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--LHP Phil Coke made a couple of bad pitches, and Seattle made him pay. Coke surrendered a two-run home run to Seattle 1B Justin Smoak in the fourth inning in a situation in which he might have pitched a little more carefully with two outs, a man on second and a left-handed hitter (DH Jack Cust) coming up. He also hung an 0-2 curve that 2B Jack Wilson hit for a double to trigger a four-run frame. "I didn't do my job at all. Yet again," Coke said. "That really irritates me. I let everybody down. I hate that feeling." Coke, 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA after giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, has been roughed up by Seattle in two straight starts after looking good in his first two.

--LF Ryan Raburn didn't have a good night on either side of the ball. Raburn fanned three times in an 0-for-4 game. He also knocked a sharp line drive over the fence in the second inning, giving C Miguel Olivo a home run. Raburn turned on the liner, but it kicked off his glove and caromed over the left field fence for a solo homer.

--RF Brennan Boesch now has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in 16 consecutive games. Boesch doubled sharply into the right field corner leading off the fourth. He had an RBI groundout in the first with the bases loaded and one out. He continues to play with confidence and go deep in the count on occasion. Boesch will get regular or nearly regular playing time when DH/C Victor Martinez returns from the disabled list.

--RHP Brayan Villarreal held Seattle off the scoreboard and gave Detroit a chance to get back in the game, although the Tigers were unable to score in the last five innings. The rookie retired eight of nine batters he faced, allowing just a double. Villarreal is being used in lower pressure situations now that RHP Ryan Perry is back in action.

--RF Magglio Ordonez is beginning to perk up a little at the plate -- one hit in each of his last four games -- with regular time as the starting designated hitter possibly being a factor. Ordonez has been manager Jim Leyland's choice to DH while DH/C Victor Martinez is on the disabled list. "He hit the ball hard four times," Leyland said Tuesday after Ordonez went 1-for-4. "Eventually, we're going to have to get him to the outfield at some point. When Victor comes back, we're going to have to maneuver a little bit, but that's OK." Leyland has kept Ordonez out of the outfield to minimize strain on his balky right ankle, broken last July.

--RHP Rick Porcello is scheduled to have nine days of rest prior to his next start Saturday in Cleveland. He's using the time in between starts to try to regain some vanished fastball velocity, mostly through several sessions of long-toss. "It's slowly coming back," Porcello said of his fastball, which has either been below 90 mph or in the 89-91 mph range. "It was a little bit better last time out, but again, it's not near where I want it consistently." Porcello threw in the low-to-mid-90s last year after hitting 96 or better in his rookie season. "I want to pitch at 92 instead of 89," Porcello said.

13 -- Runs allowed by LHP Phil Coke in his last two starts, both against Seattle. Four of the six runs he gave up in Seattle were unearned.

"So far it's been OK. He's been a little inconsistent. He's got to be better with (spotting) his fastball." -- Manager Jim Leyland, on LHP Phil Coke, transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation. Coke has been cuffed around by Seattle in consecutive starts after sparkling in his first two outings.

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AVGNicholas Castellanos , 3B.272
HRNicholas Castellanos , 3B26
RBINicholas Castellanos , 3B101
OBPMiguel Cabrera , 1B.329
SLGNicholas Castellanos , 3B.490
RIan Kinsler , 2B90
SBIan Kinsler , 2B14
WMichael Fulmer , SP10
ERAMichael Fulmer , SP3.83
WHIPMichael Fulmer , SP1.15
KMichael Fulmer , SP114
SVShane Greene , RP9

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