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TIGERS EDGE WSOX.....TIGERS 3, CHI WSox 2, Th 7/29/04
Posted on: 07-30-2004

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COMERICA PARK:

    After losing two of three in both Chicago and Cleveland on a six game
road trip, the Tigers returned to Downtown Detroit to begin a 10 game
homestand and opened it with a narrow 3-2 victory vs the White Sox on
Thursday night.
    The Tigers lost a pair of players in the contest, hopefully for just a
short time. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez came out in the third inning with
back spasms and MGR Alan Trammell insists he won't let Pudge talk him
into the line-up on Friday. Reliever Al Levine came out as the T-8th was
about to begin to go for X-Rays on his left forearm after being struck by
an Aaron Rowand grounder in the T-7th.
    The Tigers scored first, taking a 2-0/B-2nd lead on back-to-back
RBI-2Bs by Rondell White & Marcus Thames after Carlos Guillen had
coaxed a one-out walk.
    The WSox got one back quickly in the T-3rd on a one-out RBI-1B
by Carlos Lee, his 14th RBI in 11 games.
    Chicago tied the contest when Timo Perez led-off the T-6th with a
double over the head of Bobby Higginson in RField, then was driven in
by Carl Everett.
    The deciding run came in the B-6th when a single, an error and a
walk loaded the bases with one-out and Dmitri Young then scored on
a weak Higginson grounder to first which moved up all the runners.
Had the ball been hit harder it likely would have been an inning-ending
double-play.
    Tiger starter Jason Johnson evened his record with the win (8-&-8)
with his fourth victory in his last five decisions. J-J went 6-INN and
yielded 2-R/-2-ER on 3-H & 1-W.
    Following a scoreless inning by Levine, rookie Roberto Novoa, just
up from 2A Erie, made his MLB debut. Novoa gave up basehits to the
only two hitters he faced. Rodriguez's replacement behind the plate,
Mike DiFelice, threw out the first man (pinch-hitter Ross Gload) trying
to steal second. Novoa was then replaced by Esteban Yan, who got
the last two outs to end the T-8th.
    Ugueth Urbina came on to work a perfect T-9th for the save (#16)
getting two groundballs with a strikeout sandwiched in between.
    WSox starter Scott Schoeneweis, the first of three Chicago
pitchers, took the loss (6-&-8) by giving up all three Tiger runs in
5.1-INN.
    The loss was the fifth in a row for the White Sox, a streak
which began when Detroit salvaged the final game of last weekend's
series on Chicago's South Side.

      WSOX     2-5-1, 4-LOB
      DET        3-5-1, 6-LOB

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Before the game the Tigers brought back CFielder Alex Sanchez
from his hamstring injury rehab assignment, even though he was
0-for-10 in two games. Sanchez went 1-for-4 in his return to the
Detroit lead-off spot. Hitting .333 in eight games in Sanchez's
absence, rookie CFielder Nook Logan was optioned back to 3A
Toledo.
    The pitching rotation for the final three games of the series
has Wil Ledezma, Mike Maroth & Jeremy Bonderman going for
Detroit vs Chicago's trio of Jon Garland, Mark Buehrle & Freddy
Garcia.

COACH KURT

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