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Formula for Tigers to win games: 8 innings of starter + Jose Valverde

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Final - 5.22.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
WP: Rick Porcello (4 - 2)
SV: Jose Valverde (11)
LP: Paul Maholm (1 - 7)

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BOX

KEY STAT

0: Tigers pitchers know the only way they can possibly get a win these days is to combine for a shutout.

KEY PLAY

With runners on first and third, Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata grounded into a double-play to end the sixth-inning.

KEY THOUGHTS

At least the Tigers figured out how to win games. Bypass the bullpen almost completely. With eight strong innings from Rick Porcello and an inning of Jose Valverde, Detroit finally snapped its losing streak.

Had Porcello gone seven innings, Joaquin Benoit would have pitched in the eighth. The reason for that is two fold: First, the Tigers decided to keep Phil Coke in the rotation for now after a good showing against Boston. Second, Benoit had an inning without giving up a run so he must be ready to resume eighth-inning duties. That's Jim Leyland Logic.

Anyway, the team won because it does have good starting pitching. Two runs were enough, fortunately. Detroit scored a total of five runs this weekend against a Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff leading the MLB in ERA not as bad a normal.

Thankfully this pointless one-series sojourn into interleague play is over. I hate interleague play, you know that, but I really hate the fact they don't all the interleague play in one fell swoop. The Tigers can now get back to playing real baseball again.

By the way: After hitting his seventh home run of the season today Jhonny Peralta is one HR short of Miguel Cabrera (8).