Play it again -- Tigers 8, Orioles 4

May 01, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Tempers flare

An inning and a half after Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera hit Detroit slugger Gary Sheffield with a pitch, Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman threw a ball at Miguel Tejada's feet, forcing him to jump to avoid being hit. Tejada pointed his bat at Bonderman and, all of a sudden, it was on. Both benches cleared in the 3-3 game in the fifth, with Tejada, third base coach Juan Samuel and Cabrera, along with the Tigers' Sheffield, Joel Zumaya and Ivan Rodriguez, being the most active in the fracas.

Sheffield's shot

Sheffield appeared to put every bit of his anger into one swing. He crushed Cabrera's 2-1 fastball 408 feet into the left-field seats and enjoyed the ball's majestic flight as long as possible. He walked about a third of the way down the first base line before breaking into his home run trot, while Cabrera stared at him the whole way. The two-run shot, Sheffield's second of the season, broke a 3-3 tie.

Finally

Orioles designated hitter Jay Gibbons broke out of an 0-for-24 slump with a ninth-inning single on Sunday and ended another long drought last night. Gibbons' bases-empty shot off Bonderman in the sixth inning was his first homer of the season. It cut the Tigers' lead to 5-4.

On deck

Orioles left-hander Adam Loewen (2-0, 3.20) will make his sixth start of the season tonight against Detroit right-hander Chad Durbin (1-1, 6.65). Loewen did not face the Tigers in the three-game series earlier this season, but did pitch five shutout innings against them in one start last season. The Orioles reached Durbin for six earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-2 victory over the Tigers on April 9.

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