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Rockies-Tigers Preview

May 22, 2009 - 5:40 AM By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

Colorado (15-24) at Detroit (22-16), 7:05 p.m. EDT

The AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers have enjoyed interleague play over the last three years - especially when playing host.

They'll attempt to continue that success and win seven straight overall for the first time in almost two years Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

The Tigers (23-16) had a 13-5 interleague record in 2008 to improve to 42-12 over the last three years, including 22-5 at Comerica Park. That includes a three-game home sweep of the Rockies (16-24) from June 27-29 with two games decided by one run.

"They play a completely different style of game," center fielder Curtis Granderson told the Tigers' official Web site. "We've got to be ready to jump after these guys. We played them well last year. They're going to sure remember that, come back looking for revenge this time around."

Detroit, though, enters this series on a roll after completing a three-game sweep of Texas with Wednesday's 4-3 victory to open a three-game lead over second-place Kansas City. The Tigers haven't won seven in a row since June 17-24, 2007, and appear to be gaining confidence.

"We've felt the same all year, I think," third baseman Brandon Inge said. "We've had some bad games, pitched well some games, didn't hit well some games. I think now, we're talking about a feeling where we're putting it all together. This is where I think we can be on a consistent basis."

The Tigers are hitting .322 with 10 homers and outscoring opponents 47-15 during their current winning streak. To try and keep it going, they'll turn to 20-year-old Rick Porcello (4-3, 3.86), who is looking to win a fourth consecutive start.

The rookie right-hander has won his last three starts with a 1.00 ERA, a vast improvement from his previous four starts when he went 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA.

Porcello yielded one run and three hits with five strikeouts in six innings Saturday in a 9-1 win over Oakland.

"I'm just throwing what (catcher) Gerald (Laird) calls and trying to hit my spots," Porcello said. "I think in some of my previous starts, I was rushing things and trying to blow the ball past guys. Now, I'm just trying to keep it down and get groundballs."

The Rockies went 7-8 against the AL last year, including 2-7 on the road. They're carrying over a six-game road losing streak in interleague play.

Colorado looks to build off Thursday's 9-0 win at Atlanta behind a four-hitter from Aaron Cook and a grand slam from Todd Helton. It was the Rockies' third win in nine games.

Now, they'll give the ball to Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4, 4.30), who's 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts.

The right-hander was impressive again Sunday, allowing one run and five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. But the bullpen wasted the three-run lead by surrendering 10 runs in the seventh in an 11-4 at Pittsburgh.

"It is hard, not for me not getting the win - it was hard for the team," Jimenez said.

He's 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two career interleague starts. One of those defeats came at Detroit on June 27, when he gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings of a 7-1 loss.






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    Rockies 3, Tigers 4  FinalMay 23 1:18 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 8 0
    DETROIT 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 x 4 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - UBALDO JIMENEZ, JASON GRILLI (8TH), MANUEL CORPAS (8TH), ALAN
    EMBREE (8TH) AND CHRIS IANNETTA
    DET - RICK PORCELLO, RYAN PERRY (7TH), JOEL ZUMAYA
    (9TH) AND GE

    May 22 9:45 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SETH SMITH (4) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF JOEL ZUMAYA SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3, DETROIT 4
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C IANNETTA (.220, 0-FOR-3)

    Rockies 3, Tigers 4  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 22 9:35 PM
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    Rockies 3, Tigers 4  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 22 9:35 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED CLETE THOMAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B INGE ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    DETROIT 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J ANDERSON (.280, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rockies 1, Tigers 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 22 9:20 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON FIRST, T HELTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    DETROIT 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.277, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies 1, Tigers 3  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 22 8:24 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON INGE (12) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF UBALDO JIMENEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, DETROIT 3
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J ANDERSON (.284, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies 0, Tigers 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 22 7:55 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED RAMON SANTIAGO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    DETROIT 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C THOMAS (.296, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies 0, Tigers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 22 7:45 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY UBALDO JIMENEZ ALLOWED GERALD LAIRD TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SANTIAGO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.263, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies 0, Tigers 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 22 7:45 PM