Rodney to see Dr. Andrews

He was slated to throw another bullpen session today, but apparently things didn’t go well. Rodney will travel to Birmingham and see noted specialist Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

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nice catch pudge.
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hey at least it didnt cost us any runs……..
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oye…

Missed the first couple of inning. What I see so far from Bonderman is good–looks like a dropped popup cost him 2 runs? Snakebit you say?
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Still not hitting right–Ordonez got a hit but again he swang at the first pitch. Not a good sign.
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Polanco just tagged one to right but a true RF made a nice play on it. Snakebit?

Pudge up…1st pitch DP?

It’s pretty “grimm” stuff. Even when they hit the ball well it doesn’t fall in. Way too many DPs. These guys are not hitting line drives like their stats say they can. No triples a few doubles, I forget what a HR looks like.
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When are they going to start playing ball?

Well this is not a good start to the 6th. It’s been a bad inning for us all year.
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The way things are going it could be 3 straight shutouts.

Time to wathc the Wings. They hit better than the Tigers do.

Well Rodney is done. So forget about him. He would not help under these circumstances anyway. He needs the whole team to be at optimum performance defensively and offensively to be even halfway effective.
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The Tiger hitting (lack therof) is mystifying. It is impossible to tell whether the opposition is pitching good with the aenemic hitting we have displayed. The fans wil be booing their Tigers tonight before this one is over if they keep playing weak sister baseball.

I’m impressed 4 hits in one inning! Keep it up guys. Ok, thats 5 hits.

Let’s just hope this is a trend reversal. I’m sure that is probably the first time all year we have had 3 straight hits and definitely the first time whe have had 4 connsecutive. And finally from the middle of the lineup.
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It’d be nice if they can grab some momentum and run with it. .
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Scoring 4 here and then not quite making it enough for a win would have been a killer last year. This year it is a moral victory even if we do fall short tonight.
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Is this a defining moment?

JL may be making another mistake here. I’m afraid Bonderman is finished. I’m surprised seay was not brought in to face Span–certainly the next 2 guys

arrgghh. It almost seems like it just does not matter what this club does anymore.
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This is another case where the opposition has answered back with runs after the Tigers get a couple.
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I guess the definition is “A team out of sync”. This has just got really ugly and I must admit discouraging with the fact that Seay could not shut the door.

I really am going to watch the Wings now. This is just too painful to endure anymore. The hitters come through a little bit and then the bullpen sh!ts the bed. If it isn’t the starters then it’s fielding. .
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I think what this team is in danger of, after all this frustration, is turning on each other. If that were to happen I think you could kiss the season goodbye.
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Finally some life in this team! it’s about time!

Well it’s looking pretty good here in the 8th. Actually it’s sounding pretty good, I’m not getting my mlb video feed for some stupid reason. Anyway commercial break. Let’s win one in heroic fashion. That might just do it for getting out of this nightmare.

NICE PASSION ON THE TRIPLE PUDGE!!!
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THATS what they need!!
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i’ll forgive the 1st inning error now :)

I hope Pudge’s home run off of the RF glove is the end of this CRAP where everything that can go wrong does!!

now i REALLY forgive him. nice running!!!

Get ready for the Roller Coaster!

polanco! excellent!! starting to bring out the bats!

NOW THIS IS TIGER BASEBALL!!!!!!!!

bad call on sheffield. almost had that homer, missed by about 3 seats….. but this show of offense, FINALLY, has turned my otherwise mediocre day into a good one!

Holy Cow. Who’d have thunk it. Perhaps a defining moment after all.
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That was amazing and we took advantage of some breaks.
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Key hit by Polanco.
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Maybe the deal I made with thed evil worked (I offered him (her) a Wings loss for a Tiger victory.

haha jones! do that in the pen :)

That was classic. Pulling a sheet of paper out of his pocket. “Who is Brendon Harris again?” How’s this for a scouting report: THROW STRIKES!

Jones definitely knows how to make it interesting.

hell of a catch by raburn. way to come back and snatch that victory from the twins. thats the kinda baseball i think we can all expect from them, lets get the energy, the passion, the smiles on these guys and they’ll respond. momentum is a funny thing. huge moral victory for them. huge.
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mike

Good Game! Let’s keep it up!

We saw something tonight we haven’t seen much of this year…team character.
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JJ did not give up with 2 strikes and brought the winning run home.
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Raburn said that there is now way we are gonna lose now and made a clutch catch.
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Thomas showed something getting that big triple after the bases were clear and there were 2 out. Often that’s the end of rally.
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Jones was scary and dodged a bullet. He owes Raburn a steak dinner.

i came back to the game around the 7th inning, and decided to watch the rest, as the wife and kids went to the store to leave me a little bit of peace and quiet :). i’m gonna start sending her to the store around the 4th inning from now on :) lol!!!
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glad i waited it out. once the croud got into the game, their confidence rose. see the way sheff killed that foul ball? 3 seats to the right and its a homer….
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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? A huge comeback win by the Tigers??? YES. Bondo actually pitched pretty well tonight, and unfortunately it isn’t going to show it because of those errors. Bobby got hammered a little and when he came into the game I said, poor guy hasn’t been in the game in a while, could be tough. I have got to shut up I jinxed the guy. And not that it really matters now, but in Bobbys defense he threw a couple of pitches that to Mauer that were strikes and technically struck him out, that is if the umpire would of been watching. So that may of only been a two run inning instead of a 4 (or less).
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I have Neshak on my fantasy team, if it takes me having him on my fantasy team to get Tiger wins, so be it.
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Nice to see the bats come alive there 17 hits, that is probably more than we have had in 3 games almost. Jones as usual made it exciting. Raburn came back to make a real nice catch, although I am not sure, did he misplace it.
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Too bad about the Wings blowing that game, it looked like that had ultimate control in the game and blew it defensively there in the end.
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GO TIGERS, GO BONDO, Go HITTERS,

I’m going to bed

Are the hitters who aren’t “hitting” making good contact and at-bats only to have the ball not fall in or are they really looking as bad as their stats? After Sheffield tearing those scar tissues in his shoulder, is he looking better at the plate? (Sorry I don’t get a chance to watch the games, baseball isn’t even broadcasted where I live).

The Tigers and Indians are both 3-7 in their last ten.

At the end of the game only two Tigers in the lineup were under .200 (Jones, Polanco). What is up with Polanco anyway?

Even with seven runs today, Bondy is at the lower end of the Tigers’ staff’s ERA spectrum. He’s under 5, which is more than Verlander, Rogers, Willis, or Robertson can say.

And I won’t even mention Bazardo, Miner or everyone’s favorite Grilli…

Like I have been saying, the hitting will come but the pitching’s gotta improve or we’re going 3-7 for the next ten games as well!

That was exactly what I was talking about. It’s not 13-3 wins, it’s the ability to come roaring back so fast it leaves the other team’s head spinning. And they beat up on Pat Neshek, who has tied the Tigers in knots for two years now.
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Actually, I thought the guys were hitting fairly well even in the early innings, but kept getting robbed. Span had no business even coming close to that drive by Polanco. Sheffield is just rippin’ now. First ripped the scar tissue and now he’s rippin’ the ball. Pudge could have easily had a 4-hit night and certainly made up for that muffed foul ball. Jones, after looking so confused I was ready to pinch hit for him, made his manager look good with that eighth inning at bat. Can’t say enough about the ultimate pro, Carlos Guillen. And Renteria pulled a heads up play by causing Morneau to cut off the throw which allowed a hobbling Guillen to score from second.
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Bonderman looked good again, well pitched game. Nine times out of ten, Seay doesn’t have that kind of outing, so it was just an unfortunate thing. Jones got the save. That’s all that needs to be said, he doesn’t get style points for a three pitch inning anyway.
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I hate to get into all that “this one will put us over the top” stuff, but it is true that it’s a confidence builder for a somewhat new team. Now they know for a fact that they’re still in any game, no matter the score.
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No night is perfect, so here’s the negative stuff. Miguel Cabrera is on a pace to commit 50(!) errors this season. For comparison’s sake, Inge, with all those great plays, only made 18 all season. Cabrera himself only made 23 last year. I detect a lot of A-Rod vs the fans stuff going on here. On that note, Twins announcer Dick Bremer, as fair minded a guy as you’ll ever find, commented that the Detroit fans seemed fickle. I hope we’re not turning into Yankee Stadium Midwest.
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I’d really like to see more of Marcus Thames. Maybe JL doesn’t want the 30 homers he would hit. If Jacques doesn’t snap out of it (and he’s as confused a looking hitter as I’ve ever seen), they may want to really consider Cabrera in the outfield and Inge at third. Defense is killing us so far. Defense is a consistenly underrated part of the game to the average fan.
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And finally, Fernando Rodney. I wish we’d have traded him when he had value, because he has none now. I would have moved him two years ago. If only he had gone to Atlanta instead of Jurrjens, but the Braves are too smart, pitching-wise, to fall for that. Well, maybe Cruceta can do something. I haven’t totally given up on Zumaya, because even if his fastball loses some zip, he has the proper makeup to still get some things done.
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All in all, exciting night of baseball, and I hope this is the start of something. I’d sure love to go into Cleveland and steamroll them. Long time readers here may remember I have a score to settle with that outfit.
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–Rich

Bondo pitched a heck of a game tonight, against a lot of lefty’s. Those early errors were a momentum killers for him, and cost some runs, but he stayed with it and pitched 6 good innings. I agree Dan, i dont think he should have came back out in the 7th.
Not sure what the numbers are, but i cant remember our BP holding any inherited runners at all. Maybe i’m wrong. That has got to change.
Hopefully tonights flash of brilliance was just a preview of what these guys are capable of doing everyday. Pudge showing some emotion was a definate boost to my confidence. Lets just hope the guys all feed off of it, and can put a little win streak together. Sure is fun winning.
Good job Bondon!! Great turn around tonight Tigers!!! Good luck tomorrow guys.

Well, I’m so glad to log on and have you guys finally give me great news! I missed the game today having had to work late and the only update I got was that they were down 4-0.
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One thing I’ve noticed lately is that one or two guys would have a decent night at the plate but no one else would feed off of them. That doesn’t seem to be the case tonight, at least from what I’m reading from your posts. I hope that the guys can continue to feed off this little tinsy bit of momentum and come out and crush the Twins tomorrow. How’d that be for a confidence boost.
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Rich, I do remember the score you’d like to settle with Cleveland….and for your sake, I hope they steamroll over the Indians.
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Well, I’m probably going to have to work late tomorrow night as well. So I hope you guys continue to have excellent news for me when I get home and can review your synopsis of the game!

Just went through all the boxs scores to figure out the inherited runner situation. The BP has inherited 23 runners and have allowed 14 to score. Not as bad as i thought, but still not good. This is only inherited runners…..
Seay has allowed 2 out of 4 to score..
Miner has allowed 4 out of 5…
Lopez has allowed 5 out of 9…
Beltran has allowed 3 out of 3…
Grili has recieved 2 runners but none scored.
Not sure what the league average is, but 60% seems a little high.
Thats 14 runs tacked on to the rotations accumulated ERA.
Just more stats for the number freaks among us.

with CG in the mend, taking BP today, what is his timetable for return looking like? will he be sent down for some starts, or just immediately step in?
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also- when he comes back, after not playing in a month, will he be as effective immediately as clete thomas has been? i wonder if JL will give granderson 1-6 or 1-5 inning duty and thomas 5-6 through 9…..
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any thoughts?
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mike

What I found very interesting about yesterday’s dynamit victory was the fact that they were able to hit as well as they did without the benefit of drawing even 1 walk.
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While the Tigers have hit very poorly all year they were also hitting poorly in what is regarded as a hitter’s count. Yesterday they didn’t need a hitter’s count to produce. The Twins pitcher’s would get ahead in the count and the Tigers hit anyway. This was a very good sign. I hope they can be a bit more selective and really begin to benefit from that. I think clubs were just pouring the ball over the plate thinking that these guys are so bad now they won’t hit it much anyway.
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If Cabrera, Ordonez and Sheffield can start getting some 3-1 pitches now it can only help.

I mentioned this in my postgame last night and I just looked at the replay and I’m going to mention it again. Edgar Renteria made a real heads up play on his single to right in the sixth. Knowing Guillen was hobbling towards home and probably a dead duck, he made the big turn at first which forced cutoff man Morneau to make a deciision. Morneau chose to cut and throw to first which allowed Guillen to score while Renteria gave himself up. That is just excellent and intelligent baseball and is one advantage we do carry with having all these veteran players. As they say on the street, THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about. That stuff wins you ballgames. Way to go, Edgar!
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–Rich

There’s another good example of this, and both of these replays are on the Tigers main page. When Ordonez boomed that double to center in the eighth, Sheffield held up since Gomez is very speedy and he wasn’t sure if the ball would be caught. When it dropped, Sheff headed for third where Lamont held him up. Instead of just stopping, Sheff rounded the bag, kept his momentum going forward, and took a quick glance back. As soon as he saw the throw would miss the cutoff man, he set sail for home and scored standing up. No coach needed.
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I suppose the term in use is “baseball instincts” but that’s really not accurate. That’s experience. Since coming over here, we’ve seen what a complete ballplayer Gary Sheffield is, and he continues to impress me.
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These plays also point out how the Tigers can beat you in more ways than just slugging. When they start putting the ball into play, they’ve got some smart baserunners and can rock a team back on it’s heels quickly.
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–Rich

I am more than ready for another game just like last night. Playing like that is what baseball is all about. A daily dose of adrenaline is good for all of us.

Go Tigers! Go Robertson! Go Team!

.**Marci**

Hey Guys,

Its nice to get a win isn’t it? I enjoyed the article on Pudge on the front– we can forget that he was one of the first to sign with the Tigers to help right the ship. (lets not forget Fernando Vina as well.)

While I enjoyed the article, I found it funny that it singled out Guillen for signing as a free agent. The author must have forgotten that the Tigers traded Ramon Santiago for Guillen after they failed to sign Rich Aurillia. Talk about two good moves, eh?

I’m happy with the win last night but man, I’d take a solid 8 innings out of Robertson tonight and a 4-1 win.

You know, Brent, you raise a good point here. We picked up Vina and I think, Rondell White as FAs then the big Pudge signing. Everything after that was pretty much through trades or, in the case of Maggs, Jones and Rogers, players that nobody else wanted. Guillen, Polanco, Renteria, Cabrera, JJones and Sheffield, all by trade. We aren’t the Yankees after all. We just pay well. On second thought, we are like the Yankees in that both teams have thirdbasemen who get booed at home. :-)
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–Rich

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