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Miner change, major benefit

Miner change, major benefit
DETROIT -- Zach Miner's earned run average fell from 6.75 to 4.50 on Sunday -- and he did not even throw a pitch.

A change to the official ruling on a fly ball in the Tigers' 9-7 win Saturday against the Cleveland Indians means all five runs the Indians scored against Miner were unearned.

Cleveland had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning when

Asdrubal Cabrera sent a fly ball deep to left field.

Ryan Raburn slipped and fell, then stood up and raced to the warning track. He got his glove on the ball, but dropped it.

Three runs scored on the play, which initially was ruled a double.

The Indians went on to tack on two more runs in the inning to tie the game 5-5. Since the play was ruled a double and not an error, Miner was responsible for five earned runs.

The official scorer watched the play several times, consulted the rule book and changed the ruling Sunday.

Now, Miner has given up 10 earned runs in 20 innings this season, instead of 15.

Cabrera had three RBIs taken away because of the ruling.

"It's a shame that Zach Miner should get earned runs on that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday morning, a few hours before the change was made. "That should not happen.

"I defend Raburn. It was a tough wind and the whole ball of wax, but any way you slice the pie, that ball's got to be caught."

Miner, who is in the final year of his contract and will be eligible for arbitration at the end of the season, was pleased the Tigers rallied for the victory after what could have been a game-changing play.

Still, he did not seem thrilled with the initial ruling.

"Anybody that says that they don't think or care about their stats at the end of the day is probably lying," Miner said.

"It does matter. Stuff like that matters."

Miner improving

Miner did not figure in the decision Saturday, but he was a slip in the grass from pitching five shutout innings and positioning himself for a likely win.

"I feel like I made some really good strides," Miner said. "I'm pretty happy with how I'm throwing it. Some of the results are here and there, but I feel like I'm improving.

"That's really all you can hope for -- just try and get better as the season goes along."

Busy rookie

Rookie Ryan Perry is second among American League rookie pitchers with 11 appearances.

Leyland is committed to getting Perry steady work, even though the hard-throwing 22-year-old has had control problems.

Perry has walked 10 in 8 2/3 innings.

"If Perry gets good and consistent, I think we'll have a really good bullpen," Leyland said.

"He's a big key for us."

Sardinha breaks through

Catcher Dane Sardinha got his first hit of the season

Sunday with a seventh-

inning double. He came around to score the go-ahead run on a double by Curtis Granderson.

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Added: May 5, 2009

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