Detroit at Anaheim

W: M. Palmer (1-0) L: E. Jackson (1-1)
HR: DET - B. Inge (6)   ANA - T. Hunter (6)

Angels bang out 14 hits, give Palmer first MLB victory wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Matt Palmer wears his wedding ring under his glove when he pitches. If not for his wife Michelle, he probably would be working as a landscaper.

On Thursday night, the 30-year-old rookie right-hander pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first major league victory, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-5 victory against the Detroit Tigers. Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead home run, and the Halos survived another shaky outing by the bullpen.

"A couple of years ago I was stuck in Double-A and I was throwing well, but I was never getting a shot," Palmer said. "I thought I'd retire and go into horticulture, which was my major. But my wife said, 'No, stick with it. I feel that this is going to be your year.' I got to Triple-A and did very well. The big leagues came after that, and everything just kind of rolled from there."

Palmer said he was giving the game ball to Michelle, who has shared his triumphs and travails in baseball since 2002 after the Giants selected him in the 31st round of that year's draft.

"I'm happy for my family and happy for myself that I kept pushing," the Memphis, Tenn., native said. "I've had opportunities off the field, but I love baseball and I love the opportunity to throw, and I've got the desire to play. So as long as I have that desire, I'm going to keep playing. Everybody says I'm 30, but I don't feel it."

Palmer (1-0) threw 100 pitches in six-plus innings in his fourth big league start. He was charged with five runs -- four earned -- and six hits, walking three and striking out one.

"When you haven't seen the guy, I think the pitcher always has the advantage," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

After giving up a leadoff home run to Brandon Inge in the second, Palmer allowed two more singles in the inning before retiring his next 12 batters.

"I think it was just a matter of me calming down a little bit," Palmer said. "I had the sinker going, but I just didn't execute my pitch early in the count. But in the third inning, I started getting on top of the ball and throwing more strikes early. And I think that's what really helped me out."

Palmer, who made his first three big league starts last season for San Francisco, was the only pitcher the Angels had at Triple-A Salt Lake with major league experience to start the finale of this three-game series.

The two-time defending AL West champions have gone through a 2½-week stretch in which their already depleted pitching staff was hurt even further because of the death of rookie Nick Adenhart and injuries to Dustin Moseley and Darren Oliver.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Palmer walked his last two batters after a two-base throwing error by third baseman Chone Figgins on Josh Anderson's slow-hit grounder. Rookie Daniel Davidson came on to face Curtis Granderson and walked in a run, cutting the Angels' lead to 6-3.

Two more runs scored on a single by Placido Polanco off Jason Bulger, who then retired Magglio Ordonez on a foul pop and got Miguel Cabrera to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Angels broke the game open with four runs in the eighth against reliever Eddie Bonine, who was pitching for the first time in 10 days.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) gave up six runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in five-plus innings after pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday in a victory against Seattle. The right-hander squandered a 2-0 lead in the fourth by walking Gary Matthews Jr. and No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis with the bases loaded.

"It was probably just a loss of rhythm," Jackson said. "That inning could have been worse. But even with the two bases-loaded walks, that's all they got that inning. So it was just a matter of trying to do damage control."


  • RHP Rick Porcello, the scheduled starter Friday night for the Tigers, flew to Kansas City ahead of the team because his teammates won't get in until the early morning hours. "It's kind of mind-boggling to me that we didn't play an afternoon game today," Leyland said. "I just can't buy that. That makes no sense at all to have any major league get in at 6, 7 o'clock in the morning to play a game that same night."
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Brandon Inge can't handle Juan Rivera's liner in the fourth, which allows Torii Hunter to reach third.  (AP)
Brandon Inge can't handle Juan Rivera's liner in the fourth, which allows Torii Hunter to reach third. (AP)

Players of the Game

P. Polanco
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0

B. Abreu
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4121100 .281
Placido Polanco, 2B3012102 .279
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000012 .298
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4011001 .431
Carlos Guillen, DH4010011 .250
Brandon Inge, 3B4111011 .315
Josh Anderson, LF4110000 .348
Matt Treanor, C2000001 .000
   a- Jeff Larish, PH0100100 .154
    Gerald Laird, C1000000 .275
Adam Everett, SS3100100 .276
a-walked for Treanor in the 7th
HR - Brandon Inge (6, Palmer)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (10), Placido Polanco 2 (10), Miguel Cabrera (13), Brandon Inge (15)
SB - Curtis Granderson (2, 2nd base off Palmer/Mathis), Josh Anderson (4, 2nd base off Palmer/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
E - Miguel Cabrera (1, Throwing), Adam Everett (3, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Inge 2 (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson (L,1-1) 5863241 2.77
Eddie Bonine 1.2544100 9.00
Brandon Lyon 1.1100010 4.50
WP - Edwin Jackson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 104-63, Eddie Bonine 31-20, Brandon Lyon 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-6, Eddie Bonine 4-1, Brandon Lyon 3-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 27, Eddie Bonine 11, Brandon Lyon 5
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5111004 .246
Maicer Izturis, SS5021004 .286
Bobby Abreu, RF5022011 .373
Torii Hunter, DH5221014 .353
Kendry Morales, 1B5120000 .263
Juan Rivera, LF5010001 .292
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4221111 .276
Howie Kendrick, 2B4210014 .200
Jeff Mathis, C2211210 .263
2B - Howie Kendrick (1, Bonine)
HR - Torii Hunter (6, Jackson)
RBI - Chone Figgins (2), Maicer Izturis (4), Bobby Abreu 2 (8), Torii Hunter (11), Gary Matthews Jr. (4), Jeff Mathis (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (1), Maicer Izturis (3), Bobby Abreu 2 (2)
SB - Maicer Izturis (2, 2nd base off Jackson/Treanor), Bobby Abreu (8, 2nd base off Jackson/Treanor)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Morales, Figgins-Morales
E - Chone Figgins (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Matt Palmer (W,1-0) 6654311 6.00
Daniel Davidson0000100 0.00
Jason Bulger (H,1) 2100020 9.00
Justin Speier 1000000 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Palmer 100-55, Daniel Davidson 5-1, Jason Bulger 17-11, Justin Speier 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Palmer 9-8, Jason Bulger 2-1, Justin Speier 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Palmer 27, Daniel Davidson 1, Jason Bulger 6, Justin Speier 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38543
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner