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ANOTHER COMEBACK.....TIGERS 5, Kansas City 4, W 8/31/11
Posted on: 08-31-2011

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>>caption:   ADCOCK'S TAG WAS TOO
LATE AS JACKSON SLID IN WITH THE
SECOND OF HIS 3-RUNS IN THE B-3RD<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

      Austin Jackson went 4-for-4
with a double, triple, a stolen base
and 3-runs to key a second consecutive last at-bat Tiger win over Kansas City,
5-4 Wednesday afternoon.
      Wilson Betemit, who hadn't gotten the ball out of the infield so far in the
series (0-for-7 plus 2-W with 4-K & 3 groundouts), bounced an RBI-2B off
the base of the RField wall to score the winning run with 2-out in the B-8th.
      Jose Valverde then came on to permit two, 2-out/T-9th baserunners
on a Chris Getz single & stolen base and a walk to pinch-hitter Brayan
Pena before retiring Alcides Escobar on a tricky flyball to RFielder Don
Kelly. The game-ending out gave Papa Grande 40 saves in 40 save-ops
this year.
      Neither starter figured in the decision.
      Detroit's Rick Porcello was just so-so. Porcello gave up two homeruns
and then four consecutive hits in the three innings where the Royals
scored upon him. Porcello went 7-IP, 86-pitches/58-strikes to permit
4-R/4-ER on 8-H & 1-W with 2-K.
      Making just his third big league start and 22nd appearance, Royals
substitute starting pitcher Nate Adcock had a respectable outing by
throwing 39 of his 55 pitches for strikes. Adcock allowed 2-R/2-ER on
6-H & 0-W with 2-K & 1-WP and left the game after 5.1-IP with a 4-2 lead.
      Tiger reliever Daniel Schlereth pitched the T-8th to allow 1-W and get
the win (2-1).
      The teams traded single runs in each of the first four innings with the
Tigers taking 1-run leads in the odd-numbered frames and the Royals
twice tying in the even-numbered innings.
      Austin Jackson led-off the B-1st with a double off the keyster of 3Base
umpire Phil Cuzzi, was sac-bunted to third and scored on a Delmon Young
sac-fly. Jackson 1-out singled in the B-3rd and would score from third with
2-outs on an Adcock wild pitch.
      Eric Hosmer twice tied it for KayCee on solo homers of 384-feet (#13) to
the RField seats in the T-2nd and 387-feet (#14) to the RField tunnel in the
T-4th. It was the first MLB multi-homer game for the Royals rookie 1Bman.
      The Royals went ahead 4-2/T-6th when the first four batters hit safely.
Melky Cabrera poked an RBI-2B to the LField corner and he then scored
when Tiger LFielder Young fell down misplaying a single by Billy Butler.      
      Jackson's fourth hit of the game was a B-8th lead-off triple to the RCField
gap to greet third KayCee pitcher Blake Wood (L, 5-2). Jackson scored on
a Ramon Santiago sac-fly to make it 4-3. A 1-out Young single and a 2-out
RBI-2B by Victor Martinez to the LCField gap off the glove of a diving Alex
Gordon tied the game. Brennan Boesch pinch-ran for sore-kneed Martinez
and Alex Avila was intentionally walked. Betemit then delivered the GW-RBI-2B
to the RField corner for a 5-4 Tiger lead, although Avila was out at the plate
on the play to end the inning while attempting to score an insurance run.
      Hosmer went 3-for-4 as the only Royal with multiple basehits.
      Besides Jackson, Miguel Cabrera's 2-for-4 effort produced the only other
Detroit multi-hit log.

         KC             4-9-1, 5-LOB             (L) Wood, 5-2
         DET          5-10-1, 5-LOB          (W) Schlereth, 2-1; (S) Valverde, #40

QUOTEBOOKS...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "Austin had a great game for us -- that's exactly
what we want from him at the top of the order. When he's hitting, it is a really
big tonic for our offense...That's another great win for us. This is a big time
of the year, we had a great crowd on a great afternoon, and we came through
for them...If a baseball team is going to win a division, it is going to have to
get contributions from everyone on the roster. Maggs and Santi came through
for us yesterday, Santi and Wilson did it today. You have to play those guys
throughout the season in order to have them ready in a situation where you are
going to need them."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:    "I thought I was pitching well until the sixth -- other
than the two homers, obviously. Things got away from me a little in the sixth, but
I was still pleased that I kept us close enough to get the win."

TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA:    "It was definitely an adjustment [to face a late change at
starting pitcher for KC]. We were just trying to take advantage of some of the
pitches he left up, but they played tremendous on defense."

TIGERS LF DELMON YOUNG:    "They’re just like Tampa Bay. You can’t buy a hit
[on the KC defense] unless you get it in the gap."

ROYALS MGR NED YOST:    "We played great defense, but every time you lose a
one-run game, you hate it. We had a two-run lead and we couldn't hold it in the
eighth."

EXTRA INNINGS:

      A Wednesday matinee home loss by Chicago dropped the White Sox to six
games behind the 75-61 AL-Central leading Tigers. Late night Cleveland scored
a 16-INN, 4-3 walkoff win over Oakland, so the Indians remained five and a half
back of Detroit but leap-frogged over the WSox back into second place.  
      In the first 13 games of the season series the Tigers scored only six runs
against the Royals bullpen. In the last two games Detroit has 5-R off KayCee
relievers.
      The only other Tiger to reach the 40 save plateau was Todd Jones with the
team record of 42 in 2000.   
    Tiger MGR Jim Leyland says 2Bman Carlos Guillen, currently on another
injury rehab (sore left wrist) assignment with 3A Toledo, should be activated
from the DL and in the Detroit lineup for the opener of the weekend home
series vs the White Sox Friday night.
      Adcock was an emergency replacement for scheduled Royals starter
Felipe Paulino, who was a late scratch due to back spasms.
      Kansas City sold the contract of back-up CA Matt Treanor to Texas during
Wednesday's game. Ex-Tiger Treanor has been sidelined since July 30TH by a
concussion.
      Probables for the Thursday afternoon series finale (a rainout make-up
from May 15th) are RHP Jacob Turner (0-1) for the Tigers vs LHP Danny
Duffy (3-8) of the Royals.

FARM REPORT:

      The Tigers announced Wednesday they'll assign a half dozen minor leaguers
to the roster of the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.
      RHP Tyler Stohr, LHPs Casey Crosby & Matt Hoffman and CA Rob Brantley will
all get extra bettery duty once their regular seasons end.
      The other two assignments are a bit of a mystery. The AFL is generally a place
for young prospects to get a bit of extra work. 3A Toledo INFs Will Rhymes and
Danny Worth will both join Salt River after multiple trips between the Mud Hens
and the big league Tigers this season. Rhymes was Detroit's starting 2Bman for the
first month of 2011 and was the Mud Hens' representative in this year's Triple-A
All-Star Game.

COACH KURT

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