Detroit (68-85) at Baltimore (73-80)

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Temp: 46° F
  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Sep 26, 2004
  • TV: WB54
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Mike Maroth earned a dubious spot in baseball’s record books last season, and has been doing his best this year to atone for it.

The left-hander looks to keep his hopes for a winning record alive as the Detroit Tigers conclude their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Maroth went 9-21 last season for a Tigers squad that lost 119 games, becoming the first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman in 1980. However, he allowed just six hits in 6 2-3 innings of Monday’s 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, snapping a four-decision losing streak and improving to 11-11 with two starts remaining.

“He pitched out of three jams tonight,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “This guy should have a lot more wins, but we don’t give him any runs.”

Only seven of the 31 pitchers to lose 20 games since 1960 have posted a winning record the following season. Phil Neikro was the last to do it, going from 16-20 in 1977 and 19-18 the following season. Wilbur Wood and Steve Carlton are among the other pitchers to accomplish the feat.

“It would be a nice way to rebound off a season like that,” Maroth said.

The Tigers lost 3-0 to the Orioles on Saturday for their fourth straight defeat and sixth in seven games. They did not get a hit against Matt Riley until Carlos Pena singled with two outs in the fifth.

Miguel Tejada drove in his 139th run and Brian Roberts squeeze-bunted in another run for the Orioles, who have won three straight and four of six.

“I don’t ever remember squeeze bunting,” Roberts said. “But when you’re in that situation it’s a call you look for. I was just lucky to get the bat on it, and Larry (Bigbie) was fast enough to score easily.”

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M. Maroth Min vs. R. Lopez Phi
11-13 Record 14-9
4.31 ERA 3.59
108 K 121
59 BB 54
1.40 WHIP 1.28