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Posted on: 07-30-2011

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>>caption:   TURNER TIME<<


      A very eventful day in
Tigertown had a sour ending:
A 5-1 loss to Dan Haren and the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
      Earlier Saturday the Tigers
obtained RHPs Doug Fister and
David Pauley in a six player, pre-
deadline deal with the Seattle
BELOW} and also called up top
minor league prospect Jacob
Turner for a surprise spot start.
      Turner took the loss in his big league debut, but showed why the Tigers
were so reluctant to include him in a package for a star starting pitcher.
      Turner left the contest when it was tied 1-1/T-6th. However, because
he'd walked Howie Kendrick, the last man he faced,   and reliever Phil Coke
allowed the first three Halos he faced to reach base, Turner took the defeat
when Coke's first of two hit batsmen in the inning (Peter Bourjos) forced in
Kendrick with the go-ahead and winning run.      
      Proving as ineffective a reliever as he was a starter this year, Coke was
booed off the mound by the sellout crowd of 40,753 when he was removed in
the T-8th after allowing the last three Angels runs.
      Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each went 2-for-4 at the plate for
Detroit, but the rest of the collective Tigers managed only two more hits off
Haren, who threw a 113-pitch (74-strikes) complete game win (11-6).
        Andy Dirks hit a T-4th lead-off double to the RField corner and scored on a
1-out Ordonez up-the-middle RBI-1B for Detroit's only run.
      Haren, who 2-hit Detroit in Anaheim on July 5TH for his 100th career victory,
had just 1-K Saturday, but aslo only 1-W with the 6-H he gave up.
      Before Coke was booed upon his exit, Turner received a standing ovation
when Coke replaced him.
      Brought up from 2A Erie, Turner went 96-pitches/57-strikes in his 5.1-IP.
Turner yielded 2-R/2-ER on 3-H, 3-W & 1-HBP with 6-K. The 20-year old Turner
struck-out the side in the T-2nd, but also allowed three of the five stolen bases
the Angels posted against him in that frame.
      In all the Angels swiped six bases.
      Turner whiffed Angels rookie slugger Mark Trumbo both times they faced
each other.
      After his start (in place of Duane Below) Turner went back to the minors, but
not to Erie. Instead, Turner was sent to 3A Toledo.         
      Erick Aybar went 3-for-5 with a double, 2-R & 2-SB for LAA. Bobby Abreu was
2-for-4 with 1-W, a triple & 1-SB, but was out attempting to stretch a single into
a double on a close call.

         LAA          5-9-0, 10-LOB          (W) Haren, 11-6
         DET          1-6-1, 4-LOB             (L) Turner, 0-1         


      Just over an hour before the game the Tigers formally announced they'd
acquired starter Fister and set-up reliever Pauley from Seattle in exchange
for LHP Charlie Furbush, Toledo OF Casper Wells (who spent most of this season
with Detroit), 3B Francisco Martinez of 2A Erie and a player-to-be-named later
(on or before AUG 20TH).
      The 27-year old Fister started 21 games for the Mariners this year with a 3-12
record and 3.33 ERA (146.0IP/54ER). He fanned 89 batters with Seattle this season,
while surrendering 139 hits and issuing 32 walks. Fister is tied for seventh among
all American League pitchers with 2.0 walks per nine innings. In three seasons at
the major league level with the Mariners (2009-11), Fister has compiled a 3.81 ERA
(378.0IP/160ER) in 60 appearances (59 starts). He is third among all American League
pitchers since the start of the 2009 season with 1.88 walks per nine innings.
      Pauley, 28, has appeared in 39 games with Seattle in 2011, with a 5-4 record and
2.15 ERA (54.1IP/13ER). He has limited opponents to a .200 batting average (38x190)
this season, while fanning 34 batters and issuing 16 walks. Pauley is tied for the lead
among all AL bullpenners with five wins. In four seasons at the major league level with
the Boston Red Sox (2006, 2008) and Mariners (2010-11), Pauley has a 4.36 ERA (
173.1IP/84ER) in 67 outings (20 starts).
      The Tigers will announce corresponding roster moves when Fister and Pauley report
to the club.
      Furbush, 25, had a 1-3 record and 3.62 ERA (32.1IP/13ER) in 17 appearances (two starts)
with the Tigers this season. He finished 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA (54.0IP/19ER) in 10 outings
(nine starts) with Triple A Toledo in 2011. Furbush will join the Mariners at the major league
      Martinez, 20, saw action in 91 games with Double A Erie in 2011, batting .282 (98x348)
with 14 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 46 RBI. He will be assigned to Double A
Jackson by the Mariners.
      Wells, 26, hit .257 (29x113) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI in 64 games
with the Tigers in 2011. He batted .370 (10x27) with two doubles, two triples, two home
runs and six RBI in seven games with Triple A Toledo this season. Wells will join the
Mariners at the major league level.

      The five stolen bases by Anaheim against Turner were the most ever by a
Tiger pitcher in his big league debut.
      The Tigers stranded all four of their LOBs in the last four innings, one per.
      Fister is expected to start Wednesday night at home vs Texas.
      In Saturday night action the second place Indians were winners to get back
within a game and a half of AL-Central leading Detroit. The third place White Sox
lost to stay three games behind.
      The Tigers will try to split the 4-game series vs the Angels in a Sunday matinee.
Aces will be on the mound as Detroit's Justin Verlander (14-5, 2.34) opposes LAA's
Jered Weaver (14-4, 1.79).   

TIGERS PREZ/CEO/GM DAVE DOMBROWSKI:    "Our list started at 24 guys that we
were looking at. We're very happy to consummate this deal, as we think Fister
will help us now. We like him a great deal...[Fister] gives us that solid guy to go
out there, a 6- or 7-inning-type guy that gives us a chance to win every time he
takes the ball...I think the acquisition cost was very high this year -- a lot of
people looking for starting pitching and very few of them available, not many clubs
that are looking to move them at this point. Really, Seattle wasn't looking to move
this guy. It was a situation where I thought the deal was dead a couple days ago,
had no chance...I've probably spoken to [Mariners GM]   Jack Zduriencik 25 times
over the last week on this one. We liked [Fister], and I knew they were looking for
multiple players and young service-time guys. We had some guys that fit that
description that they liked. It ended up picking up again a couple days ago and
headed in this direction...The starter was our main objective, but we also wanted
to help our bullpen, if we could. Pauley can fit a bunch of different roles. He can
pitch two or three innings, which we talked about at times this year -- that lack of
a right-handed guy who can do that. He can do it very comfortably, but he can also
pitch an inning, too. It just so happened to tie together well with this club, but we
had other conversations going on individually with relievers."

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "Some of you [reporters] will be gone, and I'll be gone,
but [Turner will] still be pitching here for a long time. He's that good...He gave us
every opportunity to win the game."

TIGERS SP JACOB TURNER:    "Once they started cheering [as he left the game],
I don't really know how to describe it. My body felt like it went numb. That was
just kind of the highlight of my day, to be honest...It was a dream come true.
I definitely had jitters in the first inning, but I think that's to be expected. I think
it ultimately went pretty well. I wish could have gone a little deeper in the game,
but I got my pitch count up there early in the game. It was an awesome experience."   

ANGELS 1B MARK TRUMBO:    "Very impressive. [Turner] got real good movement and
[had] a nice curveball to complement the fastball. He pitched like somebody a lot older
than 20. He did a real good job. We got a last-minute scouting report, and the fact
nobody's seen him didn't help."

ANGELS MGR MIKE SCIOSCIA:    "[Turner] has a nice, loose arm. He spins the ball well
and has late life. He shows the makings of a good changeup for a kid of 20 out of
Double-A. He has poise and command. You have to be excited about everything that
kid did."



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