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Detroit at Texas

Tigers 10, Rangers 6

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- R.A. Dickey thought his knuckleball was working really well while warming up in the bullpen before the game.

Then Brandon Inge homered on the game's second pitch -- and it only got worse for the Texas Rangers pitcher.

The Detroit Tigers hit six homers against Dickey, tying the post-1900 major league record in a 10-6 victory Thursday night.

"When you let go of the ball, you're at the mercy of the way the ball is going to move," said Dickey, who only converted to the pitch last season. "It was moving right into their bats."

Five of the homers were solo shots. The only major league pitcher to give up more homers was Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons, who allowed seven to the Detroit Wolverines in an American Association game on June 12, 1886.

Magglio Ordonez and Chris Shelton each homered twice for the Tigers, who hit seven in all and raised their total to a major league-leading 15 in three games.

"Something like that probably won't happen again for a long, long time," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "It's just one of those freak things. They hit it, got it up in the air, the ball was carrying and they popped it on the good part of the bat."

Dickey (0-1) gave up eight hits and seven runs.

"If you look for positives, some of the homers were solos, but I'm really reaching," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

After Inge started the power surge, Ordonez hit another homer in the first.

Shelton homered leading off the second inning and went deep again in the fourth, raising his season total to four. Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames hit back-to-back drives later that inning, and Showalter finally pulled Dickey with Texas trailing 7-0.

"It wasn't doing what he wanted," Inge said. "The ones that did were up, over the plate."

It was the sixth time a big league pitcher has given up six homers, the fourth time in the AL. The previous pitcher to do it was Boston's Tim Wakefield -- another knuckleballer -- against Detroit on Aug. 8, 2004. Wakefield ended up winning that game, beating Nate Robertson.

This time, Robertson (1-0) did a lot better job with his run support.

"If I had that every time out, I'd go 32-, 33-0," said Robertson, who allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out four.

The Rangers record for homers allowed by a pitcher had been five.

Ordonez also homered against Brian Shouse in the ninth. The seven homers allowed was another record for Texas.

Showalter wouldn't commit to keeping Dickey in the Rangers' rotation, but seemed to be leaning that way.

"Knuckleball guys are going to have their ups and downs," Showalter said. "This was a down for R.A., who's had some good ones for us. We'll sit down and talk about it."

Catcher Rod Barajas noted that more than two-thirds of Dickey's pitches were strikes.

"He got ahead of the hitters quite a bit," Barajas said. "I think we're going to have to start throwing the knuckleball a little bit off the plate and make these guys chase it."

Leyland loaded his lineup with right-handed batters because he has observed they usually have greater success than left-handers do against right-handed knuckleballers. Switch-hitters Dmitri Young and Carlos Guillen batted right-handed. Thames replaced the lefty-hitting Curtis Granderson, with Monroe shifting from left to center field.

Texas rookie Ian Kinsler hit his first major league homer and Mark Teixeira doubled twice. After Detroit built a 10-3 lead, Michael Young hit a three-run double off Fernando Rodney in the ninth.

Notes

Mark DeRosa, who started at third base for Texas, left during the fourth inning because of a lower left leg strain. He was to be re-evaluated. Hank Blalock replaced DeRosa. ... The Tigers presented their scout of the year award to Tim Grieve, the son of Rangers broadcaster and former general manager Tom Grieve. Among the players the younger Grieve signed is RHP Jordan Tata, who made his major league debut in relief. ... Rangers LHP Fabio Castro also made his debut.

 
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Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4221100 .462
Placido Polanco, 2B5010002 .385
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010111 .500
Magglio Ordonez, RF5233001 .231
Dmitri Young, DH5100022 .083
Chris Shelton, 1B4232100 .692
Carlos Guillen, SS4100100 .250
    Ramon Santiago, SS0000000 .000
Craig Monroe, CF-LF4112011 .167
Marcus Thames, LF4111003 .400
    Curtis Granderson, CF0000000 .273
Totals39101294410 
Batting
HR - Brandon Inge (2, Dickey), Magglio Ordonez 2 (2, Dickey, Shouse), Chris Shelton 2 (4, Dickey, Dickey), Craig Monroe (1, Dickey), Marcus Thames (2, Dickey)
RBI - Brandon Inge (2), Magglio Ordonez 3 (4), Chris Shelton 2 (4), Craig Monroe 2 (2), Marcus Thames (2)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,1-0) 5.1833041 5.06
Jordan Tata 3233210 9.00
Fernando Rodney 0.2100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 78-48, Jordan Tata 43-23, Fernando Rodney 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 7-4, Jordan Tata 3-5
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 23, Jordan Tata 13, Fernando Rodney 3
Texas Rangers
Brad Wilkerson, LF5000025 .211
Michael Young, SS5133012 .353
Mark Teixeira, 1B5131001 .375
Phil Nevin, DH4011002 .267
Mark DeRosa, 3B1000000 .000
    Hank Blalock, 3B3000001 .357
Kevin Mench, RF4000011 .294
Adrian Brown, CF4110021 .250
Rod Barajas, C3100100 .267
Ian Kinsler, 2B3231100 .444
Totals3761162613 
Batting
2B - Michael Young 2 (3, Robertson, Rodney), Mark Teixeira 2 (2, Robertson, Robertson), Phil Nevin (1, Robertson), Ian Kinsler (1, Robertson)
HR - Ian Kinsler (1, Robertson)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (4), Mark Teixeira (2), Phil Nevin (6), Ian Kinsler (1)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 3 (3), Mark Teixeira (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Teixeira
E - Ian Kinsler (1, Misplayed grounder), Michael Young (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
R.A. Dickey (L,0-1) 3.1877116 18.90
Fabio Castro 3.2321320 2.45
Akinori Otsuka 1000010 4.50
Brian Shouse 1111001 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 61-42, Fabio Castro 65-35, Akinori Otsuka 9-6, Brian Shouse 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 3-5, Fabio Castro 5-5, Akinori Otsuka 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 18, Fabio Castro 18, Akinori Otsuka 3, Brian Shouse 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21713
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Bill Welke