Detroit Tigers

Stadium: Comerica Park | Manager: Brad
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AL Central Division1st1st1st3rd
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--RHP Joel Zumaya is scheduled for examination Monday by Dr. James Andrews to see if he has nerve damage in his right arm. "He continues to have a radiating pain down his right forearm," Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said. "He said he would've been fine if he stopped at 24 (pitches Thursday), but on the 25th one, he felt something." Zumaya had surgery in July to place a screw in his right elbow. He returned to make one exhibition appearance in February before he was shut down. Recent X-rays plus a CT scan disclosed no structural damage, but new tests to check for nerve damage will be added.

--RHP Joaquin Benoit gave up his first run of the season, allowing Texas to tie the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning. Benoit, who had only allowed a walk and a single in his first four appearances, gave up two singles, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. With Benoit having thrown more than 30 pitches, manager Jim Leyland won't pitch him Wednesday under his policy of avoiding using Benoit sparingly due to the fact he didn't pitch in 2009 due to arm surgery.

--LF Ryan Raburn will benefit from manager Jim Leyland sitting out RF Magglio Ordonez to rest his right ankle. Raburn has been in a de facto platoon with OF Brennan Boesch but looks like a much more confident player since signing a two-year contract during the offseason. Raburn took a three-run home run away from Texas 2B Michael Young, leaping to make an over-the-fence catch to turn the blast into a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Raburn singled and scored Detroit's second run in the fourth, hit an RBI double and scored in the sixth, then drew a walk to load the bases with two outs in the ninth and bring 1B Miguel Cabrera to the plate to deliver the game-winning single. Raburn also scorched a liner to third to end the seventh with a man on third.

--RHP Brad Penny mixed in more early curves than he did in his first two starts for Detroit, and that helped him turn in a solid outing. Penny lasted 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits plus a walk. "Penny did a heckuva job for us," manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he's really going to be good for our pitching staff and good for our ballclub." Since his last start, Perry worked on keeping his fastball closer to the knees.

--CF Austin Jackson returned to the starting lineup and seemed to be closer to getting his timing down at the plate. Jackson didn't start Monday as sort of a mental day off to help him combat a slump and work on getting his front foot down quicker so his swing isn't spent when his bat gets to the strike zone. Jackson, who bunted for a pinch-single Monday, tripled and scored in the first inning Tuesday. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the seventh and walked to contribute to the winning rally in the ninth.

--DH Brennan Boesch turned 26 and marked the occasion with an RBI single to cap a two-run sixth. Boesch struck out twice, but his pitch recognition is much better now than it was the second half of last season. He's not being made to look foolish during his at-bats.

--RHP Brayan Villarreal has now picked two runners off first base during the only five games he has pitched in during his brief major league career. Villarreal was brought in to relieve RHP Brad Penny because he has a good move to first and Detroit wanted to hold Texas CF Julio Borbon close to first with a 4-3 lead and two outs in the seventh. Villarreal quickly picked Borbon off to end the inning, and he was replaced to start the eighth.

--1B Miguel Cabrera, who delivered a walk-off single with two out in the ninth inning Tuesday, hit the 301st double of his career in the fourth inning. On Monday, he became just the second player in major league history to reach 300 doubles prior to his 28th birthday. Cabrera turns 28 on April 18. According to STATS LLC, Hall of Famer Joe Medwick had 353 doubles before turning 28.

BY THE NUMBERS
11 -- Games Detroit has played this season, all with at least one double. It's the longest such streak for the Tigers since they opened the 1993 season with at least one double in their first 13 games.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I actually think that's what they wanted to happen. I think that's why they pulled me out of the game." -- RHP Brad Penny, who was relieved by RHP Brayan Villarreal with two outs and Texas CF Julio Borbon on first in the seventh. Villarreal ended the inning by picking Borbon off first without throwing a pitch.

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OBPVictor Martinez , DH.409
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