Detroit (5-7) at Baltimore (8-4)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Apr 18, 2005
  • TV: FSD, CSN
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Miguel Tejada and the Baltimore Orioles simply dominated the Detroit Tigers last season.

Tejada and the Orioles look to continue their success against the Tigers when the teams begin a two-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Baltimore swept all six meetings from Detroit last season, marking the first time in the 51 years that Baltimore has been in the AL that the Orioles went unbeaten against Detroit. The Orioles outscored the Tigers, 37-17.

Tejada did most of the damage in his first season with the Orioles. The star shortstop batted .542 with four homers and 11 RBIs in the six games.

Before last season, Tejada hit just .221 with only seven homers and 34 RBIs against the Tigers.

Detroit has failed to score in 21 straight innings against Baltimore.

Baltimore is riding high after completing its first three-game sweep of the New York Yankees since 2000. The Orioles posted an 8-4 win on Sunday behind Tejada, who connected for his eighth career grand slam in the second inning.

“They have a lot of superstars over there,” Tejada said, “so we are going to enjoy the moment.”

Despite its strong start, Baltimore would like to see veteran slugger Rafael Palmeiro get untracked. Palmeiro is mired in a 3-for-21 slump and has yet to homer.

“It’s a little disappointing I haven’t gotten more results, but at least I can look in the mirror and feel good about what I did,” Palmeiro said. “That’s in the back of my mind.”

Detroit has won two straight after a five-game skid. Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in a 6-1 win at Kansas City on Sunday.

The Orioles are second in the AL with 71 runs while the Tigers are third with 70.

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