Final in 12

Series: Game 3 of 4

Detroit leads 2-1 (as of 6/14)

Game 1: Monday, June 12
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 13
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 14
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Game 4: Thursday, June 15
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Devil Rays 5

(27-39, 13-24 away)

Tigers 1

(42-24, 19-14 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 14, 2006

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: B. Meadows (2-1)

    L: T. Jones (1-5)

    Tigers try to keep rolling behind Bonderman

    Tampa Bay (26-39) at Detroit (42-23) 7:05 pm EDT

    DETROIT (Ticker) -- After hitting a recent speed bump, the Detroit Tigers have resumed playing like the best team in the major leagues. They will seek a fifth consecutive victory Wednesday in the third game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    The Tigers lost nine times in a 12-game span that featured series against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox - teams that reached the postseason last season. Since dropping Friday's opener of a three-game series in Toronto, Detroit has outscored opponents, 26-12, in the last four games.

    Jeremy Bonderman (6-4, 4.29 ERA) was the starter Friday against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. He left with a three-run lead, but Fernando Rodney, Todd Jones and Bobby Seay combined to surrender eight runs in the eighth inning of a 10-5 setback.

    Detroit's bullpen since has allowed just three runs in 15 innings. Tigers relievers surrendered only one run and three hits in seven innings in Monday's series opener, a game that ended in the 13th following Curtis Granderson's RBI single.

    Kenny Rogers gave the bullpen a break Tuesday, working the first eight innings of a 7-1 win. Bonderman will attempt to turn in a similar performance vs. the Devil Rays, against whom he has gone 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in four career starts.

    Tampa Bay will counter with lefthander Mark Hendrickson (3-7, 4.11), who has lost his last four starts. In four lifetime starts against Detroit, the 6-9 Hendrickson has gone 0-2 with a 7.78 ERA.

    Rocco Baldelli accounted for half of the Devil Rays' four hits Tuesday and has hit .429 (9-for-21) in six games since being activated from the disabled list. Baldelli missed all of last season recovering from elbow and knee surgeries and the first two months of 2006 with a hamstring injury.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

     Tampa BayDetroit
    Current StreakL4L5
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    Tampa BayDetroit
    M. Hendrickson
    6-15, 4.21 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at SF
    1.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Bonderman
    14-8, 4.08 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 vs KC
    4.1 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Tampa BayDetroit
    1. J. Lugo, SS C. Granderson, CF
    2. C. Crawford, LF P. Polanco, 2B
    3. R. Baldelli, CF I. Rodriguez, C
    4. J. Cantu, 2B M. Ordonez, RF
    5. A. Huff, 3B C. Guillen, SS
    6. J. Gomes, DH C. Monroe, DH
    7. T. Wigginton, RF M. Thames, LF
    8. T. Hall, C C. Shelton, 1B
    9. T. Lee, 1B B. Inge, 3B