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Detroit Tiger Bats Go Cold In 5-1 Loss To Angels

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Detroit’s top pitching prospect, Jacob Turner got a surprise start today in front of a full house at Comerica Park and a national television audience.  The 20-year old right-hander showed great poise in his Major League debut, and left the game after 5 and a third innings with the game tied at 1-1 with a runner on first.

Enter Tiger reliever Phil Coke who proceeded to stink up the place.  Several hits and two hit batters (one with the bases loaded)later, and the Angels had a comfortable cushion for pitcher Dan Haren who notched his second complete game win against the Tigers this season.  Haren has pitched 18 innings against the Tigers this year and has only given up one run.  He seems to have our number.  Last time he pitched against us, he beat Justin Verlander in a 1-0 Angel win.

Pitcher Jacob Turner will be heading back to Erie (Detroit’s AA farm team) after today’s effort.  The Tigers are being very careful with this young arm.  If today’s performance is any indication, Turner will be back in the big leagues soon.

Justin Verlander hopes to get back at the Angels tomorrow afternoon at Comerica Park, when he faces Angel ace Jared Weaver.  Verlander is 14-5, Weaver is 14-4.  Runs should be at a premium.  1:05 pm game time.

The Tigers made some news off the field as they traded for some pitching help.  The Tigers acquired right-handed starter Doug Fister and right-handed reliever David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners for left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielder Casper Wells and 3rd base prospect Francisco Martinez plus a player to be named later.  Fister has had pretty bad luck for the last-place Mariners, sporting a 3-12 won/loss record.  His earned run average is only 3.33, which ranks 20th of American League starters.  Only Verlander has a lower ERA for the Tigers.  Fister ranked dead last in run support in the American League while pitching for Seattle.  He gives the Tigers a chance to win out of the 5th starter spot and most likely will get more support from the Tiger hitters.  Reliver David Pauley was enjoying his best season in the major leagues this year, appearing 39 times with a 2.15 ERA.  He most likely will be used in middle relief out of the Tiger bullpen.  Phil Coke hasn’t been too good for us in that role as of late, so maybe this move will help the team.  2 months are left in the regular season, it’s time for the Tigers to plug some holes.

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