Tigers tie club record with eight HRs as Rogers wins No. 200

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kenny Rogers won his 200th game. Detroit set a

club record with eight home runs. And Mark Prior had one of the

worst outings of his career.

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The Tigers homered eight times in their 12-3 win at Wrigley Field, hitting four homers off Mark Prior and four more off Roberto Novoa. Prior and Novoa became the first pair of teammates in major league history each to allow at least four homers in the same game.

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The result was a 12-3 victory for the Tigers and more misery for

the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

"It doesn't matter if I'm coming back or had been pitching all

year, I basically [stunk] today," Prior said. "It's not a good

one. But I've got to move on."

Chris Shelton and Brandon Inge both homered twice for Detroit,

and Rogers pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and four hits

while striking out two.

Prior, who missed the first 2½ months of the season with a

strain in his right shoulder, lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed

eight runs, matching a career high set May 1, 2005, against

Houston. The four home runs tied a career high set against

Philadelphia on July 30, 2004.

Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run for the first

time in his career, Carlos Guillen added a three-run shot and

Shelton hit a two-run homer as the Tigers grabbed a 6-0 lead in the

first inning. Vance Wilson knocked out Prior with a two-run drive

in the fourth that made it 8-1.

Reliever Roberto Novoa gave up solo homers to Marcus Thames and

Inge in the fifth and back-to-back solo shots by Shelton and Inge

in the eighth.

The eight homers tied a Tigers record set June 20, 2000, at

Toronto, and matched the season high by a Cubs opponent. Atlanta

hit eight against Chicago on May 28.

The Cubs lost their sixth straight game.

Rogers (10-3) became the ninth active pitcher with at least 200

wins. He allowed solo homers to Henry Blanco and Aramis Ramirez as

the Tigers completed a three-game sweep and won for the ninth time

in 11 games.

"I can't really put it into words because I'm still here,"

Rogers said. "I'm pretty proud of that and very happy with it. I

feel like I have some left. I don't know how much but whatever it

is, I'm just happy to be here and to be able to compete with big

league guys."

Manager Jim Leyland said, "You can't say enough for what he's

done for us." He then teared up and ended the interview session.

There were loud cheers for Prior (0-1) during the pregame

introductions. Then, the boos came.

Granderson, who's from the Chicago suburbs, hit his 10th homer

on a 3-2 pitch. The next batter, Placido Polanco, lined a single up

the middle and moved to third when Prior bounced a throw to first

after fielding a bunt by Wilson.

After Magglio Ordonez popped out, Guillen hit a three-run shot

to left -- his ninth homer and second in as many games.

Prior continued to unravel. Marcus Thames walked and Shelton

lined a two-run homer to center, his 13th, to make it 6-0.

Prior said he felt fine, physically. He just didn't have


"The thing was he was throwing [high] strikes," Granderson


Prior had a history of pitching well when returning from the DL.

He returned from a shoulder injury on Aug. 5, 2003, and pitched

six shutout innings against San Diego to earn the win.

He began 2004 on the disabled list with Achilles' tendinitis and

elbow pain, before allowing two hits and striking out eight in six

innings against Pittsburgh on June 4.

Prior opened last season on the DL with right elbow inflammation

and returned there after being hit in the elbow by a line drive by

Colorado's Brad Hawpe on May 27. He pitched six scoreless innings

in an 8-3 victory over San Diego in his first start, and retired 18

of 19 batters in six innings and beat the White Sox on June 26.

His return was a dose of good news for a struggling team. Then,

it unraveled.

The Cubs have been in a downward spiral since Derrek Lee broke

two bones just above his right wrist in a collision with the

Dodgers' Rafael Furcal on April 19.

Kerry Wood, who began the season on the disabled list while

recovering from shoulder surgery, began the season on the disabled

list and returned there on June 9 after four starts. He might pitch

next weekend at Minnesota, which would mean the Cubs would have two

of their most accomplished starters in the rotation for the first

time since July.

Phil Nevin hit a solo homer in the ninth for Chicago.

Game notes
Wilson started at catcher and batted third for Ivan

Rodriguez, who left the previous two games with cramps. ... Blanco

caught his third straight game for Michael Barrett, who has a sore

back and is expected to begin serving a suspension for punching the

White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski this week. Barrett, who was suspended

10 games, had an appeal hearing on Friday. ... The Cubs agreed to a

contract Sunday with fifth-round draft pick Jeff Samardzija of

Notre Dame, a star wide receiver for the Fighting Irish football

team. The Valparaiso, Ind., native caught a record 15 touchdown

passes last fall. He then went 8-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 starts for

the baseball team.