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RETURN TO EVEN.....TIGERS 9, Kansas City 1, T 8/24/10
Posted on: 08-24-2010

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>>caption:   RHYMES' 2r2B CAPPED
THE BREAKOUT B-5TH<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

      The Bengals battered Kansas City
pitching for a second straight night
and Rick Porcello had his best start
of the season as the Tigers beat the
Royals 9-1 Tuesday evening.
      Detroit's fifth win in a row and 8th
in 11 games got the Tigs back to the
.500-mark (for the first time since
game two of an 8/3 doubleheader vs
the Chicago White Sox) at 63-63.
      Porcello retired the first 12 Royals
of the game and 16 of the first 17 Kansas City hitters.
      Billy Butler broke Porcello's perfect beginning. One pitch after having his
tower buzzed by an inside fastball that hit his bat for a foul, Butler hit a 2-2
Porcello pitch through the 5-6 infield hole.
      The only other two Royals to reach against Porcello were Chris Getz on
a single and Gregor Blanco via a walk, back-to-back with 1-out in the T-6th.
Porcello got out of the mini-threat with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play
grounder.
      Porcello (W, 6-11) went seven shutout innings to allow just 2-H & 1-W
with 4-K on an efficient 90 pitches/57 strikes. Porcello won for the second
time in four starts (2-W, 1-L, 1-ND).      
      Porcello's performance gave the Tigers five consecutive quality starts, an
entire trip through the rotation.
      The Tigers hopped to a quick 1-0/B-1st lead. Austin Jackson led-off with a
single, stole second (his 20th theft), was sac-bunted to third by Will Rhymes
and came home on a Miguel Cabrera sac-fly to just in front of the RField wall.
      Detroit made it 3-0 with a 2-R/B-4th. Brandon Inge led-off with a single
past the glove of KC 3Bman Wilson Betemit for Inge's 1,000th MLB career hit.
Brennan Boesch followed with a ground rule double to the RField foul corner
(picked up by a fan) and Inge scored according to "umpire's judgement." Next
batter Alex Avila sent an RBI-2B to the RField corner, this one staying in play.         
      The Tigers broke it open with a 4-R/B-5th. Ryan Raburn led-off with
a homereun (#8) to the LField seats. Then, with 2-on & 2-out, Jackson
and Rhymes hit back-to-back RBI-2Bs to chase KayCee starter Kyle Davies
One run scored on Jackson's two-bagger to RField and two on Rhymes' double
that dribbled into the foul territory jut-in down the RField line to make it
7-Zip.
      Detroit added two more in the B-6th off first Royals reliever Kanekoa
Texeira. Three straight singles started the inning before Inge drove in Cabrera
with a sac-fly and Boesch brought in Raburn on an RBI-G'out for a 9-0 bulge.   
      Daniel Schlereth pitched a scoreless T-8th in relief of Porcello. However, the
combined shutout bid was ruined with 2-out/T-9th when Royals rookie DH Kila
Ka'aihue blasted a solo homerun (#1) to the RField seats off third Detroit pitcher
Ryan Perry.
      Davies (L, 6-8) was tagged for 7-R/7-ER on 12-H, 3-W & 1-HBP with 5-K in his
4.2-IP. A half dozen of the dozen hits he allowed were for extra bases (1-HR & 5-2B).
Four of the five doubles off Davies were down the 1Base line and Royals 1Bman
Butler didn't even move on three of them.         
      Five Tiger batters had 2-H each and Peralta was 3-for-5. Boesch was 2-for-4
with 2-R & 2-RBI.
      In fourth place in the AL-Central, Kansas City fell to 53-73, ten games behind
Detroit.
      The third place Tigers moved within nine games of AL-Central leading Minnesota.
     
      KC          1-3-0, 3-LOB               (L) Davies, 6-8
      DET       9-16-0, 10-LOB       (W) Porcello, 6-11
     
QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[Porcello] got some quick outs...He threw strikes. He was
good. He got the ball on the ground. Was he great? No. But he was good."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:    "When you've got all four or four and a half pitches going,
it's going to be easier to keep hitters off-balance. They had some longer at-bats, but
I was able to weather that and get the quick outs. That's the key to pitching deep into
the game."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:    "I wasn't expecting [the Tiger fan ovation] at all. The 1,000th
hit for a small-town boy from Lynchburg, Va. That's a darned good big-league showing
for where I come from...I got a little blown away. I appreciate the fans who are kind and
loyal. Loyalty is something you don't see much anymore. I had chills and tipped my hat a
couple times. I should've tipped more, but I didn't want to mess with the pace of the game
...I'm pretty sure everyone understands we've missed some opportunities. We know we've
been through a rough spell. But we're thinking we can still make a run at it."

TIGERS CF AUSTIN JACKSON:    "That's my job, to score runs. Twenty steals was a goal, but
I'm still a work in progress there. I'm working on getting bigger leads and diving back. I'm
going back standing up a lot but have been watching Carl Crawford and Juan Pierre."   

ROYALS 2B CHRIS GETZ:    "[Porcello] wasn't giving us much, just had good command."

ROYALS 1B BILLY BUTLER:    "[Porcello] was throwing a different slider. It was almost like
a cutter. His velocity wasn't what it has been, but he had a lot more movement on his
fastball. The ball was moving all over the place."

EXTRA INNINGS:

      Magglio Ordonez will undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize the fracture
in his right ankle (suffered July 25th). The procedure was recommended after
an exam Tuesday by Los Angeles foot and ankle specialist Dr. Phillip Kwong. The
operation will end any chance of Ordonez playing again this year.
      Johnny Damon used his veto powewr Tuesday to decline a waiver trade which
would have sent him from the Tigers to Boston.
      The Tigers have now scored 1st-INN runs in six consecutive games, the longest
such streak by Detroit since a 7-game span in May of 1984.
      Inge became the 29th player and the first since Bobby Higginson (2002) to reach
1,000 basehits in a Detroit uniform.
    Rhymes is 8-for-13 (.615-BA) and 15-for-29 (.517-BA).
      Boesch's B-5th broken bat single was Detroit's 10th hit on Davies' 100th pitch.
      Jackson went 2-for-5 with 3-K before being one of three Tigers to be replaced
late in the game. Jackson's 133-K are just eight whiffs shy of Jake Wood's Tiger
rookie record of 141-K set in 1961.
      Jackson has scored 9-R in the last five games at home.
      Peralta is batting .389 on the homestand and has 10-RBI in his last 10 games.
      Raburn has 6-HR in his last 18 games and ov er that same span Raburn has 16-RBIs.
      The Tigers are now 6-13 on Tuesdays, their worst day of the week this year.
      Ka'aihue's homer was his second in the big leagues. He's still classified as a rookie
because he played only 12 games for KC last season and Tuesday was his 19th game
this year. Ka'aihue was hitting just .152 (10-for-66) at the time of Tuesday's dinger.
      Blanco was the first batter of the ballgame, asked for time from HP umpire Jim
Reynolds, was denied, and although he was only halfway in the batter's box, was
called out on strikes.   
      In Wednesday's matinee finale to the series RHPs Armando Galarraga (4-5, 4.21)
of the Tigers and Sean O'Sullivan (2-4, 5.14) of the Royals are listed as probable
pitchers.

COACH KURT

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