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Urbina now 2-0 on saves for Tigers

5/1/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- Jeremy Bonderman learned the most important lesson for a young fastball pitcher: Don't throw so hard all the time.

"Now I know that I don't have to go after every batter with the
hardest pitch I've got," he said. "Today, I was throwing sinkers
and getting grounders. It was a good game."

Bonderman (3-1) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings and the
Detroit Tigers handed the Seattle Mariners their eighth loss in 10
games with a 4-2 victory Saturday.

Bonderman, who went 6-19 last season as a 20-year-old rookie,
allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, helping the Tigers to
just their second win in six games.

"He gave us a different look than when we faced him last
year," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "Last year, everything
was 93-96 (mph), but today he was throwing stuff in the high 80s
and getting some sink on the ball, and then humping it up when he
needed it. He pitched very well."

Tigers catcher Brandon Inge said he had an easy day behind the
plate.

"I just set up on the outside corner and let Jeremy do all the
work," he said. "A major league hitter can hit any fastball, so
you have to confuse them. When he's throwing 88, then 85 on a
slider, and then he comes in with one at 96, it looks like 150 to
the batter. That's what he has learned since last season, and
that's what makes him so tough."

Seattle ruined Bonderman's shutout when Jolbert Cabrera, subbing
for injured second baseman Bret Boone, led off the eighth with an
infield single, and John Olerud followed with an RBI double.
Bonderman retired the next two batters, but Ichiro Suzuki drove in
Olerud with an infield single to shortstop.

"I wasn't tired -- they just fouled off a lot of pitches in that
inning," said Bonderman, who didn't win his third game last season
until July 9.

Danny Patterson relieved Bonderman and struck out pinch-hitter
Edgar Martinez.

"I just put myself in a hole," Martinez said. "I didn't swing
at a single strike -- I swung at three bad pitches."

Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his second save in as many
chances, ending Seattle's eight-game winning streak over Detroit.

Seattle starter Ryan Franklin (1-2) gave up four runs on eight
hits and a walk in seven innings.

Boone was scratched from the original starting lineup because of
back spasms. His status for the series finale Sunday wasn't
immediately known.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Rodriguez's
second homer of the season. The play was originally ruled a double,
but the umpires changed the call after a conference. Replays showed
that the ball hit the top of the new left-center field fence, which
is shorter and closer, bounced off the old wall and back onto the
field.

"I just got the ball up a little," Franklin said. "If I keep
that pitch down, it's a different story. After that, I pitched
pretty well."

Detroit made it 3-0 in the second when Carlos Pena singled,
stole second and scored on Inge's two-out single.

Norton's first home run with the Tigers gave Detroit a 4-0 lead
in the fifth.

Raul Ibanez tripled off Bonderman with two outs in the seventh,
but Dave Hansen grounded out to end the inning.

Game notes
Seattle SS Willie Bloomquist left in the fourth inning
because of a strained lower back. ... Detroit OF Rondell White was
named the Tigers' Hitter of the Month after batting .306 and
leading the AL with 22 RBI in April. Mike Maroth won the pitching
award, going 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA. ... Suzuki grounded into a double
play in the sixth. It was his second in as many days and fourth of
the season, one more than all of last year.