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Tigers drop 4th straight game, losing series opener to Rangers 9-2

DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Tigers dropped their fourth straight yesterday afternoon with a 9-2 loss to the Rangers in the opener of a 4-game series with Texas at Comerica Park. Detroit was coming off a 3-game sweep by the Indians at Cleveland as the Tigers have hit a bump in the road after cruising to a 27-12 start this season.

The Rangers yesterday roughed up rookie lefthander Robbie Ray, who was tagged for seven runs in less than four innings to take the loss for Detroit. After the game, the Tigers optioned Ray to Triple-A Toledo and called up highly touted reliever, 22-year old right-hander Cory Knebel. Yesterday’s blowout loss saw Detroit infielder Danny Worth take to the mound in a mop-up appearance, using a knuckleball to pitch a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

The Texas victory came on a day when the Rangers learned that ex-Tiger first baseman Prince Fielder is slated to undergo season-ending neck surgery next week to repair a herniated disk. Fielder was acquired from Detroit in the offseason in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The Tigers will start Anibal Sanchez tonight against Texas. Detroit’s lead atop the American League Central is 4-and-a-half games over the Minnesota Twins.

The fourth place Chicago White Sox, who are six games back, beat the Yankees 3-2 last night in Chicago, while the Cubs downed the Padres 5-1 in San Diego.