Tigers are swept by Mariners

Associated Press Published: April 26, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers' spectacular start is almost entirely forgotten.

Chone Figgins hit a two-out, tiebreaking double in the seventh inning that was misjudged by right fielder Brennan Boesch, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 5-4 victory Thursday.

Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run for the Tigers, who have lost six of seven after a 9-3 start.

"We're not getting big hits late in the game. We're not making some plays, we're not pitching real good, we're not managing good enough, we're not coaching good enough," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We're all involved in this together, that's just the way it is. You just gotta get aggressive and take charge and get after somebody."

The Tigers also released veteran Brandon Inge after the game.

"It's one of those things you can kind of see how things are going before they come. But it's no hard feelings whatsoever," said Inge, who was hitting .100 with a home run and 2 RBI. "This is my family, this is where I've been my whole career. I'll miss the guys, I will. But I have a chance to go play maybe somewhere else."

Detroit also called up first baseman Brad Eldred from Triple-A Toledo

"We had some discussions today and we just feel at this point we're trying to add some offense," Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "Eldred's been hot as can be. And it's a situation where we're going to try to make a move to get him on the ballclub and see if he can give us a little offense, primarily from the DH position."

Eldred was hitting .388 in Toledo with 13 home runs and 35 RBI in just 20 games.

Detroit is responsible for the $4,808,743 remaining of Inge's $5.5 million salary this year and the $500,000 buyout of his $6 million option for 2013, a total of $5,308,743. But the Tigers could save up to $417,049 back if he were to sign with another team Friday.

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Miguel Olivo also connected for the Mariners.

"They came back and we were able to counter punch," Smoak said. "That's what you've got to do."

Figgins' drive to right-center scored Brendan Ryan, who reached on a two-out walk from Rick Porcello (1-2).

Porcello gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

"He hung a changeup to Smoak early in the game and after that I thought he pitched pretty well," Leyland said of Porcello. "He hung a slider to Olivo with the add-on run, with the home run. But I thought he settled and pitched pretty well."

Former-Tiger Charlie Furbush (1-1) pitched a perfect inning.

"A little different. It was fun though. Being in this ballpark after being up here for a while last year, I had some familiarity," said Furbush, who went to Seattle in the deal that brought Doug Fister to Detroit last season. "I know the guys and know some of their tendencies as hitters. Kind of felt a little at home."

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