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MISCUES COST CHANCE FOR SWEEP.....Kansas City 3, TIGERS 2 (10-INN), S 8/16/09
Posted on: 08-16-2009

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>>caption:  THE ROYALS FOUND
RABURN AT THE CRITICAL TIME<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

    A trio of hot corner errors including
a pair in the T-10th by Ryan Raburn
foiled the Tiger chance to sweep the AL-
Central last place Royals Sunday afternoon.
    Kansas City took advantage of Raburn's
mistakes to post a 3-2, 10-INN win to
salvage the final game of the 3-game
weekend series.
    Still weak from illness which saw him
miss his last scheduled Tiger start on
Wednesday and which caused him to lose
15-lbs because a sore throat wouldn't let
him swallow food, Armando Galarraga
battled the upper 80s heat to gut out 5-IP and allow 2-R on only 4-H & 2-W with 6-K.
    Tiger relievers Fu-Te Ni, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney then combined to
retire 13-of-14 Royals until the fatal T-10th.
    Former Tiger OFielder Josh Anderson beat out a 1-out/T-10th  dribbler to Raburn
at 3Base. Anderson moved to second when Raburn bobbled a hard grounder by David
DeJesus. The two Royals runners moved up on a 1-3 groundball back to the mound.
Billy Butler then sent a grounder down the 3Base line, but instead of being the inning's
final out, Raburn's throw across the diamond pulled 1Bman Carlos Guillen off the bag
and Anderson scored the winning run against players who were his teammates until
late last month.
    It wasn't all Raburn's fault. The Tigers stranded 10 men on base, were 0-for-16
with runners in scoring position, and left the lead run at third in both the B-7th & B-8th.
    Well-rested closers took the decisions, each pitching 2-INN, with KC's Joakim Soria
getting the win (3-0) and Rodney suffering the defeat (2-3).
    KC's other runs came on a Mike Jacobs RBI-1B to shallow CField in the T-1st and
via a Willie Bloomquist hit-&-run double in the T-5th with DeJesus scoring both times.
    Twice the Tigers tied the 1-run Royals leads on a towering Magglio Ordonez solo
homerun (#7) to the LCField seats in the B-2nd and when Adam Everett came home
from third in the B-5th on a wild pitch by KayCee starter Kyle Davies.
    Everett was 2-for-2 and Placido Polanco, Miguel Cabrera and Guillen all went
2-for-5 at the plate for Detroit.
    Anderson was 2-for-4 as the only visitor with multiple hits while four Tiger pitchers
held KC to 5-H over the 10-INN.
    When second place Chicago and third place Minnesota also lost Sunday the 62-55
AL-Central leading Tigers remained two and a half games ahead of the White Sox
and six gamers up on the Twins. The fourth place Cleveland Indians won and moved
to 11 games behind Detroit. Kansas City is now 46-71 and 16 games back.
   
10-INN.....KC     3-5-2, 8-LOB         (W) Soria, 3-0
              DET     2-10-3, 10-LOB     (L) Rodney, 2-3

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:     "It’s a shame, but you have to give them credit for
not letting us get the big hit...(Galarraga) lost quite a bit of weight and he was
weak. He was too slow in the first inning. I told him to move it along a little bit or
we’d have fans passing out from the heat and players passing out...Raburn's the
same guy that made a great play in Boston [on Thursday] and knocked in both runs
to win the game. He's not a third baseman, and we were forced to play him there
[because of Brandon Inge's knees]. He's a good player. I felt bad for him, but that's
part of it. That's all part of the game. But I have no problem with him whatsoever.
That was not, any of that, what cost us the ballgame. What cost us the ballgame was
not executing [offensively], even though we were trying.”

TIGERS DH MIGUEL CABRERA:   "We don’t have any excuses—not at this part of
the season. We want to win the division. Tomorrow is a good day off—we can rest
and think about what we did wrong today.”

ROYALS RF JOSH ANDERSON:   "That ball [by Butler] almost hit third base. I think
maybe Raburn was set up to anticipate that, because that ball went right over third
base. I thought it nicked it or was going to hit it, because it was headed right for it."

ROYALS MGR TREY HILLMAN:   "We’ll take anything right now. Detroit made some
mistakes, especially at third base, and we were able to capitalize.”

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Tiger CFielder Curtis Granderson crashed the CField wall 420-feet from the plate
making an inning-ending flyball catch to rob KC's Jacobs in the T-8th.
    Although they've struggled offensively, the Royals have 1st-INN runs in five of
their last six games.
    DLed Detroit LHP Dontrelle Willis (anxiety disorder) makes an injury rehab start
at 3A Toledo vs Columbus Monday night.
    After a Monday off-day the Tigers conclude their 6-game homestand with a
3-game series vs Seattle. Having completed his 5-game Boston beanbrawl suspension,
rookie Rick Porcello (10-7) starts the series opener Tuesday night for Detroit. Justin
Verlander (13-6) goes Wednesday night and former Mariner Jarrod Washburn (8-7)
is expected to toss the Thursday matinee finale. The M's probables are Felix Hernandez
(12-4), Ian Snell (2-9) and TBA.

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