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>>caption: JOHNNY DAMON (L)
SLIDES PAST KC CATCHER JASON
KENDALL (R) IN THE 7-R/B-6TH<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Tigers took advantage of a
dog tired ballclub and posted a one-
sided 12-3 Monday night victory over
the Kansas City Royals.
Detroit's fourth straight win, all at
home, got the Tigs back within a game
of the .500-mark at 62-63.
The Royals had played three extra-
inning games in a 24-hour span, going
2-1 at home vs the Chicago White
Sox, before traveling to Detroit.
Detroit's 5-6-7 hitters of Ryan Raburn, Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge had
The Tigers broke open a 5-2 game by sending 12 men to the plate in a 7-R/B-6th.
Four of Detroit's runs came on a trio of basehits immediately after three
intentional passes to Tiger batters, two of those to AL-IW leader Miguel Cabrera.
The Royals took a brief 1-0/T-1st lead on a 1-out RBI-1B by Billy Butler. Jeremy
Bonderman then settled down and used his curveball effectively to stay in charge
and deliver Detroit's fourth consecutive quality start. The only other run
Bonderman allowed was in the T-5th on an RBI-G'out off the bat of Kila Ka'aihue.
Bondo (W, 7-9) scattered 8-H with 0-W & 3-K over his 6-IP.
The Tigers went ahead to stay (2-1) in the B-1st on an RBI-1B by Cabrera and
via Peralta's bases-loaded walk, both with 1-out.
Raburn walked to open the B-4th and scored all the way from first when Peralta
doubled to make it 3-1.
Detroit expanded its margin to 5-2/B-5th on a 1-out RBI-2B by Raburn and an Inge
The first 5-R/5-ER were charged to Royals starter Bruce Chen (L, 8-7), who lasted
Detroit added 7-R/7-ER off first KayCee reliever Jesse Chavez in the B-6th when
seven consecutive Tigers reached base with 1-out. Johnny Damon had an RBI-1B,
Raburn a 2r1B, Peralta an RBI-1B, Inge a head-first slide 2r2B and Gerald Laird an RBI-1B.
After lefties Brad homas and Daniel Schlereth each pitched perfect relief innings
for Detroit, the Royals scored 1-R/1-ER on 3-H off third Tiger bullpenner Eddie Bonine
in the T-9th with a bases-loaded sac-fly off the bat of Gregor Blanco for the inning's
Raburn was 3-for-4 and Peralta 2-for-2 plus 2-W. Will Rhymes & Damon were both
2-for-4 with 2-R.
Blanco, Butler, Mitch Maier and Yuniesky Betancourt were all 2-for-4 at the plate
for Kansas City.
KC 3-11-2, 8-LOB (L) Chen, 8-7
DET 12-12-0, 9-LOB (W) Bonderman, 7-9
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "Normally, when you get that many [runs], you are going
to have a two-run homer or a three-run homer or something in the mix. Tonight, it
was just good at-bats and a lot of base hits. Everyone took a good approach throughout
the lineup, and that's good to see."
TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN: "My ball was really flat in the first couple innings, but I
was able to make an adjustment and the guys made some big plays behind me."
ROYALS SP BRUCE CHEN: "I didn't pitch very well, and it cost us the game. I nibbled too
much instead of attacking the strike zone."
Inge's B-6th two-bagger was his 999th big league hit.
KC OF Jai Miller led-off the T-9th with a single through the 5-6 infield hole for his
first MLB career basehit. Miller has played four games with 5-AB between the Florida
Marlins (2008) and a recent KayCee call-up.
The Tigers brought up OFielder Casper Wells from 3A Toledo for a second time this
season and designated mop-up reliever Enrique Gonzalez for assignment Monday
afternoon. Wells started in RF and went 0-for-2 before being replaced in a platoon with
Brennan Boesch. Wells (a .182-BA in limited duty for Detroit) was batting .233 with 21-HR
and 46-RBI for the Mud Hens, but improved to a ,295-BA in the second half of Toledo's
season. Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 3.81-ERA in 18 Tiger appearances.
Damon was claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox, but with some no trade
provisions in his Tiger contract, has until Wednesday to accept or decline to go back to
Boston (the third of his five big league teams).
The middle game of the series Tuesday night features RHPs Rick Porcello (5-11) of
Detroit and Kyle Davies (6-7) of Kansas City as probable pitchers.
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