CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dmitri Young set the standard for Detroit when
it came to hitting and attire.
Young homered and matched his career high with five RBI to
power the Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 11-3 Tuesday night,
stopping a four-game losing streak.
Then he gave Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe a tip.
"Fix your collar, Craig," Young said. "We're representing the
City of Detroit. We're no rag team."
Young went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in the fourth inning
off Kyle Denney, who lost in his major league debut. It was the
fourth five-RBI game of Young's career, the first since May 6 last
year at Baltimore.
"It feels good to get some hits because I've hit a lot of balls
hard, but right at people for the last month," Young said. "The
big thing to me is watching the Detroit Tigers organization getting
back respect. When you consider how dismal 2003 was, take a look
now, we're a couple of pieces away from challenging."
Detroit went 43-119 a year ago, setting the AL record for
Staked to a 9-1 lead, Jeremy Bonderman (10-11) improved to 4-1
with 42 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts. The
21-year-old right-hander, 6-19 as a rookie a year ago, gave up
three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts and
"It sure feels better this year," Bonderman said. "I felt
like I would never get off six wins."
"It was a big night for Dmitri, just what the doctor ordered,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "I would like to see us spread
the runs around over a few games, but I'm not complaining."
Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, which has
lost three in a row and eight of 11.
Denney, a 27-year-old right-hander who was 10-5 with a 4.41 ERA
at Triple-A, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.
"I was obviously a little nervous," said Denney, who had four
family members in the crowd. "Being nervous is something you get
over after the first couple of pitches. I still had a job to do. It
was not a very good outing on my part."
Young hit an RBI double in the first, and Smith's second-inning
homer made it 2-0.
After Ronnie Belliard's run-scoring grounder in the second,
Young singled in a run in the third, Monroe had an RBI triple and
Inge a sacrifice fly that made it 5-1.
Infante, who went 3-for-4, opened the sixth with a homer off
Jeremy Guthrie. Inge homered in the ninth.
Denney was a 26th-round draft pick in 1999 from Oklahoma
University. ... Indians OF Matt Lawton had a single and two walks
off Bonderman and is hitting .500 (10-for-20) with two homers and
five RBI against him. ... Indians OF Coco Crisp went 0-for-5 with
one strikeout. He has struck out six times in his last 13 at bats.
... Tigers SS Carlos Guillen missed his third straight game because
of a strained right knee. ... Monroe has hit safely in 26 of 28
games, batting .358 (37-for-113) over that stretch. ... Cleveland's
3-4-5-6 hitters went a combined 8-for-15. The rest of the lineup