Chicago at Detroit

W: M. Buehrle (1-0) L: J. Verlander (0-1)
HR: CHW - N. Swisher (1) DET - None

White Sox jump on Verlander, send Tigers to sixth straight loss wire reports

DETROIT -- Nick Swisher homered on the second pitch of the game, and it only got worse for the Detroit Tigers.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong inning and the Chicago White Sox batters rocked Justin Verlander in a 13-2 rout of the Tigers on Sunday, Detroit's sixth straight loss.

"This is very frustrating," said Verlander, who gave up a career-high nine runs. "I think everyone on this team needs to do some soul searching."

Despite the second-highest payroll in baseball, the Tigers are the only winless team in the majors and are off to their worst start since going 0-9 in 2003, when they lost an AL-record 119 games.

"I'm sure people are expecting me to rant and rave, but this team has too many professionals for me to have to do that," manager Jim Leyland said. "They shouldn't need to be told what they are doing wrong."

All six of Detroit's losses have come at home, in front of nearly 250,000 fans. Sunday night, one of the few cheers was a sarcastic ovation after Yorman Bazardo got the last out of Chicago's four-run ninth.

"There's no question that we are embarrassed," Carlos Guillen said. "We can't even win one game."

Buehrle (1-0) rebounded from being tagged for seven runs on opening day, holding the Tigers to two runs and seven hits. He was helped by double plays in each of his last four innings.

"When I'm getting groundballs and breaking bats, I know that I'm in a groove," he said. "I wanted to keep the team in the game until the bats took over."

Chicago turned five double plays, all in the last six innings.

"I always say that defense wins games," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's what happened today. Defense like that makes your pitcher look better."

Verlander (0-1) didn't get much help from his teammates. He allowed five unearned runs and saw several balls scoot through Detroit's infield.

"I was making good pitches and getting groundballs, but they kept going to places where no one could get to them," he said. "That's what makes this so hard."

Swisher hit the first leadoff homer of his career down the right-field line.

"Against a great pitcher like Verlander, I just wanted to go out there and mix things up," he said. "I got a fastball down the middle, got good wood on it and it went out. I was really excited."

The Tigers tied it on Ramon Santiago's RBI double in the third, but Chicago went ahead 3-1 in the fifth on an RBI single by Joe Crede and a run-scoring groundout by Juan Uribe.

The White Sox put the game away with six runs in the sixth. With one out, Paul Konerko reached when Carlos Guillen dropped a throw at first, and Jermaine Dye followed with a double. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Verlander hit Carlos Quentin,who had four RBI, to force in a run.

Crede and Swisher added RBI singles, chasing Verlander. Orlando Cabrera then made it 9-1 with a three-run double off Aquilino Lopez.

"We made too many inexcusable mistakes tonight," Leyland said. "I don't mean errors -- I don't have a problem with errors. I mean plays that just cannot happen. We have to deal with that."

Detroit made it 9-2 in the seventh when Buehrle threw a fastball over A.J. Pierzynski's glove and directly into the mask of home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. Guillen scored on what was ruled a wild pitch. Kellogg stayed in the game after being attended to by the Tigers training staff.


  • Pierzynski was intentionally walked twice for the first time in his career. The White Sox went on to score 10 runs after the walks -- six in the sixth and four in the ninth.
  • Brandon Inge became the first major league player to catch and play centerfield in the same game since he did it on July 19, 2004. He and Eli Marrero are the only players to do it since the 2001 season.
  • CF Curtis Granderson said after the game that he plans to start rehabbing his broken right hand on Tuesday. "It's going to be baby steps at first. I have to see if I can even grip a bat," said Granderson, who has been out since being hit with a pitch on March 22. "Then we'll see if I can swing or throw a ball"
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Nick Swisher starts things off for the White Sox with his leadoff home run in the first inning.  (AP)
Nick Swisher starts things off for the White Sox with his leadoff home run in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Crede
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 1

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Chicago White Sox
Nick Swisher, CF4222002 .263
   a- Brian Anderson, PH-CF2000012 .000
Orlando Cabrera, SS4113112 .174
Jim Thome, DH4000001 .167
   b- Alexei Ramirez, PH-DH1000001 .111
Paul Konerko, 1B4210110 .200
Jermaine Dye, RF5110011 .417
A.J. Pierzynski, C3310201 .500
Carlos Quentin, LF3314111 .313
Joe Crede, 3B5143000 .375
Juan Uribe, 2B4011113 .200
a-grounded out for Swisher in the 8th
b-flied out for Thome in the 9th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (1, Lopez), Jermaine Dye (4, Verlander), A.J. Pierzynski (4, Verlander), Juan Uribe (2, Bazardo)
3B - Carlos Quentin (1, Bazardo)
HR - Nick Swisher (1, Verlander)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (2), Orlando Cabrera 3 (3), Carlos Quentin 4 (7), Joe Crede 3 (6), Juan Uribe (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (1), Orlando Cabrera 3 (3), Carlos Quentin 3 (3), Joe Crede (1)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
DP - Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko, Crede-Uribe-Konerko, Crede-Uribe-Konerko, Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko, Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko
E - Joe Crede 2 (2, Throwing), Carlos Quentin (1, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,1-0) 7721210 8.31
Mike MacDougal 2200110 4.50
WP - Mark Buehrle (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 89-59, Mike MacDougal 34-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-6, Mike MacDougal 2-3
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Mike MacDougal 9
Detroit Tigers
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000001 .174
   a- Clete Thomas, PH-CF1000010 .467
Marcus Thames, LF3010100 .143
Gary Sheffield, DH3010102 .200
Magglio Ordonez, RF4020002 .280
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000002 .111
Carlos Guillen, 1B4120010 .400
Edgar Renteria, SS4010001 .231
Brandon Inge, CF-C3100101 .316
Ramon Santiago, 2B4021001 .500
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
2B - Carlos Guillen (3, MacDougal), Ramon Santiago (1, Buehrle)
RBI - Ramon Santiago (1)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Renteria-Guillen
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (2)
E - Carlos Guillen (1, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,0-1) 5.2794341 6.17
Aquilino Lopez 1.1100110 0.00
Bobby Seay 1000000 0.00
Yorman Bazardo 1444210 18.00
IBB - Pierzynski by Justin Verlander, Pierzynski by Yorman Bazardo
HBP - Quentin (by Justin Verlander)
WP - Aquilino Lopez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 109-63, Aquilino Lopez 24-13, Bobby Seay 15-10, Yorman Bazardo 29-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-5, Aquilino Lopez 2-1, Bobby Seay 2-1, Yorman Bazardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 28, Aquilino Lopez 6, Bobby Seay 3, Yorman Bazardo 9
Game Information
Attendance - 35230
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Rick Reed