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Detroit Tigers Win Sixth Straight, Sweep Rangers

SEATTLE - APRIL 18:  Edwin Jackson #36 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 18, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IMay 21, 2009

The Texas Rangers have one of the most prolific offensive squads in baseball this season. Against the Detroit Tigers, the Rangers were only able to muster six runs in the three game series.

It all started with Dontrelle Willis getting on track with his first victory in a Detroit uniform. If Willis can become a consistent force in the rotation, then the Tigers may very well be the best team in the American League.

Justin Verlander started game two of the series, a kept his hot streak going by allowing only one run and striking out eight in six innings.

In game three, it was the most consistent starter of the year for Detroit, Edwin Jackson on the bump. Jackson surrendered a first-inning home run to David Murphy, but was able to re-group and go eight innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save.

The story of the series may have been Willis, but the star of the series was Miguel Cabrera. For the series, Cabrera batted .455 and either score or knocked in four of the Tigers' 13 runs.

Curtis Granderson and Brandon Inge each hit their 11th home run of the year, maintaining their mid-40s homer pace.

Next up for the Tigers is the Colorado Rockies as inter-league play begins. The Tigers will then end the month on the road at Kansas City for three games and then Baltimore for a four game set.

With continued solid starting pitching a timely hitting, the Tigers have the ability to move comfortably ahead of the AL Central pack.

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