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Brad Penny pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit to earn his first victory as a Tiger on Saturday (AP)

The Tigers move above .500 for the first time this season with their shutout of the struggling White Sox.

Win Brad Penny (1-2)

Loss: Edwin Jackson (2-2)

Hero: Brad Penny

Penny entered the game with an ERA in 8s and struggled toward the tail end of his last start but he didn’t have any struggles against the White Sox on Saturday. Penny carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning – his bid ending on a controversial scoring play. He ended the day by throwing seven shutout innings, only allowing one hit in what was his best start by far as a Tiger. Penny struck out three and walked two while lowering his ERA to 6.35.

Key sequence: The Tigers broke the scoreless game open by plating five runs in the fourth inning. Alex Avila had one of the biggest hits, coming up with a two-RBI triple off former Tiger Edwin Jackson during the inning. Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn also had RBI hits in the inning, while Magglio Ordonez drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

Avila went 3 for 4 in the game to boost his average to .327 – third on the team behind only Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera, who were each hitting .338.

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Thoughts on Game 16 of 162

The Tigers dropped to 7-9 with their loss to the Athletics, which led to a split of a four-game series. Once again the offense was quiet with a solo home run by Casper Wells being all the Tigers were able to muster.

W: Cahill (2-0) L: Penny (0-2)

Trevor Cahill held the Tigers to four hits and struck out eight in eight innings on Sunday to improve to 2-0 (AP)

Hero: Trevor Cahill

Like all of Oakland’s starters, Cahill prevented the Tigers from doing anything offensively. He struck out nine and allowed just four hits and one earned run in eight innings to earn the pitching win.

Rough finish: For the most part, Brad Penny’s fourth start in a Tigers uniform wasn’t bad. But in the end his control struggles were ultimately costly. He walked in a run during a three-run fifth inning that Oakland used to take control. Penny only allowed four hits, but walked four and struck out five and also hit a batter in five innings of work. He has an 8.84 ERA.

Key sequence: The bottom of the fifth when the Athletics scored three runs with two outs. After giving up a leadoff double, Penny got two outs before hitting David DeJesus with a pitch and walking Daric Barton to load the bases. He then walked Conor Jackson for Oakland’s first run of that inning and then Josh Willingham had a two-RBI single

Up next: At Seattle, 10 p.m. Monday

Thoughts on Game 6 of 162

Tigers reliever Enrique Gonzalez walks back to the dugout after being pulled in the seventh inning Thursday. Gonzalez gave up three earned runs in 2/3 an inning. (AP)

Brad Penny bounced back from his rough debut with a decent start for the Tigers. He kept Detroit in the game and was pulled after giving up the game-tying two-run homer to Adam Jones in the sixth. It was the bullpen that failed the Tigers as their season-opening road trip ended with a disappointing loss to the Orioles. Detroit is 2-4 on the road – an area they desperately need to improve if they have hopes of winning the AL Central this year. The bullpen surrendered five runs in the seventh to help the Orioles rally to the win.

Hero: Adam Jones
Jones hit the game-tying two-run homer that chased Penny from the game in the sixth and then drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center field during the five-run seventh inning.

Key points: After the Tigers surrendered the lead in the sixth, they immediately responded in the seventh as Austin Jackson had an RBI double that plated Alex Avila for the go-ahead run. However, Baltimore responded in its half of the seventh with Mark Reynolds coming up with a two-RBI double off Enrinque Gonzalez that helped push Baltimore’s lead to 8-5. Reynolds’ hit was probably the biggest during the five-run seventh.

Penny thoughts: Penny was doomed by the two home runs he gave up. Other than that and his three walks to three strikeout ratio, the start wasn’t terrible and a step in the right direction. He was two outs away from a quality start until Jones’ home run ended that and knocked him from the contest.

Staying hot: Brennan Boesch has taken some at-bats away from Ryan Raburn with his hot start. Boesch had two hits, including a double, and an RBI in Thursday’s loss ans is batting .421 so far this season. He has five RBIs this season. Raburn was expected to see most of the playing time in left field this season, but with Boesch’s hot bad those plans have altered. Raburn, who isn’t in Friday’s lineup, did also play on Thursday and went 0 for 4. … Alex Avila followed his career-high five RBI performance on Wednesday by hitting a homer in Thursday’s game. He is tied with Miguel Cabrera for the team lead with seven RBIs.

Tablesetter struggles: Austin Jackson and Will Rhymes haven’t been getting on base much through the first six games of the season. Jackson is batting .200 and Rhymes just .111. Jackson did show signs of life with his two hits in the series finale, including the clutch double in the seventh inning that broke the then 4-4 tie. Rhymes had a nice lengthy at-bat in the opening inning but other than that nothing. Will be interesting to see how much of a leash the Tigers will have if his struggles continue. It still is early, but if Scott Sizemore or Danny Worth get off to hot starts in Toledo this situation bears watching.

Up next: Kansas City, 3 p.m. Friday

Thoughts on Game 2 of 162 for the Tigers

Brad Penny’s first start for the Tigers was definitely not one to savor.

Roughed up: Brad Penny gave up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his Tigers debut on Saturday. (AP)

The veteran right-hander who inked a one-year deal with the Tigers in the offseason gave up three runs in each the first and second innings to put Detroit in a hole it never quite recovered from in Saturday’s loss to the Yankees. His defense did help his case in the opening inning with Jhonny Peralta and Will Rhymes not being able to come up with a couple of tough plays. In the second he served up a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira (his second in as many games) to put the Yankees well in control.

Penny’s final line – 4 1/3 innings pitched, seven hits, eight earned runs, four walks and three strikeouts. Penny, who wasn’t terrible during the spring, will definitely need to rebound in his next start against Baltimore on Thursday.

Key stretch: The fifth inning definitely was the key sequence in the contest. The Tigers had showed some fight and had scored two runs in the top half to cut the Yankees lead to 6-3. They had runners on second and third with two outs and Magglio Ordonez at the plate. Yankee starter ended up striking out Ordonez to get out of the inning. Also not to be lost is Will Rhymes was up with the bases loaded prior to Ordonez and grounded out to first base.  In the bottom half of the fifth, Russell Martin clubbed a three-run homer off reliever Brad Thomas to put the Yankees back in control.

The bright side: Austin Jackson hit a solo homer to left field on a 3-2 pitch to start the Tigers scoring on Saturday. A very good sign, considering the second-year center fielder hit just four homers during his rookie campaign. If someone would have asked you who would be the first Tiger to homer this season, Jackson wouldn’t have been my choice. While he homered, Jackson also did strikeout twice on Saturday and has fanned five times over the first two games.

New addition Victor Martinez also hit a two-run homer and went 2 for 4. Him and Inge were the only Tigers with multiple hits.

Hitting on all cylinders: The starting top four hitters in the Yankees’ lineup (Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez) went a combined 7 for 16 and drove in seven of New York’s 10 runs. Those same slots in the Tigers lineup (Jackson, Rhymes, Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera) went 2 for 15.

Debuts: Besides Penny, Joaquin Benoit (signed as a free agent from Tampa Bay) and rookie Brayan Villarreal each made their Tigers debuts on Saturday. Benoit pitched a scoreless inning of relief while Villarreal pitched the sixth inning and gave up a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez. In his inning of work, Villarreal gave up just the one run and two hits.

Up next: At Yankees, 1 p.m. Sunday in series finale