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Raburn leads Tigers' rout of Kansas City

Aug 24, 2010 - 3:15 AM DETROIT(AP) -- The Detroit Tigers probably played themselves out of the pennant race in July and early August.

In the last four days, though, they've looked like the team that led the AL Central before the All-Star break.

Monday, Ryan Raburn had three RBIs and scored twice as the Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals 12-3. Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge also drove in three runs for Detroit, which is 4-0 since returning home and have outscored its opponents 31-6.

Detroit scored 12 times without a triple or a home run.

"Normally, when you get that many, you are going to have a two-run homer or a three-run homer or something in the mix," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Tonight, it was just good at-bats and a lot of base hits. Everyone took a good approach throughout the lineup, and that's good to see."

Four of Detroit's runs came immediately after the three intentional walks ordered by Royals manager Ned Yost in the fifth and sixth innings.

With the Tigers leading 3-2 in the fifth and a runner on third, Yost intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera, only to see Raburn hit a RBI double. Peralta was then put on, loading the bases, but Inge followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

Johnny Damon's RBI single made it a four-run game in the next inning, and Yost immediately walked Cabrera again, loading the bases. This time, Raburn hit a two-run single to set off a seven-run inning that gave Detroit a 12-2 advantage.

"Give Ryan Raburn credit, because he did exactly what he is supposed to do in those situations," Yost said. "If you look across the major leagues, there are only about two hitters in Cabrera's class, and I'm not going to let him beat us, but Raburn picked up the slack."

The success continued a trend for the Tigers. In their last two games, their hitters have been issued five intentional walks - three to Cabrera. The next five hitters have combined to go 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and 8 RBIs.

"Our guys haven't been trying to do too much in those situations," Leyland said. "They've taken what is there and come up with big hits."

Gregor Blanco provided the game's final run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly.

Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) got the win, ending a three-start losing streak by allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.

"I didn't try to do anything different," he said. "My ball was really flat in the first couple innings, but I was able to make an adjustment and the guys made some big plays behind me."

Bruce Chen (8-7) lasted just 4 1-3 innings for Kansas City, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks.

"I didn't pitch very well, and it cost us the game," he said. "I nibbled too much instead of attacking the strike zone."

Kansas City took advantage of Bonderman's customary first-inning struggles to go ahead on Billy Butler's RBI single, but a running catch by centerfielder Austin Jackson helped limit the damage to one run.

"We let him off the hook in that inning - we absolutely did," said Mitch Maier. "When you get things going early in the game, you need to take advantage. That was our best shot."

Detroit then took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Cabrera's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk of Peralta.

The Tigers expanded the lead to 3-1 on Peralta's RBI double in the fourth, but Kansas City got a run back in the fifth when Blanco doubled and scored on a pair of groundouts.

NOTES: Damon confirmed before the game that he had been claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox. Because of his no-trade clause, Damon has until Wednesday to decide if he wants to accept a return to Boston - a decision he called one of the hardest of his career. After the game, he said he was leaning toward staying with Detroit, but wanted to talk to team president Dave Dombrowski before making any decisions. ... Inge picked up the 999th hit of his career with a two-run double in the sixth inning. ... Before the game, the Tigers designated the contract of reliever Enrique Gonzalez and recalled outfielder Casper Wells from Triple-A Toledo. Wells started in right field and went 0-for-2. ... Jai Miller picked up his first major-league hit in the ninth inning, over two years after his first big-league game. He played one game for the Marlins in 2008, and didn't get back to the majors until last week.






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    Royals 3, Tigers 12  FinalAug 24 10:33 PM


  • Tigers 12, Royals 3 - FINAL
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    G Blanco cf 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .275
    J Kendall c 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260
    va-B Pena ph-c 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .148
    K Ka'aihue dh 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .159
    B Butler 1b 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .310
    W Betemit 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .340
    M Avile

    Aug 23 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GREGOR BLANCO SCORED MITCH MAIER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GETZ ON FIRST, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    DETROIT 12 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B PENA (.150, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 3, Tigers 12  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 23 9:55 PM
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    Royals 2, Tigers 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 23 9:31 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GERALD LAIRD SCORED BRANDON INGE
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 12 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A JACKSON (.307, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Royals 2, Tigers 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 9:12 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED JHONNY PERALTA AND RYAN
    RABURN
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, B INGE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 11 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B BOESCH (.274, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 2, Tigers 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 9:07 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, R RABURN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 9 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.261, 0-FOR-1, BB, SF, RBI)

    Royals 2, Tigers 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 9:05 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED JOHNNY DAMON AND WILL RHYMES
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R RABURN ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 8 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J PERALTA (.237, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB, 2 RBI)

    Royals 2, Tigers 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 9:05 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAMON ON FIRST, W RHYMES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 6 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.342, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Royals 2, Tigers 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 9:03 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRANDON INGE SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, R RABURN ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 5 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C WELLS (.182, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 2, Tigers 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:44 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED WILL RHYMES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R RABURN ON SECOND, M CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J PERALTA (.237, 1-FOR-1, BB, 2 RBI)

    Royals 2, Tigers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:41 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY KILA KA'AIHUE SCORED GREGOR BLANCO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 3 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.311, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 2, Tigers 3  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:30 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED RYAN RABURN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PERALTA ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Tigers 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 8:15 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JHONNY PERALTA SCORED JOHNNY DAMON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, R RABURN ON SECOND, M
    CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    DETROIT 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.261, 8 HR, 47 RBI)

    Royals 1, Tigers 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 23 7:29 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, J DAMON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.234, 7 HR, 35 RBI)

    Royals 1, Tigers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 23 7:25 PM


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    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - BRUCE CHEN
    DET - JEREMY BONDERMAN

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A JACKSON (.308, 2 HR, 28 RBI)
    W RHYMES (.310, 0 HR, 6 RBI)
    J DAMON (.270, 7 HR, 40 RBI)

    Royals 1, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 23 7:16 PM