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Sheffield homers twice to power Tigers past Athletics

Sep 9, 2008 - 4:13 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Gary Sheffield homered twice - including a grand slam that helped put the game out of reach - to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 14-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

Sheffield broke a 2-2 tie in the first inning, driving an offering from Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez (1-4) over the left-field wall. An inning later, Sheffield highlighted a six-run frame with a grand slam, belting it to nearly the exact same spot in left and giving Detroit an 8-2 advantage. The two homers give him 496 for his career as he closes in on No. 500.

"It really probably won't hit me until I get one or two away," Sheffield said of his pending landmark. "Really, to me, four isn't close."

Casey Fossum (3-1) pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings to earn the victory. The veteran lefthander struck out one and walked one.

Gonzalez gave up nine runs - eight earned - in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one, walking two and hitting a pair of batters as well.

"It was a tough loss," Gonzalez said. "I take the blame on this one. It was a learning experience for me. I can only turn the page and see what happens tomorrow."

He essentially wasted one of the Athletics' best offensive showings in months. The six-run second proved to be the difference.

"We had a lot of good swings. Gary had two great swings," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "A lot of guys put good swings on the ball and hit the ball out of the ballpark."

The Oakland lefthander made things difficult on himself, hitting Mark Hessman with a pitch to start the inning. Brandon Inge made him pay moments later, ripping a triple to the right-center field gap to make it a 4-2 game. Gonzalez's control problems continued before finally being yanked with two outs in the inning. After getting his next two hitters to ground out, he walked Magglio Ordonez and plunked another Tiger - this time righthanded slugger Miguel Cabrera - to load the bases.

That left it up to Sheffield, whose 16th homer of the season was also his 13th career grand slam.

"It was good to come home and get some runs on the board first," Sheffield said.

Cabrera took Oakland reliever Josh Outman deep in the fourth, driving his 33rd homer of the year to center field to give Detroit an 11-3 advantage.

But with Detroit holding a comfortable advantage, the Athletics finally sprung to life in the fifth. With the team down 12-3, Jack Hannahan sparked a five-run inning with a run-scoring single. Eric Patterson followed two batters later with a run-scoring base hit of his own as the A's chased Zach Miner after 4 1/3 innings.

"It's a tough game to manage; a terrible game to manage," Leyland said. "Obviously, you want to get your starter through it for the win, but we couldn't do it."

Rajai Davis capped off the surge with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 12-8, but that was all the offense the club could muster, as Fossum and the rest of the Detroit bullpen shut the Athletics down the rest of the way.

"To me, (Fossum) was the key to the game," Leyland said. "He came in at 12-8 and shut it down."

Miner gave up eight runs and 11 hits, striking out three and walking two.

Ordonez went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and homered for the third consecutive day, a two-run shot in the first inning.

Tigers third baseman Mark Hessman was hit by a pitch twice in the second inning, becoming the second player in American League history to accomplish the dubious feat. The first was former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson, who did it in the first inning of 15-6 win over the Texas Rangers on April 23, 1999.

"It definitely wasn't intentional," Hessman said. "I had two strikes on me both at-bats."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 8 13 3
    DETROIT 3 6 2 1 0 0 1 1 x 14 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - GIO GONZALEZ, JOSHUA OUTMAN (2ND), SANTIAGO CASILLA (5TH),
    ALAN EMBREE (7TH), JEFF GRAY (8TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    DET - ZACH MINER, AQUILINO LOPEZ (5TH), CASEY FO

    Sep 8 10:35 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE HESSMAN (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF JEFF GRAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8, DETROIT 14
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.214, 1-FOR-3, SF, 2 RBI)

    Athletics 8, Tigers 14  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 8 10:24 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    DETROIT 13 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.226, 2-FOR-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

    Athletics 8, Tigers 13  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 8 10:03 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAJAI DAVIS SCORED AARON CUNNINGHAM AND ERIC
    PATTERSON.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, R DAVIS ON FIRST, C PENNINGTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.222, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Athletics 8, Tigers 12  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 8 9:09 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CLIFF PENNINGTON SCORED JACK HANNAHAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C PENNINGTON ON FIRST, E PATTERSON ON
    SECOND, A CUNNINGHAM ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.276, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 6, Tigers 12  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 8 9:09 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERIC PATTERSON SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E PATTERSON ON FIRST, A CUNNINGHAM ON
    SECOND, J HANNAHAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C PENNINGTON (.189, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 5, Tigers 12  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 8 9:02 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED JACK CUST.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON FIRST, K SUZUKI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: A CUNNINGHAM (.333, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Athletics 4, Tigers 12  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 8 8:58 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRANDON INGE SCORED EDGAR RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    DETROIT 12 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.307, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics 3, Tigers 12  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 8 8:48 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL CABRERA (33) TO CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF JOSHUA OUTMAN SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, DETROIT 11
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.227, 2-FOR-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

    Athletics 3, Tigers 11  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 8 8:30 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    DETROIT 9 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: A CUNNINGHAM (.353, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics 3, Tigers 9  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 8 8:22 PM
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    DJRob Added 5 roots

    Athletics 2, Tigers 9  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 8 8:10 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED MARCUS THAMES.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    DETROIT 9 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M HESSMAN (.214, 0-FOR-0, HBP)

    Athletics 2, Tigers 9  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 8 8:08 PM
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    McTool Added 5 roots

    Athletics 2, Tigers 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 8 8:05 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY GARY SHEFFIELD (16) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF GIO GONZALEZ SCORED BRANDON INGE, MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND MIGUEL
    CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, DETROIT 8
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.239, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics 2, Tigers 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 8 8:00 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED MIKE HESSMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B INGE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    DETROIT 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.308, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 2, Tigers 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 8 7:52 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GARY SHEFFIELD (15) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF GIO GONZALEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, DETROIT 3
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.239, 24 HR, 51 RBI)

    Athletics 2, Tigers 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 8 7:37 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 2 2 3 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - GIO GONZALEZ
    DET - ZACH MINER

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.309, 18 HR, 57 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.307, 7 HR, 54 RBI)
    M ORDONEZ (.319, 18 HR, 86

    Athletics 2, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 8 7:26 PM