Leyland takes 2-10 Tigers to task after fourth shutout loss

Updated: April 14, 2008, 12:40 PM ET
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The statistics are astounding.

The Detroit Tigers, who were expected by many to not only reach but win the World Series this year, own a major league-worst 2-10 record. They stand 5½ games out of first place all while scoring a major league-low 33 runs and allowing a major league-high 78.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has apparently seen enough.

"There was one thing that sticks out to me right now that's going on, and that was the straw that broke the camel's back," Leyland said after Sunday's 11-0 loss to the White Sox, without revealing the issue.

Detroit has been outscored by Chicago alone 46-12.

"Where we're at makes sense because that's the way we've played," Leyland said. "It's not surprising that we're 2-10. We've been shut out four times. ... I didn't think we'd get shut out four times all year, to be honest with you."

Detroit has been shut out out twice as many times as any other major league team -- one more time than they were blanked all of last year.

"We're just in a funk," Leyland said. "Can I get them out of the funk? No, I don't think so. They have to get themselves out of it."

Veteran pitcher Kenny Rogers owns an 0-3 record after giving up seven runs, seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings Sunday.

"We're not a very good team right now," Rogers said. "We're as bad a team as there is right now in every facet, myself as much as anyone. I'm supposed to be consistent and I was very uncomfortable out there and inconsistent."

Just how bad is it going for the Tigers? On Jim Thome's single in the fifth Sunday, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera tripped on the third base umpire's foot and missed a chance for an easy catch.

"That tells you how bad it's been going for us," Leyland said.

"I feel embarrassed right now," Cabrera told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm disappointed with what I'm doing right now on the field. ... I'm swinging at bad pitches. "It's bad. I'm playing bad. ... I feel bad. I feel like everybody's behind me, laughing."

Cabrera signed an eight-year, $152.3 million deal before the season and is batting.175 this season.

"He's upset," outfielder Magglio Ordoñez told the newspaper, referring to Leyland. "He should [be]. You see our record?"

"I finally got [ticked] off," Leyland told the newspaper. "I'm to the point where I didn't hold it in very good, and I meant what I said. I'm not going to get into what I said. That's nobody's business."

Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield has seen this before from Leyland. He played for him in 1997.

"That's part of the game," Sheffield told the Free Press before Sunday's game. "You're going to stink, people are going to let you know, and you tell yourself you stink probably before they tell you. That's what I love about my skip: He'll tell you, 'You suck.' That's what I appreciate."

"I accept full responsibility for this team's performance, which has not been good," Leyland told the newspaper. "But it will be good."

Detroit opens a two-game series at home against division rival Minnesota on Monday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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