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Granderson carries Tigers past Angels in opener

Apr 24, 2007 - 6:46 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Curtis Granderson and the Detroit Tigers wasted little time in this one.

Granderson finished just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as the Tigers coasted to a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.

Best known for his speed, Granderson opened the scoring with his third homer of the season during a two-run first inning off Angels starter Jered Weaver for a 2-0 lead.

"I know that my job as a leadoff hitter is to get on base and make things and put pressure on the pitchers," Granderson said. "I don't try to hit home runs, but I got a good pitch to hit and I just made solid contact."

Granderson singled and scored in the second, and doubled three frames later. He went 3-for-5 and has recorded a double in each of his last three games.

"It's always good to get on the board early against any team, especially against the Angels because we know they have a good lineup and can put runs on the board in a hurry," Granderson said.

"Curtis does such a great job for us making things happen and putting pressure on the other team at the top of our lineup," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Gary Sheffield had a two-run single, Magglio Ordonez delivered a one-run base hit and Carlos Guillen added an RBI double in a five-run second to chase Weaver (0-2).

"We always like to try and get on the board to put pressure on the other teams pitcher and give our pitcher some run support to work with early in the game," Leyland said. "We did a good job at the plate early in the game being patient and making (Weaver) throw strikes."

"Their hitters did a good job being patient at the plate and making sure they got a good pitch to swing at off of Weaver," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.

Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez each had two RBI for the Tigers, who improve to 7-1 when scoring at least five runs this campaign.

Detroit's Jason Grilli (2-1) got out a bases-loaded jam in the fifth to pick up the win after relieving starter Mike Maroth.

Maroth allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with five walks for his second straight no-decision.

"I just didn't have my best stuff," Maroth said. "My control wasn't all there but my team did a great job giving me plenty of runs to work with."

Weaver was pounded for seven runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings for the shortest outing of his career.

"I just didn't have my best stuff working for me from the get go," Weaver said. "It seemed like I had nothing on any of my pitches and couldn't locate either. It was my first time pitching to that lineup and now I see why they were the best team in the league last year. I left a lot of pitches up and in the zone."

Gary Matthews Jr. drove in two runs and Shea Hillenbrand plated a runner for Anaheim, which had its three-game winning streak ended.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 12 2
    LA ANGELS 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - MIKE MAROTH, JASON GRILLI (5TH), BOBBY SEAY (8TH), JOEL ZUMAYA
    (9TH) AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ
    LAA - JERED WEAVER, HECTOR CARRASCO (2ND), DARREN
    OLIVER (5TH), CHRIS

    Apr 24 1:31 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GARY MATTHEWS JR (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF JOEL ZUMAYA.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: O CABRERA (.254, 0-FOR-3, SF, RBI)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 24 1:28 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ORDONEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.292, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 24 1:20 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: E Aybar hit for R Quinlan.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E Aybar (.263, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 24 12:56 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 8 10 1
    LA ANGELS 0 2 1 0 0 1 4 7 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - JASON GRILLI
    LAA - CHRIS BOOTCHECK

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.260, 2-FOR-3)
    R QUINLAN (.167, 1-FOR-3)
    S HILLENBRAND (.220, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 24 12:54 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.400, 0-FOR-0, 3 BB)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 24 12:44 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: D Oliver relieved H Carrasco.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C Granderson (.301, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Apr 24 12:03 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - PITCHING CHANGE
    LAA: DARREN OLIVER (0-0, 18.90) IN THE 5TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8, LA ANGELS 3
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.301, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Apr 24 12:03 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 5 0 1 8 9 1
    LA ANGELS 0 2 1 0 3 5 1 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - MIKE MAROTH
    LAA - HECTOR CARRASCO

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.180, 0-FOR-2)
    B INGE (.121, 0-FOR-2)
    C GRANDERSON (.301, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Apr 23 11:56 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: S CASEY (.177, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 11:44 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHEA HILLENBRAND SCORED ROBB QUINLAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S HILLENBRAND ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C KOTCHMAN (.283, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 11:34 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 5 7 7 1
    LA ANGELS 0 2 2 4 1 (TOP 3)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - MIKE MAROTH
    LAA - HECTOR CARRASCO

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.123, 0-FOR-1)
    C GRANDERSON (.306, 2-FOR-2, HR, RBI)
    P POLANCO (.372, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 11:20 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAICER IZTURIS SCORED SHEA HILLENBRAND.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M IZTURIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS JR (.243, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 23 11:15 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAICER IZTURIS SCORED SHEA HILLENBRAND.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M IZTURIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS JR (.243, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 11:15 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 5 7 7 0
    LA ANGELS 0 0 1 1 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - MIKE MAROTH
    LAA - HECTOR CARRASCO

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: S HILLENBRAND (.191, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    C KOTCHMAN (.288, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    M NAPOLI (.222, 1

    Apr 23 11:05 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ROBB QUINLAN ALLOWED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND CARLOS
    GUILLEN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: S CASEY (.177, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 11:00 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON SECOND, M ORDONEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.290, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 10:53 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, G SHEFFIELD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.294, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 10:49 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON SECOND, P POLANCO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.254, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 10:46 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 2 3 0
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - MIKE MAROTH
    LAA - JERED WEAVER

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS JR (.246, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    O CABRERA (.265, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    V GUERRERO (.400, 5 HR

    Tigers vs. AngelsApr 23 10:26 PM