Tigers Lose Again, Drop to 0-8

Thursday, April 11th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Who said Detroit hasn't changed? Right now, 2002 seems a lot like 1952.

``You can't think about it, or you'll be 0-16,'' Bobby Higginson said Wednesday after the Tigers dropped to 0-8 for the first time in a half-century, losing to the Chicago White Sox 7-6.

Frank Thomas' three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning against Detroit, the major leagues' lone winless team. The Tigers have lost two games since Luis Pujols replaced Phil Garner as manager.

They are off to the worst start since the Chicago Cubs lost their first 14 games in 1997, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Tigers' record for consecutive losses to start a season is 13, set in 1920.

``It's not cool,'' Dmitri Young said. ``All the sudden, everybody is turning their backs to us and now it's us against everybody.''

In other games it was Toronto 9, New York 7; Texas 4, Oakland 2; Kansas City 6, Boston 2; Cleveland 9, Minnesota 3; Seattle 8, Anaheim 1; and Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 2.

At Detroit, Antonio Osuna (1-0) gave up two hits in 1 2-3 innings, and Keith Foulke got his second save. Jose Lima (0-2), who squandered a two-run lead, allowed six runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings.