Ordonez drove in three runs and Young hit a two-run homer to
lead the Tigers past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-4 on Sunday.
"We're doing what we're capable of doing," Detroit manager
Alan Trammell said. "We know we can score some runs on a regular
Ordonez had a two-run double in a three-run seventh that put
Detroit ahead 9-4. He has 11 RBI in nine games since his return
from a hernia on July 1.
"I'm starting to swing the bat well," Ordonez said. "I feel
like the season starts over in the second half."
Young keyed a four-run third with his second homer in two days
and 15th overall. Rondell White had a pair of run-scoring singles.
Mike Maroth (7-9) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3
innings. The Tigers have won five of six, reaching the All-Star
break at 42-44.
"It's too bad we're going to the break," White said with a
laugh. "Hopefully we can pick it up, keep working hard and keep
Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who have
lost 14 of 16. Tampa Bay, at 28-61, has its second-worst record at
the All-Star break in eight years of existence. The Devil Rays were
27-61 at the 2001 break.
"We don't have a choice. If we want to move forward, we've got
to put it behind us and keep moving forward," Tampa Bay outfielder
Carl Crawford said.
Tampa Bay has allowed a major league-high 533 runs, which is
tied for third most ever at the All-Star break. Manager Lou
Piniella didn't rule out some roster changes before the resumption
of play Thursday at Toronto.
"Let's see what happens here with the makeup of the team over
the break," Piniella said. "See if we add anybody, or make some
The Tigers went ahead 6-3 in the third. Chris Shelton had a
run-scoring double, and White hit an RBI single before Young's
Tampa Bay starter Mark Hendrickson (3-6) departed after Young's
homer. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Young went 6-for-18 in the four-game series. He snapped an
0-for-18 slide in the series opener Thursday.
"Dmitri seems like this series he started to come out of it,"
After Julio Lugo hit an RBI double, Cantu snapped an 0-for-11
slide with his two-run homer as the Devil Rays took a 3-1 lead in
the first. Cantu has eight homers and 25 RBI over his last 23
Detroit opened the scoring in the first on Ordonez's RBI
grounder. Craig Monroe's sacrifice fly one inning later got the
Tigers within 3-2. Monroe has 53 RBI, the most by a Detroit
outfielder at the All-Star break since Kirk Gibson had 63 in 1985.
Nick Green ended Maroth's day with his sixth-inning RBI single
that made it 6-4.
"I'm really excited about the second half," Maroth said. "If
we're healthy, it will be fun."
Tigers All-Star C Ivan Rodriguez started for the second
straight day after missing a pair of games with a jammed left
pinkie finger. He will represent Puerto Rico in Monday's All-Star
Home Run Derby. "I'm going to do my best," Rodriguez said. "I'm
not a home run hitter. I just want everybody to know that." ...
Hendrickson was hit in the lower leg by Shelton's grounder in the
first, but remained in the game. ... Tigers 2B Placido Polanco
strained his left hamstring tendon running out a grounder in the
fourth and left the game. He hopes to play Thursday. "I heard
something move, and I thought it was the knee, but it was below the
knee," Polanco said. "It's nothing bad." ... Tampa Bay was
looking to win consecutive games for first time since June 22-23 at
the New York Yankees.