April 2008

Cruceta to join Tigers, Grilli traded

The Tigers have traded reliever Jason Grilli to the Rockies for minor-leaguer Zach Simons. The move creates a roster spot for Francisco Cruceta, who will join the Tigers tomorrow.

Wilson dealing with foot injury

I saw a couple of you asked about Vance Wilson while I was off this weekend. His arm is progressing well, Jim Leyland said today, but now he’s dealing with foot problems. He has a case of plantar fasciitis, though I’m not sure on which foot.

“The arm’s much better,” Leyland said. “He can throw. He just can’t walk.”

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said that Wilson is still ongoing with his rehab program, and should be able to catch bullpen sessions again in a couple days. They were ready to have him DH in some extended spring games when the foot problems came about, so that would be the next step.

Tigers have everyday lineup, Yanks don't

For maybe the first time this season, the Tigers might actually be healthier than their opponent coming into a series. It’s Game No. 2 for Detroit’s everyday lineup, but it’s no A-Rod for the Yankees.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Guillen, 3B
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Jones, LF

New York:

  1. Johnny Damon, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Hideki Matsui, LF
  5. Jason Giambi, DH
  6. Shelley Duncan, 1B
  7. Morgan Ensberg, 3B
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Chris Stewart, C

On a side note for those of you who have been patient and kept posting through all the quirks of the new system, there should be some relief for you soon. Talking with one of the people who heads up the blogging efforts at the dot-com headquarters here in NY, he said they’ll be implementing some improvements to the system starting in the coming days. It’s going to be little by little, so don’t expect everything to change overnight. But it should start getting better for you.

Tigers to hold tryout camp June 16

The Tigers will hold an open tryout camp for players ages 16-25 at Class A West Michigan on Monday, June 16.

The tryout camp will be held at Fifth Third Field in Comstock Park, Mich., with no pre-registration or participation fees. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the workout at 9 a.m. All the Tigers require is for interested players to bring their own glove and workout equipment. The Tigers will provide the wooden bats, helmets and baseballs.

The regular lineup is here

Remember how big a deal it was in spring training to see the projected opening day lineup and how fearsome it would be? Well, that lineup is finally playing together in a regular-season game. Carlos Guillen is playing third base and batting sixth. Add in the rest of the regulars, and you have that batting order.

Tuesday's Tigers-Yankees telecast

It’s going to be a little different setup than usual because of the Reds Wings. The Tigers-Yankees game will start out at 7 p.m. on both FSN and FSN Plus. If the game is still going on at 10 p.m. ET — and let’s be honest, as long as most Yankees games seem to go and as long as some Tigers games have gone, it’s a strong possibility — Tigers fans will have to switch over to FSN Plus to catch the end of the game from 10 p.m. on. The regular FSN Detroit channel will be showing Game 3 of the Wings-Avs beginning at 10.

What was with the fireworks?

If you were at the game Friday night or watching on television in the late innings, you were probably wondering why there were fireworks going off along the skyline beyond the Renaissance Center. Apparently they were part of ceremonies going on across the river in Windsor for something called the Rotary World Peace Summit this weekend.

Cruceta shines again

It wasn’t the kind of outright dominance that he showed in his debut Tuesday, but Francisco Cruceta showed he could get out of a self-created jam last night. He gave up a walk and a double to erase the 4-4 score with which he entered to begin the seventh, but he retired the next five batters he faced. That earned him the victory once Toledo scored four in the eighth.

For the sake of the totals, that’s now five innings pitched for Cruceta with one hit allowed, two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Sheff returns

Gary Sheffield returns to the lineup tonight. He said before the game that he felt good, and that his swing felt good after swinging this afternoon. We’ll see how it turns out. Jacque Jones also feels fine after his collision with the railing Thursday. Carlos Guillen is out again, still struggling with the knee but feeling significantly better. Leyland is at least holding out hope he could be back tomorrow.

Here’s the Tigers lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Jones, LF
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Inge, 3B

For the Angels:

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Gary Matthews Jr., LF
  3. Vladimir Guerrero, RF
  4. Torii Hunter, CF
  5. Juan Rivera, DH
  6. Erick Aybar, SS
  7. Jeff Mathis, C
  8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  9. Maicer Izturis, 2B

Guillen out, Inge catching

Just when the Tigers were getting close to their full lineup, down goes Carlos Guillen. He was barely able to walk into the clubhouse this morning, manager Jim Leyland said, after that foul ball off the side of his right knee last night. He won’t dress for the game today. Because Cabrera is moving to first base and Brandon Inge is giving Pudge a day off at catcher today, Ryan Raburn is starting at third.

“We just can’t catch a break,” Leyland said.

On the Gary Sheffield front, he had another cortisone shot in his right shoulder, this time in the front of it. He was still feeling soreness in the shoulder getting the shot two days ago.

Meanwhile, they’ll be facing Jason Jennings after all. You may remember that Jennings was the Rangers’ originally scheduled starter for this game, but was moved back a couple days in favor of Scott Feldman. Well, the Rangers decided late last night to start Jennings today again.

Here’s the Tigers lineup he’ll be facing:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thames, RF
  4. Ordonez, DH
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Jones, LF
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Inge, C
  9. Raburn, 3B

And the Rangers, who present a slew of left-handed hitters for Jeremy Bonderman today:

  1. Frank Catalanotto, LF
  2. Michael Young, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, RF
  4. Hank Blalock, 3B
  5. Jason Botts, DH
  6. David Murphy, CF
  7. Adam Melhuse, C
  8. Ben Broussard, 1B
  9. Ramon Vazquez, 2B

On a side note, it’s a happy 40th birthday for Todd Jones.