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Hunter's homer helps Angels down Tigers

Apr 24, 2009 - 6:45 AM ANAHEIM, California (AP) -- Matt Palmer wears his wedding ring under his glove when he pitches. If not for his wife Michelle, he probably would be working as a landscaper.

Thursday night the 30-year-old rookie right-hander pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first major league victory, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead home run, and the Halos survived another shaky outing by the bullpen.

"A couple of years ago I was stuck in Double-A and I was throwing well, but I was never getting a shot," Palmer said. "I thought I'd retire and go into horticulture, which was my major. But my wife said, 'No, stick with it. I feel that this is going to be your year.' I got to Triple-A and did very well. The big leagues came after that, and everything just kind of rolled from there."

Palmer said he was giving the game ball to Michelle, who has shared his triumphs and travails in baseball since 2002 after the Giants selected him in the 31st round of that year's draft.

"I'm happy for my family and happy for myself that I kept pushing," the Memphis, Tenn., native said. "I've had opportunities off the field, but I love baseball and I love the opportunity to throw, and I've got the desire to play. So as long as I have that desire, I'm going to keep playing. Everybody says I'm 30, but I don't feel it."

Palmer (1-0) threw 100 pitches in six-plus innings in his fourth big league start. He was charged with five runs -- four earned -- and six hits, walking three and striking out one.

"When you haven't seen the guy, I think the pitcher always has the advantage," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

After giving up a leadoff homer to Brandon Inge in the second, Palmer allowed two more singles in the inning before retiring his next 12 batters.

"I think it was just a matter of me calming down a little bit," Palmer said. "I had the sinker going, but I just didn't execute my pitch early in the count. But in the third inning, I started getting on top of the ball and throwing more strikes early. And I think that's what really helped me out."

Palmer, who made his first three big league starts last season for San Francisco, was the only pitcher the Angels had at Triple-A Salt Lake with major league experience to start the finale of this three-game series.

The two-time defending AL West champions have gone through a 2 week stretch in which their already depleted pitching staff was hurt even further because of the death of rookie Nick Adenhart and injuries to Dustin Moseley and Darren Oliver.

The Tigers loaded the bases with none out in the seventh. Palmer walked his last two batters after a two-base throwing error by third baseman Chone Figgins on Josh Anderson's slow-hit grounder. Rookie Daniel Davidson came on to face Curtis Granderson and walked in a run, cutting the Angels' lead to 6-3.

Two more runs scored on a single by Placido Polanco off Jason Bulger, who then retired Magglio Ordonez on a foul pop and got Miguel Cabrera to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Angels broke the game open with four runs in the eighth against reliever Eddie Bonine, who was pitching for the first time in 10 days.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) gave up six runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in five-plus innings after pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Saturday's victory over Seattle. The right-hander squandered a 2-0 lead in the fourth by walking Gary Matthews Jr. and No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis with the bases loaded.

"It was probably just a loss of rhythm," Jackson said. "That inning could have been worse. But even with the two bases-loaded walks, that's all they got that inning. So it was just a matter of trying to do damage control."

Notes: RHP Rick Porcello, Friday night's scheduled starter for the Tigers, flew to Kansas City ahead of the team because his teammates won't get in until the early morning hours. "It's kind of mind-boggling to me that we didn't play an afternoon game today," Leyland said. "I just can't buy that. That makes no sense at all to have any major league get in at 6, 7 o'clock in the morning to play a game that same night."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 7 4
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 2 1 3 4 0 x 10 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - EDWIN JACKSON, EDDIE BONINE (6TH), BRANDON LYON (7TH) AND MATT
    TREANOR, GERALD LAIRD (7TH)
    LAA - MATT PALMER, DANIEL DAVIDSON (7TH), JASON BULGER
    (7TH), JUST

    Apr 24 1:08 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, M IZTURIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    LA ANGELS 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.360, 2-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Tigers 5, Angels 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:50 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAICER IZTURIS SCORED JEFF MATHIS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M IZTURIS ON FIRST, C FIGGINS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    LA ANGELS 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: B ABREU (.362, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Tigers 5, Angels 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:50 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BUNT SINGLE BY CHONE FIGGINS SCORED GARY MATTHEWS. ERROR BY
    MIGUEL CABRERA ALLOWED HOWIE KENDRICK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C FIGGINS ON FIRST, J MATHIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    LA ANGELS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.265, 1-FOR-4)

    Tigers 5, Angels 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:50 AM
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    Tigers 5, Angels 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:50 AM
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    Tigers 5, Angels 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:48 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED JEFF LARISH AND ADAM
    EVERETT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, C GRANDERSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.304, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 5, Angels 6  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:47 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED JOSH
    ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GRANDERSON ON FIRST, A EVERETT ON SECOND,
    J LARISH ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.267, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Tigers 3, Angels 6  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 24 12:47 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED JEFF MATHIS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.367, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Tigers 2, Angels 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 24 12:31 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF MATHIS SCORED GARY MATTHEWS. ERROR BY
    BRANDON INGE ALLOWED HOWIE KENDRICK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MATHIS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.236, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 2, Angels 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 24 12:04 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TORII HUNTER (6) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF EDWIN JACKSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2, LA ANGELS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.278, 2-FOR-2)

    Tigers 2, Angels 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 23 11:40 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JEFF MATHIS SCORED KENDRY MORALES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MATHIS ON FIRST, G MATTHEWS ON SECOND, J
    RIVERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.241, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 2, Angels 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 23 11:33 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GARY MATTHEWS SCORED TORII HUNTER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G MATTHEWS ON FIRST, J RIVERA ON SECOND, K
    MORALES ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.192, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 2, Angels 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 23 11:32 PM
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    Tigers 2, Angels 0  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 23 11:27 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON INGE (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF MATT PALMER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2, LA ANGELS 0
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J ANDERSON (.368, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Tigers 2, Angels 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 23 10:31 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - EDWIN JACKSON
    LAA - MATT PALMER

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    M IZTURIS (.267, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    B ABREU (.370, 0 HR, 6 RBI)

    Tigers 1, Angels 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 23 10:17 PM