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Posted on: 08-05-2011

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      Brennan Boesch brought home
pinch-runner Andy Dirks with the
winning run in a 4-3, 10-INN Tigers
win at Kansas City Friday night.
      The victory came after Detroit
had blown a 3-0 lead to the Royals.
      Their fourth win in the last five
games moved the 60-52 Tigers back to
four games ahead of second place
Cleveland in the AL-Central. The Indians
lost in 11-INN at Texas.     
      KayCee All-Star reliever Aaron Crow came on to pitch the T-10th and
walked Tiger lead-off batter Wilson Betemit. Dirks replaced Betemit on
the bases. After Austin Jackson struck-out swinging, Dirks took second
on a wild pitch and then scored on the Boesch 1-out, up-the-middle, RBI-1B.
      Tiger starter Rick Porcello sailed along in shutout style through the
first 6-IP as Detroit mounted its 3-0 margin. Consecutive KC singles
started the B-7th and, with runners at the corners, Johnny Giavotella
singled to plate Billy Butler from 3Base to get the home team on the board.
Phil Coke replaced Porcello and, for a second consecutive appearance, Coke
allowed a basehit to the only man he faced when Mike Moustakas singled
to score Eric Hosmer. New Tiger bullpenner David Pauley took Coke's place
and immediately allowed a soft RBI-1B to Alcides Escobar to score Giavotella
and tie the game. It took a double play grounder off the bat of Manny Pina
to end the inning.
      Earlier, Detroit had quickly jumped on Royals starter Felipe Paulino when
Jackson and Boesch began the game with back-to-back triples and Magglio
Ordonez hit a sac-fly for a 2-0 lead. Alex Avila 1-out solo homered (#13) to
CField in the T-5th to make it 3-Zip.   
      Daniel Schlereth, who pitched two scoreless relief frames, earned the
Tiger win, his first of the season (1-1). Jose Valverde pitched a perfect B-10th
for his 31st save in 31 save-ops. The fourth of five Royals hurlers, Crow lasted
just a third of an inning to take the loss (3-3).
      Jackson was 2-for-4 plus a walk and Boesch 2-for-5 for Detroit. Giavotella
celebrated his MLB debut by going 2-for-3 for the Royals.

         DET          4-8-0, 6-LOB          (W) Schlereth, 1-1; (S) Valverde, #31
         KC             3-9-0, 4-LOB            (L) Crow, 3-3


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "I feel bad for Rick [Porcello]. He deserved to get
a win. He was fantastic...Guys played hard. They didn't give in. They came back,
really got a nice win for us. Because that would've been a tough game [to lose]."

TIGERS LF BRENNAN BOESCH:    "I just didn't want to do too much [in his T-10th
at-bat]. I just wanted to make sure I was under control and just try to play
pepper back up the middle...Tomorrow, it'll be somebody else. And the next day
it'll be somebody else. Just glad to have the opportunity to do it."

TIGERS PR ANDY DIRKS:   "As soon as the ball's on the other side of you, you're
going to go. But I'm busting it until I see Geno [3B coach Gene Lamont] either
hold me up or [signal] go."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:    "The team got the win and that's the biggest thing.
Obviously, it's nice for yourself personally to get a win, but we got the win and
started the series off to a good start."

TIGERS RP DANIEL SCHLERETH:   "First inning, my fastball was good. Second inning,
I didn't have as great of a feel for it. My breaking ball I was throwing for strikes.
That's my go-to when I need a big out."

ROYALS 2B JOHNNY GIAVOTELLA:    "I had some jitters coming into the game,
some butterflies here and there, but after that first ground ball I calmed down
and felt comfortable out there. On the double [for his first MLB hit], I looked up
into the stands and saw my dad. He gave a little fist pump and I gave one back
to him. It was a nice moment."


      The two triples by Jackson and Boesch marked the first time since 2005 a
big league game has begun with back-to-back three-bagers.
      Avila has homered in all three of his August appearances after going homerless
since June 25th.
      In his first game at Kansas City after being traded by the Royals to the Tigers
last month, Betemit reached base three times in four plate appearances on a double
plus a pair of walks.         
      In Saturday evening's middle game of the series the probable pitchers
are LHP Danny Duffy (3-4) of the Royals vs RHP Justin Verlander (15-5) for
the Tigers. Verlander is 6-1 with 1-ND in his last eight starts vs the Royals.               

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