Wednesday: Tigers at Indians

It’s a gorgeous day in Cleveland, though it should cool down quite a bit before game time this evening at the Jak, er, Progressive Field.

Good news for the Tigers on two injury fronts. First, Nate Robertson was feeling much more loose on his left side than he was last night, and he said he should be fine for Sunday’s start at Toronto.

Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson had another session of batting practice here this afternoon, and it again went well. If he has another good session Thursday, he’ll most likely be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend. The problem is that they don’t know. The only one of the Tigers’ affiliates with a convenient schedule for an assignment this weekend and early next week low Class A West Michigan. Triple-A Toledo is home this weekend, but they have an off day on Monday. It’s uncertain whether the level of competition is going to matter in making the decision.

There’s no set timetable on when he’ll be playing in Detroit, but it certain looks like he could be playing at Comerica Park during next week’s homestand.

“If he passes the test again, I think he’ll be playing for the Tigers very shortly,” Jim Leyland said.

On the non-injury return front, Francisco Cruceta is schedule to throw back-to-back outings Thursday and Friday in extended Spring Training. If that goes well, he’s expected to be assigned to one of the minor-league affiliates. Once he pitches in a minor-league game, the Tigers have 15 days in which to evaluate him.

The Tigers trot out their traditional lefty-hitting lineup for C.C. Sabathia, including Pudge leading off. Here it is:

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

For the Indians:

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. David Dellucci, LF
  3. Travis Hafner, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, C
  5. Jhonny Peralta, C
  6. Ryan Garko, 1B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  8. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
  9. Casey Blake, 3B

18 Comments

And the wind is blowing straight out to centerfield. Who’s going to get the cheap homer tonight? Not to name (Peralta) any names (Peralta) of course (Peralta).
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–Rich

i hope the long and exhaustive road trip to cleveland didn’t cool our bats down. i suspect our young pitcher is going to need all the help he can get.
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and wouldn’t it be nice if the tigers would knock CC out of the game in oh, say, the 2nd inning? get into the troubled pen situation, and take it to them as well.
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gametime T minus 22 minutes
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GO TIGERS!!!!!

well placed ball, deluche just killed it. maybe his next AB he wont throw it there……
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mike…..

OH HELL YES MC FREAKIN HAMMER
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that was gone as soon as it hit the bat. GOOD FOR HIM.

the hammer drives in another.. 3 RBIs 2 innings 2-2
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fantastic. this is why he’s paid.
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i hate this cleveland MLBtv commentary.
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mike

i hope the bullpen can hold this lead :)
haha

fascinating how clevelands broadcasters are talking about ‘the cost of adding cabrera, renteria, willis, and jones’ by giving up prospects… which, sure, its a valid argument, but not when the tigers have the bases loaded, with one out, up 10-1
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funny funny
mike

Gallaraga looks very calm and controled. Good for him.

OOOOPs….

Glad i didnt put a complete hex on Gallaraga by saying that.. He beaned the next 2 batters.
This is how i was hopeing this team could play. Patience, timely hitting, and great pitching.

Didn’t get to see tonights games except for the last two innings. Tivo’d it and will watch tomorrow. But it looks like Galaraga was a stud tonight and a strike throwing machine. Way to go guys. The Tigers of the last few nights I know were the ones that we thought would eventually show up. Wonder if something is wrong with CC. He has just been getting smacked around.

WAY TO GO TIGERS

GK, lets not say things like that ‘outloud’ ever again ok. leave CC alone. :) its karma for his drubbing of the tiger hitting last year.
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not that i sit around and find it amusing how last years cy young winner in his contract year is putting up an amazing ERA of 13.xx…. tomorrow they’re facing carmona, era 2.xx hopefully they can ring his bell tomorrow too.
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fantastic game. cabrera seems to have found his swing, 2 homers in 2 days, 5 RBI’s today… nice job. MC hammer is back.
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mike

Well, that was some in-game play by play. Don’t give up your day jobs, guys. :-)
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Lopez and now Galarraga have been throwing real good sliders. Are these guys arriving with that pitch or are they learning this in Toledo? At any rate, throwing strikes to a struggling lineup is just the thing, as we saw the Tigers struggle plenty for two weeks.
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Good hitting approaches tonight, lots of patience. Sabathia was near or over 90 pitches with none out in the fifth. It appears Cabrera has settled in now, so he (and us) should have a lot more fun. Renteria has been hitting well.
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Cleveland is looking really bad. We’re now tied with them. If we can continue the same approach tomorrow with Carmona, we should lay some licks on him too and maybe get that steamrolling I wanted.
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Okay, I’ll reveal my mean side tonight. I wish I was at that game. I would like to have taken one of those bright red “Tribe Time Now” t-shirts and paraded it around the stands. Not much, only all night long.
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And the Pistons beat the Cavs. Does this make up for that night last June?
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–Rich

A blow out right now was a good thing. But it was fabulous to see Galarraga do what he did.
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I guess some of the DD critics who were doin’ a lot of naysaying about his off season trades are cheering along with us after this win.
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Carmona is tough on us and one thing the team will absolutely need to do tomorrow is to run out the ground balls—especially the DP variety. Our speed out of the box is brutal but you look at what Raburn did tonight and hope everyone can show that kind of hustle. He got robbed of a hit but turned a DP into a an RBI with his hustle.
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Polanco is still struggling and I am just hoping he is going to turn it around before curtis gets back.
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I though JL was pretty smart to leave Grilli in there for the 9th to eat a bulpen inning up. I thought he might trhrow in soemone else but was very pleased to see him leave him in for one more.
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Pretty neat seeing Renteria and Cabrera coming through.
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Many congrats to Galarraga on a fantastic debut for us.

As a proud and presently humbled DD “critic”, I sure am cheering Dan:) Very good comments in your above blog btw. Would like to see Galarraga make another start. Very efficient pitching. I like Clete a lot but also think he might be the guy sent down when Curtis returns. Would make sense allowing him to get everyday playing time. Kind of early to give up on Jacques considering his veteran status, career stats, and LH bat.

I assume everyone is sleeping better these days. Rich, good advice on keeping day jobs:) 5-10 never looked so good.

Did anyone else enjoy the Bob Feller interview? The guy has a great baseball mind. He mentioned missing 4 years of baseball while fighting in WW II. Used to pitch 300 plus innings and made the amazing remark that pitchers today don’t throw enough, don’t throw batting practice(Mike you’d like that one), don’t play enough pepper, and that basically the craft has become too technical. I think that’s what I understood him to say anyway.

galarraga pitched better than all five of the proven, paid, vets on our team. (ala clete thomas through first 2 weeks). a lot to prove, a lot to gain. rogers, likely to retire next year, and a SP rotation in need.. idk how long DD will deal with d-train if he pitches the way he has. not altogether terribly, but the walks. THE WALKS….. the flip side, is the walks haven’t really hurt dontrelle much, and he’s basically missed 2 starts in a row (3 batters against chisox doesn’t really count as a start to me).
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and dan, couldn’t agree with you more. i’ve been screaming all along to the DD haters, here, on Freep.com, and wherever else i can scream, that DD isn’t stupid, he knows his scouting reports, he knows his players, and guess what, he guess right on galarraga, lights out pitching. porcello on the way, i think willis was a ‘stop gap’ or a ‘novelty’ of the trade. willis wasn’t the deal maker.
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we are now, finally, seeing when we were willing to give up a LHP who struggled last year, a CF who would’ve spent the next 4-5-6 years in the minors waiting for grandy to get hurt, a catcher who was only called up cuz wilson was hurt, and a 3 other, relative, no namers. good luck to all of them. hope they fair better in the NL and florida is #1 in the south right now.
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the jurrgens trade, stung, i liked him last year, thought (think) he has REAL potential, but he got hurt. the tigers needed a proven SS, and renteria, with his weird batting stance, that i dont recall ever seeing in my life before, is getting the job done. bottom line. it was a good trade. had the tigers passed on it, people would be calling for DD’s head, same with the cabrera/willis trade. i think jurrgens will be a very good AL/NL pitcher, maybe better suited for his career in the NL though.
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bottom line is, if there’s a deal for proven talent for ‘lightly’ tested prospects, take it. if it fails, well, there’s FA next year. and the BP and SP i think will be of major interest in FA next year, certainly for a closer (K-Rod is a FA next year….. hint hint nudge nudge, GET HIM DAVE)
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the tigers are .500 last 10, and thats great. i can see them going on a 7-3 tear next ten. lets hope i’m right.
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wow i typed a lot. i’ll end with this: GO TIGERS!!!!

marty, didn’t catch the interview, as i was stuck with the cleveland announcers condemning the tigers for depleting their farm. they started bringing that up as cleveland was down 10-1 with one hit and one run (same hit) from the depleted farm.
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(sigh)
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bias is a funny thing sometimes.
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mike

i’m feeling a lot better now, these last few days, now that they’re getting it together.
wish i had been able to catch the games.
it would be fun to witness the wolloping.
great to see the young talent making themselves heard. nice work, gallaraga!

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