Still no Polanco

He needs to get some more of his strength back before returning to the lineup Tuesday. "I took two ground balls [Saturday in infield practice], and it felt like I played two games," he said.

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Casey, 1B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Guillen, SS
  6. Raburn, 2B
  7. Rabelo, C
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Maybin, LF

Meanwhile, Kenny Rogers was planning on playing catch this morning, which means his side session will have to wait until they’re back home this coming week. Assuming Rogers needs at least one rehab start before returning, it would now seem like the end of August for a Rogers comeback at best. How the Tigers adjust to that could be interesting. Given Andrew Miller’s low pitch count tomorrow, they could very easily end up bringing him back Friday on three days rest and keeping Jair Jurrjens in the rotation.

If that’s the case, or if Rogers needs more time into September, then what was already going to be an interesting playoff chase could have a real twist — a team trying to get back to the World Series with several talented, inexperienced kids (Miller, Jurrjens, Maybin) in their early 20s playing key roles. Baseball has seen teams ride the contributions of one or two youngsters to get into the playoffs, but three? That would be a story.

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That WOULD be a story Jason. Rogers becomes a bigger if by the day. The Tigers cannot afford to fall too much farther behind here in August. Otherwise his return would be too little too late. Verlander and Bonderman have to pretty much run the table from here on in, as I see it. That includes today. You can hope the other 4 starters at least keep things close. I think it’s the hitting that has to step up and carry the team the rest of the way at this point. If Zumaya returns soon, the bull pen will be in better shape than the starting rotation, and it will need to come through along with the hitters. What a twist of fate from what we all assumed would be the team’s strength at the beginning of the season!

Jeremy has to shut down the Yanks offense today, it’s imperative. It may require a couple of stellar plays on defense. The Tigers need to be patient against Wang and run up the pitch count. They’ve got to figure out where his pitches are ending up very early in the game.

Rabelo and Raburn are the only batters showed up today. How many freaking times lately have we let weak pitching performances off the hook. The Yankees did exactly what our batters should of and could of done. They just don’t have it. I will be watching but I have no faith in their abilities to get to the post season. I hope they prove me wrong.

it’s not so much that Rayburn has not filled in admirabley at second, it’s the hittinf from the two hole that is out of kilter. Polanco might just be the MVP of this team.
I think it’s time for everyone to see the handwriting on the wall. Cleveland just went ahead of TB in the top of the 10th. That likely win means a 2 and half game lead as the Indidans come to town. They will adjust for Jurjens; will we do the same for Carmona. Big disappointment today to have second and third so often and not come through when needed. The first did not hurt Bonderman; it’s the Yankees making his pitch count hit 100 in the fifth inning. It has been a lot of fun, but I do believe that the Twins will finish ahead of us. We can amke adjustments for next year and be right back in the hunt. If this sounds like I have given up, I have. I still love my Tigers, first or last.

Still have a little life. TB tied the Indians in the bottom of 10; now going to the top of the 12th

Thanks Tampa Bay. That one game is mighty big.

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