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Brad Penny leads Tigers to 9-0 blowout win over the White Sox

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Final - 4.23.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 1 X 9 15 0
WP: Brad Penny (1 - 2)
LP: Edwin Jackson (2 - 2)

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BOX

KEY STAT

The Tigers were 6-15 with runners in scoring position. After watching the entire team struggle with RISP on the west coast trip, it's been a pleasure watching the Tigers absolutely drill White Sox pitching in scoring situations.

KEY PLAY

Brad Penny losing his no-hit bid thanks to a scorer's decision, a call which could have gone either way. For more on the controversial end of Penny's no-hit bid, check out this earlier BYB post.

KEY THOUGHTS

Brad Penny, who nailed down his first win on the season, was nigh unhittable against the White Sox, only allowing three base runners in seven innings (1 H, 2 BB). The thing is, I'm not sure if it was all Penny, all the God awful White Sox offense, or some combination of the two.

Alex Avila is silencing any calls of nepotism, as his three hit, two RBI day raised his average to a mighty .327. Avila is outright mashing, just like he did during his late season call up in 2009.

Ryan Raburn, RBI machine? With two more RBI today, Raburn has seven in his last three games.

The Tigers have won their second series in a row, hanging 18 runs on the White Sox this weekend. The victory, the 8th in their past 11 games, pushed the Tigers over .500 (11-10) for the first time this season.

The ugly 3-7 start is now well into the rear view mirror. At only 2.5 games behind the 1st place Indians and just one game back of the 2nd place Royals, the Tigers can set their sights toward the top of the Central division.