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Oakland at Detroit

W: C. Fossum (3-1) L: G. Gonzalez (1-4)
HR: OAK - None   DET - M. Ordonez (19), G. Sheffield (15), G. Sheffield (16), M. Cabrera (33), M. Hessman (2)

Tigers 14, Athletics 8

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DETROIT -- Gary Sheffield still needs four home runs to reach 500. In the meantime, he provided a milestone for Major League Baseball.

His second home run of the night was the 250,000th in major league history and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 14-8.

Sheffield was mostly thinking about hitting No. 500.

"It really probably won't hit me until I get one or two away. Really, to me, four isn't close," he said. "You have to be at one or two. I can hit two in a game, I've never hit three."

Sheffield drove in five runs, including his 13th career grand slam. Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Hessman also went deep for the Tigers, who won their third straight.

"A lot of guys put good swings on the ball and hit the ball out of the ballpark," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Rajai Davis and Jack Hannahan each drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost five of seven.

Both starting pitchers struggled. Zach Miner of the Tigers gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, and rookie Gio Gonzalez (1-4) allowed a career-high nine runs -- eight earned -- and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Gonzalez hit two batters and walked two.

"It was a tough loss. I take the blame on this one," Gonzalez said. "It was a learning experience for me. I can only turn the page and see what happens tomorrow."

In his first seven starts, Gonzalez has lasted more than five innings just once.

Gonzalez also put himself in the history books, in a dubious manner.

He hit Hessman twice in the second inning. It's only the fifth time in modern baseball history that a batter has been hit twice in the same inning, the second time in the American League. The first was Brady Anderson on May 23, in 1999, when he was hit twice in the first inning by Mike Morgan.

Hessman got his revenge with a home run in the eighth inning off reliever Jeff Gray, who was making his major league debut.

Reliever Casey Fossum (3-1) got the win for the Tigers, pitching 2 2/3 hitless innings. He came in got the last two outs in the fifth after Oakland scored five in the inning to cut the deficit to 12-8.

"Hitting is contagious and things kind of snowballed that inning," Fossum said. "I'm left-handed, a little different look. And I was able to slow it down a little bit."

Daric Barton hit a run-scoring triple and Kurt Suzuki had an RBI single to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead in the first.

But Detroit went ahead 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Ordonez and a solo shot by Sheffield one out later.

The Tigers made it 9-2 with six in the second. Brandon Inge tripled in a run, and after two outs, Ordonez walked and Cabrera was hit by a pitch. Sheffield followed with a grand slam for his 16th home run of the season.

Edgar Renteria also doubled in a run.

"They have good power hitters," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "Its tough to overcome a lead like that."


Ordonez was 3-for-3 to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games. He's hitting .469 (23-for-49) during that stretch. ... Detroit LHP Dontrelle Willis and RHP Freddy Garcia pitched in a simulated game before the game. Leyland was pleased with both pitchers. Willis spent most of the season at Single-A Lakeland working on his control and Garcia was signed to a minor league contract and hasn't pitched in the majors since mid 2007. ... Oakland's Rajai Davis was 2-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to six games .375 (9-for-24).

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Players of the Game

G. Sheffield
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

K. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Rajai Davis, CF6122003 .255
Daric Barton, 1B6111015 .220
Ryan Sweeney, RF3010201 .284
Jack Cust, DH4100114 .228
Kurt Suzuki, C5231000 .289
Jack Hannahan, 3B5122004 .221
Aaron Cunningham, LF4110113 .333
Eric Patterson, 2B5111013 .198
Cliff Pennington, SS3021100 .211
2B - Jack Hannahan (27, Miner)
3B - Daric Barton (5, Miner)
RBI - Rajai Davis 2 (18), Daric Barton (44), Kurt Suzuki (38), Jack Hannahan 2 (45), Eric Patterson (14), Cliff Pennington (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Hannahan (17)
Team LOB - 12
E - Cliff Pennington 2 (5, Throwing), Ryan Sweeney (1, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Gio Gonzalez (L,1-4) 1.2598213 9.32
Josh Outman 2.1433011 6.23
Santiago Casilla 2000210 3.38
Alan Embree 1211020 4.80
Jeffrey Gray 1111121 9.00
HBP - Hessman (by Gio Gonzalez), Cabrera (by Gio Gonzalez), Hessman (by Josh Outman)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 59-35, Josh Outman 50-28, Santiago Casilla 38-18, Alan Embree 21-15, Jeffrey Gray 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 4-1, Josh Outman 2-5, Santiago Casilla 1-4, Alan Embree 1-0
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 15, Josh Outman 13, Santiago Casilla 8, Alan Embree 5, Jeffrey Gray 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6000022 .305
Placido Polanco, 2B5110011 .306
Magglio Ordonez, RF3432200 .323
    Matt Joyce, RF0000000 .259
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4223011 .293
Gary Sheffield, DH5225002 .225
Marcus Thames, LF2100101 .238
    Ryan Raburn, LF2000010 .240
Edgar Renteria, SS4121111 .270
Mike Hessman, 3B3211002 .235
Brandon Inge, C3112113 .214
2B - Magglio Ordonez (31, Embree), Edgar Renteria (19, Outman)
3B - Edgar Renteria (2, Outman), Brandon Inge (4, G. Gonzalez)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (19, G. Gonzalez), Miguel Cabrera (33, Outman), Gary Sheffield 2 (16, G. Gonzalez, G. Gonzalez), Mike Hessman (2, Gray)
SF - Brandon Inge (3)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (88), Miguel Cabrera 3 (116), Gary Sheffield 5 (50), Edgar Renteria (48), Mike Hessman (3), Brandon Inge 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (42), Gary Sheffield 5 (26), Edgar Renteria (18), Mike Hessman (1)
SB - Edgar Renteria (6, 2nd base off Casilla/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
E - Edgar Renteria (15, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner 4.11188230 4.29
Aquilino Lopez0100100 3.69
Casey Fossum (H,5; W,3-1) 2.2000110 5.02
Clay Rapada 0.2000100 4.24
Gary Glover 1.1100000 5.05
HBP - Pennington (by Casey Fossum)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 110-71, Aquilino Lopez 10-5, Casey Fossum 36-20, Clay Rapada 20-11, Gary Glover 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 3-7, Casey Fossum 2-5, Clay Rapada 2-1, Gary Glover 2-2
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 26, Aquilino Lopez 2, Casey Fossum 10, Clay Rapada 4, Gary Glover 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37981
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Mike Estabrook