Cleveland (72-78) at Detroit (68-81)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 21, 2004
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The Detroit Tigers are hoping the return of Rondell White will offset the loss of All-Star Carlos Guillen.

White could be back in the lineup when the Tigers continue their three-game series with the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Guillen will undergo surgery on his right ACL and miss the rest of the season. Guillen, who was acquired in the offseason from Seattle, injured his right knee on Sept. 11.

“He looks good,” manager Alan Trammell said. “He’s in good spirits. He’s walking without a crutch. But the concern is there’s some sort of tear.”

Guillen, who had the same surgery in 1999, is the first player in franchise history with at least 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 10 triples and 10 steals in the same season

White has been out since Sept. 10 with a strained right hip flexor, but hopes to be back for Tuesday’s game.

“I feel like if you’ve got a chance to play, you play,” he said. “I’ve missed a lot of games in my career.”

White is hitting .275 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs in 117 games this season.

“He’s been a joy, wonderful to be around all year,” Trammell said. “In his own way, he’s somewhat quiet, but he is a rock. He’s solid, and guys look to him—as they should.”

The Tigers beat the Indians 3-1 on Monday for their fourth win in seven games. Dmitri Young and Brandon Inge homered, and Craig Monroe went 3-for-4 for Detroit.

Travis Hafner drove in the Indians’ run with a pinch-hit single. Cleveland has dropped seven of its last nine.

The Indians will call up Francisco Cruceta on Tuesday to make his major league debut. The 23-year-old right-hander went 6-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Buffalo after he was called up from Double-A Akron in midseason.

“He’s a guy that has outstanding secondary stuff,” said manager Eric Wedge, who added that Cruceta will likely see more than one start. “Like all young players, he’ll have things to work on to develop into a solid and consistent pitcher.”

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F. Cruceta Det vs. G. Knotts NYM
0-1 Record 7-6
9.39 ERA 5.25
9 K 81
4 BB 58
1.83 WHIP 1.48