Winning the 1984 World Series with the Detroit Tigers was the pinnacle of Alan Trammell’s career. Managing the 2003 Tigers could be the low point.
Trammell and the Tigers look to end an eight-game losing streak as they open a four-game series against the Anaheim Angels at Comerica Park.
Detroit has lost eight straight and 15 of its last 17 games to move within six losses of 100 for the second straight year.
Trammell has taken the constant losing hard, even though his team obviously lacks talent.
“I’ve got to take a lot of that blame because I’m not getting the message across the way I’d like to,” Trammell said Wednesday. “And I’ll say I’m not doing the job. And I hope they’re saying that they’re not doing the job in there.”
Detroit is last in the majors with 418 runs scored and a .236 batting average. The Tigers pitching staff has three pitchers with at least 13 losses and a 4.99 ERA.
Nate Cornejo allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings in Detroit’s 6-0 loss to Texas on Wednesday.
The Angels swept the Tigers in three games last weekend before losing three straight to the Chicago White Sox, including a 5-3 loss on Wednesday.
Anaheim’s disappointing season got worse after learning that 2002 World Series MVP Troy Glaus will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The third baseman has a partial tear of the right rotator cuff and fraying of the labrum. Glaus, who has missed 27 games since going on the DL, will need six to eight weeks of physical therapy.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Glaus was comfortable with rehab as an option to surgery.
“We’re not going to think about bringing him back this year,” Scioscia said. “He probably likes having that weight off his back. Surgery is still a last resort. They obviously like how it’s healing.”
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place (tied), 16 1/2 GB, AL West. Tigers - 5th place, 34 GB, AL Central.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Sele (6-9, 5.22 ERA). Sele is 10-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 career starts against Detroit. The veteran right-hander is winless in his last six starts, going 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA over that span. He gave up five runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings of Anaheim’s 11-7 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Shane Loux (0-0, 7.20 ERA). Loux will make his first start of the year after seven relief appearances. The 23-year-old right-hander has yielded seven runs over his last 6 2-3 innings out of the bullpen. He gave up two runs and two hits in two-thirds of an inning against the Angels on Sunday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .319 avg., 26 HRs and 100 RBIs; Anderson and Tim Salmon, 64 runs; Adam Kennedy, 17 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .285 avg., 24 HRs, 63 RBIs and 57 runs; Alex Sanchez, 28 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Angels, 3-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - SS David Eckstein was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a nerve irritation in his right hamstring. Eckstein was hitting .302 since the All-Star break. … INF Trent Durrington was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City to replace Eckstein. Durrington batted. 304 with seven homers, 54 RBIs and 35 stolen bases for Salt Lake City. … 3B Glaus finished the season with a .248 average, 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 91 games. Tigers - Detroit has been shut out 13 times this season. … OF Bobby Higginson is 2-for-16 with six strikeouts over his last three games. … The Tigers claimed right-handed pitcher John Ennis off waivers from Atlanta on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. Ennis was 2-11 with a 5.56 ERA in 15 starts and 28 appearances at Triple-A Richmond this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 23-38 on the road; Tigers - 14-45 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - INF Eckstein (hamstring), 15-day DL; INF Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; INF Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Tigers - C A.J. Hinch (groin), 15-day DL; IF Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL.