Cornejo, shelled in two prior starts against Seattle, hopes to lead the surprising Tigers to a series win over slumping Seattle as the teams complete a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Cornejo is 0-2 against the Mariners with an unsightly 12.71 ERA, allowing 14 runs—eight earned—and 15 hits, including five home runs, in 5 2-3 innings. In his last start against Seattle, a 13-3 loss last July 30 at Safeco Field, Cornejo retired just two batters and allowed nine runs and seven hits. However, six of the runs were unearned because of an error by third baseman Dmitri Young.
After dropping Friday’s series opener 3-1, the Tigers rebounded with a 4-2 victory Saturday.
Ivan Rodriguez and Greg Norton homered, and Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs and five hits. Bonderman didn’t walk a batter in 7 2-3 innings, helping the Tigers to just their second win in six games and first in the last nine meetings with the Mariners.
Rodriguez, the Tigers’ top offseason acquisition, hadn’t homered since a season-opening 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Mariners are last in the AL West with an 8-16 record, and have dropped eight of their last 10.
Seattle is 2-6 on its nine-game road trip.