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Tigers drop M's 3-1, spoil debut of phenom Felix

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DETROIT -- Felix Hernandez was pretty impressive in his major-league debut. Sean Douglass was even better.

Douglass (4-1) outpitched his 19-year-old opponent, throwing eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Douglass allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

"That was -- pick an adjective -- brilliant, outstanding. He was on the plate and he stayed ahead of the hitters," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He's had seven outings for us, and six of them have been good ones, but this one might have been his best."

Placido Polanco scored twice, and Magglio Ordonez and Dmitri Young each hit an RBI single for Detroit.

The highly touted Hernandez (0-1) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in five innings for Seattle, which got a home run from Raul Ibanez.

"I felt a little nervous," Hernandez said. "I know I pitched well, but I can't be happy because the team lost."

Hernandez obviously had the jitters early on, walking Carlos Guillen and Chris Shelton and giving up two singles in the first inning. Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's single.

Hernandez settled down after a visit to the mound from his teammates and pitching coach Bryan Price. The right-hander retired his next five batters before ending the day with four strikeouts.

"Not too shabby," Trammell said. "Getting out of that first inning was huge for him, because you could see he was nervous, but he got that big double-play ball and then he settled in."

Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said before the game that Hernandez would throw about 80-85 pitches in an effort to make it feel like any other game. Hernandez ended up throwing 81 pitches, 49 for strikes.

"A pretty impressive debut, rough luck there in the first inning, but he threw the ball well. He got better as he went along," Hargrove said. "We'll increase his pitch count the next outing."

Hernandez became the youngest major-league starter since Jose Rijo pitched for the New York Yankees in 1984. Hernandez dominated the Pacific Coast League while pitching at Triple-A Tacoma, going 9-4 with a 2.25 ERA.

Ibanez hit his 100th career homer leading off the seventh to pull Seattle to 2-1.

Young added an RBI single in the eighth, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his second save.

The Tigers scored their second run without a hit.

Polanco, who was hit by a pitch, stole second base in the third. He reached third on Shelton's groundout before scoring on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

Notes:

  • The Mariners optioned RHP Clint Nageotte to Triple-A Tacoma after he made his major-league debut Wednesday. Nageotte took the roster spot of RHP Jorge Campillo, who was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. A team doctor said Campillo will need Tommy John surgery.
  • Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4 and is hitless in 19 at-bats.
  • Slumping Detroit 3B Brandon Inge was back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday, snapping his 141 consecutive games played streak.
  • Detroit CF Nook Logan got his 20th stolen base.
 
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Felix who? Detroit's Sean Douglass outpitches Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez for his fourth win.   (AP)
Felix who? Detroit's Sean Douglass outpitches Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez for his fourth win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

S. Douglass
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000012 .303
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4000001 .268
Raul Ibanez, LF3111110 .299
Richie Sexson, 1B4000001 .266
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000000 .257
Jeremy Reed, CF3010000 .256
Mike Morse, SS2000111 .315
Scott Spiezio, DH3000011 .059
Wiki Gonzalez, C3010000 .281
Totals29131246 
Batting
2B - Jeremy Reed (20, Douglass), Wiki Gonzalez (5, Douglass)
HR - Raul Ibanez (15, Douglass)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (63)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Sexson-Gonzalez, Bloomquist-Morse-Sexson
PB - Wiki Gonzalez (1)
E - Mike Morse (11, Wild throw)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (L,0-1) 5321240 1.80
Julio Mateo 2100120 3.06
J.J. Putz 1310010 3.00
HBP - Polanco (by Felix Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 81-49, Julio Mateo 26-17, J.J. Putz 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 10-0, Julio Mateo 1-3, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 20, Julio Mateo 8, J.J. Putz 5
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B3210001 .339
Carlos Guillen, SS3110111 .320
Chris Shelton, 1B2000212 .338
Magglio Ordonez, RF4021021 .320
Dmitri Young, DH4021002 .264
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000025 .294
Craig Monroe, LF3000000 .285
Brandon Inge, 3B3010001 .268
Nook Logan, CF3000011 .278
Totals293723714 
Batting
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (24), Dmitri Young (53)
SB - Placido Polanco (4, 2nd base off Hernandez/Gonzalez), Nook Logan (20, 2nd base off Mateo/Gonzalez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Sean Douglass (W,4-1) 8311241 3.32
Fernando Rodney (S,2) 1000000 1.96
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Douglass 100-64, Fernando Rodney 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Douglass 10-9, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Sean Douglass 28, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28148
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Jerry Meals