ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Guillen had a special night
at the plate and Justin Verlander added to his impressive rookie
season on the mound. They combined to help the Detroit Tigers match
last season's win total.
Guillen hit for the cycle and Verlander won his seventh
consecutive decision to become the major leagues' first 14-game
winner, leading the Tigers over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-4 on
Guillen is the 10th Detroit player, and third since 1951, to
complete the cycle. He had an RBI triple in the second, a solo
homer in the third, a single in the sixth and a double in the
"That was awesome," Tigers first baseman Sean Casey said. "I
felt like a fan. If he didn't go for second [in the eighth], I was
going to go out and tackle him."
Guillen hit his double to right center and slide safely into
second, beating a throw from Damon Hollins.
"Inside I felt pretty good," Guillen said. "I was looking for
the double. As soon as I hit the ball, I tried to run hard. If I
don't run my hard my first at-bat, I don't get the triple. If I
don't run hard my last at-bat, I don't get the double."
Verlander (14-4) gave up three runs, eight hits, two walks and
four strikeouts over five innings. He had gone six or more innings,
and allowed one run or less in his each of his five previous
"It was one of those days where the stuff wasn't there and I
had to battle out there to keep our guys in it," Verlander said.
"Our offense put up a pretty bold number today. That was great."
Over his past nine starts, Verlander is 7-0 with a 2.04 ERA. His
last loss was 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox on June 7.
The AL Central-leading Tigers (71-35) matched their win total
from last season.
Brent Clevlen hit his first two major league homers and Casey,
acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday, added another and had RBI
single in his debut with the Tigers.
Devil Rays center field Rocco Baldelli left in the sixth inning
with a bruised right biceps after being hit by a pitch from Jason
Grilli. Baldelli was making his 43rd start since being activated
from the disabled list June 7 after missing all last season with a
variety of injuries.
"I'm going to see how it feels," Baldelli said. "I plan on
being ready to play tomorrow."
The pitch hit a nerve on the inside of the biceps.
"My arm just went numb," Baldelli said. "It was a little
scary, not being able to feel it. After five minutes it started to
come back. Besides being a little sore, it feels fine now."
Craig Monroe had a two-run single during a five-run second
inning that put the Tigers ahead 5-2. Guillen made it 6-2 with his
13th homer one inning later.
Casey and Clevlen, playing in his third game in the majors, hit
solo homers in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-3.
Travis Lee had a run-scoring single in a two-run first for Tampa
A majority of the 13,808 in attendance booed Upton before he
singled in his first at-bat in the second. Upton, and minor league
outfielders Delmon Young and Elijah Dukes were quoted in a
published report last week in which they complained about the
conditions at Durham and wondered why they hadn't been called up to
the major league club.
"We talked about it," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We
put everything out on the table. There's no hidden agendas around
here. The guys are good with it."
Howell (0-1) lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and nine
The Devil Rays are 5-13 since the All-Star break.
Upton was 2-for-4. He hit .258 with four homers and 12 RBI
in 45 games with Tampa Bay in 2004. "It was new at first," Upton
said. "After a couple innings, it felt comfortable." ... Zobrist
went 0-for-4 in his major league debut. Howell went 3-5 with a 6.19
ERA over 15 starts with Kansas City last season. ... Dukes was
suspended indefinitely by the Devil Rays pending a review of an
incident that led to a five-game suspension last week by the