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Tigers 5, Rays 2: Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson lead Detroit

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE


Final - 6.28.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 5
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2

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The Tigers arrived in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area late at night after playing an evening game in Texas. Their bats remained hot, but for a change the pitching staff was tossing some fire of its own. In the end, Detroit won a rather relaxing game compared to some recent incarnations.

Continuing the theme from Wednesday, Detroit knocked 15 hits -- four for extra bases. That follows up on a 17-hit day in Texas. Miguel Cabrera had four of them on Thursday, including a double and home run; Austin Jackson had four hits as well, including a triple.

But maybe the true focus should be on Max Scherzer. You know his back story -- pitching Saturday just days after his brother passed away. This game he threw six-plus innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven. His sixth 'K" of the day tied him with Verlander for the lead in strkeouts in the AL. The seventh gave him the lead.

Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde had a relatively drama-free final three innings, although an error by Quintin Berry led to a Rays run in the seventh.

Is this the start of som-- . Have the Tigers turned the co-- . Sometimes, a win is just a win. Sure beats the alternative.

3 ROARS

Scherzer - Nice game

Jackson - 4 hits

Cabrera- 4 hits

BONUS

Oh what the hell, give everyone a roar.

2 HISSES

Ramon Santiago - 0-for-4 for the only hitless starter

Prince Fielder - 1-for-5, though he did have a nice catch on a liner.

GAME 75 POG

Quintin Berry