4:30 PM ET, October 13, 2006
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT (AP) -- From the very first day of spring training, Jim Leyland told his Detroit Tigers -- demanded, in fact -- to walk with the swagger of World Series champions.
|Game 3 Breakdown|
Curtis Granderson. The Tigers' leadoff batter walked three times, including in the first inning when he came around to score the first run of the game.
The Tigers last won the World Series in 1984. That team, like the 2006 version, started hot, cooled off and then turned it on again for the playoffs. Here's a look at both teams:
|ALDS||Beat NYY, 3-1||--*|
|ALCS||Lead Oak., 3-0||Beat KC, 3-0**|
|W.S.||?||Beat SD, 4-1|
|* -- No ALDS yet. ** -- Best of five.|
When Kenny Rogers took the mound Friday afternoon for the Tigers, it was the eighth time in the 2006 playoffs in which a game was started by a pitcher who was over 40 years old. From 1903 to 2005, only nine postseason games were started by pitchers over the age of 40. The six elder statesmen who have started a game in this year's postseason (Kenny Rogers, Tom Glavine, Woody Williams, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and David Wells) have a combined record of 4-3 with a 2.81 earned-run average and have not allowed a home run in 48 innings pitched.
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Oakland second baseman Mark Kiger entered in the eighth, becoming the first player in modern-day major-league history to make his big-league debut in the playoffs. He touched the ball once, catching an inning-ending force. The A's added him as a backup infielder for the ALCS after second baseman Mark Ellis broke his right index finger in the first round of the playoffs. ... Monroe hit his third homer in this postseason. ... Granderson, who struck out 174 times in the regular season, drew three four-pitch walks. ... The forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a gametime temperature of 45 for Saturday.
|1st||P Polanco singled to center, C Granderson scored, C Monroe to third.||0||1|
|1st||M Ordonez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, C Monroe scored, P Polanco out at second.||0||2|
|5th||C Monroe homered to left.||0||3|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||41,669 (101% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||41 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Mike Reilly|