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Detroit at Oakland

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Tigers 11, Athletics 4

CBS wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kenny Rogers never counts on having success in the Coliseum. It just always seems to happen that way -- even on days he doesn't feel at his best.

Rogers won in Oakland again and Placido Polanco got his 1,000th career hit and drove in three runs, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 11-4 on Wednesday night.

Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge also had three RBI each for the Tigers, who pounded out a season-high 15 hits to win for only the third time in 10 games after starting the season 5-0.

Rogers (3-1) shut down the A's as usual to move within seven wins of his 200th career victory. One of his few mistakes came on a 2-1 pitch to start the second that Frank Thomas sent high into the left-field steps for his 452nd career home run.

"I'm motivated to come here and pitch well," Rogers said. "I wasn't as good as the other day. ... But I pitched well enough to keep them off balance."

Still, Rogers isn't one to focus on previous achievements in a particular ballpark. What meant more to him Wednesday was helping his new team get back on track.

Rogers, in his first season with the Tigers after two in Texas, didn't allow a hit after the second until Jason Kendall's RBI double in the eighth. The 41-year-old lefty improved to 24-4 in 44 starts at the Coliseum, and 22-1 in the A's ballpark since 1995.

"I'm aware of it. I don't take it for granted," Rogers said. "Every start is different."

Detroit gave Rogers plenty of offense, too.

Monroe staked the Tigers to a quick lead when he hit an RBI single in the second to score Alexis Gomez, who doubled to start the inning.

Thomas then tied the game when he led off the bottom half with a solo homer that moved him into a tie for 27th place on the all-time list with Gary Sheffield and Carl Yastrzemski.

Monroe started a three-run fourth-inning rally with another RBI single, while Inge added a sacrifice fly and Polanco also singled in a run that inning. After Monroe's fifth-inning sacrifice fly, Inge hit a two-run double to left to chase A's starter Joe Blanton (1-2), who struggled in his first home start of the season.

Polanco still remembers his first hit off Brett Tomko, and has his sights on many more milestones than 1,000 hits, though he acknowledged it "means a lot." Detroit matched its most runs of the year without the help of a home run.

"If you're counting on home runs to win games every day, you're in bad shape," Polanco said. "Home runs don't come every day."

For the Tigers, this was an important win in the second game of a nine-game road trip against the AL West.

Chris Shelton went 0-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch and a run scored, remaining at nine homers through his first 15 games.

Nick Swisher extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning single a night after he homered twice for Oakland, and Mark Ellis hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot off Chris Spurling in the eighth moments after the righty replaced Rogers.

Rogers threw 108 pitches, striking out one and walking two in 7 1/3 innings.

"He's definitely not going to walk anybody and he knows what he's doing," Ellis said. "It was the same old stuff. He gets you to get yourself out. He's smart out there. He makes you put the ball in play where seven guys are there to pick it up. As a defensive player, you like pitchers like that."

Blanton allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings and also committed an error for the A's, who have lost six of their last eight.

"I don't think we pitched well, we didn't hit the ball very well and we didn't play defense," A's manager Ken Macha said. "That all adds up to a pretty good shellacking."

Carlos Guillen booted a routine grounder by Kendall in the first and made a wild throw to first in the sixth for his fourth error in two games. But Guillen doubled twice, drove in a run and scored three times. Guillen made two throwing errors in Tuesday's 4-3 series-opening loss.


The A's, who had committed only four errors on the season, made four on Wednesday night. It was their most errors since making five on Sept. 5, 2004, at Toronto. ... A's 3B Eric Chavez and CF Mark Kotsay both got the night off. ... Tigers RHP closer Todd Jones, on the disabled list with a pulled left hamstring, threw 25 pitches in his second straight day working in a simulated game and is encouraged he will be ready to be activated Friday in Seattle. At first, Jones will pitch only an inning or so and probably not the ninth. "I just want to get started," said Jones, who is pleased with his improved flexibility. "I'm three weeks behind." Manager Jim Leyland said Jones would likely come off the DL on Friday as long as he feels OK. ... Thomas hit his sixth career homer off Rogers.

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Players of the Game

K. Rogers
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 3
BB 2
K 1

P. Polanco
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5020112 .293
Placido Polanco, 2B5043000 .345
    Ramon Santiago, 2B1000001 .125
Ivan Rodriguez, C6000004 .283
Magglio Ordonez, RF6010017 .245
Alexis Gomez, DH4320011 .231
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-DH1000000 .261
Chris Shelton, 1B3100103 .431
Carlos Guillen, SS4331101 .309
Craig Monroe, LF3223100 .236
Brandon Inge, 3B3213112 .261
a-grounded out for Gomez in the 8th
2B - Alexis Gomez (1, Blanton), Carlos Guillen 2 (5, Blanton, Saarloos), Brandon Inge (3, Blanton)
SF - Craig Monroe (1), Brandon Inge (2)
RBI - Placido Polanco 3 (6), Carlos Guillen (7), Craig Monroe 3 (10), Brandon Inge 3 (9)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton, Polanco-Shelton
E - Carlos Guillen 2 (5, misplayed grounder), Brandon Inge (3, wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,3-1) 7.1333211 3.38
Chris Spurling 0.2211001 5.14
Jamie Walker 1000000 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 108-67, Chris Spurling 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 9-13, Jamie Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 28, Chris Spurling 4, Jamie Walker 3
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C3111100 .250
Mark Ellis, 2B4112003 .205
Bobby Crosby, SS4010002 .209
Frank Thomas, DH4111002 .188
Milton Bradley, RF4000001 .275
Jay Payton, CF4000001 .163
Nick Swisher, 1B4010000 .333
Bobby Kielty, LF4000011 .000
Antonio Perez, 3B2100100 .000
2B - Jason Kendall (1, Rogers)
HR - Mark Ellis (1, Spurling), Frank Thomas (4, Rogers)
RBI - Jason Kendall (3), Mark Ellis 2 (4), Frank Thomas (9)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Milton Bradley 1
E - Joe Blanton (1, misplayed grounder), Jay Payton (1, misplayed grounder), Antonio Perez 2 (2, wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (L,1-2) 4.11087330 6.87
Kirk Saarloos 1.2321100 9.00
Brad Halsey 2100010 2.45
Joe Kennedy 1110100 0.00
IBB - Monroe by Joe Blanton
HBP - Shelton (by Brad Halsey)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 88-59, Kirk Saarloos 26-16, Brad Halsey 23-15, Joe Kennedy 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 3-8, Kirk Saarloos 2-3, Brad Halsey 4-0, Joe Kennedy 2-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, Kirk Saarloos 9, Brad Halsey 7, Joe Kennedy 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18309
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Ramon Armendariz, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt