The Tigers took the season series from the Athletics, 5-4. The clubs split the first six games at McAfee Coliseum, but the Tigers won two of three games at home in late July.
Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers went 2-0 with a 4.85 ERA in two road outings against the Athletics. In six games, Milton Bradley batted .348 (8-for-23) with a home run and five RBIs against the Tigers. Placido Polanco had plenty of success, too, hitting .516 (16-for-31) with seven RBIs in eight games against the A's.
April 18: Athletics 4, Tigers 3
Nick Swisher blasted two home runs off Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, including a go-ahead shot in the seventh inning to propel the A's to victory. Verlander started for Detroit, surrendering four runs (three earned) over seven innings while striking out seven. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Tigers, while Mark Ellis doubled twice for the Athletics.
April 19: Tigers 11, Athletics 4
Rogers improved to 3-1 with 7 1/3 solid innings, Polanco went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Carlos Guillen scored three times. The Tigers pounded out eight runs on 10 hits against A's right-hander Joe Blanton, who took his second loss of the season. Craig Monroe went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs.
April 20: Tigers 4, Athletics 3
Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to plate the go-ahead run in Detroit's come-from-behind victory. Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, who lasted seven innings, allowed all three of his runs in the first, with Bobby Crosby, Eric Chavez and Bradley all singling in runs to give the Athletics a 3-1 lead. The Tigers fought back, though, with three runs in the ninth off A's reliever Justin Duchscherer to take the three-game series.
July 3: Athletics 5, Tigers 3
Jay Payton hit a three-run homer off Tigers right-hander Nate Robertson in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference. Blanton pitched seven strong innings, surrendering three runs on nine hits to pick up the win. Marcus Thames homered off him, and Polanco finished with a pair of hits and an RBI.
July 4: Athletics 2, Tigers 1
Bobby Crosby barreled over Tigers catcher Vance Wilson in the 10th inning for the game-winning run. Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney, who took the loss, gave up an RBI single to Payton that scored Crosby. Verlander matched A's right-hander Dan Haren with one run allowed over seven innings. Wilson's solo homer off Haren in the fifth was Detroit's only run.
July 5: Tigers 10, Athletics 4
The Tigers salvaged the final game of this three-game series behind Rogers, who lasted 5 2/3 innings and won his seventh straight decision. Monroe and Brandon Inge both homered off A's right-hander Kirk Saarloos. Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and Chris Shelton drove in a couple runs. Marco Scutaro and Bobby Kielty both homered off Rogers.
July 21: Tigers 7, Athletics 4
Dmitri Young delivered the go-ahead single, and Verlander picked up his 12th victory after surrendering only one run over six innings. Inge blasted a home run off Haren, and Polanco went 3-for-4 with a run. Bradley had a game-high four hits and two RBIs for the Athletics.
July 22: Athletics 9, Tigers 5
The A's overcame a five-run deficit against rookie right-hander Zach Miner, who was afforded a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Unfortunately for him, the A's scored five times in the second. Mark Kotsay blasted a three-run homer off Miner that inning, and the A's rallied past Tigers reliever Wilfredo Ledezma in the middle innings for the victory. Bradley and Scutaro both homered for the Athletics, while Polanco had a four-hit game for Detroit.
July 23: Tigers 8, Athletics 4
Robertson beat the A's in his second outing against them this season with four runs allowed in seven innings. The Tigers gave Robertson a 6-0 lead after they batted around in the first. Guillen went 3-for-3 and fell a homer short of the cycle. A's right-hander Esteban Loaiza surrendered all eight Tigers runs (five earned) over the first three innings.
Ryan Crawford is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.