San Diego (36-29) at Detroit (30-32)

Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI
Temp: 30° F
  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu Jun 16, 2005
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Struggling right-hander Woody Williams will try to help the San Diego Padres avoid a three-game sweep against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

The NL West-leading Padres have dropped three straight and 10 of 13, leaving them two games ahead of second-place Arizona.

Williams is in the midst of a personal three-game slide, and has posted just one win in his last six starts. In Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Williams lasted seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits.

Padres manager Bruce Bochy insists he isn’t worried about Williams, who had his best season in 2003, when he went 18-9 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I’m very encouraged by Woody,” Bochy said. “He feels good. His last two starts have been good ones.”

After dropping the series opener 8-4 on Tuesday, the Padres lost 8-2 on Wednesday.

The Tigers ended Adam Eaton’s eight-game winning streak. Eaton said after the game that he struggled with a swollen right middle finger in his first defeat since April 16. The finger will be examined Thursday.

“This is definitely very disappointing,” Eaton said. “I felt like I could have put a bunch of zeros up there tonight.”

The Tigers have won three of four to move within two games of .500.

Placido Polanco had three hits and three RBIs on Wednesday, while Craig Monroe also had three hits, including a homer, and scored three times for the Tigers. Polanco is hitting .528 during a 14-game hitting streak that started in Philadelphia. He was traded to Detroit for Ramon Martinez and Ugueth Urbina on June 8.

“That’s a professional hitter,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said of Polanco. “He’s given us a spark, and it hasn’t just been with his offense. He had three hits tonight, yes, but he also had two outstanding defensive plays. That’s getting noticed.”

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