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Tigers' offense allows star rookie to cruise in win

May 19, 2007 - 4:08 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Andrew Miller was not part of the Detroit Tigers' team that lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games in the World Series last season. With more outings like this, the star rookie will make sure history does not repeat itself.

Miller pitched six scoreless frames and won in his first major league start and Gary Sheffield homered and drove in three runs as the Tigers posted a 14-4 victory over the Cardinals on Friday in their first meeting since last season's World Series.

Miller (1-0), who was the sixth-overall pick in the 2006 draft, was sharp in his first major league start for Detroit. The 21-year-old lefthander, who is taking the place of injured starter Jeremy Bonderman, yielded just four hits and three walks while striking out two.

"I felt good about what I did tonight," Miller said. "I couldn't have asked for more. I wanted to throw strikes and get the hitters out with my stuff. Just stay ahead of the hitters. It gets a lot easier out there with more runs on the board. It's fun being a pitcher when you get that many runs."

"I didn't expect a lot from him (Miller)", Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I just wanted him to compete. He did a good job, he had movement on his ball. He's a talent but he's not a finished product yet."

Detroit's offense wasted little time getting to St. Louis starter Braden Looper (5-3) as Sheffield blasted a two-run homer in the first and Magglio Ordonez hit a solo shot in the third to stake the Tigers to a quick 3-0 lead. Following a sacrifice fly from Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco lined an RBI double to left to put Detroit ahead 5-0.

"Basically, I made some mistakes over the middle of the plate," Looper said. "Against a hitter like that (Sheffield), you can't make pitches like that. I just might as well have turned around and threw the ball over the fence myself. I had no fastball control at all. It seemed like every pitch I threw fell on the barrel of the bat."

"(Sheffield has been a) upper-echelon run producer for a lot of years," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "They were looking to make an impact move and they made it."

Looper surrendered seven runs and nine hits in four innings - his shortest outing of the season. The two homers he allowed in the first three frames matched the total he had given up all season.

The Tigers blew the game open with a nine-run fifth, their most runs in an inning this season. After back-to-back singles knocked Looper out of the game, Cardinals reliever Kelvin Jimenez recorded only one out while allowing seven of the next eight Detroit batters to reach base, including consecutive run-scoring hits from Curtis Granderson, Polanco and Sheffield.

"This was a streak game," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Those happen every now and then. Yesterday, we couldn't score any runs and today we score a bunch. That's baseball."

Reliever Russ Springer, who relieved Jimenez, finally was able to stop the bleeding, but not before yielding a two-run double to Ivan Rodriguez to cap the scoring in the frame, extending the Tigers bulge to 14-0.

The 14 runs were three more than the total the Tigers mustered in the five-game Fall Classic last season.

Sean Casey had four hits and Polanco had three hits and three RBI for the Tigers, who recovered from losing both ends of Thursday's doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.

"It was real great to get a few hits in a game," Casey said. "Yesterday, I hit ropes that were caught and today everything snuck through. It's a crazy game. They say that you have to be a little crazy to play this game, I guess they are right."

Albert Pujols hit a solo homer and reached base in each plate appearance for the Cardinals, who have lost at least three consecutive games for the fourth time this season.

"Obviously, I didn't do enough to help the team win." Pujols said.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 11 0
    DETROIT 2 0 1 2 9 0 0 0 x 14 18 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - BRADEN LOOPER, KELVIN JIMENEZ (5TH), RUSS SPRINGER (5TH),
    TYLER JOHNSON (6TH), RYAN FRANKLIN (7TH), RANDY FLORES (8TH)
    AND YADIER MOLINA, GARY BENNETT (6TH)


    May 18 10:07 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (7) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF BOBBY SEAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4, DETROIT 14
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J ENCARNACION (.333, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 10:01 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED GARY BENNETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    DETROIT 14 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S TAGUCHI (.241, 1-FOR-4)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 9:45 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED CHRIS DUNCAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PUJOLS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    DETROIT 14 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J ENCARNACION (.357, 1-FOR-2, HBP)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 9:26 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS DUNCAN SCORED SO TAGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DUNCAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    DETROIT 14 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.255, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 9:24 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD AND MAGGLIO
    ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 9 RUNS IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 14 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: S CASEY (.240, 3-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 9:03 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, G SHEFFIELD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 12 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.338, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:53 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED BRANDON INGE AND CURTIS
    GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 11 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.236, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:52 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED SEAN CASEY AND CRAIG
    MONROE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C GRANDERSON ON FIRST, B INGE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 9 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.335, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:50 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SEAN CASEY SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND CARLOS
    GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S CASEY ON FIRST, I RODRIGUEZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.242, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:46 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED CRAIG MONROE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.238, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:21 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED SEAN CASEY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C MONROE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    DETROIT 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.331, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 8:18 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ (9) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF BRADEN LOOPER.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, DETROIT 3
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.312, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 7:59 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GARY SHEFFIELD (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF BRADEN LOOPER SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.331, 8 HR, 37 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. TigersMay 18 7:22 PM