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TIGERS BLANK MARINERS.....TIGERS 2, Seattle 0, Sa 4/18/09
Posted on: 04-18-2009

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    Starter Edwin Jackson and a
pair of relievers combined on a
5-H shutout and the Tigers beat
the Mariners 2-0 late Saturday
    Jackson's first victory as a Tiger was Detroit's second shutout win in their last
four games.
    Jackson threw 98-pitches/71-strikes in his 7.2-IP and scattered 5-H & 1-W
with 6-K. Jackson (1-0), who beat the Mariners twice last season when he
pitched for Tampa Bay, lowered his lifetime ERA vs the M's to 0.39 with a perfect
3-0 record against Seattle. He managed his dominating performance in spite of
being bitten by the Tiger clubhouse flu-bug that continues to sideline SStop
Adam Everett.
    Bobby Seay came on to strike-out Ichiro Suzuki looking to end the B-8th.
Fernando Rodney tossed the B-9th, walked the first man he faced, then retired
the next three for his third save in as many chances this year.
    Mariners starter Erik Bedard (L, 1-1) went 6-IP and 100-pitches, allowing
the game's only runs in his final frame of work.
    Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird both singled in the T-6th with Bedard retiring
a pair of Tigers in between. Brandon Inge then sent a 2-out RBI-1B to RField to
score Cabrera and Laird came home too when annual Gold Glove winner Ichiro
threw wild to the plate.
    The Tiger tallies came just a half inning after Seattle's best threat was thwarted.
Tiger CFielder Curtis Granderson caught a flyball off the bat of Yuniesky Betancourt
and threw out Jose Lopez at home in an inning ending double play.
    Granderson was himself thrown out attempting to score in another inning ending
DP in the T-7th when Endy Chavez caught a Cabrera fly in LField and threw out
Grandy at the dish.  
    Magglio Ordonez went 2-for-3 while Laird and Inge were both 2-for-4 for Detroit.
    Rob Johnson was 2-for-3 for the Mariners.
    The Tigers earned their second road win in six away games so far to go to 6-5
on the season.

    DET       2-9-0, 9-LOB     (W) Jackson, 1-0; (S) Rodney, #3
    SEA        0-5-2, 5-LOB     (L) Bedard, 1-1


TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   "I'm not sure (why he's so good against Seattle). If you
have the answer let me know...That was a great throw (by Granderson). That changed
the game. That's a run right there if that throw wasn't perfect like it was...I just felt
weak...it's just a slight case of whatever's going around and I'm not fully energized.
As a professional, you can't really go out and make excuses. There's a lot of people
playing sick and hurt, I'm sure, so I'm not really one to complain."

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "(Jackson) was sick as a dog. I was worried how he was
going to hold up. What a competitor."


    Detroit has collected at least eight hits in each of the first 11 games, the longest such
streak by a Tigers team since 1954.
    RHPs Carlos Silva (1-0) of Seattle and rookie Rick Porcello (0-1) of the Tigers are
the probables for Sunday afternoon's series finale.


    The Toledo Mud Hens improved to 8-2 on the new year with a 3-1 Saturday night
win at Columbus.
    RHP Ruddy Lugo scattered 4-H & 3-W over his 5-IP, allowing 1-R/1-ER to get the
win (2-0). DLed Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya pitched the B-6th & B-7th to allow 1-H with
1-K, throwing 26-pitches/17-strikes in his first Triple-A injury rehab assignment
(after two with Single-A Lakeland). Casey Fien worked the last 2-INN for the save (#2).
     Mike Hessman had a 2r2B in the T-1st to give Toledo an early lead. Hens utilityman
Danny Worth played 2Base and led-off, going 4-for-4 with a R & RBI.  
      Former Cleveland Indians starter Jeremy Sowers took the loss (0-1) for the


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