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Thoughts on game 14 of 162

After struggling to get anything going at the plate for most of Friday’s game, the Tigers bats came alive in the 10th inning. Detroit exploded for seven runs in the inning en route to earning their fourth straight victory and evening their record at 7-7. The win was the 1,500 for Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

Clutch hit: Brennan Boesch, who finished 3 for 5, connects for a two-RBI double in the 10th inning of Fridays 8-4 win over the Athletics. (AP)

W: Brayan Villarreal (1-0); L: Brian Fuentes (0-2)

Heroes: Miguel Cabrera / Brennan Boesch

Cabrera rescued the Tigers and helped force extra innings with his solo home run to ninth off A’s closer Brian Fuentes to lead off the ninth. Boesch drove in the go-ahead runs by roping a two-run double to right field on a two-out pitch. Boesch was 3 for 5 to boost his average to .318.

Key sequence: The top of the 10th when the Tigers hitters showed patience. After a lead off single by Alex Avila, Leyland pinch hit Jhonny Peralta for Will Rhymes. Peralta drew a one-out walk and Ryan Raburn followed with a walk to load the bases for Boesch and set up the go-ahead RBI double. The struggling Victor Martinez, who had two hits, also had a big RBI single after the A’s elected to intentionally walk Cabrera to face him.

Making strides: Rick Porcello turned in his best start of the season, giving up just one earned run and seven hits in six innings. He exhibited better control with just one walk while striking out four. Porcello had given up five earned runs in each of his first two starts this season.

Impressive debut: Al Alburquerque was impressive in his major league debut, pitching two scoreless innings. He took over for Porcello in the seventh and kept the Athletics off the board. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three while displaying a strong slider.

Oakland bullpen woes: The Tigers were once again unable to solve the Athletics’ starting pitcher but did do their damage against the bullpen for the second straight contest. Brian Fuentes, who is filling in at closer for the injured Andrew Bailey, blew the save in the ninth by giving  up the tying run on Cabrera’s homer. He also stayed on to pitch part of the 10th and wound up taking the loss. Fuentes gave up six runs (three earned) and two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Up next: At Oakland, 4 p.m. today


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 3 of 162

Power duo: Miguel Cabrera (left) and Brennan Boesch combined to drive in eight runs to power the Tigers to their first victory of the season - a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees. (AP)

Heroes: Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera.

Boesch, batting in the 3 spot in place of Magglio Ordonez, and Cabrera combined to drive in eight of the Tigers’ runs (each had four RBIs). Boesch went 4 for 4 with a home run and four runs scored, while Cabrera hit a two-run homer in each of his first two at-bats.

Boesch, who was hot at the end of spring training, could make it hard for Tigers manager to take him out of the lineup with more performances like Sunday. He has shown a little bit of what made him such a dangerous hitter after he was called up in the first half of the 2010 season. If he can continue to put together good outings the Tigers will have a good problem on their hands and have to get creative of finding ways to play him.

Cabrera’s homers were big because they got the  Tigers going. The first gave them an early lead (the Yankees eventually knotted the score at 2 on a Jorge Posada two-run homer) and the second gave the Tigers a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Unsung hero: Ramon Santiago.

Santiago started in place of Will Rhymes, who went hitless in the first two games of the series, and delivered. Santiago finished 2 for 5 with an RBI and had a double off reliever Bartolo Colon.

Fortunate break/key point: After making a spectacular catch to rob Alex Rodriguez of extra bases in the first inning, Ryan Raburn dropped a liner that nearly came back to haunt the Tigers in the third. The error had Nick Swisher on third and Jorge Posada on second with two outs and Curtis Granderson at the plate. Max Scherzer got Granderson to fly out to right field to end the threat. The Yankees had scored a run earlier in the inning on a solo homer by Mark Teixeira

Worse than it appears: Usually giving up four home runs in an outing isn’t conducive to winning baseball, but Max Scherzer was able to pick up a win. Scherzer, who was tagged for 11 earned runs in 2-plus innings in his final spring start, wasn’t as bad as his final line (5 IP, 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks).  Two of the four home runs would have stayed in most ballparks and been routine outs.

The not so good: The Tigers gave up nine homers in the three-game series, but part of that can be contributed to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium as well as the New York lineup, which is as good as any from top to bottom. The normally slow starting Teixeira homered in each game of the series for the Yankees while DH Posada hit two in Sunday’s game.

Notable: Austin Jackson didn’t have a hit but drew two walks and scored two runs.

Up next: Tigers face Baltimore at 3 p.m. today. The contest is the home opener for the Orioles, who opened their season by sweeping Tampa Bay in a three-game series.

Jeff Frazier makes contact during a game against Buffalo on Monday. He will make his Major League debut when the Tigers face the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park (Brian Calloway photo)

With the Tigers in desperate need of offensive help in order to stay in the playoff race, they’ve had to make several moves in the past few days.

Detroit hopes their latest move will provide a boost to their struggling offense.

After getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, the Tigers announced that Jeff Frazier’s contract was being purchased and Jeff Larish would be designated for assignment. The move is a deserved one for Frazier, who has turned in a strong season in Triple-A Toledo.

Jeff Frazier was leading the International League in doubles and ranked second in hits and homers prior to getting promoted to the bigs. (B. Calloway photo)

Frazier, who turns 28 in two weeks, was an International League All-Star this season and hit 23 homers – including two in Wednesday’s win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. He also had 32 doubles and 68 RBIs, while hitting .273 in 104 games. Frazier led the International League in doubles, ranked second in hits and home runs and was third in RBIs prior to getting called up.

The move was a smart one for many reasons. It does give the Tigers an opportunity to sit down the slumping Brennan Boesch for a few games. Tampa Bay pitched around Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera three times during the four-game series to get to Boesch. Each time Boesch didn’t deliver.

Boesch did break an 0-for-11 slump with an infield single during today’s game, but has been ice cold since the All-Star break and seen his average fall 50 points.

Frazier, who originally was a third-round pick by the Tigers in 2004,  is a right-handed hitter.

The move to designate Larish likely marks the end of a Tiger career for another player that couldn’t stick around with the Tigers. Larish was in the bigs in parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He began ’09 on the Tigers 25-man roster before being sent down.