Westbrook Dominates Again, Tigers Fall 3-2

Jake Westbrook has become the next player to qualify for the 'Tiger Killer' designation. After a relief appearance in which he pitched 7 innings without allowing a hit, Westbrook got his first start of the season and went the distance, allowing only 2 hits by the Tigers. Jason Johnson also had a solid start, but not as impressive as Westbrook, as he fell to 1-4 on the season.

Jake Westbrook has the Tigers number so far this season. In 16 innings pitched, he has allowed only 2 hits (originally 1, but a liner by Higginson - which was originally scored an error - was changed to a single later on in the game) and 2 earned runs. His complete game on Sunday took only 100 pitches, as he got his first win of the season. Jason Johnson had a solid start for the Tigers, but unfortunately for him he didn't receive the run support necessary to earn his first start since opening day. Johnson fell to 1-4 on the year - not so good for the Tigers ace.

Offensively, the Tigers didn't have much to brag about. Their 2 runs came off a solo shot by Carlos Pena (his 4th home run of the year) and sacrifice fly (also by Pena) that scored Rondell White. For the Indians, Jody Gerut (who has apparently decided he can only hit well when facing the Tigers) hit his third home run of the season.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 11-8 on the year, but currently are a game up on the Indians for their season series (4-3). The Tigers are off on Monday, before starting a 3-game set with Anaheim. Nate Cornejo faces off against John Lackey at 7:05pm - both pitchers have had their struggles early on this season, and will hope to improve on that Tuesday night.

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