Rogers pitched eight strong innings, helping Detroit end a
four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
"He came through big time," new Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "A good ballgame is dictated by pitching, and Kenny dictated
Rogers (2-1) allowed one run and seven hits, five days after
giving up five runs and 12 hits in a loss to Texas.
"Without a doubt, you are happy to be the one that gets you off
a losing streak," he said. "Hopefully, there will be plenty more
The 41-year-old struck out five and walked three.
"We couldn't do anything with him," Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge said. "He never got into a pattern, and he didn't make any
mistakes. When a guy can do that, you are going to be in trouble."
Detroit's Dmitri Young strained his right quadriceps while
running the bases in the sixth inning and likely will be placed on
the disabled list.
"I'm no doctor, but it hurts," Young said. "I'm going to take
care of it now, while it is early. I'm not exactly blazing with the
stick right now."
Brandon Inge, Detroit's ninth-place hitter, homered twice, while
Chris Shelton had a triple and a double and is now hitting .512
with a 1.293 slugging percentage. Detroit has 13 extra-base hits in
its last two games.
"When a guy that hot is still hitting sixth, it tells you all
you need to know about their lineup," said Cleveland starter Jake
Westbrook (2-1) allowed five runs -- two more than in his first
two starts combined -- and nine hits in six innings. Cleveland lost
its third in a row.
"I just got carried away with trying to throw the ball too
hard," he said. "You can't make bad pitches against that team."
Inge led off the third with a homer to right and, two pitches
later, Curtis Granderson hit a long home run to left-center field.
Carlos Guillen doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on
Inge's two-out homer.
Guillen also ranged far into the shortstop hole in the third to
take an RBI single away from Travis Hafner, and flipped the ball
from his glove on Eduardo Perez's grounder in the fourth to second
baseman Placido Polanco, starting a 6-4-3 double play.
"Carlos was outstanding," Rogers said. "They played great
behind me, and I appreciate that probably more than any other
pitcher, because I need my defense more than most."
Perez grounded into a run-scoring double play in the fifth.
Shelton has 15 extra-base hits, two more than Cecil
Fielder's 1996 total for the most by a Tiger in April since 1960.
... Inge's two homers tied a career best, last done last Sept. 26
against the Chicago White Sox. ... Victor Martinez extended his
hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning single. ...
Westbrook has a career 6.18 ERA against Detroit.