Tigers manager Alan Trammell was hoping RHP Nate Cornejo could eat up some innings, especially after an 8-day layoff because of a 5-game suspension from a hit batter incident from spring training. Unfortunately, it appears the rest did more harm than good, as Cornejo was battling all night long, struggling with his command and his velocity, and ended up leaving after loading the bases in the 6th inning - not the inning-eater appearance Trammell was hoping for to rest his overused bullpen.
The Indians were led by Tiger killer Jody Gerut, who went 5-for-5 with a Home Run and 3 RBI. C Victor Martinez also had a big game after an extremely slow start, going 3-for-5 also with a homer and knocking in 3 runs. After Sabathia gave the Indians 6 solid innings, while bullpen arms Chris Durbin and Rafael Betancourt finished out the game for the Tribe.
Luckily for the Tigers, they still have 3 games to avenge the beating they took Friday night. After a day of rest, C Ivan Rodriguez came back with a solid performance, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Despite Trammell's desire not to play Rodriguez in afternoon games right after night games, expect to see Rodriguez stay in the lineup in hopes of rejuvenating the Tigers meager offensive output. Start time for game 2 of the 4-game set is slated for 1:05, with lefty Mike Maroth set to face off against RHP Jason Davis.