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G52: Rangers bounce back, beat Tigers big, 13-5

No Juan again. My gut feeling says we’ll never see him in a Tigers uniform, as the Tigers come to Arlington the last four days of July (aka the trading deadline). I’d be surprised if he’s going to be here then. I could be wrong, but my guess is that he’ll be somewhere else (probably Baltimore).
Anyway, we clobbered Detroit tonight 13-5. Rafael Palmeiro got it started early with a home run in the first inning. He then proceeded to get a couple more hits and RBI’s for a total of 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Luis Alicea continues to be a most pleasant surprise this season, now batting .333 and going 3 for 4 tonight with 4 runs scored, two walks, and two RBI’s. I really have to admit that I was leery about him, but he’s done a great job this season (so much so that I picked him up on two of my fantasy baseball teams ). Overall, we went 16 for 42 as a team tonight, and Royce Clayton was 2 for 3, and Ruben Mateo was 3 for 5. A great offensive night, which is good because our offence has more or less been asleep the last few games.
Pitching wise, we had another “eh” performance by Darren Oliver, who might be taking a trip to the disabled list if this “dead arm” thing keeps up. He gave up five earned runs in 5.2 innings. However, our pen was great again – Crabtree & Perisho combining for 3.1 innings of shutout ball. That looked good, especially from Perisho.
We come back home for the Diamondbacks this weekend. That ought to be a tougher challenge, and the way we played on the road this trip doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence.

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