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Rogers holds Rangers in check, wins first home start of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Back on the mound in Detroit, Kenny Rogers gave the Tigers another lift.

He allowed one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery, leading the Tigers over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Thursday.

"I don't go out there and expect to fail," Rogers said. "It was a good start, but it's only a start."

Rogers (2-0) missed the first 12 weeks of the season after surgery to remove a blood clot from his throwing shoulder. When the left-hander returned last week, he gave up two hits in six shutout innings at Atlanta.

This time, he allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one as Detroit stopped a two-game losing streak and remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central.

"I was a little more comfortable in what I could do," Rogers said.

It was his first start at Comerica Park since Oct. 22, when he pitched eight scoreless innings to win Game 2 of the World Series -- the Tigers' only victory against St. Louis.

"We had opportunities to do something, but he did what he always does," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He got out of it."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Rogers, who was 7-0 in starts after Detroit losses last season, wanted to keep throwing beyond the sixth.

"But with 85 pitches and it being his second game back, I'm not going to get crazy," Leyland said. "He's kind of freaky, really. To be out that long and pick both sides of the plate apart. That's not easy to do."

Chad Durbin pitched the eighth, and Todd Jones finished with a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances, completing a seven-hitter.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer, his team-high 18th, in the seventh off reliever Scott Feldman, and Carlos Guillen had a two-run single in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games and his string of games with an RBI to 11. The latter is one shy of the club record shared by Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane and Rudy York.

"He's locked in," Leyland said. "Rarely do you ever see him throw an at-bat away."

Kevin Millwood (4-7) gave up three runs, five hits and six walks in six innings, striking out six.

"Aside from the walks, I thought this was the best that I've thrown the ball in a long time," said Millwood, who had won his prior two starts. "It's fun pitching against a team like this for the challenge But it's mentally and physically draining because no one in that lineup is an easy out."

Sheffield came home with Detroit's first run in the fourth on Millwood's wild pitch, and Guillen's single boosted the lead to 3-0.

Michael Young's sixth-inning sacrifice fly ended Rogers' 10 1-3-inning scoreless streak, and Sheffield's homer made it 5-1. Durbin gave up Sammy Sosa's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Detroit's Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fourth-inning single.
  • The game began 17 minutes late to accommodate the umpiring crew, which arrived shortly before the game began because of difficulty leaving Atlanta.
  • Detroit OF Craig Monroe was back in the lineup, a day after being scratched because of soreness in his left knee.
 
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Kenny Rogers allows one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery.  (AP)
Kenny Rogers allows one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

G. Sheffield
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

K. Rogers
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4110011 .289
Ian Kinsler, 2B3010011 .241
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B1110000 .253
Michael Young, SS3011001 .296
Sammy Sosa, DH3011011 .255
Marlon Byrd, LF-RF4000003 .366
Victor Diaz, RF2000000 .263
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF2000000 .197
Gerald Laird, C4000020 .235
Brad Wilkerson, 1B3010100 .224
Travis Metcalf, 3B2010001 .212
   b- Ramon Vazquez, PH-3B1000001 .247
Totals3227215  
a-flied out for Diaz in the 7th
b-grounded out for Metcalf in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kenny Lofton (12, Rogers), Ian Kinsler (13, Rogers), Jerry Hairston Jr. (5, Durbin)
SF - Michael Young (1), Sammy Sosa (3)
RBI - Michael Young (48), Sammy Sosa (62)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Wilkerson
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,4-7) 6533660 7.06
Scott Feldman 1.1122311 6.67
Ron Mahay 0.2000000 2.52
IBB - Casey by Kevin Millwood, Casey by Scott Feldman
WP - Kevin Millwood (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 109-60, Scott Feldman 30-14, Ron Mahay 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 5-6, Scott Feldman 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 28, Scott Feldman 8, Ron Mahay 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3100211 .291
Placido Polanco, 2B4220100 .327
Gary Sheffield, DH3212101 .289
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010111 .377
Carlos Guillen, SS3012102 .325
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000035 .280
Sean Casey, 1B2010200 .299
Craig Monroe, LF4000005 .229
Brandon Inge, 3B3000120 .255
Totals2956497  
Batting
HR - Gary Sheffield (18, Feldman)
RBI - Gary Sheffield 2 (52), Carlos Guillen 2 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (20)
SB - Gary Sheffield (10, 3rd base off Millwood/Laird), Carlos Guillen (6, 2nd base off Feldman/Laird)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,2-0) 6411130 0.75
Chad Durbin (H,1) 2311010 4.21
Todd Jones (S,19) 1000010 6.03
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 84-55, Chad Durbin 32-21, Todd Jones 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 10-5, Chad Durbin 1-4, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 23, Chad Durbin 9, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37253
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Tim McClelland