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Tigers 8, Mariners 2: A few postgame notes ...

I'll add some more later, but here's a few things really quickly ...

* Reliever Shawn Kelley gave the Mariners a bit of a scare when he threw and awkward pitch off the mound and the limped to the dugout after getting out of the ninth inning. But Kelley brushed it off, saying it was just a cramp and that he's been battling some dehydration. …

* First baseman Russell Branyan missed a second straight game with back spasms. Wakamatsu hopes to have him back on the field for Tuesday's series opener with Tampa Bay. "It's still locked up," Branyan said.

* Seattle pitchers tossed three wild pitches in the game as Kelley, Carlos Silva and Mark Lowe all uncorked wayward pitches. The Mariners had that happen three times in 2008. The team record is four which has occurred on three different occasions the latest was August 17 of last season against the Twins.


&bull In only his second Major League start, Rick Porcello earned his first Major League victory while setting a career high

with 7 innings pitched. He was the Tigers # 1 pick in the 2007 draft.

&bull Detroit is now 5-1 against the AL West after sweeping the Rangers and winning 2 of 3 in Seattle.

&bull Every member of the Tigers lineup recorded at least one hit except catcher Matt Treanor. Carlos Guillen, Ramon

Santiago and Josh Anderson each had multi-hit efforts.

&bull Ramon Santiago recorded a career high 5 RBI with a single, fielders choice and he capped it off with a 3-run double

in the 8th inning. His previous career high was 4 (9/18/2003 vs. TOR).

&bull Miguel Cabrera went 2x4 with 3 runs scored. He has hit safely in 11 of 12 games this season while batting .489.


&bull The Mariners lost their first series (1-2) of the season after winning or splitting their first three (MIN, OAK, LAA).

&bull Carlos Silva gave up three runs in the fourth inning, but only gave up one hit, an RBI double by Brandon Inge. Silva

has now lost each of his last 4 starts against Detroit and is now 0-4, 14.11 ERA (23 ER, 14.2 IP). His last win against

the Tigers was Sept. 24, 2007 at Comerica Park.

&bull Seattle pitchers (Silva, Lowe, Kelley) had 3 wild pitches in today's game, one short of the franchise high of 4 (3x, last:

8/17/08 vs. MIN). They recorded 3 wild pitches four times in 2008.

&bull Seattle pitching gave up a season high 8 runs, but only 5 earned (previous: 5, 2x, last: 4/16 vs. LAA).

&bull Endy Chavez went 2x4 with an RBI and has now hit safely in 12 of the 13 games this season, batting .392 with 5

runs, a double, home run, 6 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Coming in to the game, he ranked ninth in the American League

in batting. Chavez has now recorded 6 multi-hit games on the season, including 4 in his last 6 games.

&bull Endy Chavez's single in the 1st inning was his 17th on the season. Chavez entered Sunday's game, 1st in the

American League in singles.

&bull Ronny Cedeno homered in the 3rd inning, his first homerun since July 24, 2008. He has now recorded an extra-base

hit in two straight games. He doubled on April 17 vs. Detroit.

&bull Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt recorded two errors in the 8th inning. It was the third time in his career that he has

had two errors in one game (last: 7/18/08 vs. CLE).

&bull Jaimie Burke made his first start of 2009 after being called up from AAA Tacoma. He went hitless on the day.