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Detroit Tigers (2-17) at Oakland Athletics (11-10), 3:35 p.m.

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Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Nate Cornejo (1-1, 4.40)
Oakland - Mark Mulder (2-1, 5.04)

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers will try for their first series victory
of the year this afternoon, when they close out their three-game set against
the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

Detroit put an end to its eight-game losing streak and recorded just its
second win of the year, 4-1, on Wednesday. In the process, the Tigers halted a
10-game road losing streak.

Rookie Jeremy Bonderman allowed one run over eight innings in the winning
effort. Bonderman (1-3) permitted three hits and struck out five without a
walk. An original first-round draft pick of Oakland, he retired 17 straight
batters for his first win of the season.

Craig Monroe delivered a two-run homer and Dean Palmer added a two-run double
for Detroit. Bobby Higginson made an incredible catch over the wall in right
field in the ninth, robbing a two-run homer from Scott Hatteberg.

Matt Anderson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season.

The Tigers will pin their hopes on 23-year-old Nate Cornejo this afternoon.
Cornejo has pitched very well in his last two starts, including a tough luck
no-decision last week against Kansas City. The Wellington, KS native gave up
six hits and three runs -- two earned -- over seven frames to the Royals.
Cornejo walked and struck out two in the no-decision.

Cornejo owns a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA against the A's in his career. He
has allowed seven hits and two runs over five innings, while walking and
fanning two.

Oakland will reply with 25-year-old lefthander Mark Mulder on the hill this
afternoon. Mulder has won two of his last three starts, including a victory
over Texas last week. The southpaw surrendered five hits and two runs over
seven innings, while fanning five and walking two in the win.

Mulder lost his only career start against Detroit, allowing six hits and three
earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of action. The lefty struck out five and walked
two versus the Tigers.

Barry Zito (3-2) took the loss on Wednesday. In seven innings, he was charged
with two runs and five hits. Zito has permitted 36 hits and 14 earned runs in
46 innings during his career against the Tigers.

Terrence Long had two hits and scored for the Athletics, who lost for the
second time in five games.

Oakland has dominated this series since the start of 2001, winning 13 of 16
meetings. The A's have won eight of the last nine and 11 of their last 13 home
contests against Detroit.

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