Detroit (7-4) at Cleveland (4-8)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 18, 2004
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The Detroit Tigers have gotten their pitching straightened out. Whether Jeremy Bonderman can solve the Cleveland Indians for the first time in his young career is the next question.

Having snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday’s 6-1 win, the Tigers will give the ball to Bonderman when they continue their four-game set with the Indians at Jacobs Field.

Before Saturday’s win, the Tigers were shelled in back-to-back games, falling 11-0 to Toronto on Thursday and 10-3 to the Indians on Friday.

Bonderman, though, could set the Tigers back again considering his history against the Indians.

In five starts against Cleveland, Bonderman is 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA. In his last start against the Indians, an 8-6 win on Sept. 2, the 21-year-old righty allowed six runs and seven hits, including three homers, in 6 2-3 innings.

In Saturday’s win, Mike Maroth, a 21-game loser a year ago won his fourth straight decision, leaving him 2-0 on the season.

“It feels really good,” Maroth said. “It’s a lot better than losing, for sure.”

Detroit dropped an AL-record 119 games last year, and didn’t get its seventh win until May 7 in its 32nd game.

“There’s a much better feel around here,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “Obviously we are a better club.”

The Indians, meanwhile, have dropped three of four and are 2-3 on a 10-game homestand.

Cleveland left 11 runners on base and made two errors in the loss.

“One or two more hits and it’s a totally different ballgame,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We still got our 11 or 12 hits. But you’ve gotta work hard to get 11 or 12 hits and only score one run.”

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Starting Pitchers

J. Bonderman DET vs. C. Lee PHI
11-13 Record 14-8
4.89 ERA 5.43
168 K 161
73 BB 81
1.31 WHIP 1.50