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18 MILLION DOLLAR LOSS.....Kansas City 11, TIGERS 1, T 9/15/09
Posted on: 09-16-2009

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>>caption:  WASHBURN (raised glove)


    The Royals used a trio of 3rHR for
the majority of their runs in an 11-1
bombardment of the Tigers Tuesday
    It was the fifth straight Kansas
City win over Detroit and the Tigers
lost for the sixth time in their last
eight contests.
    Tuesday night comeback wins by
second place Minnesota and third place
Chicago drew the Twins within four and
a half games and the White Sox to five
and a half back of the 77-67 AL-Central leading Tigers.
    Starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn and RFielder Magglio Ordonez both exited
early for different reasons. Washburn aggrivated his left knee injury and lasted
just one inning, the shortest outing of his MLB starting career. Ordonez went
0-for-3 in his 5-INN evening, departing after enough plate appearances for his
$18-million option to click in for next season.
    Washburn struck-out lead-off man David DeJesus on three pitches to begin the
ballgame, but his outing became a nightmare after that. A Willie Bloomquist double
Maggs couldn't catch up to in RCField and a pair of walks loaded the bases. Bloomquist
scored on a passed ball off the mitt of Tiger catcher Alex Avila. Covering home for a
return throw from Avila on the play, Washburn had his legs taken out by Bloomquist's
slide. From that moment on Washburn was limping.
    Washburn (L, 9-9) finished the frame, but not before giving up an opposite field
3rHR to the visitors bullpen in LCField by Alberto Callaspo (#10).
    David DeJesus sent a 3rHR (#13) into the RField seats in the T-4th off second
Tiger reliever Casey Fien. Miguel Olivo clubbed a 3rHR (#20) 390-feet into the LField
seats off fourth Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman in the T-7th.
    KayCee's other score came when Olivo tripled and scored on a Callaspo sac-fly off
Fien in the T-5th.
    Kansas City had 10 hits off six Detroit pitchers, eight of the safeties for extra bases.
    Royals starter Robinson Tejeda (W, 3-1) beat the Tigers for the second time in a week
and extended his scoreless innings streak to 23.2-IP before Detroit got its only run on the
board in the B-5th. A pair of 2-out walks, then an RBI-1B by Carlos Guillen dented Tejada.
An error by 3Bman Alex Gordon on an Ordonez grounder loaded the bases before Tejeda
struck-out Miguel Cabrera to end the B-5th.
    Ordonez, Cabrera and Brandon Inge all came out of the game at that point when MGR
Jim Leyland began to sub-in the junior varsity of Toledo call-ups. Tejeda left too, having
thrown 102-pitches/63-strikes with 4-W, 5-K and only 2-H allowed in the minimum 5-IP to
earn the victory.
    Bloomquist went 3-for-5 and Olivo, Callaspo & John Buck were all 2-for-4 at the
plate for the Royals.
    Zach Miner retired all six men he faced with 2-K in the T-2nd & T-3rd and Ryan Perry
retired the side in order in the T-8th for the only impressive efforts by the parade of
Tiger relievers.
    It was a pretty ugly game for Detroit, but at least not too many fans suffered
through it. The announced CoPa crowd of 20,422 was the third smallest of the Detroit
home season.

    KC       11-10-1, 4-LOB     (W) Tejeda, 3-1
    DET       1-4-0, 9-LOB       (L) Washburn, 9-9


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "I don't have any information for you right now, because
I don't have any information for myself. I have no idea who is going to pitch. We'll get
together and try to figure something out...we could tell [Washburn] was in pain.
We'll see what happens, but it seems pretty obvious to me that, at this point, he's

TIGERS SP JARROD WASHBURN:   "I don't know why they'd want me to pitch, pitching
the way I have. I know I can pitch to a high level if I'm healthy and the knee doesn't
hurt. I guess if a miracle happens and we can get the pain out of the knee, or make
it at a significantly lower level, then I know I can pitch and get guys out."

ROYALS MGR TREY HILLMAN:   "The Tigers aren't as at full strength as Jim would
like them, and we understand that. But they are still playing for something, and we
don't feel sorry for them, just like no one feels sorry for us for being in last place."

ROYALS SP ROBINSON TEJEDA:   "I don't think I'm an ace or anything like that. I'm
just going out there and throwing the ball, and I've gotten the opportunity to beat
them two times in a week."

ROYALS LF DAVID DeJESUS:   "When you've got a pitcher on the ropes like that, you
have to finish him off. Even though [Washburn is] hurt, we still have to play the game."


    Washburn is 1-3 with a 7.33-ERA in eight starts since joining the Tigers
in a July 31st trade with Seattle.
    Ordonez' option was triggered by 1080 plate appearances since the start of the
2008 season.
    The Royals evened the season series vs Detroit at 8-8.
    Callaspo has 10-HR this year, four of them vs Detroit.
    DeJesus came out of the game in the B-7th, an inning after he banged his hip
tumbling into the LField seats chasing a foul fly.
    Detroit's fourth and final basehit was a bit of a gift from official scorekeeper
Chuck Klonke. Adam Everett was awarded a B-7th lead-off single on a play where
Gordon fell down attempting to make the play before the ball touched the 3Bman's glove.
    The Tigers announced their 2010 regular season schedule which includes a
Monday, April 5th season opener at Kansas City and a Friday, April 9th home opener
vs Cleveland. Detroit's interleague home games are against Pittsburgh, Washington
and Arizona in June. The New York Yamkees and Boston both come to the CoPa in May.
    Wednesday night's middle game of the series has RHP Eddie Bonine of the
Tigers and LHP Lenny DiNardo of the Royals listed as probable pitchers. Neither
has a big league decision this year after spending most of the season in the minors.
    Tigers HoFame broadcaster Ernie Harwell will meet with the team before
Wednesday's game and be honored with a video tribute during the contest. The 91-year
old Harwell was recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Harwell will also be honored
at the Lions' home opener Sunday vs Minnesota at Ford Field.



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