Sunday, August 27, 2006

Rogers Stops Tiger Losing Streak

The Tigers defeated the Indians 7-1 today behind some very solid pitching by Kenny Rogers and some much needed power. Rogers pitched 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and Joel Zumaya and Kenny Rogers pitched scoreless ball in the 8th and 9th innings. After a horrible month of July (9.14 ERA in 5 starts), Rogers has excelled in August compiling a 1.64 ERA in 5 starts. Rogers' rebound has given the team somewhat of a boost as the rest of the starters have struggled in recent starts.

The Tiger offense which had scored 3.1 runs per game during their recent 5-13 stretch broke loose today for 7 runs on 13 hits including 4 home runs. Curtis Granderson led off the game with his 13th home run and later added a double. Marcus Thames added his team leading 23rd home run in 3rd and Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez also went deep later in the game.

The win ended a 4 game losing streak but they have lost 13 out of 19 over the last three weeks and they have a tough three game series versus the Yankees starting on Tuesday. The White Sox beat the Twins today so the Tigers' lead in the AL Central is up to 5 games:


AL Central Division Standings

W

L

PCT

GB

Detroit

82

49

.626

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Minnesota

76

53

.589

5

Chicago

76

54

.585

5 1/2

Cleveland

60

69

.465

21

Kansas City

47

85

.356

35 1/2

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