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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 4, 2010

Tigers push forward, 12-6

Associated Press

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Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga turned in the lineup card to umpire Jim Joyce, letting bygones be bygones.

PAUL SANCYA | Associated Press

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DETROIT The Detroit Tigers were determined to move on from the blown call that cost Armando Galarraga the first perfect game in franchise history.

Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run seventh inning to lift Detroit to a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians yesterday, a day after first base umpire Jim Joyce admitted he made a big mistake.

"I have already turned the page," Galarraga said. "I think the guys have, too."

The Tigers were sad the morning after the infamous call, but later understood Major League Baseball's decision to let it stand.

Commissioner Bud Selig won't reverse Joyce's call, a baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because that element was not included in the statement Selig released during the game.

Detroit took the field about 14 hours after Joyce's mistake signaling safe instead of out with two down in the ninth and a lighthearted moment was followed by a poignant one.

Galarraga, looking very surprised and humbled, was presented with a 2010 Corvette convertible in a pregame ceremony for his near-perfect performance and remarkable sportsmanship.

The suddenly famous pitcher presented the no-longer anonymous umpire with the lineup card before the game, shook hands and patted him on the back.

Joyce was welcomed with a smattering of applause when he walked onto the field, making him cry, and was booed by some when he was introduced.

"When I walked out of the tunnel and got applause from the Tigers fans, I had to wipe the eyes," Joyce said.


Alex Rodriguez homered, CC Sabathia won for the first time in a month and host New York handed Baltimore its eighth straight loss. Sabathia (5-3) allowed three hits and struck out seven over seven innings, improving to 12-1 against the Orioles.


Kurt Suzuki hit two of visiting Oakland's four homers and the Athletics had 18 hits against Boston. Suzuki, a Baldwin High alum from Maui, homered in his first two at bats against Tim Wakefield (1-4), a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run homer in the fourth.


Carlos Quentin, booed after committing an error that led to a Texas run, atoned with a two-run homer for host Chicago in the seventh inning. After A.J. Pierzynski doubled on the first pitch from Colby Lewis (4-4), Quentin sent a 1-0 delivery just over the right-field fence.


Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings and Torii Hunter homered for the second straight game to lead visiting Los Angeles. Weaver (5-2) was sharp for the fourth straight start, getting his first win since May 7.


Felix Hernandez snapped a personal four-game losing streak, allowing one run over eight innings, and Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer for host Seattle. Hernandez (3-4) retired 22 of the final 27 batters he faced.



Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer in the ninth after host Houston tied it on Cristian Guzman's error in right field. Lee drove an 0-1 pitch from Matt Capps (0-3) into the left-field porch. With a runner at second and one out, Lance Berkman drove a sinking liner that dropped at Guzman's feet and bounced away. Lee then homered.


Josh Johnson pitched seven strong innings and Ronny Paulino drove in two runs for host Florida. Johnson (6-2) finally allowed an earned run, ending his streak at 31 1/3 innings spanning parts of six starts. The 6-foot-7 right-hander allowed one run and seven hits, while striking out eight.


Kris Medlen took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning and doubled home a run, and Troy Glaus homered for the fourth time in five games for visiting Atlanta. Medlen (3-1) was charged with three runs two earned and six hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings.


Royals: Kansas City has claimed right-hander Kanekoa Texeira off waivers from Seattle and designated righty Brad Thompson for assignment. The Mariners designated Texeira, a Kamehameha Schools alum from Maui, for assignment Tuesday after he went 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA in 16 games. Seattle chose him in last winter's Rule 5 draft from the Yankees' system.

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