Detroit Tigers defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3

DETROIT - Lou Montanez has played the game long enough to know the ball has a way of finding you at certain times.

So he was hardly surprised Friday when the Detroit Tigers' first batter of the night, Curtis Granderson, hit a liner into center field.

Montanez, who was getting his first start in center with the Orioles after playing the position sparingly with Double-A Bowie, played the ball on a bounce, giving up the single. That was essentially the only time all night ...

DETROIT - The Orioles' schedule will allow manager Dave Trembley to make a move that the organization's lack of pitching depth prevented him from making days ago - pulling Dennis Sarfate from the rotation and sending him back to the bullpen.

With three days off during the next 2 1/2 weeks, Trembley has the luxury of skipping the fifth spot in the rotation, meaning last night's start was Sarfate's last for the foreseeable future. The converted reliever showed some improv...

A recap of the Orioles' 5-3 loss to the Tigers last night:

HIS LAST START?

Dennis Sarfate's days as a starter appeared to be numbered last week, so it probably wouldn't be prudent to promise that he won't make another start. But it is hard to foresee Orioles manager Dave Trembley giving him another opportunity. He was a little better last night but not good enough, allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year. Sarfate allowed six hits, includin...