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@ LOS ANGELES, CA:
For the third straight game the Tigers scored
in the opening inning, but this time they did not
surrender the lead and had some late add-on runs in a 6-2 Sunday matinee win
at the LA Dodgers.
Detroit avoided a 3-game weekend series sweep and pulled back to within
one game of the AL-Central leading Minnesota Twins.
Detroit defeated Dodger ace Hiroki Kuroda (L, 5-2) by scoring three times in
the T-1st and added three more in the final two frames against the LAD bullpen.
Tiger starter Rick Porcello won (4-4) his first time on the road this year (1-3)
by scattering 9-H, all singles, and 2-W over his 6-IP. Porcello yielded both Dodger
tallies on a 2-out, 2-R basehit by Xavier Paul in the B-5th. Porcello registered 2-K.
Three times the Dodgers hit balls at or off Porcello, resulting in a double play, a
forceout and a single.
Porcello's outing ended when he got out of a B-6th bases-loaded jam by getting
LAD pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez to groundout to third on the first pitch of the at-bat.
The Detroit defense turned four double plays including a game-ender that closed
the contest for Jose Valverde in a non-save B-9th situation.
Johnny Damon doubled to open the ballgame, was sac-bunted to third and scored
on an RBI-1B by Magglio Ordonez. Miguel Cabrera then cranked a 2rHR (#10) down the
After Los Angeles had pulled within 3-2/B-5th, Ordonez solo homered (#6) to LCField
in the T-8th and then the Tigers scored twice in the T-9th on a suicide-squeeze bunt
by Adam Everett, then a Danmon RBI-1B to short CField. The last three Tiger tallies
came off Ronald Belisario, the third of four Dodger pitchers.
For the second time in his six big league contests, Danny Worth had a 3-hit effort
(3-for-4) for Detroit. Ordonez went 2-for-4 and Damon 2-for-5.
Blake DeWitt went 2-for-3 (plus a spectacular defensive play at 2Base) while Paul &
Garrett Anderson were both 2-for-4 for LAD.
The Tigers are 3-2 on their 7-game west coast road trip. The Dodgers lost for just
the second time in 14 games. Both teams are now 25-19.
DET 6-9-1, 5-LOB (W) Porcello, 4-4
LAD 2-11-1, 8-LOB (L) Kuroda, 5-2
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "Getting [Ramirez] out on the first pitch, that was
absolutely huge. You're not ever comfortable when you see Manny Ramirez walk
off the bench with the bases loaded. It's not a very good feeling. But Porcello
threw a real good sinker to him, it got in on him a little bit and he rolled it over
...If you put the squeeze on, it seems like an eternity before the play happens.
I don't like the play and I never have, but I took a shot and it worked out OK
[in the T-9th]."
TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO: "I've had games where there's been a lot of base hits up
the middle, but I haven't been hit this many times in one game. I said to myself, 'Put it
where I'm supposed to put it, and that won't happen.' I just knew I wasn't getting the
ball down, and that's why they were putting good swings on it...I saw them all for a
split-second. I think the hardest ball that was hit back at me was the one [Matt] Kemp
hit [in the B-1st] that I caught. I didn't have time to move, and it kind of found its way
into my glove, really [for a DP]. The one on the forearm hit me pretty square. But it's
only a bruise and I should be fine. It's sore, but I have full range of motion with everything
...If I start worrying about that stuff [hits up-the-middle], then I'd lose sight of what I'm
out there to do. And if it does come at my head, I've just got to hope that I've got quick
enough reflexes to get out of the way."
DODGERS MGR JOE TORRE: "Some pretty good hitters got [Kuroda], but I thought he
pitched great after that [T-1st] and gave us a strong outing...Willis is a pretty good hitter.
It was just a decision [to call upon Sherrill] I made that didn't work out."
DODGERS 3B CASEY BLAKE: "Today we were in it most of the game, we got back in it.
They scored the three runs early, we still had our chances and they pulled away at the end."
Porcello won for the first time in his pro career in California. He improved to
4-0 in five career interleague starts.
Tiger MGR Jim Leyland sent up pitcher Dontrelle Willis as a T-9th pinch-hitter
for Detroit reliever Phil Coke. When Dodgers MGR Joe Torre called upon LHP George
Sherrill to pitch to LHand-hitting Willis, Leyland countered with Everett as a pinch-
hitter for the pinch-hitter and then called for the suicide-squeeze play.
Paul is 7-for-17 with a 2B & 4-RBI since his recall from 3A Albuquerque on May 18TH.
Sunday's crowd of 46,073 was the largest of the weekend series at Chavez Ravine.
Dodger Stadium flags flew at half staff and a moment of silence was observed
before the game began in memory of former Tigers & Dodgers RHP Jose Lima, who
died early Sunday morning at age 37 from an apparent heart attack. Lima had attended
the opener of the Tigers/Dodgers series Friday night and received a warm ovation when
he was introduced to the crowd. Lima threw the only 9-INN No-Hitter in Toledo Mud Hens
history (8/17/1994, 3-0 vs Pawtucket with 13-K & 1-W at Ned Skelton Stadium in Maumee, OH).
Lima won a career-high 21 games for the Houston Astros in 1999 when he was named to the
National League All-Star team. Lima leaves a wife and five children behind.
Struck in the batting helmet by a pitched ball and taken to hospital Saturday,
Tiger rookie Austin Jackson was released from care Sunday, but his left eye was
swollen almost completely shut. Even so, the Tigers hope to have Jackson back in
action by Tuesday.
After Monday's off-day the Tigers conclude their western swing with games late
Tuesday night and on Wednesday afternoon at Seattle. Justin Verlander (5-2) and
Jeremy Bonderman (2-2) are Detroit's probable pitchers for the 2-game series. The
Mariners are scheduled to counter with Doug Fister (3-2) and Jason Vargas (3-2).
Cabrera will miss the two game Seattle series to be with his wife Rosangel for the
birth of the couple's second child.
The Toledo Mud Hens won for the seventh time in eight games Sunday, 8-5 at
Rehabbing Tiger Carlos Guillen hit a 2rHR (#1) to give the Hens a 2-0/T-1st lead
they would not lose. Detroit prospect Ryan Strieby added a 3rHR (#3) in the T-6th,
his second round-tripper in as many games since coming off the DL. In his first game
back with Toledo after demotion by Detroit, Casper Wells went 2-for-3 with a double,
R & RBI.
Mud Hens starter Enrique Gonzalez went the first 5-IP to allow 1-R/1-ER on 4-H & 2-W
with 4-K to earn his second consecutive win (3-4 on the year). Journeyman southpaw
Ron Villone was the first of six Chiefs pitchers and took the loss (1-2), lasting just 2.1-IP.
Each team had 13-H.
Toledo is now 20-2 when scoring first this season and 22-0 when taking a lead into the
The Chiefs had their six game winning streak stopped a day after doing likewise to the
Toledo continues its four game series at Syracuse Monday night when the Mud Hens will
face top Washington Nationals prospect, RHP Stephen Strasburg.
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