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TIGS BOMBARD RANGERS.....TIGERS 13, Texas 5, W 7/29/09
Posted on: 07-29-2009

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    Curtis Granderson set the tone
by leading off the ballgame with a
homerun, added a 2rHR in the T-2nd and batted four times in the first 4-INN.
    Granderson (2-for-5 with a W,2-R & 3-RBI), Miguel Cabrera (4-for-6 with a
2B, HR, R & 4-RBI) and the rest of the Tigers blasted the Rangers 13-5 Wednesday
night to salvage the final meeting of a 3-game Texas series.
    Detroit scored in each of the first 7-INN off Rangers pitching and tied their
season-high of 19-H. The 13-R were just one less than the 14 Detroit had scored
in its previous five games combined (2-3).
    Five Tigers had multiple basehits including Adam Everett who went 3-for-4 and
Ryan Raburn who was 3-for-6 as both snapped slumps.
    On the flip side, Detroit ace Justin Verlander equalled his career-high of 13-K in
going 7-IP for the win (12-5). Relievers Brandon Lyon with 2-K and Casey Fien with
3-K each pitched an inning.
    The three Tiger hurlers combined to whiff 18 Texicans, the most by any MLB
team in a 9-INN game this season.
    Verlander has won his last two starts and 4-of-5. He improved to 6-1 lifetime vs
Texas including 2-0 this year.
    Granderson hit homers #21 & #22 including his second lead-off homer of the
series and 20th of his career. Cabby's homer was his 20th of the year. Marcus Thames
was 2-for-3 with a W, 2B, solo HR (#11) and 2-R.
    Rangers starter Scott Feldman had his shortest outing of the season. Feldman
was clubbed for 6-R/6-ER on 10-H & 2-W with 1-K in his 2.1-IP loss (9-4). Feldman
had won 4-of-5 entering Wednesday's start.
    Verlander threw 80 of his 115-pitches for strikes and yielded 4-R/3-ER on 6-H
with no walks. The Rangers scored 3-R in the B-5th when JV got a bit too fastball
happy. However, Verlander limited the damage when he struck-out Rangers David
Murphy and Marlon Byrd on 99 & 97-mph heaters to end that inning with runners at
both second and third and Detroit ahead 8-4 at the time.
    Andruw Jones hit a pair of solo homeruns (#16 & #17) for Texas, one off Verlander
and one off Fien. Veteran Omar Vizquel had an RBI-1B and Michael Young a 2r2B in
the 3-R/B-5th for Texas.
    The 53-47 Tigers continue to lead second place Minnesota by two games in the
AL-Central race. By sweeping a 3-game MetroDome series from Chicago the Twins
bumped the White Sox into third place, three games back of Detroit. (The WSox have
lost 6-of-7.)
    The Tigers are now 5-8 since the All-Star break after ending the Rangers' six
game home winning streak. The second place Rangers lost a game in the AL-West
standings, now trailing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by three and a half games.
    The road win was Detroit's first since July 3rd, snapping an 0-for-7 losing string.      
    DET     13-19-1, 13-LOB     (W) Verlander, 12-5
    TEX       5-8-1, 5-LOB         (L) Feldman, 9-4


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "We came out after it. Feldman wasn't sharp...We took
advantage of him and that's what you have to do...Grandy kinda set the tone and
everybody fell into place...We've got a lot of quality hitters and if they get goin' we'll
be alright...It's fun to watch (Verlander) pitch when he's right...He's a horse."

TIGERS CF CURTIS GRANDERSON:   "There's two full months left in the season...
We're still in a great situation right now. We haven't hit well, we haven't played
well, yet we're still in first place...Interesting game. Definitely happy with the win."

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "I expected us to turn it around (offensively).
We have the talent. It’s a matter of stringing some hits together...That (tying for
the MLB lead in wins) means a lot to me. I worked very hard to turn things around.
And now to have 12 wins tonight and get one the team needed is nice for me."

TIGERS SS ADAM EVERETT:   "That's exactly what we needed. We needed to come
out and play up to our expectations and play up to our abilities. We hadn't done
that in a long, long time. And (backing) arguably our best pitcher. When you can do
that, that's huge...We can sleep a little better now."

RANGERS MGR RON WASHINGTON:   "Their bats woke up. They got hits all kinds
of ways. There was nothing we could do about it.”

RANGERS CF MARLON BYRD:   "That’s what (Verlander) does. There’s a reason he’s
leading the world in strikeouts.”

RANGERS SP SCOTT FELDMAN:   "I did an awful job. Bad command cost me the most.
It was a frustrating night.”


    Detroit finished the season series 7-2 vs Texas.
    Verlander regained the AL strikeout lead with 172 and tied for the MLB lead in wins
(12) for the season.
    Cabrera now has six straight 20-HR seasons. He was robbed of a 6-for-6 night on
great defensive plays by Vizquel at 2Base and Byrd in CField. Prior to Wednesday Cabrera
had only 6-RBI in July.
    Granderson's third multi-homer game this season was the fourth of his MLB career.
    Entering the game as a late-inning defensive replacement, knee-injured Brandon
Inge struck-out in his only at-bat giving Inge 101-K on the year.
    Carlos Guillen was 1-for-3 with 2-W, 2-R & 2-RBI. The sore-shouldered DH extended
his hitting streak to seven games and has hit safely in all six games (8-for-23, a .348-BA)
since coming off the DL on July 24th.
    Every Tiger in the starting lineup except Magglio Ordonez had either a run scored or
an RBI.   
    Tiger INF Ramon Santiago (right shin) and Texas 2B Ian Kinsler (left hamstring)
both missed Wednesday's game with injuries suffered Tuesday.
    Doug Mathis pitched a fairly solid 4-IP as the Rangers' emergency starter Tuesday.
His reward was to be optioned to 3A Oklahoma City Wednesday to make room for the
recall of INF Joaquin Arias.
    Texas rookie SStop Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 in the game and 7-for-11 in the series.
    The New York Yankees have expressed interest in OFielder Josh Anderson, who was
designated for assignment when Guillen came off the DL last week. Thursday is the
seventh day of the 10-day period where the Tigers must either trade, waive or release
Anderson. The MLB non-waiver trading deadline is Friday.
    DLed Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will visit noted sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James
Andrews Thursday morning after experiencing more soreness in his right/pitching shoulder.
    DLed Tiger pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson will both pitch simulated
games at Cleveland Friday before that night's real game.
    Following Thursday's off-day the Tigers conclude their 6-game road trip with a 3-game
series at Cleveland starting Friday night. Tiger probable pitchers are Edwin Jackson (7-5),
Rick Porcello (9-7) and Armando Galarraga (5-9). The Indians are scheduled to counter
with Jeremy Sowers (3-7), TBA and Carl Pavano (8-8). The Saturday night vacancy in the
Tribe rotation was caused by the trade of LHP Cliff Lee to Philadelphia on Thursday.  


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