Granderson goes 1-for-4, RBI triple for Whitecaps

I didn’t make the trip to West Michigan, but followed online. He faced a left-handed finesse starter and struck out twice on breaking balls that dropped out of the strike zone — one of them went into the dirt — but he got a hold of one ball and hit it just inside 1B and down the RF line for a third-inning RBI triple. His acceleration appears to be fine, because he sped into third base without a throw before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Again, Granderson didn’t have an active day in the field, and he didn’t have to make a throwing play. He nearly had a chance at a running catch in left-center, according to the radio broadcast, but left fielder Joe Tucker had a diving attempt at it.

UPDATE: The original plan was expected to bring Granderson back to Toledo for Tuesday night’s game, but reports out of Grand Rapids suggest he could stay at West Michigan and play another game or two instead. That could be a way around the Tuesday night-Wednesday morning combination the Mud Hens have coming up, which might not be a good turnaround for someone who’s still trying to get his legs into regular-season shape.

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Down on the farm:
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Larish, Joyce and Hessman all have 5 HRs each.
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Blaine Neal (RHP) and Ian Oslund (LHP) both have no ERA yet.
Oslund has 1 BB and 10 Ks in 6 innings of work
Neal has 2 BBs and 12 Ks in 7 innings.
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Funny now but it seems that our bullpen is OK. It’s the starters that need to assert themselves. With Cruceta coming in (and he will be called up), and Rodney AND Zumaya presumably becoming available in the summer, the composition of the bullpen could be radically different than it is at the present.
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I hope JL considers moving Cabrera up to the #3 slot (though I prefer to see him #4–rather see Magglio bat 3rd). I doubt that will happen and he will likely leave Guillen there. I would imagine that JL feels Magglio is the right guy at cleanup and that is hard to argue after the offensive numbers he put up last year. Part of my logic is that Cabrera has more power and the other part is that I think it might fire him up to be given that task.
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I think Verlander is gonna have a good one today.

Dan, I read your comments about JJones. There is a huge difference between him and Timo, in that Timo hits about 200 points higher! :-)
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Actually though, I can’t really say it was a bad trade. We gave up Omar Infante who was then traded to the Braves and now isn’t playing for anyone, it appears. For that very reason, you can cut JJones and not have lost anything. We thought we would get 20-25 homers from him, but he doesn’t seem to have a longball swing anymore. It’s too bad because I always liked Jacque and thought he could be of some help. Everybody is waiting, and nothing is happening.
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The main problem with the lineup is the absence of a 20-20-20-20 guy, a .340 hitter, and a .363 hitter. Cabrera replaces Sheffield, so we should be able to put up numbers similar to last year without Sheff when everyone else is healthy, if that ever happens.
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–Rich

Rich regarding Infante, I remember hearing during spring training that he had broken his had (I believe in winter ball, but could of been spring training) So he is still with the Braves I think but is injured.
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And I don’t know if you have looked at Timo’s average this year, but it is really bad. He appearently is having a slow start as well. And I did see that Hessman and Larish were doing well.
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J Jones does look sick at the plate and just when I give up on him he pulls out a hit. Has anyone noticed that Pudge will have a good day or two then a bad day or two with no hits. I worry about him having to catch so often. Especially in this tough stretch. I believe we are in the middle of a stretch in which we only have one day off in over thirty days of games. Not to mention the caliber of teams that we are going and have been playing. Anyone hear anything on Vance??
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Won’t be able to see the game tonight, hoping for a win.

i think what annoys me most, is the ‘pink’ bat. if its actually not pink, i’d love to hear otherwise. but from DirecTV’s free MLB opening week to MLBtv, that bat looks pink!
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and i dont want to hear ‘pink is the new black’
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its annoying :) maybe its orange? it looks pink.
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and the motions he goes through before getting ready to roll a ball to the SS or 2B or catcher or pitcher, is annoying. almost hypnotizing.
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i hope he’s either A) gone by late may for angels trip or B) not playing any of those 3 games.
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mike.
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please bring CG back before thursday
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mike again.

and since i have time to kill…… i thought i’d check around the league for our traded team members…
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Florida:
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Maybin-minors
Miller-
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO
0 2 9.68 4 4 0 0 0 0 17.2 30 19 19 2 9 18

Rabelo:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
8 29 3 7 1 0 1 4 11 1 7 0 1 .258 .379 .241
Trahern- looks like he was cut?
Eulogio De La Cruz-minors
Burke Badenhop:
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO
0 1 7.00 3 2 0 0 0 0 9.0 11 7 7 2 6 8
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Mike Maroth- Non-roster invitee, not currently playing. poor guy, liked him.
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Omar Infante:
Atlanta 15 day DL
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and just for kicks, we let go Sean Casey:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
13 43 5 15 4 0 0 8 19 6 3 0 0 .429 .442 .349
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and even more fun:
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Dmitri Young:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
(currently on 15 day DL)
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Craig Monroe:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
9 26 2 6 3 0 0 3 9 3 9 0 0 .310 .346 .231
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take what you will from this…. i’m sure i’ve left out a trade or two, those were the obvious trades/releases/FA we let go last year…. (though, DY was the year before, i think…)
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my take, of the 6 minor leaguers, Rabelo is performing very well. miller, not so much, didn’t feel like researching minor league players. The Cabrera/Willis trade shouldn’t sting as much. DD has found plenty to smile about in his decisions to ‘deplete the farm.’ (those smiles have to be the solid productions from players that were overlooked by Miller and Maybin (Clete Thomas and Galagarra).
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shrug…
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i’m bored in LA-Mike

oops i forgot the obvious, which i hated when it happened, but judging by how renteria is playing, i’ll forgive DD for making the trade, if it comes august and renteria is hitting for crap, i’ll be screaming..
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Jair Jurrgens:
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO
2 2 3.20 4 4 0 0 0 0 25.1 23 9 9 1 9 21

Mike, nice research. I wasn’t really disappointed to see any of them go besides Maybin, JJ, Rabelo and Casey. I am sure one day Maybin will be a heck of a player. As far JJ, we all seemed to like him. And with Casey, we knew what he could do even with limited playing time. It would be nice to have his bat off the bench (and I am sure he would have been happy to have that role in Detroit, just as he is doing in Boston – although with their 1B hurt/was hurt, I don’t know at this point, he is getting some good playing time)

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Then again, you have to give up talent to get it in return. I think the one that would have been the most benefit right now if Jurrgens, of course. Other than that, I think things worked out pretty well. It would have also been nice to keep Rabelo, I liked him as a back-up and thought he might develop into a nice replacement for Pudge. Although, if he was still on the roster, we might have never found out what C. Thomas can do…so it is a give and take situation. All in all though, I am pretty happy with how things turned out.

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Go Tigers!

Do any of you ever check the transactions made? On April 12 it says the Tigers recalled OF John Bowker. Never could find him on any roster. I thought they meant Ryan Raburn but no one has corrected it yet.

You know, I will add this…the way the D-Train has performed so far, it doesn’t look like he is much better than Miller is doing. Although, after seeing Miller quite a few times, I thought he was over rated as a prospect. I think of the two, Willis still has the bigger upside, even with being a tad older.

msdorf, I saw that as well and just assumed it was Raburn. I guess it is kinda hard to “recall” someone that was never ‘up’ to begin with.

GK, i wasn’t even disappointed to see maybin go. he’s a CF, yeah, could’ve made a shift to LF, but at the time, LF had at least 2 guys (JJones, Thames)….. maybin, is probably at least one more year away from the Bigs, and trading him for a potential future HOF’er along with Miller, who didn’t really impress me… you gotta take that deal. willis may be a bust. bad news is, that he was signed for 3 years shortly after the trade… good news, he’s young and mechanics can be worked on….
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centerfielders come and go, proven talent is hard to pass up. cabrera is proven talent. cabrera is slowly, but surely making the nl/al adjustment. his bat is coming around. his fielding, as we all knew, leaves something to be desired, but we should all keep in mind, that he’s only 24 (maybe 25 now?) and he can only improve. and if the hot corner is too much, and guillen continues to have problems at 1B, i can see MC moving to 1B and guillen, well, idk…. his mechanics on 1B are horrid, MC makes guillen look like a little leaguer at first. maybe thats MC’s ultimate future, 1B or LF.. who knows.
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bottom line, is that for all they negativity that comes from a select few, about the tigers offseason, the numbers (or lack there of) speak for themselves.
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only move the tigers made, that i hated, was getting ride of maroth instead of robertson, and allow JJurrgens to go. but i’m ‘recanting’ my JJurrgens opinion, as edgar is fairing very well right now.
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mike

sorry for the mixup, TY not GK :) regarding my last post
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I thought they were all good trades, excellent even, with the exception of the Jurrjens deal. No knock on Edgar, and you’ll notice I have lots of good things to say about him, but I saw JJ as the real deal. If you know anything about the Atlanta organization, you know they don’t trade for just any pitcher. The old axiom is never deal in pitchers with Atlanta. But it’s done, and Renteria is proving to be as talented as ever and a good team guy. I’m not completely unhappy about the trade but I thought we may have been able to pry Renteria loose for less, since he was about to lose his spot on the Braves anyway.
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The Cabrera/Willis deal is going to be the steal of this century. I thought Miller to be way overrated and I’m in a minority of one who thinks that Maybin wouldn’t have panned out for us. And now I can stop living in fear that they’d trade GRANDERSON in order to open a position for Maybin.
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Willis most definitely has a mechanical problem! The problem with fixing the problem is nobody can understand his mechanics to start with, not even Dontrelle. Like working on a foreign car in 1975. D-Train should have come with a manual. :-)
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And JJones’ bat is red.
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–Rich

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