Tigers Dominate Angels 10-2, but lose Rodney

The Tigers offense turned up the heat against righty Bartolo Colon, scoring 7 runs off the Angels ace, and chasing him from the game after only 4 innings of work. Even better than the Tigers performance at the plate was the continued success of Mike Maroth, who has easily been the Tigers best starter in 2004. However, all was not good news for the Tigers, as they lost their original projected closer for the season in Fernando Rodney.

Mike Maroth continued his success in 2004 after a rough 2003, out-pitching Angels stud starter Bartolo Colon. Maroth, who earned the win to go to 3-1 on the year, went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 4. Tiger relievers Jamie Walker and Ugueth Urbina each pitched a scoreless inning to close the game out for the Tigers. Even after the Tigers got 7 runs off Colon, they didn't slow down, adding another 3 runs later in the game off Angel reliever Ben Weber.

The Tigers received a number of solid performances at the plate. Rondell White went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI via a 2-run double and a sacrifice fly. Bobby Higginson also had an excellent night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI as well. The only starter that didn't get a hit in the game was 3B Eric Munson, who more than made up for it with a pair of defensive gems, most notably a diving stop that was a double play for the Tigers that saved at least one run, possibly two.

With the win (which was televised as an ESPN alternate), the Tigers are guaranteed a winning record in April for the first time since 1993. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for the Tigers. Fernando Rodney, who was originally slated to be the Tigers closer this season, si scheduled to go season-ending elbow surgery on Thursday after pain in his throwing arm persisted even after plenty of rest. The Rodney injury just re-emphasizes the need in the bullpen the Tigers had before adding Urbina to the mix.

The finale of the series comes Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm, as the two squads with identical records (12-9) face off in the grudge match. RHP Jeremy Bonderman goes up against LHP Jarrod Washburn.

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