KEN MACHA: Well, I think the approach
has always been just one game. I mean, that's
what you look at. We have Bonderman, we have
Haren. Encouraging thing coming out of this game
is Rich Harden threw the ball very well except for a
little rust there in the first two innings, and I kind of
like the four guys we're going to go out there.
Dan Haren has pitched a lot of good
games for us this year, and then we'll go ahead
and we have four good starters lined up. You can't
give up, and our guys aren't going to do that.
They're going to go out and play.
My friend over there in Boston, Francona,
they were in the same position and they wound up
doing it. So it's not an impossible task. You've just
got to do that one game at a time. You're right.
Q. Given the weather conditions, were
you surprised at Rogers' command?
KEN MACHA: You know what, I'll bet you
if you ask Kenny if he was cold out there, he's
going to say no. Curt Young through BP today.
They came out in the outfield and we talked about
the bullpen and he was sweating. I don't know
what inning it was, 6th or 7th inning, I looked at the
flag and it was blowing straight down, so the wind
stopped. It was probably reasonable.
Have the Tigers done anything
differently than you thought they could do or
anything better in this series, or have they
done anything differently? Have they done
anything better than you originally thought
they could do going into the series?
KEN MACHA: Really you should take a
look at -- I guess everybody has that day marked
on the calendar when Jim had his big clubhouse
thing. I mean, you don't go for as long as they did,
for a long period of time, and play as well as they
did, build a ten-game lead in that division when
you're not a solid club.
Their starting pitching can just go out and
dominate you; they've got a great bullpen. They've
played good defense here, and they're going to hit
a homerun here every once in a while.
They've got a great ball club. I think they
flew under the radar a little bit. They went up there
against the Yankees, and everybody thought that
the Yankees would take care of them real easy,
but that's not the case. They've got a very good
club and they're not doing anything any differently.
I thought we pitched pretty well today. 1st
inning with a walk and a couple hits, and then Rich
settled down and then Monroe hit the homerun,
and that was it. We pretty much shut them down.
We know their pitching is very good. They pitched
better than us today.
I think Rich's control was due to
KEN MACHA: That's what I just said. I
don't know, the first four pitches looked like they
bounced in there. It's a shame, too. The next
hitter he fell behind, and then they started a runner
3 & 2 and we vacated second base. Had he got
ahead of the hitter -- I don't know, it's hard to see in
the dugout. Perhaps it's a double play and we get
out of that inning with no runs, but that's what
happens when you fall behind and they've got
some people that can run. That ended up in a hole
and it ended up in two runs that inning.
He walked a couple, I think, in the next
inning, too, but he settled down after that. Some of
the jams that he got out of in innings -- Pudge
Rodriguez, he punched him out, threw a ball right
by him. I really like the way he's throwing the ball.
Hopefully we can get to him again. As I said,
we've got four really good starters going out there,
as they do, and this thing is far from over.
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