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White Sox get enough off wild Willis to keep Tigers winless

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DETROIT -- Dontrelle Willis was nearly unhittable. Unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox found other ways to get on base against him.

Willis gave up only one hit but walked seven in five-plus innings in his Tigers debut, and Detroit remained the only winless team in the majors with a 5-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Detroit is 0-5 for the first time since the Tigers dropped their first nine games in 2003 en route to an AL-record 119 losses.

"We're a good ballclub. When I was here early, early in my career, those teams had to battle to just win a game," said Brandon Inge, who was on that 2003 team. "This team isn't like that. It's a good team and we're going through a little rough stretch right now."

Staked to a 3-0 lead and working on a no-hitter, Willis gave up three runs in Chicago's four-run sixth. He walked Nick Swisher and Orlando Cabrera before Jim Thome chased Willis with an RBI double.

"I was terrible and that's pretty much it," said Willis, obtained from Florida along with Miguel Cabrera in a six-player deal. "But you still have to battle and try and keep your team in the game."

Inge drove in all of Detroit's runs with a two-run homer and RBI double.

"Early in the game we couldn't get a hit off Willis, but kept runners on base with the walks," said Paul Konerko. "He was keeping us off balance. We kept our patience and the hits finally happened."

Willis was pulled in favor of Zach Miner (0-1). A groundout by Konerko made it 3-2. Miner then walked Dye, and Carlos Quentin followed with a single to tie it. Center fielder Clete Thomas bobbled the ball for an error, which allowed Dye to continue to third. Joe Crede then hit a sacrifice fly.

"We believe that we can come back every game," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "We continue to fight back and never give up."

Dye added his homer with two outs in the eight.

Gavin Floyd (1-0) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two.

"I struggled a bit and grooved one into Inge, "He said. "But I was able to find myself and kept us in the game."

Bobby Jenks got his third save after putting runners on first and second with two outs. He induced Thomas to ground into a force play to end the game.

"I don't think anybody here should be pressing," said Tigers' manger Jim Leyland. "Maybe a little anxious, getting a little impatient at the plate."

Notes

  • Leyland said DH Gary Sheffield, who has missed two games with a torn tendon on a finger on his left hand, swung the bat on Saturday and felt good. The manager said there was a good chance that Sheffield would be back in the lineup for Sunday night's game.
  • Floyd is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA against the Tigers in five career starts.
  • The Tigers optioned OF-IF Ryan Raburn to Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of RHP Francis Beltran. That gives Detroit 13 pitchers. Leyland said that was necessary because set-up man Fernando Rodney, who has been out with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, experienced pain when he pitched a bullpen session on Thursday in Lakeland, Fla.
 
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Dontrelle Willis walks seven and allows three runs over five-plus innings in his debut with the Tigers.  (AP)
Dontrelle Willis walks seven and allows three runs over five-plus innings in his debut with the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Nick Swisher, CF1100300 .200
Orlando Cabrera, SS3100102 .158
Jim Thome, DH4111001 .200
Paul Konerko, 1B3001111 .188
Jermaine Dye, RF2211200 .474
Carlos Quentin, LF4011001 .308
Joe Crede, 3B2001100 .263
Pablo Ozuna, 2B3000002 .000
    Juan Uribe, 2B1000000 .188
Toby Hall, C4000010 .000
Totals2753582  
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (2, Willis)
HR - Jermaine Dye (2, Beltran)
SF - Joe Crede (1)
RBI - Jim Thome (5), Paul Konerko (3), Jermaine Dye (3), Carlos Quentin (3), Joe Crede (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Quentin 1
DP - Quentin-Konerko, Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,1-0) 6633221 4.50
Boone Logan (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Scott Linebrink (H,3) 1100000 0.00
Bobby Jenks (S,3) 1100100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 87-53, Boone Logan 11-9, Scott Linebrink 14-11, Bobby Jenks 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 4-11, Boone Logan 1-1, Scott Linebrink 1-1, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 25, Boone Logan 4, Scott Linebrink 3, Bobby Jenks 5
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas, CF5020002 .500
Placido Polanco, 2B4000003 .087
Carlos Guillen, 1B3010100 .375
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010001 .238
Miguel Cabrera, DH4000012 .143
Edgar Renteria, SS4010000 .227
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000010 .200
Jacque Jones, LF3220110 .214
Brandon Inge, 3B3123100 .375
Totals3439333  
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (2, Floyd)
HR - Brandon Inge (2, Floyd)
RBI - Brandon Inge 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge 3 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Polanco-Guillen, Renteria-Polanco-Guillen
E - Clete Thomas (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Dontrelle Willis 5133700 5.40
Zach Miner (L,0-1) 1110100 4.50
Francis Beltran 2111021 4.50
Denny Bautista 1000000 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 89-46, Zach Miner 12-5, Francis Beltran 26-21, Denny Bautista 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 5-8, Zach Miner 2-1, Francis Beltran 3-1, Denny Bautista 1-2
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 21, Zach Miner 5, Francis Beltran 7, Denny Bautista 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42381
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chad Fairchild