Detroit (31-88) at Los Angeles (57-64)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 15, 2003
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After winning consecutive games for the first time in more than a month, the Anaheim Angels look to continue their momentum as they open a three-game series with the lowly Detroit Tigers.

Tim Salmon hit his 15th homer of the season as the Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Thursday.

Another win would give the Angels three straight wins for the first time since July 9-13, when they won five straight. Anaheim won its series with Chicago, taking three of four.

It was the Angels’ first series win since July 11-13, when they swept a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Angels shortstop David Eckstein is expected to play after missing three games with a tight right hamstring. Eckstein hoped to play Thursday, but manager Mike Scioscia started Alfredo Amezaga in his place.

Detroit committed three errors in a 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell said he was embarrassed by his team’s defensive lapses. Detroit has made an American League-worst 138 errors.

“I take it as a personal reflection,” Trammell said. “When we get behind early, it forces us to do things we can’t afford to do. It puts pressure on us and we make mistakes.”

The Tigers placed third baseman Eric Munson on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a fracture of his left thumb. They replaced Munson by purchasing the contract of infielder Danny Klassen from Triple-A Toledo.

Munson sustained the non-displaced fracture diving for a foul ball Monday night at Texas. Munson is batting .240 with 18 homers and 50 RBIs in 99 games for the Tigers.

Klassen was batting .246 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs in 112 games for the Mud Hens.

The Tigers have lost 21 of 27 since the All-Star break as they move closer to 100-plus losses.

STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 33 GB, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 16 GB, AL West.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nate Cornejo (5-11, 4.82 ERA). Cornejo pitched a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, allowing four runs and nine hits, but the Tigers lost 4-3. The right-hander has lost each of his last three starts. Cornejo is 0-2 with a 7.62 ERA in three games against Anaheim.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: John Lackey (7-11, 5.34 ERA). Lackey gave up three runs—all unearned—and four hits in seven innings as the Angels lost 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The right-hander surrendered 16 runs in his previous two starts, spanning 10 2-3 innings. Lackey earned a win in his only career appearance against Detroit, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings on Aug. 5, 2002.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Kevin Witt, .284 avg.; Dmitri Young, 22 HRs, 60 RBIs and 55 runs; Alex Sanchez, 27 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .313 avg., 26 HRs and 94 RBIs; Salmon, 62 runs; Adam Kennedy, 15 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Angels, 5-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - Detroit has been outscored 93-45 in the first inning. … OF Bobby Higginson is batting .107 (3-for-28) in his last eight games. Angels - RHP Troy Percival has 25 saves in 26 opportunities. … Anaheim is 8-21 since the All-Star break.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 17-46 on the road; Angels - 34-29 at home.

INJURIES: Tigers - C A.J. Hinch (groin), 15-day DL; 3B Munson (thumb) 15-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL. Angels - 1B/DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.

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N. Cornejo CWS vs. J. Lackey StL
6-17 Record 10-16
4.67 ERA 4.63
46 K 151
58 BB 66
1.51 WHIP 1.42