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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 23, 2007
Tigers come up roses
Rocky first dooms KC
A 42-pitch, four-run first inning did not bode well for Jorge De La Rosa, who lasted just one frame in his first start since July 31. The right-hander struggled with his command early and was replaced by Luke Hochevar, who combined with Leo Nunez to allow just three runs over the next seven innings.
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 Butler homers
Tigers 7, Royals 2
Placido Polanco slides in safely into home on Ryan Raburn's RBI double in the first. (Duane Burleson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Verlander wins 18th
With their playoff dreams all but dashed, the Tigers did just what they needed to do to keep a flicker of hope alive. Marcus Thames homered twice and Justin Verlander held the Royals down over six innings as the Tigers stayed 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL Wild Card race.
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KC
Kansas City (67-88)
Lost 1
Detroit 7, Kansas City 2   DET
Detroit (85-71)
Won 1
September 23, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 7 2
Detroit
4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 X   7 7 1
Standings thru 9/23/07  |  Recap: KC|DET  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Tigers Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF4000020.265
Gathright, LF3010000.307
  a-Brown, PH-LF2000010.256
Gload, 1B4010013.290
Butler, DH4111004.300
Teahen, RF4120020.282
Gordon, 3B2000211.253
Buck, C4010004.228
Smith, 2B4011013.207
Pena, SS3000013.257
  b-Brazell, PH1000010.500
Totals3527221018 

a-Struck out for Gathright in the 7th. b-Struck out for Pena in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Teahen (29, Verlander).
HR: Butler (8, 2nd inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Gathright; Gload; Butler 4; Teahen 3; Buck; Smith.
RBI: Butler (52), Smith (18).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Butler 2; Pena; Gload.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Gordon (14, throw), Smith (5, throw).
DP: (Gordon-Smith-Gload).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maybin, CF4000022.152
Polanco, 2B4120001.342
Raburn, RF4222011.305
Guillen, DH4111011.293
Thames, LF4223010.240
  Clevlen, LF0000000.125
Hessman, 1B3000100.213
Inge, 3B3000021.238
Rabelo, C3000011.242
Santiago, SS2100000.288
Totals31776187 

BATTING
2B: Raburn (11, De La Rosa).
HR: Thames 2 (17, 1st inning off De La Rosa, 1 on, 1 out; 3rd inning off Hochevar, 0 on, 0 out), Raburn (4, 8th inning off Nunez, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Polanco 2; Raburn 6; Guillen; Thames 8.
RBI: Raburn 2 (24), Guillen (97), Thames 3 (51).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen.
GIDP: Polanco.
Team LOB: 2.

FIELDING
E: Santiago (1, throw).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
De La Rosa (L, 8-12)1.04441115.64
Hochevar 3.12210310.93
Nunez 3.21110414.31
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Verlander (W, 18-6)6.05222613.68
Seay 1.12000202.35
Zumaya 1.20000204.41

WP: De La Rosa, Hochevar.
Balk: Verlander.
HBP: Santiago (by Hochevar), DeJesus (by Verlander), Gload (by Verlander).
Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa 42-27, Hochevar 47-29, Nunez 41-28, Verlander 104-69, Seay 21-18, Zumaya 25-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: De La Rosa 0-2, Hochevar 5-2, Nunez 1-6, Verlander 6-6, Seay 0-2, Zumaya 0-3.
Batters faced: De La Rosa 8, Hochevar 13, Nunez 12, Verlander 27, Seay 6, Zumaya 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Zumaya 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Andy Fletcher.
Weather: 79 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:42.
Att: 40,068.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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