Youngsters lead way to 7-3 victory

<P>Hurricane Frances postponed the weekend games of the series with Tampa Bay, so the Tigers had the weekend off. But Monday, while most of the nation rested for Labor Day, the Tigers were back on the job. They certainly came to play though, as the team ended summer in style with a 7-3 victory over division rival Kansas City.

Wilfredo Ledezma took the mound as a starter for the last time this season - as the Tigers will only use him out of the bullpen for the rest of the year, too avoid putting too many innings on the young left-hander.

Ledezma went out strong though, pitching 6 strong innings to get his 4th win of the season. Ledezma gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, with 2 walks and a strikeout.

Gary Knotts then came in and pitched the final 3 innings, earning his 2nd save of the season.

Kansas City's starter, Denny Bautista, didn't show quite as well, as he took the loss, his first decision of the year. Bautista gave up 4 runs in 6 innings.

A few of the younger players stepped up to lead the way on offense. Craig Monroe went 2-for-4, as he also hit his 13th Home Run of the season. Carlos Pena went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Omar Infante went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Nook Logan didn't get a hit, but took 2 walks, giving him 9 on the year, which would be 2 more than Alex Sanchez already.

Matt Stairs and Angel Berroa each went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Kansas City's offense.

The Tigers, at 9 games under .500, still have 3 more games with Kansas City. On Tuesday night, Brian Anderson will face Nate Robertson at 7:05pm.

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