Kansas City 7, Detroit 2


DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers reached another milestone
they'd rather not think about.

The Tigers became the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games
in one season as Kansas City beat Detroit 7-2 Sunday behind three
RBI from Angel Berroa.

"At this point, the losses make no difference to me," said the
Tigers' Bobby Higginson, who was on the 1996 Detroit team that lost
109 games. "It's just bad. We knew it was coming. If we end at 110
or 119 losses, I don't think it's going to make much of a
difference. It's a lot of losses, either way. It's been a miserable

Detroit (38-110) has the most losses since the Montreal Expos
and San Diego Padres each went 52-110 in 1969, their first seasons
in the major leagues.

The Tigers, who set a franchise record for losses, are 93-216
since the start of 2002, tying the 1952-53 Pittsburgh Pirates
(92-216) for the sixth-most losses in consecutive years.

Detroit needs at least five wins in its last 14 games to avoid
matching the 1962 New York Mets for the most losses in a season
since 1900.

"I think guys at this point are physically and mentally
gassed," Higginson said. "It's going to take guys digging down
deep to avoid 120 losses. The young guys don't know how to dig
down, but they're going to have to or we'll pass 120."

Manager Alan Trammell, who wound up his 20-year career with the
Tigers in 1996, says he's maintaining an upbeat outlook.

"The way I look at it is, we won Friday and if we win Monday,
we'll salvage a split," he said. "I was hoping we could have held
it off, but 110, 111, 109 losses -- I look at each and every day as
different. I know the number is there. I'm just not caught up in
it. If I had an answer, I'd have fixed it by now."

Jimmy Gobble (4-4) allowed both runs and five hits in seven
innings for Kansas City, which remained 3{ games behind Chicago and
Minnesota, the AL Central co-leaders. Jeremy Affeldt finished with
hitless relief.

"Today he looked more like a major league pitcher," Royals
manager Tony Pena said. "He was able to keep the ball down for the
most part, using both sides of the plate real well with the
fastball. (His) curveball was not sharp. He didn't use the changeup
that much, either. Basically, he pitched out of the fastball. I was
very impressed."

Berroa went 3-for-5 for the second consecutive game since Pena
moved him into the leadoff spot.

"Sometimes you do the shuffle and it works," Pena said.
"Angel is swinging the bat well. He's been swinging the bat well
all year. That was one of the reasons why I put him in that spot."

Nate Robertson (1-1) gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks
in 2 1-3 innings.

Joe Randa's RBI single put Kansas City ahead in the first and
Berroa, who had three hits, had an RBI single in the second.

Rondell White hit a solo homer in the five-run third, and Berroa
hit a two-run single off reliever Brian Schmack. Another run scored
when center fielder Andres Torres' throw was wild for an error, and
Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly.

A.J. Hinch had an RBI single in the fifth, and Torres hit his
first major league homer in the sixth.

Game notes
Beltran set a career high when he stole his 36th base of
the season in the eighth. ... After the game, Trammell said Jeremy
Bonderman (6-18) will return to the starting rotation Friday at
Minnesota. Bonderman pitched four scoreless innings on Sunday. ...
Torres' homer landed in the gap between the old wall and the new
fence in left field at Comerica Park. Of the 36 homers hit in that
area, 18 have been by the Tigers.