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Game 135: Tigers at Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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Tigers lead the series 1-0

Fri 09/03 WP: Ryan Perry (3 - 5)
LP: Jesse Chavez (2 - 3)
9 - 5 win

Detroit Tigers
@ Kansas City Royals

Saturday, Sep 4, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT
Kauffman Stadium

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Sun 09/05 2:10 PM EDT


Rick Porcello

#48 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-5

200

R

R

Dec 27, 1988



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Rick Porcello 7-11 22 22 0 0 0 0 128.0 149 81 74 13 36 65 5.20 1.45

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Bruce Chen

#52 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-1

215

L

L

Jun 19, 1977



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Bruce Chen 9-7 27 17 0 0 1 0 102.0 110 57 54 12 46 75 4.76 1.53

Have you had your fill of college football for the day? Did you watch any? (I didn't.) Time for baseball.

Note from Al: //Raises hand// Did I have my fill? Oh, Hell no! Did I watch? YES! I'm a red-blooded American male who likes his football...though I love baseball too. Don't judge me!

Jim Leyland says momentum is only as good as the next day's pitcher. Rick Porcello has been pretty good in his last two starts, having allowed no runs and one run in those games, so let's see if he can keep it going. ... But he has a 6.12 ERA and 2-6 record in 10 games on the road (the team went 3-7). So something's going to give.

Looking over the Tigers' game notes, here's an interesting one: The last time the Tigers rallied from four-runs down in back-to-back games (as they did Thursday and Friday) came July 13-14, 2006. (They credit STATS Inc as the source.) Also, last night's game was the third extra-inning game in a row. The last time the Tigers did that was July 11-16, 1976.

More stuff from the notes?

How hot is Ryan Raburn? He is hitting .340 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in his last 27 games.

Will Rhymes ranks third among American League rookies in batting average after the All-Star Break, with .310. He's hit safely in 14 of 15 games now. A little research of my own to add: Austin Jackson is hitting .313 with a .792 OPS after the break. Brennan Boesch is hitting .156 with a .452 OPS ... making him the worst Tigers batter since the break. Ouch.

Lineups:

Detroit -- Jackson 8, Damon DH, Raburn 7, Cabrera 3, Peralta 6, Inge 5, Wells 9, St. Pierre 2, Rhymes 4.

KC -- Blanco 8, Maier 9, Butler 3, Kila DH, Fields 5, Gordon 7, May 2, Getz 4, Betancourt 6