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Blanton, A's fall in opener
Tigers 5, Athletics 2
Kurt Suzuki breaks his bat on his RBI single in the fourth inning Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Joe Blanton did his best to pitch the A's to a win. He gave up five runs and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings, but Oakland was able to muster a pair of runs off Tigers starter Jordan Tata. Mark Kotsay doubled home the A's first run and came home on Kurt Suzuki's single.
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Series at a glance:
DET
Detroit (61-44)
Won 1
Detroit 5, Oakland 2   OAK
Oakland (49-57)
Lost 4
July 30, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Detroit
1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0   5 11 0
Oakland
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 8 1
Standings thru 7/30/07  |  Gameday  |  Tigers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Granderson, CF5331001.305
Polanco, 2B5131001.343
Sheffield, DH4000013.293
Ordonez, RF4011020.351
Guillen, SS4000001.310
Rodriguez, C4010011.284
Casey, 1B3000110.289
Monroe, LF4120012.222
Inge, 3B4010022.251
Totals3751131811 

BATTING
2B: Inge (17, Blanton), Polanco (25, Calero), Rodriguez (21, Calero).
TB: Granderson 3; Polanco 4; Ordonez; Rodriguez 2; Monroe 2; Inge 2.
RBI: Ordonez (88), Granderson (53), Polanco (46).
2-out RBI: Granderson; Polanco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Polanco; Sheffield; Monroe.
GIDP: Sheffield.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Guillen-Polanco-Casey, Polanco-Guillen-Casey).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Buck, RF4010011.274
Stewart, LF4010012.304
Swisher, 1B4010033.258
Piazza, DH4010014.310
Ellis, 2B4000012.262
Scutaro, 3B4110002.235
Kotsay, CF2121200.236
Murphy, SS4000005.160
Suzuki, C2011000.220
  a-Cust, PH1000000.251
Totals332822719 

a-Flied out for Suzuki in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Kotsay (13, Tata).
TB: Buck; Stewart; Swisher; Piazza; Scutaro; Kotsay 3; Suzuki.
RBI: Kotsay (19), Suzuki (7).
2-out RBI: Suzuki.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murphy; Piazza.
GIDP: Piazza; Murphy.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Kotsay (2, fielding).
DP: (Murphy-Ellis-Swisher).

 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tata (W, 1-0)7.06222502.57
Durbin (H, 3)1.01000204.42
Jones (S, 28)1.01000004.67
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (L, 8-8)6.29550503.82
Calero 1.12001205.73
Embree 1.00000103.65

IBB: Casey (by Calero).
HBP: Suzuki (by Tata).
Pitches-strikes: Tata 106-63, Durbin 19-13, Jones 13-10, Blanton 110-67, Calero 33-21, Embree 11-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Tata 6-10, Durbin 0-1, Jones 2-1, Blanton 7-8, Calero 1-1, Embree 1-1.
Batters faced: Tata 29, Durbin 4, Jones 3, Blanton 28, Calero 7, Embree 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Calero 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 66 degrees, clear.
Wind: 13 mph, L to R.
T: 2:43.
Att: 18,468.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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