Tigers revamp staff with additions of Lopez, De La Cruz

Aug 11, 2007 - 9:02 PM DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Tigers are looking for a solution to their recent problems. They hope tinkering with their pitching staff is the correct one.

Losers of three straight games and eight of 10, the Tigers on Saturday purchased the contracts of righthanders Aquilino Lopez and Eulogio De La Cruz from Class AAA Toledo while optioning lefthander Macay McBride and righthander Jordan Tata to the Mud Hens.

Despite its recent struggles, Detroit (63-52) remains in the thick of the playoff race in the American League, entering Saturday 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland (65-51) in the American League Central Division and one game back of Seattle (63-50) and the New York Yankees (64-51) in the wild card race.

Lopez, 32, appeared in six games with the Tigers earlier this season, recording one save and a 4.26 ERA over 12 2/3 innings. The Dominican owns a career record of 2-5 with 15 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 107 relief appearances with Toronto, Philadelphia, Colorado and Detroit.

The 23-year-old De La Cruz made his major league debut in June, posting a 6.75 ERA in six relief outings. Also a native of the Dominican Republic, he allowed eight runs - five earned - and 10 hits over 6 2/3 frames.

Acquired from Atlanta on June 20, McBride has been unimpressive with the Tigers, going 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 20 appearances. The 24-year-old lefthander, who allowed runs in eight of his outings, was reached for a total of six in his last two relief efforts.

Tata, 25, made three starts for Detroit, going 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In his last outing on Friday against Oakland, the native of Texas surrendered seven runs and five hits in just two-plus innings.

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