Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 9/15)

Game 1: Friday, September 15
Game 2: Saturday, September 16
Game 3: Sunday, September 17
in 10

Orioles 2

(63-84, 25-45 away)

Tigers 17

(88-59, 44-29 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 15, 2006

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    DET 10080611 - 17 19 0

    W: J. Bonderman (12-8)

    L: H. Penn (0-3)

    Tigers, Bonderman look to halt collapse

    Baltimore (63-83) at Detroit (87-59) 7:05 pm EDT

    DETROIT (Ticker) - Since Jeremy Bonderman last recorded a win, the Detroit Tigers have gone from the best team in the major leagues to a club clinging to a one-game lead in the American League Central Division.

    Bonderman seeks his first win in 10 starts Friday, when the reeling Tigers host the opener of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

    On July 24, the 23-year-old Bonderman (11-8, 4.18 ERA) won a fourth straight start and sixth consecutive decision as Detroit improved to a major league-best 67-32 with a 9-7 triumph at Cleveland. In nine starts since, Bonderman has gone 0-4 with a 5.50 ERA.

    The Tigers have dropped 23 of their last 34 games, including three of four to Minnesota in a series that concluded with Bonderman allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 12-1 loss on Sunday. The Twins enter Friday's action just one game behind Detroit after being 11 1/2 off the pace at the All-Star break.

    Bonderman attempts to end his recent struggles against a team that has given him trouble in the past. The righthander has posted an 8.40 ERA in losing each of three previous meetings with the Orioles.

    Baltimore counters with rookie Hayden Penn (0-2, 36.82), who faces Detroit for the first time since his major league debut on May 28, 2005. Penn allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits in 4 2/3 innings of that game, which the Orioles eventually lost, 5-3.

    Penn has the task of pitching against a division leader for a third straight time since being recalled from Class AAA Ottawa. The 21-year-old righthander was torched for eight runs in the first inning of a 10-1 loss at Oakland on September 3 before allowing seven runs and nine hits in three frames of Sunday's 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L5
    Last 104-64-6

    Pitching Matchup

    H. Penn
    0-4, 15.10 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at BOS
    2.2 IP, 7 ER
    Dec = Loss
    J. Bonderman
    14-8, 4.08 ERA

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

    Gameday Lineups

    1. B. Roberts, 2B C. Granderson, CF
    2. M. Mora, 3B I. Rodriguez, C
    3. N. Markakis, RF C. Monroe, LF
    4. M. Tejada, SS M. Ordonez, RF
    5. J. Gibbons, DH C. Guillen, SS
    6. D. Newhan, LF S. Casey, 1B
    7. C. Gomez, 1B M. Thames, DH
    8. C. Patterson, CF B. Inge, 3B
    9. R. Chavez, C O. Infante, 2B