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  June 17, 2006

Game 66: Detroit Tigers 1 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Yep! That look says it all. Todd Jones is not pitching very well lately. He gave up four runs to the lowly Rays in the 12th inning to blow a great pitching performance by Jeremy Bonderman. The Tiger starter struck out 12 batters and only allowed a single run in eight innings of work. Bonderman got his 500th strike out of his career and is only the third Tiger to do so before his 25th birthday. The other guys were Denny McLain and Hal Newhouser, pretty good company. The lone run off Bonderman came on a RBI single by Lugo in the fifth.

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  June 17, 2006

Game 65: Detroit Tigers 7 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Call him the Professor; call him the Gambler, but whatever you prefer feel free to call Kenny Rogers a nine game winner. I think it is also safe to call him a great free agent signing in the off-season for Dave Dombrowski. Rogers was brilliant over eight innings only giving up a single run to the Rays. He only allowed four hits while striking out nine batters. The biggest difference Rogers makes for the Tigers is his veteran influence on the young Detroit pitching staff. On days he is not pitching you will always find Rogers surrounded by the other pitchers who are not starting. His mentoring and lessons must be rubbing off on the...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 64: Detroit Tigers 4 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The Tigers pulled out an important come from behind victory against the D-Rays. Detroit came back after trailing 3-1 headed to the bottom of the ninth inning. A strange thing happened at Comerica as about half the outfield lights went out due to a computer malfunction. It was decided play could continue after a five minute delay. The Tigers tied the score with RBI singles by Granderson and Polanco. Granderson played hero in the 13th inning driving in the winning run with his fourth hit on the long night.

The night started as a great pitching dual between current and future stars Justin Verlander and Scott Kazmir. Both youngsters pitched well, but Kazmir held...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 63: Detroit Tigers 10 Toronto Blue Jays 5
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit’s bullpen came through again verses the Blue Jays after being demolished in the opener of the series. Joel Zumaya picked up his first, of what I predict will be many, career save. He pitched the final three innings with efficiency striking out four and not surrendering a hit. Zumaya now has a 2.25 ERA. Not too bad for a twenty-one year old rookie. The end of the Tigers bullpen appears to be in good shape for the foreseeable future.

Nate Robertson did not have his best stuff, but hung in for his sixth victory. He went five innings giving up five hits and four runs on three walks and eight strike outs. ...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 62: Detroit Tigers 5 Toronto Blue Jays 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

What a strange game. Teddy Lilly pitched all but one out in the game and only allowed three hits. He also struck out twelve and at time was dominant. However, Detroit made the most of their three hits. Brandon Inge hit a three run home run and Marcus Thames added a two run shot. The five runs proved enough on this day as Zach Minor pitched well in his first major league victory.

Minor pitched six innings giving up four hits and only two runs against a great offensive team. The twenty-three year old rookie walked two, struck out five, gave up a home run and now has a 4.50 ERA. The bullpen...

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  June 17, 2006

Game 61: Detroit Tigers 5 Toronto Blue Jays 10
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Ouch!!! What a waste. The Tigers bullpen imploded…quickly. Bonderman pitched a solid game and left after the sixth inning with a 5-2 lead. Joel Zumaya picked up his fifteenth hold with a scoreless seventh. Jamie Walker got his third hold of the year by getting the first out in the eighth inning. After that…things went bad, very bad for the Tigers. Fernando Rodney was not able to get an out and by the time he left giving up three runs the game was tied. Todd Jones came in and he couldn’t record an out either. He was charged with the blown save and loss. He was hammered for four runs allowed....

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  June 16, 2006

Game 60: Detroit Tigers 6 Chicago White Sox 2
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Finally!!! The Tigers beat the White Sox on their sixth attempt of the season to maintain the lead in the Central division. Kenny Rogers retired the last seventeen batters he faced in seven innings of work. He only allowed two runs and the Tigers offense added four runs with two outs in the sixth. Rodney and Jones held the Sox in check in the eighth and ninth to seal the victory. Rogers gave up a two run homer in the first inning, but nothing the rest of the way.

Placido Polanco tied the game in the third inning with a two run home run. Prior to the AB Detroit was 0-14 with runs in scoring position...

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  June 16, 2006

Game 59: Detroit Tigers 3 Chicago White Sox 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Not again!!! Once more the Tigers carry a lead into the late innings against the White Sox. Again they found a way to lose thanks to Alex Cintron. He singled in the tie breaking run in the seventh as the game ended in the same score as the previous evening. The Tigers are no 0-5 against Chicago and only a half game ahead in the AL Central standings.

Detroit’s offense is 0-12 in the series with runners in scoring position, which is definitely not helping the cause against the World Series Champions. The Tigers scored on another solo home run this time off the bat of Curtis Granderson. The second run of the game...

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  June 16, 2006

Game 58: Detroit Tigers 3 Chicago White Sox 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Once again the Tigers can’t seem to get over the White Sox hump. This time the game seemed to be going Detroit’s way. They led 3-1 with one out in the top of the eighth and steady Fernando Rodney on the mound. The White Sox magic returned in the form of a game deciding 3 run homer off the bat of Alex Cintron, who entered the game without a home run on the season. The late inning loss moves the White Sox within a game and a half of the first place Tigers.

The Tigers offense cashed in with solo home runs off the starter Freddy Garcia. Marcus Thames, Chris Shelton and Brandon Inge all went yard....

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  June 5, 2006

Game 57: Detroit Tigers 3 Boston Red Sox 8
(By: The Olde English Ds)

It looks like I was right when I wrote about Roman Colon’s start that the Tigers are going to miss Mike Maroth who is out with elbow surgery. Zach Minor got his first career start and went four innings. The youngster gave up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two. The bullpen did not have any better luck verses the Red Sox hitters. The Tigers sent out four straight relief pitchers who all surrendered at least on run until Chris Spurling was able to get through the final inning and one out with allowing any runs. Jamie Walker, Roman Colon, Bobby Seay and Jason Grilli were all victimized by the Sox...

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  June 5, 2006

Game 56: Detroit Tigers 6 Boston Red Sox 2
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit again got great starting pitching for the second game in a row against Boston. This time however they were able to turn that effort into a victory thanks to three home runs. Jeremy Bonderman allowed a run in the top of the first, but was brilliant after that. He did not allow another run until there were two out in the eighth. Rodney worked the final inning and an out to earn the save. He now has seven on the season.

Thames hit his ninth home run in the fourth inning to tie the game at one. Marcus went 2-3 on the evening and is now hitting .316 on the year. Carlos Guillen hit...

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  June 5, 2006

Game 55: Detroit Tigers 2 Boston Red Sox 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rollercoaster comes crashing down for a second straight outing. Todd Jones blew his second save and is now 0-3 on the year. Jones wasted a great start from Kenny Rogers who only gave up a single run in seven innings. Joel Zumaya continued to pitch well with his 13 hold on the year with a scoreless eighth. Kevin Youkilis hit a two run homer off the Rollercoaster to erase the 2-1 lead in the ninth.

Detroit got to Schilling in the first inning scoring on back-to-back doubles by Polanco and Thames. The Tigers added their second run in the fifth by stringing together three singles by Monroe, Wilson and Polanco. Rogers and Schilling battled in...

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  June 5, 2006

Game 54: Detroit Tigers 7 New York Yankees 6
(By: The Olde English Ds)

I finally made it back to Comerica Park for my second game of the season. What an exciting game. It was the most excitement I have ever experienced at a Tigers game. Detroit quickly fell behind 5-0 before beginning their comeback. Justin Verlander struggled for one of the few times on the year. He allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked four while surrender a home run to Giambi.

The bullpen was masterful in the final four innings. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless sixth and Joel Zumaya added a scoreless seventh. Zumaya got into some trouble with a walk and two base...

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  June 5, 2006

Game 53: Detroit Tigers 1 New York Yankees 6
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit continues to struggle against the Yankees. Mike Mussina pitched a complete game and only gave up on run to the Tigers. He had a shutout going until Maggs hit a RBI single with two outs in the ninth. The Tiger offense seems to fluctuate between scoring five or more runs and then only scoring a run or two in the next few games. The consistency has not been there recently and they have been up and down on the home stand.

Nate Robertson pitched a solid game for Detroit. He only allowed two runs through seven innings. The Yanks scored two runs in each the eighth and ninth inning to hurt Robertson’s stat line. ...

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  June 5, 2006

Game 52: Detroit Tigers 6 New York Yankees 11
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Damn Yankees!!! Todd Jones gives up five runs in the eleventh inning to waste a great comeback by the Tigers. I never thought I would say this, but the Tigers are going to miss Mike Maroth. Roman Colon made his first start of the year and did not pitch well. He gave up five runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings. Bobby Seay pitched the next two innings allowing a single run on three hits. The bullpen kept Detroit in the game. Jason Grilli, Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney combined for 4.2 scoreless innings. The Rollercoaster pitched a 1-2-3 tenth before imploding in the eleventh. This was a disappointing loss for...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 51: Detroit Tigers 0 New York Yankees 4
(By: The Olde English Ds)

For the second straight game the Tigers were shutout by a Johnson. This time it was Randy holding down the struggling Detroit offense over six innings allowing only two hits. Johnson had a no hitter going into the sixth. The Tigers only managed a single by Pudge and a double leading off the seventh by Carlos Guillen.

Bonderman didn’t have his best start, but battled into the eighth inning. He allowed two runs in third and fifth innings. In the third he was victimized by seeing eye ground balls, bloop singles and failed double plays. On two occasions Chris Shelton was pulled off first base on double play attempts leading to runs. The Yanks added...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 50: Detroit Tigers 0 Cleveland Indians 9
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The eight game win streak came to a crushing end. The Tigers were shutout by Jason Johnson while the Indians took advantage of Tiger pitching for 9 runs. Rogers struggled only going 4.1 innings and allowing five runs including Haffner’s 14th home run. The final four Cleveland runs came on a grand slam by Jason Michaels off of Bobby Seay. The blow raised Seay’s ERA to 5.40.

Detroit’s offense never got on track verses Johnson. JJ did a nice job of keeping the ball down and he made the Tigers hitters look weak. Detroit managed seven hits in the game, but was not able to string together enough to score any runs. Chris...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 49: Detroit Tigers 3 Cleveland Indians 1
(By: The Olde English Ds)

How good is this Verlander kid? He helps the Tigers extend their winning streak to eight games allowing only one run in seven strong innings of work. Verlander shows great control only walking one batter while striking out five. Justin is making a strong case for rookie of the year and if it wasn’t for Papelbon in Boston would be the run away favorite. Verlander earned his seventh victory on the season and lowered his ERA to an incredible 2.55.

Magglio Ordonez powered the offense with a two run homer in the bottom of the first. That would be all the support Verlander needed. Detroit added an insurance run in the eighth on a...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 48: Detroit Tigers 8 Cleveland Indians 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

The Tigers have now won seven in a row for the second time in 2006 and sit 20 games above .500. The Cleveland Indians provided the latest victim for the Tigers. Nate Robertson picked up his fifth win with another quality start. Detroit’s offense supported Nate with plenty of runs.

Curtis Granderson paced the offense with five RBI. That was the most runs batted in for Curtis in a single game. Marcus Thames started the scoring in the second with a RBI single and Granderson followed later in the inning with a two run single. Cleveland cut the lead to one run with two in the top of the sixth. However, the Tigers responded with...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 47: Detroit Tigers 13 Kansas City Royals 8
(By: The Olde English Ds)

More late inning heroics for the Tigers led to another victory over the hapless Royals. Detroit fell behind by a large margin very early in the game. KC pounded starter Mike Maroth, who only pitched a third of an inning, for six runs on three home runs. Roman Colon came on for the long relief role and gave Detroit a lift. Colon went 5.1 innings allowing only 2 additional runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Detroit started the come back in the second with three runs to halve the lead with the help of an error and a hit batter. They crept to within a run in the fourth...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 46: Detroit Tigers 6 Kansas City Royals 3
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Make it 12 out of 13 victories for the Tigers. Detroit gobbled up the KC pitching early and Bonderman added a quality start for the victory. Omar Infante ignited the offense for the Tigers with two home runs and three runs batted in. Infante got things started in the second of Royal starter Jimmy Gobble, who filled in for scheduled starter Mark Redman, with a homer to left. That was the only run allowed by Gobble who took the loss.

Brandon Inge hit a two run shot in the fifth off Mike Wood to extend the Tiger lead to 3-0. An error by Doug Mientkiewicz led to an unearned run in the sixth. A...

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  June 1, 2006

Game 45: Detroit Tigers 8 Kansas City Royals 5
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Detroit just keeps playing well on the road against weaker opponents. The Tigers fell behind early in this game to the Royals 4-0 after three innings. Kenny Rogers was not fooling any of the KC hitters as he allowed five runs on ten hits including four home runs. Despite the struggles he did keep the Tigers in the game and ate up some innings by pitching into the seventh.

The Tigers offense started the late inning comeback in the sixth inning. Carlos Guillen got things going with a two run homer his sixth of the season. Detroit pulled within a run to 4-3 with a run in the top of the seventh. Inge led off with...

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  May 23, 2006

Game 44: Detroit Tigers 8 Kansas City Royals 0
(By: The Olde English Ds)

Verlandermania!!!!! Justin Verlander may be the biggest thing to hit Detroit since the automobile. At the least he is the most exciting rookie pitcher the Tiger have had since Mark “The Bird” Fidrich was talking to the ball. Verlander lets the ball do the talking after it leaves his hand. Verlander pitched his first career, and I’ll go out on a limb and say it won’t be his last, complete game shutout. Granted it was against the Royals, but Verlander threw a 99 mph fastball in the ninth inning to strike out Mientkiewicz. Not many guys can throw 99 mph and even few can do so in the ninth after 100+ pitches. Verlander is...

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  May 23, 2006

Game 43: Detroit Tigers 1 Cincinnati Reds 0
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Grrrr-8 pitching effort once again from the Tigers. Nate Robertson, Fernando Rodney and Todd Jones team up for the eighth shutout in 43 games for Tigers pitching. Just under 20 % of the Tigers games this year have been shutouts!!!!! Robertson was brilliant getting out of jams including second and third with no out in the seventh. All he did was keep Cincinnati off the board with three straight grounders to third. On the second such grounder Brandon Inge threw out Adam Dunn attempting to score. Nate only allowed three hits on the afternoon. Although he did walk five which could have proven problematic, but his seven Ks help keep him out of further...

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  May 23, 2006

Game 42: Detroit Tigers 7 Cincinnati Reds 6
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What a comeback! The Tigers just keep finding ways to win close ballgames. Down to their last out in the ninth trailing by one run, but Detroit was not out. Curtis Granderson brought the standing room only crown of 43,128 to their feet with an opposite field blast sending the game to extra innings. The winning run came in the bottom of the tenth inning coming on a throwing error with two outs allowing Carlos Guillen to score from third. This game had drama throughout.

Detroit’s offense jumped on starter Eric Milton early scoring two runs in the first. Marcus Thames, batting in the number two spot in the order, doubled and scored a...

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