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>>caption: RUGGIANO SLID IN
A CLOUD OF DUST, TOUCHED THE
PLATE, BUT WAS CALLED OUT<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
Victor Martinez batted in
one run and scored another
as the Tigers outlasted Tampa Bay 2-1 in 10-INN in a Monday night rainout
Martinez 1-out singled in the B-10th and scored the winning run when
Ramon Santiago hit the next pitch from former Tiger Kyle Farnsworth for
an RBI-3B to the RCField gap.
Earlier Martinez had delivered a 2-out, B-5th, RBI-1B to plate Brennan
Boesch (who'd hit a G-Rule double) to snap a scoreless tie.
The Rays loaded the bases with just 1-out in both the T-7th & T-8th, but
managed only a lone run in the T-8th on a Justin Ruggiano sac-fly off fourth
Tiger pitcher Joaquin Benoit.
The T-7th had an explosive ending. Casey Kotchman flew-out to Magglio
Ordonez (just off the DL) in short RField. Ordonez threw home to try and
prevent Ruggiano from scoring to tie the game. Ruggiano missed the plate
as he slid by, but reached back and tapped the dish with his left foot. Tiger
catcher Alex Avila applied a tardy tag, but HP umpire John Tumpane signaled
out for an inning-ending double play. Rays MGR Joe Maddon and pitcher David
Price (who wasn't even in the game) were both ejected in the argumentative
The Rays ran themselves out of an inning in the T-9th when pinch-runner
Sam Fuld stole second, over-slid the bag and was tagged out by Tiger SStop
Jhonny Peralta to end the frame.
Tiger LHP Phil Coke took a no-decision in his best start of the year, tossing
6.1 scoreless innings to allow 4-H & 0-W with 3-K.
Sixth Tiger pitcher David Purcey pitched the T-10th to get the win (1-0), his
first Detroit decision since being recently obtained in trade from Oakland. Sixth
Rays pitcher Farnsworth took the defeat (2-1).
Detroit's win kept pace with AL-Central co-leader Cleveland as the Indians
salvaged the final game of their 4-game series at Yankee Stadium Monday night
by edging New York 1-0.
The extra inning loss was a bitter defeat for T-Bay, the make-up game
coming at the end of an extended 4-city, 11-game road trip that produced a
TB 1-8-1, 7-LOB (L) Farnsworth, 2-1
10-INN.....DET 2-11-2, 12-LOB (W) Purcey, 1-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "It was just a great ballgame. Nip and tuck all the
way, two good teams going at it the way you're supposed to go at it. We
finally got the big hit."
TIGERS 2B RAMON SANTIAGO: "I was ready for a fastball early in the count [in
the B-10th], because I knew he would go to his other stuff later. I got one,
and I just wanted to hit it on the sweet spot."
TIGERS DH VICTOR MARTINEZ: "We're just taking it day by day, game by
game. Doesn't matter who we're playing. We just play hard and let things
RAYS MGR JOE MADDON: "The [controversial T-7TH] replay speaks for itself.
MLB really has to review all that stuff, because it is a play that comes up quite
often. I was a little annoyed that sometimes, it seems to go against us on the
heavy side. I had my say, but that's not up to me to rectify."
RAYS LF JUSTIN RUGGIANO: "If they're going to give catchers the benefit of
the doubt on those plays, then I feel like that narrows down our options to a
collision at home every time. It's not something that you want to do, but for
me now, it seems like if there's anything close, I'm going to have to make a
Ordonez went 0-for-2 in his return to drop his BA to .168. Ortdonez was
replaced late in RField for defensive reasons by Casper Wells.
Rays rookie starter Alex Cobb allowed 1-R/1-ER in 5.2-IP on 8-H & 2-W
with 7-K on 102-pitches/63-strikes. Alex is the fourth player named Cobb to
play big league baseball. HoFamer Ty Cobb was the first, debuting in 1905 and
playing 24 MLB seasons, the first 22 with Detroit. Pinch-hitter Joe Cobb made
one pinch-hitting appearance (0-for-1) for the Tigers in 1918. Herb Cobb pitched
one scoreless inning for the 1929 St. Louis Browns. Appearing in his fourth
game for Tampa this season, Alex Cobb has become just the second Cobb to play
in multiple major league contests. None of the Cobbs are related.
The Tigers host Cleveland in a 3-game, AL-Central, first place showdown starting
Tuesday night. Two RHPs named Justin are the game one probable pitchers. Verlander
(7-3) of Detroit opposes Masterson (5-4) of the Tribe.
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