healthy, I feel can contribute," he said. "And whatever that means, I'm not sure, but hopefully it's somewhere around where I'm playing 150, 160 games and driving in runs and helping us score runs and helping us win ballgames."

Worth noting

• Correia has pitched well against Prince Fielder, limiting the Tigers slugger to a .200 lifetime average. The lefty hasn't had as much success against the other top Tigers slugger, as Cabrera is hitting .474 with two doubles and a homer against him.

• The Tigers are 25-12 against the Twins since the start of the 2011 season, including 15-4 in Minnesota.


Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.clubs.





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Tiger's MLB Game Notes
INJURY UPDATE:

RF Avisail Garcia (Right heel contusion, 15-day DL retroactive to March 22, 2013).





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Up next (Probable Pitchers)
THUR, April 04:
TIGERS: (RHP Rick Porcello (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) AT
TWINS: (RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 0.00 ERA))
1:10 p.m. ET (FSD / 97.1 FM)


FRI, April 05:
TIGERS: (RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
YANKEES: (RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D, MLBN / 97.1 FM)


SAT, April 06:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
YANKEES: (RHP David Phelps (0-0, 6.75 ERA))
4:05 p.m. ET (FOX / 97.1 FM)


SUN, April 07:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00 ERA)) VS
YANKEES: (LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 7.20 ERA))
1:08 p.m. ET (FS-D, TBS / 97.1 FM)






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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:36 pm

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS


Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-6 off Correia)
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (9-for-19, HR, 6 RBIs off Correia)
Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-25, HR, 6 RBIs off Correia)
Victor Martinez, DH
Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-6, double off Correia)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-6, HR off Correia)
Alex Avila, C (1-for-8 off Correia)
Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-5, 2 RBIs off Correia)

P: Anibal Sanchez


TWINS

Aaron Hicks, CF
Joe Mauer, C (4-for-5 off Sanchez)
Josh Willingham, LF (2-for-9, 6 walks off Sanchez)
Justin Morneau, 1B (1-for-6 off Sanchez)
Ryan Doumit, C (2-for-9, 5 K’s off Sanchez)
Trevor Plouffe, 3B (2-for-6 off Sanchez)
Chris Parmelee, RF (0-for-3, K off Sanchez)
Brian Dozier, 2B
Pedro Florimon, SS (1-for-3 off Sanchez)

P: Kevin Correia


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:34 pm

DET - Top 1st
B:1 S:1 O:0
Austin Jackson singles on a pop up to shortstop Pedro Florimon.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Torii Hunter pops out to shortstop Pedro Florimon.

B:1 S:3 O:2
Miguel Cabrera called out on strikes.

B:1 S:0 O:3
Prince Fielder grounds out, third baseman Trevor Plouffe to first baseman Justin Morneau.


MIN - Bot 1st
B:4 S:2 O:0
Aaron Hicks walks.

B:3 S:2 O:1
Joe Mauer grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder. Aaron Hicks to 2nd.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Josh Willingham flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Justin Morneau walks.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Ryan Doumit grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

0-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:46 pm

DET - Top 2nd
B:2 S:1 O:1
Victor Martinez grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Andy Dirks flies out to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:0 S:0 O:3
Jhonny Peralta lines out to shortstop Pedro Florimon.


MIN - Bot 2nd
B:1 S:3 O:1
Trevor Plouffe strikes out swinging, catcher Alex Avila to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Chris Parmelee grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:1 S:2 O:3
Brian Dozier flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

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DET - Top 3rd
B:1 S:2 O:1
Alex Avila flies out to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Omar Infante grounds out, shortstop Pedro Florimon to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:4 S:2 O:2
Austin Jackson walks.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Torii Hunter singles on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Parmelee. Austin Jackson to 2nd.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Miguel Cabrera singles on a ground ball to left fielder Josh Willingham. Austin Jackson scores. Torii Hunter to 2nd.
1 - 0

B:2 S:1 O:3
Prince Fielder grounds out, first baseman Justin Morneau to pitcher Kevin Correia.

1 - 0 AFTER 2.5 INNINGS


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MIN - Bot 3rd
B:3 S:2 O:1
Pedro Florimon lines out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:3 O:2
Aaron Hicks called out on strikes.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Joe Mauer strikes out swinging.

1 - 0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:30 pm

DET - Top 4th
B:0 S:3 O:1
Victor Martinez strikes out swinging.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Andy Dirks grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:2 S:1 O:3
Jhonny Peralta flies out to right fielder Chris Parmelee.


MIN - Bot 4th
B:4 S:2 O:0
Josh Willingham walks.

B:3 S:2 O:0
Justin Morneau singles on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter. Josh Willingham to 2nd.

B:0 S:3 O:1
Ryan Doumit called out on strikes.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Trevor Plouffe grounds into a force out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to second baseman Omar Infante. Josh Willingham to 3rd. Justin Morneau out at 2nd. Trevor Plouffe to 1st.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Chris Parmelee called out on strikes.

1 - 0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:38 pm

DET - Top 5th
B:2 S:1 O:1
Alex Avila grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Omar Infante singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Parmelee.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Austin Jackson flies out to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Torii Hunter singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Parmelee. Omar Infante to 3rd.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Parmelee. Omar Infante scores. Torii Hunter out at 3rd on the throw, right fielder Chris Parmelee to third baseman Trevor Plouffe.

2 - 0 AFTER 4.5 INNINGS


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MIN - Bot 5th
B:1 S:1 O:1
Brian Dozier pops out to second baseman Omar Infante.

B:2 S:2 O:1
Pedro Florimon singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Aaron Hicks flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:2 S:2 O:3
Joe Mauer flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

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DET - Top 6th
B:1 S:2 O:1
Prince Fielder flies out to left fielder Josh Willingham.

B:3 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:2 S:1 O:3
Andy Dirks grounds out, first baseman Justin Morneau to pitcher Kevin Correia.


MIN - Bot 6th
Pitching Change: Darin Downs replaces Anibal Sanchez.

B:2 S:3 O:1
Josh Willingham strikes out swinging.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Justin Morneau flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Ryan Doumit strikes out swinging.

2 - 0 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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DET - Top 7th
B:2 S:0 O:1
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:3 S:2 O:1
Alex Avila singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Omar Infante grounds into a force out, pitcher Kevin Correia to shortstop Pedro Florimon. Alex Avila out at 2nd. Omar Infante to 1st.

B:1 S:0 O:3
Austin Jackson grounds out, second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Justin Morneau.


MIN - Bot 7th
B:4 S:1 O:0
Trevor Plouffe walks.

B:0 S:3 O:1
Chris Parmelee called out on strikes.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change: Brayan Villarreal replaces Darin Downs.


B:3 S:3 O:2
Brian Dozier called out on strikes. Trevor Plouffe steals (1) 2nd base.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez replaces Pedro Florimon.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Wilkin Ramirez doubles (1) on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Trevor Plouffe scores.
2 - 1

B:3 S:3 O:3
Aaron Hicks strikes out swinging.

2 - 1 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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DET - Top 8th
Defensive Substitution: Eduardo Escobar replaces Wilkin Ramirez, batting 9th, playing shortstop.

Pitching Change: Jared Burton replaces Kevin Correia.


B:1 S:2 O:1
Torii Hunter pops out to first baseman Justin Morneau in foul territory.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Miguel Cabrera flies out to center fielder Aaron Hicks.

B:3 S:3 O:3
Prince Fielder strikes out swinging.


MIN - Bot 8th
Pitching Change: Joaquin Benoit replaces Brayan Villarreal.

B:2 S:1 O:1
Joe Mauer grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

B:4 S:2 O:1
Josh Willingham walks.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni replaces Josh Willingham.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Justin Morneau grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder. Darin Mastroianni to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Ryan Doumit grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Prince Fielder.

2 - 1 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:19 pm

DET - Top 9th
Darin Mastroianni remains in the game as the left fielder.

Pitching Change: Glen Perkins replaces Jared Burton.


B:0 S:1 O:1
Victor Martinez pops out to first baseman Justin Morneau in foul territory.

B:0 S:3 O:2
Andy Dirks strikes out swinging, catcher Joe Mauer to first baseman Justin Morneau.

B:3 S:1 O:3
Jhonny Peralta flies out to left fielder Darin Mastroianni.


MIN - Bot 9th
On-field Delay.

B:4 S:2 O:0
Trevor Plouffe walks.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Jamey Carroll replaces Trevor Plouffe.

Coaching visit to mound.

Pitching Change: Phil Coke replaces Joaquin Benoit.


B:0 S:0 O:1
Chris Parmelee flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:1 S:2 O:1
Brian Dozier singles on a fly ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Jamey Carroll to 3rd.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Eduardo Escobar doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Andy Dirks. Jamey Carroll scores. Brian Dozier scores.

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Benoit pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

Pitches-strikes: Sanchez, An 95-59, Downs 24-14, Villarreal 16-9, Benoit 23-12, Coke 7-6, Correia 97-63, Burton 12-7, Perkins 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sanchez, An 4-4, Downs 0-1, Villarreal 0-0, Benoit 3-0, Coke 0-1, Correia 10-6, Burton 0-1, Perkins 0-1.
Batters faced: Sanchez, An 20, Downs 5, Villarreal 3, Benoit 5, Coke 3, Correia 28, Burton 3, Perkins 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Villarreal 1-1, Coke 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Cory Blaser. 3B: Jim Joyce.
Weather: 46 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 18 mph, R to L.
T: 3:01.
Att: 22,963.


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PostSubject: Re: GDT: 4/03/13 - DET (1-0) AT MIN (0-1) - 4:10 p.m. ET    Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:12 am

Game 2: The day closer by committee got tested
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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:05 am

Second-guesser’s delight, Jim Leyland predicted.

That was in spring training, when Leyland was asked about the possibility of not having a set closer. Even if Bruce Rondon made the Opening Day roster, it looked increasingly like the way to go.

Two games in, this was what he meant, though he didn’t say that after the 3-2 loss to the Twins. What he said was that they had a favorable situation once Phil Coke entered to retire Chris Parmelee on his first pitch for the first out of the ninth inning with the tying run on base.

“Once we got Parmelee out, we put ourselves in a pretty good situation,” Leyland said. “The next two hitters, Cokey got fastballs up and out over the plate both of them.”

Yes, they were right-handed hitters facing a left-handed pitcher who gave up a .396 (40-for-101) average to right-handed hitters last year, and .314 the year before. But this was the bottom of the Twins lineup, and this was a reliever who retired switch-hitting Ryan Doumit for the final out on Opening Day.

This was also the start of five games in five days, though they had just had a day off. And they have one more game against a Twins batting order that has enough righties, lefties and switch-hitters that it doesn’t lend itself well to playing pure batter-by-batter matchups.

Agree with the strategy or not, but Leyland was set. Once Coke entered the game, he was going to finish the inning, because nobody was warming up.

The Tigers had plenty of situations to lament, from not adding on runs in the innings when they scored — Kevin Correia stranded two on by retiring Price Fielder before Torii Hunter was later thrown out going first to third — to Darin Downs’ walk in the seventh to Joaquin Benoit’s leadoff walk in the ninth to neither Austin Jackson nor Andy Dirks making the play on the final ball.

“It’s hard to really call it when it’s hit in between you like that,” Jackson said. “You’re both going after it hard. I think once you start to get closer, you see each other out of the corner of your eye. A lot of people yelling, it’s tough for him to hear me or me to hear him. It’s just a tough play right there.”

The 100-pitch count on the starters also is having a major impact so far, forcing the bullpen to cover 12 outs instead of nine in a lament out of the 2008 or 2009 Tigers.

Take all those situations into account and then toss them. In most cases this year, it’s the bullpen usage that will get the scrutiny, rightly or wrongly (mostly wrongly).

Tigers starters have 10 scoreless innings on five hits with 12 strikeouts. Detroit’s bullpen has given up five runs on five hits and seven walks in 7 1/3 innings so far this year. Two walks and two hits came out of the ninth inning Wednesday on what was admittedly an off-night for the lefty Coke.

He left two fastballs up and over the plate, and that’s going to be a problem whether he’s facing a right- or left-handed hitter. He wasn’t trying to get cute against the eighth and ninth hitters in the Twins lineup.

“I can’t control the results. I mean, if a guy still takes a good swing on a fastball and does the same thing and I finish my pitch, then he just beats me,” Coke said. “I’m irritated with the result, but I didn’t locate. That’s on me. I lost the game for us today, and I’m not happy about it.”

That’s one game. That doesn’t mean he’s sunk, nor the closer by committee at this point. Not yet, anyway. It is, however, an early test, and an example of how one bad at-bat (Benoit’s walk, arguably) can throw a closer by committee off its matchups.

Play of the game: Eduardo Escobar is searching for his first Major League home run after 155 plate appearances, and his minor-league track record over more than 600 games doesn’t suggest it’s coming soon. His focus was on trying to get a sacrifice fly to tie the game, so he was as surprised as anyone for him to hit a game-winner.

“It was a fastball right over the middle,” the switch-hitting Escobar told reporters. “It was just my first swing and I got it right down the middle on the first pitch. I thought I did my job because I hit it in the air and hit it far enough but I didn’t even think it was going to go that far and bring the other run in.”

Biggest out: On the Tigers’ side, it was Brayan Villarreal’s strikeout of Aaron Hicks to send the Tigers into the eighth inning holding onto their 2-1 lead. For the Twins, it was arguably Chris Parmelee throwing out Hunter going first to third on Miguel Cabrera’s second RBI single. It kept Kevin Correia from having to face Prince Fielder with two runners on, though Correia’s success against Fielder seemed to hold.

Strategy: Leyland did not go with a right-hander against the switch-hitting Eduardo Escobar, who in his limited big league at-bats has had more success hitting lefties than righties. Octavio Dotel had shown no signs he was unavailable, but did not warm up, nor did Alberto Alburquerque. On the other hand, Leyland stuck with lefty Darin Downs in the sixth against righty Josh Willingham, lefty Justin Morneau and the switch-hitting Doumit, and it worked flawlessly, allowing Leyland to play matchups for the seventh.

What worked for Sanchez: Both Sanchez and Leyland said he looked over video with pitching coach Jeff Jones after his last start and noticed something. Sanchez said it was an adjustment with his legs. It wasn’t always smooth, but it was effectively.

Line of the day: Sanchez pitched five innings of two-hit ball with three walks and five strikeouts, yet used enough pitches getting there that he couldn’t go back out for the sixth, which set the bullpen in motion. His pitch count was a palindrome: 95 pitches, 59 strikes.

Stat of the day: 2 — Tigers regulars still looking for their first hit of the season. Victor Martinez is one, Andy Dirks the other.

Print it: “I didn’t think it was going out. I kept running, and it seemed like it just kept carrying.” — Jackson on Escobar’s double


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