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Up next: Detroit Tigers

By TOM JONES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 2, 2003

SCOUTING REPORT: The Tigers finished April with a 3-20 record, by far the worst in the majors and on pace to be one of baseball's all-time worst teams.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell, though, said he isn't looking ahead to what the season might hold but to what will happen at the moment.

"I'm not going to say, "Okay, (it's a new month) and I hope we go 20-5,' " Trammell told the Detroit Free Press. "I look at it totally different."

Trammell said that's how he approached it as a player, and that led to his success as an All-Star shortstop. And he hopes his players approach a turnaround the same way and not try to set long-term goals of becoming a good baseball team.

"There's no timetable," he said. "We're all different."

Trammell said he will wait until his team has played 40 games before making any evaluations, but Tigers fans appear already to have decided what they think. The Tigers are drawing fewer than 16,000 a game in Comerica Park.

The Tigers are last in the league in batting, runs, hits, doubles and homers.

CONNECTIONS: Rays infielder Damion Easley played for the Tigers from 1996 through 2002, making the All-Star team in 1998. ... Rays outfielder George Lombard played 72 games for the Tigers last season.

2002 SEASON SERIES: The Rays went 4-2 against the Tigers last season but 1-2 at Comerica Park. Tampa Bay leads the all-time series 22-19 and has an 11-9 record in Detroit.

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