Detroit at Texas

W: K. Rogers (9-10) L: F. Francisco (2-5)
S: F. Rodney (5)
HR: DET - G. Sheffield (13)   TEX - None

Sheffield hits career HR No. 493, Tigers hold off Rangers wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gary Sheffield moved into familiar company with career homer No. 493.

Sheffield hit a two-run drive in Detroit's four-run seventh, Curtis Granderson added two triples and four RBI and the Tigers held on for an 8-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Sheffield went 3-for-5, scored two runs and tied New York Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 25th on the career home run list. Sheffield and McGriff were teammates with the San Diego Padres in 1992-93 when Sheffield was in his mid-20s.

Sheffield, who also played for the Yankees for three seasons, said the homer was a tribute to McGriff.

"It feels good, but it's hard to explain," Sheffield said. "It's more about McGriff than anybody else. I know I always looked at and admired him most."

Sheffield's homer came on a sinker by Scott Feldman, who used the same pitch to retire the slugger on a popup to end the fourth.

"The guy pitched a great game," Sheffield said. "He made very little mistakes. He made one against me. He's been getting me out with that pitch before. It was a hard sinker in. Basically I just made an adjustment so I was able to get out in front of it and keep it from getting in on the handle."

Said Feldman: "I wish I could have had that one back."

The slumping Tigers won for the third time in eight games.

"Two good things came out of it," manager Jim Leyland said. "The fact that we came back after being down with their guy pitching a good game. And it looked like we could have given it up. We could have come in (to the clubhouse) a real sad bunch, but we didn't. To come on the road and win against a team that can really hit I thought was pretty good."

The Tigers trailed 3-0 before the big seventh, and added four more in the eighth to make it 8-3. Brandon Inge tied it with an RBI single off Frank Francisco (2-5) in the seventh and Granderson's triple to right-center made it 4-3.

Granderson came up with bases loaded in the eighth and hit a two-out triple to center, his ninth of the season.

All four Detroit runs in the eighth were unearned. Third baseman Travis Metcalf's error on Edgar Renteria's grounder allowed Sheffield to score and set up Granderson's triple.

"We make that play and it's a different game," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Texas scored four runs in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto had a two-run double, Joaquin Arias had a pinch run-scoring double and Michael Young drove in a run with a groundout.

Fernando Rodney struck out Josh Hamilton, leading the majors in RBI, to end the eighth and got the final three outs for his fifth save in nine chances.

Kenny Rogers (9-10) benefited from the seventh-inning rally against his former team, snapping a personal four-game losing streak. He allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Feldman, knocked around for 12 runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his previous start at Boston on Aug. 12, gave up three runs and five hits in six-plus innings.

The Rangers (62-64) lost for the 10th time in 12 games, slipping two games under .500 for the first time since they were 31-33 on June 7.

The Rangers were without All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sports hernia. Kinsler will visit a specialist on Tuesday and could be headed for season-ending surgery.


  • Rangers LF Brandon Boggs left the game in the seventh with a sore right shoulder. He's day to day.
  • Tigers RHP Armando Galarraga, a Fort Worth native and ex-Rangers farmhand, makes his first start against his former club in Texas on Tuesday night. Leyland knows Galarraga, traded by the Rangers to the Tigers in February, will be pumped up, "but it would be the biggest mistake of his life if he goes on the mound hoping to show the Rangers something. That's high school (stuff)."
  • Rangers DH Milton Bradley was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with back and sinus problems.
  • Rangers RHP Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of three-hit shutout ball for Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday night and has 13 scoreless innings in two outings. That sets up McCarthy for a possible start Friday night against Cleveland. McCarthy has been out all season with right forearm inflammation. If McCarthy gets Friday night's start, rookie Matt Harrison would be pushed back to Saturday.
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Tigers catcher Brandon Inge prevents Gerald Laird from scoring in the second inning. (AP)
Tigers catcher Brandon Inge prevents Gerald Laird from scoring in the second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4024111 .302
Placido Polanco, 2B4000123 .310
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000132 .314
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5000010 .295
Carlos Guillen, 3B3110200 .284
Gary Sheffield, DH5232002 .230
Matt Joyce, LF4220001 .271
Edgar Renteria, SS4100011 .268
Brandon Inge, C2221100 .219
2B - Matt Joyce (13, Feldman)
3B - Curtis Granderson 2 (9, Francisco, Wright)
HR - Gary Sheffield (13, Feldman)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 4 (48), Gary Sheffield 2 (41), Brandon Inge (39)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (16)
CS - Placido Polanco (1, 2nd base by Feldman/Laird), Magglio Ordonez (5, 2nd base by Benoit/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1
DP - Polanco-Renteria-Cabrera
E - Edgar Renteria (12, Dropped line drive)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,9-10) 6833470 4.94
Gary Glover (H,3) 1000010 5.66
Kyle Farnsworth 0.2442010 4.18
Fernando Rodney (S,5) 1.1000020 4.28
IBB - Bradley by Kenny Rogers
HBP - Byrd (by Fernando Rodney)
WP - Fernando Rodney (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 106-59, Gary Glover 14-10, Kyle Farnsworth 30-23, Fernando Rodney 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 4-5, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 28, Gary Glover 3, Kyle Farnsworth 7, Fernando Rodney 5
Texas Rangers
Brandon Boggs, LF3000121 .236
   a- Joaquin Arias, PH-2B10110001.000
Michael Young, SS5112001 .288
Josh Hamilton, CF5000022 .300
Milton Bradley, DH4110110 .316
Marlon Byrd, RF4121011 .293
Gerald Laird, C5121013 .286
Chris Davis, 1B4130102 .270
Travis Metcalf, 3B3000023 .158
   b- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF1112000 .280
Ramon Vazquez, 2B-3B3110123 .309
a-doubled for Boggs in the 8th
b-doubled for Metcalf in the 8th
2B - Joaquin Arias (1, Farnsworth), Michael Young (29, Rogers), Milton Bradley (27, Rogers), Gerald Laird (16, Rogers), Chris Davis (11, Rogers), Frank Catalanotto (22, Farnsworth)
RBI - Joaquin Arias (1), Michael Young 2 (68), Marlon Byrd (35), Gerald Laird (33), Frank Catalanotto 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (6), Gerald Laird (14)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Laird-Vazquez, Young-Vazquez-Davis, Laird-Arias
E - Travis Metcalf (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 6533441 5.15
Frank Francisco (L,2-5) 1211020 3.91
Jamey Wright 1340010 4.39
Joaquin Benoit 1000210 5.36
HBP - Inge (by Jamey Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 94-56, Frank Francisco 25-17, Jamey Wright 25-14, Joaquin Benoit 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 4-8, Frank Francisco 1-0, Jamey Wright 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 25, Frank Francisco 5, Jamey Wright 8, Joaquin Benoit 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17786
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt