Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Big lead just enough for Tigers

April 5, 2007


— After getting their AL championship rings, the Detroit Tigers played like winners for seven innings and then hung on.

Curtis Granderson hit his first career grand slam as Detroit built a nine-run lead Wednesday in a 10-9 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Coming off its first AL pennant since 1984, Detroit lost Monday's opener, 5-3, in 10 innings. The Tigers chased A.J. Burnett (0-1) early in this one, and Granderson connected off Shaun Marcum for his first homer of the season, capping an eight-run third with a drive that landed on top of the wall in right-center and bounced over.

Granderson also had an RBI triple in the seventh off Victor Zambrano and tied his career high with five RBIs.

Athletics 9, Mariners 0

Seattle - Rich Harden allowed three singles and struck out seven in seven innings to lead Oakland to its first victory of the season. Mark Ellis drove in five runs.

Twins 7, Orioles 2

Minneapolis - Ramon Ortiz allowed two runs in seven innings in his Twins debut, helping Minnesota complete a three-game sweep.

Angels 5, Rangers 3

Anaheim, Calif. - Ervin Santana helped Los Angeles to a season-opening sweep. Santana held Texas to four hits in seven innings.

Indians 8, White Sox 7

Chicago - Grady Sizemore hit a two-run, two-out homer in the seventh inning, and Jason Michaels made a game-ending catch with two on while falling down at the warning track.


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