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Detroit at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Bonderman (2-2) L: H. Carrasco (0-1)
S: T. Jones (3)
HR: DET - M. Ordonez (4)   ANA - None

Tigers top Angels, improve road record to league-best 11-3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jim Leyland is back in uniform after a six-year hiatus and the two-time manager of the year has given the Detroit Tigers a new direction after 12 consecutive losing seasons.

Tuesday night's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels improved the Tigers' record to 13-8, their highest win total in April since 1993.

Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-4 with a home run and Jeremy Bonderman allowed three hits over six innings, helping improve the Tigers' road record to a major league-best 11-3.

"The atmosphere here has changed a lot. I mean, I liked Tram. He was a great guy," third baseman Brandon Inge said referring to former manager Alan Trammell. "But Leyland's a guy who's going to put his foot down and say, `It's going to be my way or the highway.' And that's what we needed. And whether you have 15 years in the big leagues or one day, he's going to treat everyone exactly the same - which is what a good manager does."

Leyland has come full circle, guiding the team that originally signed him as a minor league catcher in September 1963. He managed for 11 years in the Tigers' organization at the minor league level before taking the Pittsburgh job in 1986. The Pirates won three consecutive division championships for Leyland, who reeled in a World Series title with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

"I haven't changed a lot," said Leyland, 61, who spent six seasons as a scout with the St. Louis Cardinals. "I always missed the competition, but a lot of it is the fact that you love the game and you'd like to be involved in it.

"The biggest thing was working for the Cardinals. They really made a big impression on me -- just being around them the last few years in the clubhouse and seeing how they went about their business, how competitive they were and how they did everything right. I missed all of that, so I thought I'd like to give it one more shot. And I'm really enjoying it."

Bonderman (2-2) limited the two-time defending AL West champs to two sixth-inning runs after being staked to a 5-0 lead. The right-hander struck out six and walked one while helping lower Detroit's league-leading ERA to 3.58.

"We've got to pitch well to keep the team in the game, and lately we've been doing that," Bonderman said. "I've had a tendency to give up runs early in the game, but if I can get away from that, I'm usually all right. They're a good hitting team, so you've just got to keep the ball down."

Todd Jones, the fourth Detroit pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his third save in three attempts since coming off the disabled list.

The Angels had three baserunners over the first five innings -- one on a throwing error by second baseman Placido Polanco trying for a force on Casey Kotchman's grounder toward the middle.

A two-out single in the second by Darin Erstad was the only hit Bonderman allowed until the sixth. Orlando Cabrera followed an infield hit by Chone Figgins with an RBI double, then stole third with a huge jump against Bonderman and scored on Garret Anderson's groundout.

"We sure don't get too many good looks at Bonderman," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got a great arm and he's pitched like this against us on several occasions. He's got great movement and he throws that ball hard, so sometimes it's tough to stay back on him. He's just one of those bright young arms that they have over there."

Hector Carrasco (0-1) was charged with five runs and seven hits over five-plus innings in his second start filling in for reigning Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, who is on the disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Last Thursday, Carrasco gave up three runs and four hits over three-plus innings in the Angels' 6-4 win at Minnesota.

Inge opened the scoring in the third inning with an RBI triple high off the 18-foot wall in right. Polanco drove him in one out later with a groundout.

Ordonez led off the fourth with a drive to left-center, his fourth homer. The four-time All-Star averaged 32 home runs during a five-year span with the Chicago White Sox, but was limited to 17 homers in 134 games over the last two seasons because of injuries.


  • Only five times in the Tigers' first 21 games has someone tried to steal a base against them, the fewest attempts against one team in the majors.
  • Figgins was 0-for-13 lifetime against Bonderman before his sixth-inning hit.
  • Mike Maroth, a 21-game loser in 2003, will start Wednesday and attempt to become the first Detroit pitcher to start a season 4-0 since David Wells in 1993.
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Detroit's Craig Monroe crosses home plate in front of catcher Jeff Mathis during the third inning.  (AP)
Detroit's Craig Monroe crosses home plate in front of catcher Jeff Mathis during the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Ordonez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

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Carlos Guillen, SS3000111 .297
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3B - Brandon Inge (1, Carrasco)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (4, Carrasco)
RBI - Placido Polanco (8), Magglio Ordonez (11), Chris Shelton (19), Brandon Inge (10)
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Detroit Tigers
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Jamie Walker (H,2) 1.2000010 1.13
Joel Zumaya (H,5) 0.1000000 4.00
Todd Jones (S,3) 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 88-62, Jamie Walker 21-14, Joel Zumaya 4-3, Todd Jones 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 12-1, Jamie Walker 1-3, Joel Zumaya 1-0, Todd Jones 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 23, Jamie Walker 5, Joel Zumaya 1, Todd Jones 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4110010 .271
Orlando Cabrera, SS4111010 .278
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000021 .317
Garret Anderson, LF4001000 .313
Tim Salmon, DH4000010 .308
Darin Erstad, CF2010110 .261
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000011 .148
Jeff Mathis, C3000003 .118
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000001 .338
2B - Orlando Cabrera (6, Bonderman)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (15), Garret Anderson (14)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (4, 3rd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Figgins-Kennedy-Kotchman, Kennedy-Cabrera-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Hector Carrasco (L,0-1) 5755131 5.71
Kevin Gregg 3200130 1.29
Esteban Yan 1000000 6.75
WP - Hector Carrasco (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Carrasco 82-57, Kevin Gregg 37-22, Esteban Yan 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Carrasco 6-5, Kevin Gregg 3-2
Batters Faced - Hector Carrasco 22, Kevin Gregg 11, Esteban Yan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40007
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor