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Returning star sparks Tigers' rout of Johnson

Associated Press
Published July 2, 2005


DETROIT - After needing three months to get his first hit with the Tigers, Magglio Ordonez could not wait to return, even if it meant facing Randy Johnson.

Ordonez hit a two-run homer off Johnson in his return from the disabled list and Jeremy Bonderman pitched a complete game, leading Detroit over the New York Yankees 10-2 on Friday night.

Sidelined since April 13 with a hernia, Ordonez wasn't expected back until later in the weekend but asked manager Alan Trammell to put him in the lineup.

"It was exciting. I got my first hit as a Tiger, and I felt good," Ordonez said.

Ordonez went 0-for-10 in three early games after signing with the Tigers as a free agent. In his last healthy season, he hit .317 with 29 homers and 99 RBIs for the White Sox in 2003.

"We just put a guy in the middle of our lineup that is a very good hitter," Trammell said. "This is a guy with a proven track record."

Bonderman gave up eight hits in his second complete game in three starts and fourth of his career. He struck out five and walked two, both in the ninth, as he became the first Tigers pitcher to win 10 before the All-Star break since Bill Gullickson in 1991.

"He's an All-Star type pitcher," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "You certainly don't want to give him a head of steam. We certainly made him too comfortable."

The Tigers roughed up Johnson, who gave up nine hits and seven runs in five innings. He gave up seven runs for the second time in his past three starts.

"It's a surprise when he gets manhandled like he did," Torre said. "He had no problems warming up.

"He looked like he was fine. I thought he had dominating stuff."

BLUE JAYS 15, RED SOX 2: Reed Johnson hit a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in six and visiting Toronto improved to 7-2 this season against Boston.

The Red Sox allowed their most runs this season one game after the Blue Jays matched their season high for runs in a 12-3 win at the Devil Rays on Wednesday.

Ted Lilly has struggled much of the season but pitched six strong innings, improving to 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA against the Red Sox. His ERA is 5.89 overall.

INDIANS 3, ORIOLES 1: C.C. Sabathia took a three-hitter into the eighth and Cleveland used a three-run sixth to beat Baltimore, which has lost eight of nine. Travis Hafner had two hits and a run for the Indians, who have won six of seven overall and 10 of their past 12 road games.

ANGELS 5, ROYALS 0: Paul Byrd pitched a career-best two-hitter and visiting Los Angeles improved to a franchise-best 48-31. Aided by two double plays, Byrd faced one batter over the minimum in his first shutout since 2002, when he pitched for Kansas City.

RANGERS 6, MARINERS 2: David Dellucci led off with a home run for the second straight game and Chan Ho Park pitched seven strong innings, leading visiting Texas to its third straight win.