Detroit at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: J. Bonderman (4-0) L: C. Fossum (3-5)
HR: DET - G. Sheffield (11), G. Sheffield (12), I. Rodriguez (5)   TB - None

Sheffield at plate, Bonderman on mound lift Tigers to victory

CBS wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield put on a power display for the hometown fans.

Sheffield homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jeremy Bonderman won his fourth straight start as the Detroit Tigers cruised past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 14-2 on Tuesday night.

"When you go 0-for-4 and the game's over, you lost and you go see your family, it's like `You didn't do anything,"' Sheffield said. "So when you do something, it makes your family proud and then you get more phone calls because when you're struggling nobody calls you."

Sheffield, from nearby Tampa, has three homers in the first two games of the three-game series, and 12 overall.

"I am just glad he is hitting for the Tigers," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He is an offensive force in anybody's lineup."

Sheffield's 34th multihomer game helped Detroit stop a four-game losing streak. He has 467 career homers, moving him past Dave Winfield into sole possession of 29th place on the all-time list.

"I feel like I can do better," Sheffield said. "I don't ever get content where I'm at or just get comfortable and happy where I'm at. I always try to come in here and improve."

Bonderman (4-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck eight. The right-hander is 4-1 with an 1.88 ERA against the Devil Rays.

Sheffield hit a two-run shot off Casey Fossum (3-5) during the Tigers' three-run first. He added a three-run drive in a five-run sixth.

"He's got a nice swing," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said with a smile. "He plays hard every night."

Placido Polanco drove in a run on an RBI grounder as Detroit, which tied a season high for runs, scored twice in the second for a 5-0 lead. The other run scored on the same play after Tampa Bay shortstop Brendan Harris was charged with an error for an errant throw to first in an attempt to complete a double play. Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez forced the miscue with a strong slide into second base.

Fossum allowed five runs and seven hits in one-plus inning. His ERA rose from 7.15 to 7.89.

"They just got to me early and they were jumping on the first pitch," Fossum said. "I didn't have time to settle in and before I knew it, it was over. It's an aggressive team. I couldn't get anything going."

The outing could put Fossum's rotation spot in jeopardy.

"We're evaluating things consistently," Maddon said. "We'll just see what we'll do next. Right now, I really have nothing to give you concrete."

Carlos Pena cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 5-1 on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. He has 12 RBI in his last 12 games.

Brandon Inge drove in two with a bases-loaded single in the sixth before Sheffield made it 10-1 on his three-run shot against Shawn Camp.

Rodriguez hit an RBI double in a two-run seventh, and a two-run homer in the ninth as the Tigers had a season-high 22 hits.

"We just had one of those freak nights, and we whacked it around pretty good," Leyland said. "It's nice when everybody makes contributions and obviously they pretty much did throughout the lineup, but we're capable of that."


  • Leyland said Inge will not be in the lineup Wednesday because of a sore big toe. He was hit by a pitch in the second inning.
  • Sheffield has 1,530 RBI. He moved past Jeff Bagwell and Tris Speaker into 42nd place on the career RBIs list.
  • Sheffield has 16 homers against Tampa Bay. The only AL team he has more homers against is Baltimore (17).
  • Polanco (strained abdomial muscle) returned after missing the previous two games.
  • Tampa Bay CF Rocco Baldelli (strained left hamstring) has started taking batting practice and hopes to play in minor league games within 10 to 14 days.
  • Rodriguez was back in the lineup after being rested Monday.
  • The Devil Rays have the same record, 21-29, as last season after 50 games. Tampa Bay wound up 61-101 in 2006.
  • Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double.
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Detroit's Placido Polanco helps the Tigers tie a season high for runs with 14 against Tampa Bay.  (AP)
Detroit's Placido Polanco helps the Tigers tie a season high for runs with 14 against Tampa Bay. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Sheffield
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 2

J. Bonderman
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 8

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Detroit Tigers
Ivan Rodriguez, C6233012 .282
Placido Polanco, 2B6131004 .332
Gary Sheffield, DH6235002 .262
Magglio Ordonez, RF5120002 .358
Carlos Guillen, SS5010022 .317
Marcus Thames, 1B3021000 .222
    Curtis Granderson, PR-CF2220001 .281
Omar Infante, CF3110001 .327
    Sean Casey, 1B2111010 .269
Craig Monroe, LF5230011 .243
Brandon Inge, 3B3212101 .219
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (11, Ryu), Magglio Ordonez (26, Fossum), Craig Monroe (13, Seo)
3B - Curtis Granderson (7, Ryu)
HR - Ivan Rodriguez (5, Seo), Gary Sheffield 2 (12, Fossum, Camp)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez 3 (26), Placido Polanco (27), Gary Sheffield 5 (29), Marcus Thames (10), Sean Casey (11), Brandon Inge 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez 3 (18), Gary Sheffield 3 (11)
SB - Carlos Guillen (4, 3rd base off Fossum/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Casey
E - Marcus Thames (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,4-0) 6.1421080 3.34
Wilfredo Ledezma 2.2000220 4.67
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 103-64, Wilfredo Ledezma 42-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 9-3, Wilfredo Ledezma 3-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 24, Wilfredo Ledezma 9
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Elijah Dukes, CF3000121 .221
B.J. Upton, 2B4110021 .321
Carl Crawford, LF4100022 .305
Greg Norton, DH4010010 .176
Carlos Pena, 1B2001010 .300
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH0000100 .269
Delmon Young, RF4010012 .251
Akinori Iwamura, 3B3000001 .339
    Josh Wilson, 3B0000000 .205
Dioner Navarro, C3000001 .185
Brendan Harris, SS3010010 .303
a-walked for Pena in the 9th
2B - B.J. Upton (11, Bonderman), Brendan Harris (7, Bonderman)
SF - Carlos Pena (3)
RBI - Carlos Pena (28)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
DP - Harris-Upton-Pena, Harris-Upton-Pena
E - Brendan Harris (7, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum (L,3-5) 1755011 7.89
Tim Corcoran 4533010 5.28
Shawn Camp 1222001 5.31
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1322110 5.06
Jae Seo 2522021 8.13
HBP - Inge (by Casey Fossum)
WP - Tim Corcoran (1), Jae-Kuk Ryu (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 32-21, Tim Corcoran 53-37, Shawn Camp 15-10, Jae-Kuk Ryu 23-13, Jae Seo 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 1-0, Tim Corcoran 5-5, Shawn Camp 1-2, Jae Seo 3-0
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 10, Tim Corcoran 16, Shawn Camp 5, Jae-Kuk Ryu 7, Jae Seo 10
Game Information
Attendance - 11518
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida