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Posted on: 07-22-2010

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>>caption:  CABRERA HAD 3-H, 2-2B


    The Tigers overcame an early
deficit and a couple of baserunning
blunders to stage a 5-2 Thursday
matinee comeback win over Toronto
in the first of a four game Downtown
Detroit series.
    AL All-Stars just last week, Miguel
Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Jose
Valverde all played key roles Thursday.  
    Verlander earned the win (12-5) by going 8-IP to yield 2-R/2-ER on 8-H &
2-W with 5-K. Verlander threw 120 pitches/82 strikes. Verlander changed
tactics after the Jays got to him early and allowed only four baserunners
over his last six innings of work by mixing more off-speed tosses with his famous
    Jays starter Ricky Romero took the loss (7-7) after his good beginning was
followed by a slow fade.
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, 1-R & 2-RBI to up his
MLB lead to 85-RBIs. Johnny Damon was 2-for-3 plus a walk with 2-R as the only
other Tiger with multiple hits.
    After snapping a 7-game losing skid with two wins in 18 hours, the Tigers
moved within two games of the AL-Central leading Chicago White Sox (who
were idle Thursday). Minnesota won Thursday night to stay in a virtual second
place tie with Detrooit, the Twins just one percentage point behind the Tigers.
    The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead when Lyle Overbay opened the T-2nd with a
double to RCField and next batter John Buck cranked a 2rHR (#14) to RField.
    After Romero retired the first 10 Tigers he faced, Damon doubled, Magglio
Ordonez walked and Cabrera stroked an RBI-1B to plate Damon and put runners
at the corners with 1-out/B-4th. When Ryan Raburn struck-out swinging on a
wild pitch Ordonez tried to score from third, changed his mind and tried to
retreat and was tagged out to end the inning.
    The Tigs tied it 2-all/B-5th when they strung together four 2-out singles
by Ramon Santiago, Danny Worth, Austin Jackson and Damon. Jackson's
safety scored Santiago and Damon's loaded the bases. Although 3Bsase coach
Gene Lamont waved Worth home on Damon's single, Worth stopped at third, so
when Ordonez hit into a force play that ended any further threat.  
    The Tigers gave Verlander a victory when they completed their comeback
in a 3-R/B-8th. Damon led-off with a walk, Shawn Camp relieved Romero and Camp
gave up three consecutive basehits upon arrival. Ordonez singled, Cabrera hit
an RBI-2B to LCField to put Detroit ahead and Raburn sent an RBI-1B to short CField.
After a Scott Sizemore groundout, Gerald Laird plated Cabrera with a sac-fly to
make it 5-2.     
    Tiger closer Valverde replaced Verlander in the T-9th and posted the save (#20)
by getting 2-K, including Dwayne Wise to end the game, while allowing only a 2-out
    Wise was 2-for-5 as the only B-Jay with multiple safeties.
    TOR     2-9-0, 8-LOB        (L) Romero, 7-7
    DET      5-10-1, 6-LOB     (W) Verlander, 12-5; (S) Valverde, #20


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "They're a fastball-hitting team, and they were going
to jump on [Verlander]...They were going to jump right on him, and he made a little
adjustment as the game went on. He made his fastball more effective later on when
he started using his other stuff...[Cabrera is] one of the best players in the game,
and at some point he'll probably go down as one of the best to ever play the game if
he keeps his health. You don't find guys that have that kind of power and that kind
of elasticity in their swings. When he's locked in, he's as good as it gets."

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "I saw those guys were taking some aggressive swings
at fastballs, and I just had to change my game plan a little bit...This was definitely
satisfying, because I was able to abandon my game plan early, completely revamp the
way I was pitching and still have enough success to go eight innings and get us a win.
I went to more off-speed stuff and kept them off-balance."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:   ""Even very good pitchers make mistakes. When you
get a mistake you have to hit it...[Camp] pitched me good. He tried to get me off-
balance. He made good pitches...This year, I have to thank my teammates, because
I've got a lot more situations for RBIs, I'm thankful for that. I go up there and I don't
want to give away any at-bats."

JAYS MGR CITO GASTON:   "It's good to get two runs off [Verlander], but you don't want
to miss chances against one of the premiere pitchers in the game...Ricky threw the
ball very well. But they've got Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera in
the middle of their batting order. It's tough to get those guys out time after time."

JAYS CA JOHN BUCK:   "After the second inning, every time we hit something hard, it
was either right at someone, or they ran it down."

JAYS RP SHAWN CAMP:   "The one [pitch] to Cabrera was the one I wish I could take back."

    Verlander is 4-0 with 1-ND in his last five starts.
    Valverde's save gave him 20 or more in four consecutive seasons and for the
fourth time in his eight year big league career.
    Cabrera has reached base in 32 of his last 33 games. Cabrera's lead-off ground
rule double in the B-6th one-bounced over the bullpen in LCField and into the seats.
    Recalled from 3A Toledo Wednesday, Sizemore made his MLB debut at 3Base
Thursday and committed a throwing error.
    Tigers 2Bman Carlos Guillen was not available due to a personal matter.
    Prior to the game the Blue Jays recalled INF Mike McCoy from 3A Las Vegas and
sent down SP Marc Rzepczynski.
    Game two of the series Friday night lists Detroit's Rick Porcello (4-7, 5.63)
vs Toronto's Shaun Marcum (8-4, 3.36) as probable pitchers.


     A disputed RBI-1B down the 1Base line by Lars Anderson with none out in the
B-10th gave Pawtucket a 5-4 comeback home win over the Toledo Mud Hens Thursday
night. Hens reliever Daniel Schlereth took the defeat (1-3) when HP umpire Jason Bradley
ruled Anderson's batted ball crossed 1Base, although both teams believed the ball had gone
foul. Bradley ignored Toledo MGR Larry Parrish's protest to quickly exit via the umpire's
    The decision salvaged the final game of the 4-game Rhode Island series for Pawtucket
after Toledo had taken the first three contests to extend the Paw Sox losing skid to
five games. The Mud Hens had won three in a row and four of five.
    LHP Charlie Furbush got his first Triple-A start for Toledo a day after promotion
from Double-A Erie. Furbush whiffed seven Paw Sox in his 6-IP, allowing 3-R/3-ER
on 5-H & 2-W, departing with a 4-3 lead. Furbush began the year at Single-A Lakeland
and leads all of professional baseball with 153 strikeouts this season including 109 for
the Flying Tigers in 77-IP and 37-K in 33-IP for the SeaWolves. All the runs off Furbush
Wednesday came on a 3rHR by Paw Sox RFielder Daniel Nava (#9) in Nava's first game
back with Pawtucket after spending the last month and a half with the Boston Red Sox.
    Ben Guez (#4) and Casper Wells (#13) both hit solo homers for the Hens.
    Just beginning an injury rehab assignment at Pawtucket, Boston 3Bman Mike Lowell
DHed and went 1-for-5 with a bloop single to CField in the B-10th rally.


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