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Posted on: 05-27-2009

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    The Tigers put the lead-off
man on base in each of the first
six innings Wednesday afternoon,
building an 8-2 lead in the process.
    Rookie RHP Rick Porcello went 6-IP to back the tiger batters, winning his
fifth straight start as Detroit went on to take the rubber game of the
3-game KayCee series 8-3.
    Kansas City took a quick 1-0 lead on Porcello in the B-1st when David
DeJesus 1-out tripled to RCField and scored on an RBI-1B to LField by next
batter Billy Butler. The Royals would later briefly tie the game 2-all/B-4th
when Mark Teahen went the opposite way to slice a 2-out solo homerun
(#6) just inside the LField foul pole.
    Other than those blips, Porcello was in command. He gave up 4-H & 2-W
with 4-K in his win (6-3) and threw 53 of his 82-pitches for strikes. Porcello
became the first Tiger pitcher to win five games in May since 1994 and the
first Tiger rookie to do it since 1954.
    In his last five starts/wins, Porcello has allowed only 5-R with a 1.50-ERA
and 20-K in 30-IP.
    Meantime, Kansas City starter Kyle Davies (L, 2-4) was charged with
8-R/5-ER on 10-H & 2-W in his 5.2-IP, losing to Detroit for the second time
this season.
     Miguel Cabrera led-off the T-2nd with a homerun (#10) over the LField bullpen.
A Ryan Raburn RBI-1B to CField scored Curtis Granderson to make it 2-1 before
that frame was over.
    The Tigers went ahead for good with a 3-R/T-5th. Josh Anderson's RBI-1B
to CField scored Raburn and Placido Polanco plated Anderson when he hit a 2-0
fastball for a 2rHR (#1) into the LField bullpen.
    Detroit blew it open in the T-6th with another trio of tallies. Granderson
came home from 2Base when Gerald Laird's grounder went right between the
legs of Royals 3Bman Teahen. Laird scored on a 2-out RBI-1B to deep SStop by
Adam Everett and Everett came in on Polanco's RBI-1B to LField.
    Kansas City got one last run in the B-7th on a 2-out Luis Hernandez RBI-1B
off second Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya. The basehit scored Teahen with the run
charged to first Detroit reliever Bobby Seay.
    Fernando Rodney finished allowing 2-H but striking-out the side in the
    Anderson went 4-for-5, Raburn 2-for-4 and Polanco 2-for-5 with 3-RBI for
    Teahen went 3-for-4 and DeJesus 2-for-4 for the Royals.
    By winning 2-of-3 in KayCee the Tigers returned to their season-high of
seven games over the .500-mark at 26-19 and expanded their AL-Central
lead to four full games over both the Royals and Minnesota Twins (entering
Wednesday night action).

      DET     8-12-0, 4-LOB     (W) Porcello, 6-3
      KC       3-8-1, 6-LOB        (L) Davies, 2-4


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "He’s been watching film, watching tape of the hitters.
He does his homework. He wants to learn, and that’s always a good sign.”

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   "I just think I’m doing a better job of getting my
breaking ball over for strikes and kind of giving hitters a different look that
way, to keep them of my fastball a little bit. I think that’s the biggest thing so
far. I’m just going to keep working on it and getting better...I’ve had a couple
of starts now and I’m able to settle in a little better out there and focus. And all
the jitters are kind of gone. I think I’m getting a little more comfortable with
each start.”

TIGERS SS ADAM EVERETT:   "Billy Butler (comes into 2Base) and says...'He's nasty.'
When you hear that, when you hear other guys say that, you know (Porcello has)
something special. What I see, the way he makes guys miss, you know he can be
something special if he stays healthy."

TIGERS 2B PLACIDO POLANCO:   "You stay on your toes (with Porcello pitching).
You're ready on every pitch. It really helps when you come out to hit. You're in the
game. You never turn it off. Same with [Justin] Verlander. When he's in the zone,
he just works fast and gets you in the game."

ROYALS CF MITCH MAIER:   "(Porcello's) got a good sinker and he was throwing it
for strikes, keeping it down. That's a big part of the game, and he's got good
stuff for a young guy...You want to go out there and win the series, but it's early.
We've got a lot of ball left to play this year, and we'll see what happens."

ROYALS SP KYLE DAVIES:   "It makes it difficult when their fast guys get on base
all the time. I don't know how many times  Anderson got on base, but I think it
was every single time against me (4-for-4), Granderson too (1-H & 2-W in 3-PA).
Those guys can run and they can make things happen."


    Royals bench coach John Gibbons (the former Toronto Blue Jays MGR) was acting
manager for the Royals Wednesday. Shortly before gametime MLB gave KC MGR Trey
Hillman a 1-game suspension for spitting in the face of umpire Paul Emmel when ejected
Monday night. (Emmel gave Hillman one of his two 2008 ejections.)
    Detroit's Magglio Ordonez was 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
    Polanco has a lifetime .333-BA at Kauffman Stadium.
    Cabrera is hitting .404 with 12-RBI in his last 13 games. The Tiger 1Bman is running
second at his position in All-Star fan balloting.
    The slumping Royals have lost 6-of-8 and 13-of-18.
    Former Tigers Roman Colon and Kyle Farnsworth both pitched mop-up relief for
the Royals.
    KC DH Mike Jacobs went 0-for-3 with a walk and is now 1-for-21 this year vs
Detroit pitching.
    Davies is 1-6 in his career vs Detroit.
    DLed Royals closer Joakim Soria began rehab from a sore right/pitching shoulder
Wednesday by throwing 15-pitches in a simulated game in Arizona. Soria reported
no problems afterward.  
    Tiger radio PBP man Dan Dickerson flew home Wednesday to have surgery on his
left leg, injured in a jogging accident Tuesday.
    Detroit opens a 4-game series at Baltimore Thursday night with Armando
Galarraga (3-4) set to oppose David Hernandez (MLB debut) of the Orioles in the
mound match-up.


    The Mud Hens took an 8-2/B-6th  lead and held on for an 8-6 Wednesday win
over Norfolk at Toledo as the Hens snapped a 10-game losing skid.
    The RBIs were spread among eight different Hens hitters with OFielders Brent
Clevlen and Don Kelly getting 3-H each.
    In his third injury rehab appearance for Toledo, DLed Tiger OF/DH Marcus
Thames was 1-for-5 and is now 2-for-13 (.154-BA) on his minor league assignment.
    Ex-Tiger reliever Clay Rapada earned the Toledo victory with 3-IP of scoreless
middle relief where he allowed just 1-H & 0-W with 3-K. All the Tides runs came off
a pair of ex-Tiger RHanders with starter Chris Lambert giving up 2-R/2-ER in 4-IP
and Freddy Dolsi allowing 4-R/4-ER in 1-plus-IP.
    Norfolk OFielder Jeff Fiorentino hit a 2rHR (#4) and had 3-RBI.

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