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@ KANSAS CITY, MO:
Shades of "Roller Coaster" Todd
Jones and Fernando Rodney.
Jose Valverde (L, 0-1) failed to
retire a batter in his first Tiger save
opportunity, yielded a pair of runs,
and Kansas City topped the Tigers
3-2 in 11-INN.
However, Valverde had help in his blown save.
Alberto Callaspo led-off the B-11th by pulling a homerun (#1) just inside the
RField foul pole to tie the game 2-all. Slow-footed Billy Butler beat out a generously
awarded INF-1B on a ball bobbled by Tiger SStop Ramon Santiago. Rick Ankiel
followed with a double to deep RCField. Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist initially
stopped at third, but then easily scored when Tiger rookie 2Bman Scott Sizemore
dropped the relay from RFielder Don Kelly on the transfer, then was slow to retreat
and pick the ball up.
The end result ruined an excellent first start by new Tiger RHander Max Scherzer
and a clutch homerun by Miguel Cabrera.
Scherzer pitched a No-Hitter for 5.2-IP, then worked out of a bases loaded
situation in the B-6th, his last inning, by getting a called third strike on KC's
David DeJesus. Scherzer allowed 1-H , 2-W & 1-HBP with 3-K in his 6-IP.
Royals starter Luke Hochevar was impressive too, throwing 7.2 shutout innings to
scatter 5-H & 1-W with 2-K. The game began in a windy, chilly rain and Hochevar
stranded Detroit's Austin Jackson in the B-3rd after Jackson's 2-out, wind-blown triple.
After Kansas City took a 1-0/B-7th lead off first Tiger reliever Fu-Te Ni on a 2-out
RBI-1B by Grosse Pointe South alum Chris Getz, Cabrera forced extra innings on Detroit's
last chance. With 2-out/B-9th, Cabrera worked KayCee closer Joakim Soria for a 10-pitch
at-bat. Soria had struck-out the first three Tigers he faced, but his last pitch to Cabrera
was an inside fastball which Cabrera sliced the opposite way off the RField foul pole for a
solo homerun (#1) and a 1-1 deadlock.
The Tigers opened the T-11th with three consecutive basehits off former Tiger Kyle
Farnsworth. The third was an RBI-1B to medium depth LField by Carlos Guillen which plated
pinch-runner Kelly from 2Base, well ahead of the throw-in by rag-armed Scott Podsednik.
Detroit ran itself out further production in the inning when Cabrera was caught on the front
end of a delayed double steal. Farnsworth found himself in the right place at the right time
and got the win (1-0) when the Royals rallied in the B-11th.
Jackson, Magglio Ordonez and Cabrera were all 2-for-5 at the plate for Detroit.
Ankiel went 2-for-5 as the only Royals player with multiple hits.
DET 2-11-1, 8-LOB (L) Valverde, 0-1
11-INN.....KC 3-7-0, 8-LOB (W) Farnsworth, 1-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "It was a hell of a ballgame...We got it to where we wanted
it. We just gotta close it out...I thought [Scherzer] really pitched well. He mixed all his
TIGERS RP JOSE VALVERDE: "There are a lot more games to go and I will get the saves.
My command was good with my fastball and splitter, but these guys are good hitters.
They deserve credit. I hope to take the ball again tomorrow and do my job.”
TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA: "That happens. That's part of the game. Callaspo laid off some really
good pitches and had a great at-bat and was able to get hold of one and put it in the right
spot in the ballpark. The ball wasn't really carrying today, but that corner...it was."
TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER: "When I needed it most there, I located my fastball. My slider
was on and off. With my changeup, I was pretty much able to get swings and misses or
ground balls. But it was a good first outing for me."
TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA: "It was a great game. Both teams really battled."
ROYALS 2B CHRIS GETZ: "We felt like we were in the driver's seat Monday and let it
slip away, and then we were in the driver's seat again tonight. If we had let it slip
away, we would have bounced back [from an 0-2 start], but it would have been more
ROYALS SP LUKE HOCHEVAR: "Those conditions were kind of rough. Once the rain stopped,
it was fine. Growing up in Colorado, I had to learn how to pitch in cold weather, so it doesn't
Probable pitchers for Thursday afternoon's rubber game of the season opening 3-game
series are Brian Bannister of KC and Dontrelle Willis of Detroit. Bannister is 17-8 in 32 career
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