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Tigers Fall to .500 After Second Straight Loss to Angels

At the beginning of the season, f you would have asked me if I’d take a 7-7 record after fourteen games I probably would have taken it.  Of course your perception changes after a 5-1 start but despite that stellar first week, the Tigers now find themselves with an even 7-7 record after a rough start by Rick Porcello last night.  In all, he gave up six runs and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning.  I only caught a bit of the game so I don’t know why he was roughed up but of the nine outs that were in play, seven were ground outs which is typical Porcello.  He did give up three doubles which isn’t typical Porcello though.  He did strike out five but he walked two and gave up eight hits.

Fu-Te Ni and Joel Zumaya did a nice job of keeping the Tigers in it.  Ni threw 1 2/3 shutout innings and he stranded an inherited runner at second base in the fifth.  Joel Zumaya struck out two in two shutout innings and he still hasn’t given up a run this year.

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Miguel Cabrera helped make it close in the 6-5 loss with three RBIs.  He doubled and singled.  Brandon Inge doubled and drove in a pair while Magglio Ordonez singled, drew a walk and scored twice.  In all, the Tigers struck out thirteen times. 

The Tigers still have a chance to walk away with a 2-2 split in the four game series but they have some work to do tonight.  Jeremy Bonderman will be on the mound and he’ll face Jered Weaver.  The former first round pick and brother of former Tiger Jeff Weaver is off to a nice start this season.

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