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Rotation has rare off night

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Rotation has rare off night · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

They didn't get a good start, so the Tigers were unable to expand on their four-game winning streak.

Detroit had risen from four games under .500 (3-7) to two games over before Seattle trounced the Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday. Most of that rise came on the strength of starting pitching.

The Tigers' starters had a 3.05 ERA in their previous 18 games before left-hander Phil Coke gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Mariners.

Max Scherzer (4-0) and Justin Verlander (2-2) have led the way. Coke's last two starts have not gone well, although he was sharp in his first two.

"Phil had a rough outing," manager Jim Leyland said. "He just didn't locate his fastball very well. And when he made a bad pitch, they hit him."

Brad Penny has pitched relative well, though he's earned just one win, and Rick Porcello turned in two straight good starts after being inconsistent earlier.

"At the end of the day, that will be the key for everybody (in baseball), consistent starting pitching," Leyland said. "Using your bullpen because you want to, not because you have to. All those things go hand in hand."

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.316
HRMiguel Cabrera , 1B38
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B108
OBPMiguel Cabrera , 1B.393
SLGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.563
RIan Kinsler , 2B117
SBCameron Maybin , CF15
WJustin Verlander , SP16
ERAJustin Verlander , SP3.04
WHIPJustin Verlander , SP1.00
KJustin Verlander , SP254
SVFrancisco Rodriguez , RP44

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