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Posted on: 08-26-2009

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    The LA Angels of Anaheim avoided
their first four game losing skid of the
season and thwarted the Tiger hopes
of Detroit's first road series sweep since
May in a 4-2 Wednesday matinee decision.
    The AL-West leading Angels had lost 5-of-6 entering Wednesday's game. The
AL-Central Tigers now return home from a 3-&-3 road trip, their last western
journey this year.
    Tiger starter Edwin Jackson suffered his first August defeat, allowing all the
enemy runs in his 6.1-IP in 97-degree heat. Jackson battled, but gave up 4-R/4-ER
on 8-H & 4-W with 3-K. He threw 115-pitches/68-strikes to take the loss (10-6).
    LAA starter Joe Saunders went the minimum 5-IP to get the win (10-7). His short
stint had nothing to do with the heat. Saunders was just off the DL for left/pitching
shoulder soreness and was working on a reduced pitch count.
    Fifth Angels pitcher Brian Fuentes earned the save (#36), allowing no hits or walks
in the T-9th, although he put the potential tying runs on base by hitting two Tiger
    Torii Hunter jump-started the Angels offense with a 1-out, 2rHR (#18) to LCField.
    The Angels made it 3-0/B-3rd on a 2-out RBI-1B by Kendry Morales that scored
Bobby Abraeu from 3Base.
    LAA added another run in the B-4th on another 2-out RBI-1B, this one a bloop hit
by Chone Figgins to plate Gary Matthews Jr. (who'd doubled) from 2Base and make
it 4-Zip.
    Detroit got back in the ballgame when Ryan Raburn led-off the T-5th and scored
on a 2rHR to LField by Adam Everett (#3) to make it 4-2, but that's the way it finished.
    The AL-Central Tigers are now 67-59, but stayed four and a half games ahead of
both Chicago and Minnesota, which are tied for second place in the division. The
White Sox and Twins each lost Wednesday night games.
    The Angels gained a game on Texas (which lost at the New York Yankees) and
LAA now leads the second place Rangers by five full games in the standings.

    DET     2-7-0, 7-LOB      (L) Jackson, 10-6
    LAA     4-8-0, 8-LOB     (W) Saunders, 10-7; (S) Fuentes, #36


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "If somebody said we'd give up four runs today, I'd
have said we would win the ballgame. But we didn't do it...I thought we'd hit a
couple home runs today, but I didn't anticipate Everett hitting one....We just didn't
do much."

TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   ""I didn't think (Hunter) hit it that well to get it out
of the park. That's just part of the game right there...They got a couple of runs
early with the home run, then they got two bleeders to get another run on me.
That's what a good team does. They find a way to get runs, whether it's hard-hit
balls or well-placed balls..(His trouble) was a matter of me trying to do too much
instead of just throwing. I was trying to be too perfect."

TIGERS SS ADAM EVERETT:   "Even though we didn't win today, this series was a
big one for us."

ANGELS CF TORII HUNTER:   ""I don't know if (Jackson's HR pitch to him) was a
mistake, because it was low and away. I might've been lucky, if anything...I was
just hoping the guys were upset, because I was upset (and LAA's losing skid). We
have a pretty good team...we were able to capitalize on their mistakes."


    The Tigers haven't swept a series from the Angels in Anaheim since August
of 1993.
    Jackson suffered hius first loss since July 19th and fell to 3-1 with 1-ND in five
August outings.
    The Angels ran wild Thursday, becoming the first team to go 5-for-5 in stolen
base attempts against Detroit catcher Gerald Laird. Figgins had two of the swipes
and appeared to have a third, a theft of home in the B-7th. However, time had
been called and Figgins was ordered back to third. Figgins is fifth in the majors
with 39-SB. The five steals matched an Angels season-high. The 5-SB against was
a career-high for Laird, who entered the game with a 42.2% throw-out rate to
lead the American League and his 27 gunned-down runners leads the majors.
    Hunter extended his hit streak to 12 games.
    Vladimir Guerrero's B-5th single made him the eighth player to collect 1,000 career
hits in an Angels uniform.
    Fuentes 36th save tied him with Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees for
the major league lead.
    The Tigers return home to open a 4-game, wrap-around-the-weekend series vs
AL-Wildcard contender & defending AL Champion Tampa Bay starting Friday night
at Comerica Park. Friday's probable pitchers are Rick Porcello (10-8) for Detroit
and Matt Garza (7-8) for the Rays. With Thursday's off-day Porcello is being moved
up in the rotation, but will pitch on normal rest.
    Recalled from injury (elbow) rehab at Toledo on Wednesday, LHP Nate Robertson
will take the place of Armando Galarraga (6-10), who was farmed out to the Mud Hens
in a corresponding roster move. The Tigers said Galarraga had inflammation in his
right/pitching elbow, but should be back to Detroit in the minimum 10 days required
for a demoted player.
    Robertson will make his first MLB start in more than a year on Saturday vs the Rays
in a nationally televised game. He had a 1-1 record with a 1.89-ERA and 21-K in his
five starts and 19-IP with the Hens. Before his left/pitching elbow surgery, Robertson
was 1-0 with a 7.71-ERA in 21-GP & 21-IP out of the Detroit bullpen.   


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