For the first time this year, Curtis Granderson did not bat leadoff and Magglio Ordonez did not hit in the No. 3 spot. Josh Anderson was put in the one hole, and went 2-for-5 with a run and RBI. Clete Thomas, just up to replace DL'd Carlos Guillen, went 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI in the No. 3 hole. Granderson homered in the No. 5 spot and the Tigers scored 9 times on their way to a 9-0 victory.
Rick Porcello, Nate Robertson and Juan Rincon combined on the 5-hit whitewash. Detroit has thrown 3 shutouts this season, which surpasses last year's total of 2.
The Tigers are now 7-0 when scoring 8 or more runs. Detroit has scored 8 or more in 27% of its games so far and 50% of its wins.
Miguel Cabrera is 14-for-21 with 3 HR when putting the first pitch in play.
Detroit begins an 8-game road trip tonight in Chicago.