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The Score: Tigers 3 – Angels 2

The Gist: This was the big, dramatic hit Tigers fans have been anticipating from Johnny Damon, wasn’t it? What’s more, it was a home run from a veteran outside of Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera and it came against a top reliever. Damon’s game-winner was his third hit on the day and followed a terrific — perhaps unprecedented — throw which gunned down Hideki Matsui at the plate. Jeremy Bonderman was solid in his six innings of work, and although he allowed 10 hits he didn’t walk a batter and yielded just one earned run.

The Quote: “That should have been a no-doubter but the wind began blowing it back. It wasn’t as far out as it would have been.” — Jim Leyland on Damon’s blast

The Stat: 25 — The number of pitches Scott Sizemore saw in his four plate appearances.

Up Next: Sunday: Tigers vs. Angels @ Comerica Park | 1:05 p.m. ET | On the air: FSD/1270 & 97.1

Justin Verlander (1-2, 5.53 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (3-0, 2.53 ERA)

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