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Posted on: 06-20-2010

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    It took a while for the Tiger bats
to wake up, but when they did they
did it with thunder.
    A pair of back-to-back B-7th
homeruns by Brennan Boesch 2rHR,
#10) and Carlos Guillen (solo, #5)
carried the Tigers to a 3-1 win over Arizona Sunday afternoon in the rubber game
of a 3-game weekend series.
    Detroit completed an 8-1 interleague homestand and will not be back to
Comerica Park until July 1st.
    Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy had retired 13 consecutive Tigers until
Miguel Cabrera opened the B-7th with a single to RField. Boesch and Guillen
immediately followed with their homeruns, both well into the RField seats,
Boeach's traveling an impressive 410-feet. Five of Detroit's seven hits came in
that B-7th, the first four off Kennedy (L, 3-5).
    Former D-Back Max Scherzer struggled with a high pitch count, but managed
to go just long enough to qualify for the win (4-6). In his 7-IP Scherzer threw
118 pitches/79 strikes and allowed 1-R/1-ER on 4-H & 2-W with 8-K.
    The only Arizona run came in a 36 Scherzer pitch T-1st. Justin Upton
drew a 2-out walk, went to third on a Miguel Montero single and scored on a
Chris Young double.
    Scherzer, Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde combined to retire the final 14
D-Backs batters. Zoom and Papa Grande each recorded a strikeout in their
perfect relief frames. Valverde earned the save (#16), his second of the
    Guillen of Detroit and Gerardo Parra of Arizona were both 2-for-3 at the
plate as the only batters in the ballgame with multiple safeties.
    The Father's Day CoPa crowd of 41,417 was the largest since Opening Day, the
second consecutive SRO audience and the fifth Tiger home sellout this season.
    At 38-30 the Tigers returned to their high-water mark of the season (originally set
Friday) at eight games over the .500-mark.

    ARI     1-4-1, 4-LOB      (L) Kennedy, 3-5
    DET     3-7-0, 5-LOB     (W) Scherzer, 4-6; (#16)


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "We won eight out of nine...Obviously, you’ve got to be
very pleased with that...If Scherzer takes from this what he should take from
it, this could be a giant step for him. Not just this year, but in his career, because
today he pitched. He learned the art of pitching, not just pumping fastballs...I was
very impressed. That’s the best I’ve ever seen him.”

TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER:   "It is hard, because there is still a learning curve for me.
Today, I learned that I've got to throw my slider earlier in the game. Once I started
doing that, it gave me three pitches that I could show hitters, and that allowed me
to have more success...I was juiced up [about facing his former team for the first
time]...From the moment I woke up today, I was really amped up to get out there on
the mound. The whole day, I was anxious. For me, it was more about controlling that
and not overusing my adrenaline early in the game...I was so happy when that ball
[Boeach's go-ahead homer] went out. As soon as he hit it, it was a no-doubter. I was
happy because I battled through the whole game to give our team a chance to win.
That was really gratifying for me to grab the lead in the seventh inning."

D-BACKS MGR A.J. HINCH:   "We've seen Max throw that exact game a lot of times.
We got an early run off him, and we had his pitch count up, but we let him off the
hook. Give him credit for making adjustments and extending himself deep into the

    Austin Jackson entered the game in the T-9th as a defensive replacement
in Cield. Jackson had been sidelined since the Mid-1st-INN of last Sunday's home
game vs Pittsburgh with back spasms.
    Scherzer is 3-2 with a 3.94-ERA in five starts since his brief demotion to 3A Toledo.
Prior to his two start trip to the minors, Scherzer opened the season for Detroit 1-4
with a 7.29-ERA in eight starts.
    Late Sunday morning the Tigers optioned struggling RHander Rick Porcello
to 3A Toledo. Porcello, who took the only Detroit loss of the homestand Saturday
night vs Arizona, was 4-7 with a 6.14-ERA in 13 starts. No corresponding roster
move was immediately announced. There is no timetable for Porcello's return and
it was not announced who will take Porcello's place in the Tiger rotation.
    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has issued a proclamation designating Monday as "Ernie
Harwell Day" in Detroit. Harwell died last month after an eight month battle with inoperable
cancer. Monday was selected because it's the first day of summer and for 42 years
Harwell was Detroit's "voice of summer" on Tiger broadcasts.
    Detroit opens a 3-game series at the New York Mets Tuesday night.


    The Mud Hens concluded their 8-game homestand with a 5-1 Sunday evening win
over the Norfolk Tides. Toledo went 2-2 against both Rochester and Norfolk.
    Jeff Frazier (#14) and Casper Wells (#11) both homered the opposite way to the
RField upper deck with Frazier's solo blow tying the game 1-1/B-4th and Wells' 3rHR
blowing the game open 5-1/B-8th.  
    The go-ahead Hens run came in the B-5th when Wilkin Ramirez led-off with a single,
stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a Will Rhymes RBI-1B.
    Obtained June 17TH as a free agent after his release by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
(the top New York Yankee farm club), Hens LFielder Jon Weber went 3-for-4  with a
double & stolen base.
    Toledo starter Alfredo Figaro went 7.1-IP and 98 pitches/69 strikes to allow 1-R/1-ER
on 8-H & 0-W with 8-K to get the win (6-4). Third Hens hurler Jay Sborz worked a perfect
T-9th with 1-K in a non-save close.
    Norfolk starter Brandon Erbe went 5-IP to allow 2-R/2-ER and suffer the loss (0-10).
    The crowd of 10,300 was the 12th Toledo sellout this season and the 250th sellout
in the history of 5th/3rd Field, which opened in 2002.

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