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>>caption: CABRERA'S MONSTER
SHOT WASN'T NEAR ENOUGH<<
@ ST. PETERSBURG, FL:
Before the game the Tigers
acquired INF Jhonny Peralta from
the Cleveland Indians and then
lost their third straight at Tampa
Bay, 7-4 Wednesday night.
The Tigers are only 3-11 since the All-Star break and have lost nine straight
on the road.
The Tigers lost ground again to Chicago and Minnesota, who both won on
Wednesday. Detroit (51-49) now trails the first place White Sox by five games
and the second place Twins by four games in the AL-Central.
Peralta was acquired along with cash considerations (to help pay Peralta's
contract) in exchange for minor league LHP Giovanni Soto.
Peralta was obtained too late to get him to T-Bay in time for the game,
which was also missed by MGR Jim Leyland. The Tiger skipper was suspended
for one game by MLB for his argument with umpire Marty Foster Monday night.
Leyland wasn't around to see Eddie Bonine's first start of the season, a
move Leyland had resisted making all year in order to keep Bonine in the
bullpen. Bonine's start was shorter than one of his relief outings as he went
just 3.1-IP to allow 5-R/5-ER on 8-H & 1-W to take the loss (4-1).
Detroit actually took a 2-0/T-1st lead on a Johnny Damon RBI-2B and a Jeff
Ex-Tiger Jeff Joyce got one back for T-Bay in the B-1st on an RBI-1B to give
Joyce 6-RBIs in the Rays' three straight wins over the Tigers.
Damon soloed (#7) to RField to make it 3-1 Detroit in thew T-3rd.
Tampa tied it 3-all in the B-3rd on a Carlos Pena RBI-1B and a Willie Aybar
The Rays chased Bonine when they took the lead for good with a 2-R/B-4th
on an up-the-middle Jason Bartlett RBI-1B and a Carl Crawford RBI-G'out.
Miguel Cabrera brought the Tigers within 5-4/T-6th on a solo homerun (#25)
some 436-feet to deep LField.
When Cabrera came to bat again, Rays MGR Joe Maddon made the unusual
move of intentionally walking Miggy to load the bases in the T-7th for a second
consecutive night. For the second straight evening the move of moving the
potential go-ahead run into scoring position worked when Brennan Boesch was
retired again. Boesch is in a slump that's reached 4-for-46.
T-Bay's Evan Longoria snapped an 0-for-19 slump with hits in his last three at-bats
to go 3-for-4 including a 2rHR (#15) to LCField off Detroit reliever Ryan Perry for a
pair of B-8th insurance runs.
Tampa starter Jeff Niemann went 6-IP to gert the win (9-3). Third Rays reliever
Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect T-9th for the save (#28), his second in as many games.
The second place Rays remained two games behind the AL-East leading New York
DET 4-9-0, 7-LOB (L) Bonine, 4-1
TB 7-14-0, 9-LOB (W) Niemann, 9-3; (S) Soriano, #28
TIGERS PREZ/GM DAVE DOMBROWSKI: "I was trying to do something to help our
ballclub and do something to stay in this [division race]. We think this helps our
ballclub with a solid big league player. We’ve got a lot of young players. Right now
it gives us another veteran in our lineup "
TIGERS RF BRENNAN BOESCH: "Miguel is the best hitter in the game. I’d do the same
thing [walking Cabrera to pitch to Boesch], probably. Hopefully I start swinging the
way I’m capable of and they think twice. You better believe when they do that I’m
up there to try and get it done. I’m sure it will happen again and I’ll be ready for it.”
Peralta is a 3B/SS who will fill-in for Brandon Inge (broken left hand) at the hot
corner for the next five weeks or so, then shift to SStop where Detroit has
shuffled personnel his year in hopes of finding some offensive spark. Peralta's
declining numbers the past three seasons have him hitting .246 with 7-HR & 43-RBI
in 91 games this year. The 28-year old Peralta is earning $4.6-million this season in
the final year of a 5-year/$13-mil contract. There is a $7-million club option for 2011.
The 19-year old Soto was 6-6 with a 2.61-ERA in 16 starts for Single-A West
Michigan and will be transferred to Cleveland's Class-A Lake County farm club.
Soto had 76-K and issued 25-W in 82.2-IP for the Whitecaps.
To make room for Peralta on the Detroit 40-man roster failed prospect OFielder
Wilkin Ramirez (Toledo) was designated for assignment.
Also Wednesday, RHP Casey Fien was outrighted to Toledo. Fien was already
pitching for the Mud Hens, but was designated for assignment earlier this week to
make 40-man roster room for Detroit call-ups Will Rhymes & Larish.
Leyland went to Tigertown in Lakeland, FL Wednesday afternoon to watch his
son Patrick play catcher for the entry level GCL Tigers. Patrick had 2-H against
the GCL Yankees.
T-Bay CFielder Ben Zobrist left the game after 3-INN with lower back stiffness.
In Thuirsday afternoon's final game of the 4-game series probable pitchers are
David Price (13-5, 2.90) of T-Bay and Rick Porcello (4-8, 5.55) for the Tigers.
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