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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2008-08-09

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2008-08-09
--LHP Kenny Rogers threw a season-high 111 pitches Friday night but struggled in one inning and it cost him a defeat. Rogers had control trouble in the fifth and gave up three runs with just one base hit leaving the infield. An error by 2B Placido Polanco on a two-run infield single set up the final Oakland run of the inning and made it unearned. He also gave up a solo home run. Rogers entered the game with a 21-7 record and 4.28 career ERA against the Athletics in 36 previous starts.

--LF Marcus Thames started his second game in a row Friday night and slugged a two-run home run to account for both of Detroit's runs. Thames, who just completed a stretch of two weeks with just two hits, lined a fastball over the center field fence in the second inning. His 21st home run could be a sign he's entering another hot streak.

--DH Gary Sheffield had been swinging a better bat lately, but Friday night marked a step backward. Sheffield grounded into two double plays in an 0-for-4 night. He took a .310 batting average from a three-city road trip in which he batted 29 times, but couldn't get a key hit Friday. "Not that he's on fire, because he's not," manager Jim Leyland said, "but he's doing better. He's still not the Sheffield that we know, but what he's done lately could be a good sign." Sheffield says his right shoulder is no longer a limiting factor for him. "I'm back to being a threat," Sheffield said. "I've been feeling like that for a while, but I need to be active. You lose your rhythm otherwise."

--LHP Bobby Seay wasn't needed to pitch Friday night and might not have worked even if he had been. Seay left Thursday night's game with two outs in the eighth inning due to tightness in his back. He said he expected to be able to pitch Friday but manager Jim Leyland typically holds players out of action an extra day when they have soreness or injuries that might affect their performance. Seay said the tightness had been bothering him for a few nights.

--RHP Freddy Dolsi remains an effective rookie reliever for Detroit. Dolsi worked two scoreless innings in a game his team was on its way to losing, 4-2, Friday night. His fastball had a little life as he struck out two batters. He allowed two hits and a walk so he wasn't lights-out but he made good pitches when he had to and maintained his composure as he has for much of the season.

--RHP Fernando Rodney would not have been used Friday night in a save situation after working 1 1/3 innings the night before. Rodney came on to get the last out of the eighth Thursday and closed out the 8-3 win over Chicago for his second save of the season. Manager Jim Leyland said before the game Friday he was not going to use Rodney under any circumstance.

BY THE NUMBERS: 23-31, 32-22 -- Detroit's record in the first one-third of the season, and the Tigers' record in the second third of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've told them a few times, we got two teams ahead of us right now and I wouldn't take either one of them (over us). Right now, they are better than us. You can either sit there as a player and say, 'It just wasn't our year' or you can say, 'We're still in this thing.' There's really two ways to look at this." -- Detroit manager Jim Leyland, irritated over his team's inability to put things together this season.

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