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Young, Magee keep Tigers rolling

5/21/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Truby doesn't understand what all the fuss
is about.

Since Truby was traded from Montreal to Detroit last week, the
Tigers have gone on their first four-game winning streak of the
season, culminating in Monday night's 4-3 victory over the
Cleveland Indians.

So it seems hard for him to believe that when he joined the
Tigers, they were 11-27 and on a seven-game losing streak.

"All I have seen is a pretty good baseball team," he said. "I
have no idea how they could have been 11 and whatever it was."

The Tigers, who swept Texas over the weekend, hadn't won four
straight since last Sept. 22-25. Detroit helped itself by turning
four double plays for the first time since August, including two
started by Truby at third base.

"It gives you a lot of confidence when you know the defense is
playing that well," Tigers starter Nate Cornejo said. "They made
some great plays behind us."

The Indians, who again hurt themselves with a key error, have
lost four of five.

"These are the type of things that have been happening in the
last 10 days," Cleveland first baseman Jim Thome said. "You hit
a ball, and it goes right at someone. I feel bad for our pitchers,
who have been throwing so well."

Julio Santana (3-0) picked up the win in relief. Jamie Walker
got the last out in the eighth, then had to pitch the ninth when
Detroit suddenly found itself without a closer.

Walker finished the game for his first career save.

"I wasn't sure what was happening, but they told me I had the
ninth, too," he said. "This is a great feeling -- you dream about
doing things in the majors, and then they happen. This is my first
save, so it is special."

The Tigers had gone into the game knowing that closer Juan
Acevedo was unavailable after pitching three days in a row, then
had Matt Anderson come up with a sore arm while warming up.

Anderson, who came off the disabled list Saturday after
suffering from shoulder stiffness, had taken part in a pregame
octopus-throwing contest, throwing underhand. The Tigers did not
think that frolicking contributed to Anderson's problem.

"We don't know what is wrong -- we are having it looked at right
now," said Tigers manager Luis Pujols. "I was ready to put him
in, and then I got a phone call that said he had discomfort in the
triceps."

Detroit trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh, but took the lead
with a pair of unearned runs off Ricardo Rincon (0-2). With a
runner on first and two outs, Dmitri Young hit a double that sent
Jacob Cruz to third.

Randall Simon followed with a grounder to third baseman Travis
Fryman, who bobbled the ball for an error as the tying run scored.
Mark Wohlers relieved and gave up Magee's second RBI single of the
game.

On Sunday, Thome's error with two outs in the ninth inning gave
Kansas City two runs and the Indians lost 5-4.

"We just aren't getting the job done," said Indians manager
Charlie Manuel. "We have chances to win and we just don't take
them."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first against Bartolo Colon
when Bobby Higginson singled, stole second and came home on Young's
ground single up the middle.

Detroit added another run in the third when Young singled, moved
to second on Simon's base hit and scored on Magee's looper to
center.

Ellis Burks homered off Cornejo in the Cleveland fourth.

The Indians went ahead with a two-out rally in the sixth. Fryman
and Russell Branyan singled and Einar Diaz walked to load the
bases, and Jolbert Cabrera flared a two-run single down the
right-field line.

Omar Vizquel then walked to reload the bases and chase Cornejo.
Santana fell behind Ricky Gutierrez 3-1, but struck him out to end
the inning.

Detroit nearly tied it in the bottom of the sixth, but Ramon
Santiago was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch a triple
into an inside-the-park homer.

"I liked that play," Pujols said. "There were two outs and
he's got a lot of speed, so why not push things and see what
happens."

Santiago seemed to favor his left shoulder after the play, but
Pujols said he was not injured.

"I'll talk to him about those headfirst slides into home,
though," he said. "I don't care for those."

Game notes
Colon threw 121 pitches in his six innings. ... The
temperature was 45 at gametime, and dropped into the 30s by the
final innings. ... Santiago has four extra-base hits -- two doubles
and two triples -- in his four-game major league career. ... Santana
is tied with Jeff Weaver for the Tigers' lead in wins. ... The
Tigers are 7-0 at home in one-run games.