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O's SALVAGE SUNDAY.....Baltimore 8, TIGERS 5, S 8/14/11
Posted on: 08-14-2011

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>>caption:   MARKAKIS (L) ROUNDS


      The Tigers rallied from five
runs down Saturday night to
stage their biggest comeback
of the year, but Sunday's 8-1
deficit was too much to
overcome and the Tigs lost an
8-5 matinee at Baltimore.
      Detroit battered Baltimore
closer Kevin Gregg off the mound
in a 4-R/T-9th and had the tying
runs on with the bases loaded before fourth Orioles hurler Jim Johnson got
pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch on a lineout to end the game via a spectacular
running catch by O's LFielder Nolan Reimold.
      The Orioles ended Detroit's 3-game winning streak to salvage the final
contest of a 3-game weekend series. The Tigers concluded their 3-stop,
9-game road trip with a 5-4 record.      
      Recently acquired (from Seattle) RHP Doug Fister had his worst start
of the season, allowing 8-R/6-ER in just 5.2-IP. Fister took the defeat to
fall to 4-13 overall including 1-1 for Detroit.   
      Adam Jones went 3-for-3 with 1-R & 1-RBI, Reimold 3-for-4 with a   pair of
doubles and 3-R and Nick Markakis was 3-for-5 with 2-R & 4-RBI including
a B-1st/2rHR (#12) to highlight the O's attack.   
      Tiger lead-off man Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Ramon
Santiago hit a solo homer (#2). Victor Martinez and Ryan Raburn were both
      Jo-Jo Reyes got his first Orioles win in his second Birds start. Reyes, the
onetime Atlanta Braves lefty who began this season with the Toronto Blue
Jays, improved to 1-1 with Baltimore and 6-9 overall.
      After Gregg was charged with 4-R/4-ER while not retiring a batter, Johnson
got the final three outs for the save (#2).
      The AL-worst 46-72 Orioles concluded a 3-7 homestand.
      Because second place Cleveland was rained-out at home vs Minnesota and
the third place White Sox beat Kansas City in Chicago, the 64-56 AL-Central
leading Tigers saw their division margin shrink to two and a half games over
the Indians and four games over the WSox.   

         DET          5-10-1, 9-LOB          (L) Fister, 4-13
         BAL          8-14-2, 7-LOB          (W) Reyes, 6-9; (S) Ji Johnmson, #2

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "Today we fell a little bit short, but we played it right
out to the end we just didn't get it."

TIGERS 2B RAMON SANTIAGO:    "It's good to make a rally against Kevin Gregg, but
Jim Johnson got good stuff. He shut it down."

TIGERS PH BRENNAN BOESCH:    "Reimold's a fast outfielder; I thought it was going to
be down the line, rattle around, and he made a good play. Off the bat, I definitely
through it had a good chance to be a double. I didn't absolutely kill it, but I hit it
pretty good."

ORIOLES LF NOLAN REIMOLD:    "I just had to sprint after it and catch it on the run.
I'm happy I could get there and make the play."

ORIOLES RP KEVIN GREGG:    "Let's keep it about the team. I didn't have a good day,
but we did a lot of positive things."


      Mired in a 3-for-32 slump, Tigers 2Bman Carlos Guillen was placed on the 15-day
disabled list retroactive to Saturday due to a sore left wrist. Guillen is batting only
.207 in 22 games this year. Guillen was not activated from the DL until July 16TH
until he had recovered from 2010 knee surgery.
      Will Rhymes, who began this season as Detroit's starting 2Bman (the first of six players
used at that position this year), was recalled from 3A Toledo to replace Guillen on the
active roster. Rhymes hit just .221 in 19 games for Detroit before his demotion. Rhymes
was batting .303 for the Mud Hens and represented Toledo in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
      Rhymes was inserted as a pinch-runner for sore-kneed Victor Martinez during
Sunday's 4-R/T-9th. After the Tigers had batted around and Rhymes was due to bat
with the bases-loaded and 2-out, Boesch was called upon to pinch-hit.         
      Boesch hadn't played since Wednesday due to a sprained and badly swollen right
thumb. Boesch extended his hitting slump to 0-for-14.
      Baltimore's Mark Reynolds went 0-for-4 to deepen his slump to 1-for-26 with 12-K.
He also made both Baltimore errors while playing 3Base Sunday.
      The Tigers open a mid-August homestand by hosting Minnesota Monday night
in the first of three games at Comerica Park. The Tiger rotation for the series is
Rick Porcello (11-7), Justin Verlander (17-5) and Brad Penny (8-9). The Twins probable
pitchers are TBA due to Sunday's rainout.


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