Detroit (54-62) at Los Angeles (64-53)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 15, 2004
  • TV: FSD, FSW
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Aaron Sele will try to bounce back from his first loss of the season when the Anaheim Angels conclude their three-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Sele threw 103 pitches over just 4 2-3 innings in an 11-3 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed six runs and a career-high 13 hits.

The defeat was his first in 20 appearances, including 16 starts.

“Aaron went up against a hot-hitting club,” Angels pitching coach Bud Black said. “He made some good pitches, but they handled the bat very well and took him the other way.”

Sele, the only starter in club history to begin a season 7-0, left the bases loaded in the first and fourth innings, and stranded two runners in the second.

“Those guys came out swinging the bats and just took it to us,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “That’s the story tonight.”

Sele has benefitted from a considerable amount of run support this season. The Angels had scored at least five runs in his previous 11 starts, and Sele had allowed at least three runs in all but one of them.

The Angels are hoping for a strong pitching performance after they allowed four homers in their 11-8 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Anaheim used an offensive outburst of its own to take game, recording 17 hits, including four home runs.

Scioscia adjusted his lineup after the Angels went 2-for-18 with men in scoring position in their previous two games. Chone Figgins was moved from second to ninth in the order, Darin Erstad from sixth to second, and Garret Anderson from fourth to fifth.

Erstad, Figgins, Jose Guillen and Robb Quinlan each responded with homers for the Angels, who won for the seventh time in 10 games. The four-homer game was Anaheim’s second of the season.

Carlos Pena had two homers for the Tigers, and Rondell White and Ivan Rodriguez also connected for Detroit, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

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60 BB 51
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