7:05 PM ET, April 16, 2007
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
• Summary: Pudge Rodriguez hit a first-inning grand slam and Justin Verlander earned his first win of the season as the Tigers took down the Royals 12-5.
• Cashing in: Pudge hit the sixth grand slam of his career, but just the first since 2002. The catcher was only 2-for-17 with bases loaded over the last two seasons.
• Figure this: The Royals tied an MLB record by surrendering its third grand slam in as many games. The Astros accomplished this feat last season.
• Royally bad: Kansas City has lost 10 of 12 since Opening Day.
• Elias Says: Pudge's six RBIs performance is rare for a catcher.
-- ESPN.com news services
Tigers 12, Royals 5
Rodriguez drove in nine runs for Texas against Seattle on April 13, 1999. ... Kansas City made an unusual defensive switch in the third inning -- bringing Jason LaRue in to play third, moving Alex Gordon to shortstop and Pena to second. LaRue hadn't played third since 2001, and Gordon and Pena were making their major league debuts at those new positions. "I played a little first at Nebraska, but never shortstop," Gordon said. "I think the last time I played shortstop was my freshman year in high school." The moves came after 2B Esteban German left with a sore shoulder. He is day to day.
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 11-7 (as of Mon 4/16)|
|Fri 4/6||@KC 3, DET 1||Recap|
|Sat 4/7||DET 6, @KC 5||Recap|
|Sun 4/8||DET 3, @KC 2||Recap|
|» Mon 4/16||@DET 12, KC 5||Box Score|
|Tue 4/17||@DET 7, KC 6||Recap|
|Wed 4/18||KC 4, @DET 3||Recap|
|Fri 5/4||DET 6, @KC 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/5||DET 7, @KC 5||Recap|
|Sun 5/6||DET 13, @KC 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/20||KC 10, @DET 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@DET 10, KC 8||Recap|
|Sun 7/22||KC 5, @DET 2||Recap|
|Tue 8/28||@KC 6, DET 3||Recap|
|Wed 8/29||@KC 5, DET 0||Recap|
|Thu 8/30||DET 6, @KC 1||Recap|
|Fri 9/21||@DET 5, KC 4||Recap|
|Sat 9/22||KC 7, @DET 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/23||@DET 7, KC 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Royals | Tigers|
|1st||I Rodriguez homered to center, C Granderson, G Sheffield and C Guillen scored.||0||4|
|2nd||E Brown doubled to deep left, A Gordon scored.||1||4|
|2nd||J Buck doubled to deep center, E Brown scored.||2||4|
|2nd||M Ordonez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, P Polanco scored, G Sheffield safe at second on error by shortstop T Pena.||2||5|
|2nd||I Rodriguez doubled to left, G Sheffield and M Ordonez scored.||2||7|
|3rd||P Polanco safe at second on error by right fielder M Teahen, C Granderson scored.||2||8|
|4th||C Guillen homered to right.||2||9|
|5th||D DeJesus singled to center, J Buck scored, T Pena to third.||3||9|
|7th||R Shealy homered to left, E Brown scored.||5||9|
|8th||C Guillen doubled to deep center, P Polanco, G Sheffield and M Ordonez scored.||5||12|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||21,832 (52.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||58 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Onora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Bill Hohn|