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Rotation has rare off night

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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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2014 Team Leaders
AVGVictor Martinez , DH.320
HRVictor Martinez , DH21
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B81
OBPVictor Martinez , DH.383
SLGVictor Martinez , DH.566
RIan Kinsler , 2B67
SBRajai Davis , LF25
WMax Scherzer , SP12
ERARick Porcello , SP3.24
WHIPAnibal Sanchez , SP1.09
KMax Scherzer , SP161
SVJoe Nathan , RP21
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