Play it again -- Tigers 3, Orioles 1

April 11, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Stumble in sixth

Jaret Wright was on his way to recording a quality start before leaving in the sixth inning with tightness in his right shoulder. Wright was working on a shutout against the Detroit Tigers when he tried to field Neifi Perez's hard one-hopper to the mound. The ball ricocheted off his glove, . Perez reached on an infield hit and Wright exited after walking Curtis Granderson. The Tigers loaded the bases with none out and scored twice against reliever Scott Williamson in a 3-1 victory.

Who's at fault?

Two defensive miscues cost the Orioles dearly in the sixth. Melvin Mora broke for third base on Placido Polanco's attempted sacrifice bunt, Williamson froze because he thought Mora was fielding the ball and Polanco reached on a single. Williamson appeared to induce a double-play grounder from Magglio Ordonez, but Polanco's slide caused Brian Roberts to bounce his throw to first baseman Kevin Millar, who couldn't scoop the ball. Roberts' error allowed two runs to score.

Shattered single

Nick Markakis found a unique way to reach base in the fourth inning: Break off a big piece of your bat and use it to distract the first baseman. The barrel of Markakis' bat spiraled toward Sean Casey, while the ball bounced to Polanco at second base. Casey was too busy trying to avoid injury to cover the bag, and he lost a footrace with Markakis after Polanco flipped the ball to him.

On deck

Adam Loewen makes his second start tonight, opposing right-hander Justin Verlander. Loewen made his 2007 debut at Yankee Stadium, allowing two runs in five innings and being credited with the win. Verlander didn't get a decision Friday night after limiting the Kansas City Royals to two hits and an unearned run over six innings.

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