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.

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In some ways, this is even more shocking than the Cabrera/Willis trade. I thought they’d never deal off Grilli. Well, good luck to Jason. Note to Rockies: try the dude as a starter.
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I’ll bet Miner is one relieved reliever right about now.
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–Rich

Wow this is quite some news?? I am know that Grilli isn’t always the best, but he has certianly been better than others. Also am wondering why Cruceta is joining until tomorrow, will we not be short handed tonight. We did use four relievers last night, not all of them for long innings but, we are talking the Yankees here who have a tendency to tear pens apart by their taking of so many pitches. And the strike zone being as small as a postage stamp.
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WOW

Whoa– best of luck to Jason and congrats to Dombrowski. I looked up the pitcher we got– doesn’t seem like much but neither did Gallaraga… Rich– you’re right that this is a vote of confidence in Miner. As far as the impact on the Tigers, Grilli is a nice guy but was never going to make it as a top reliever for us. I like this move quite a bit.

cruceta pitched 2 innings on monday so they are probably giving him 2 days of rest before joining the team and depending on when this move went down it might not have been enough notice to get him to NY.. i’m thrilled with cruceta.. if he’s anything close to what he’s shown in triple a it will take all of a nano-second to forget about grilli.

now i’m just interested to see if he takes over the 8th inning role with his dominance and bautista struggles of last night.

For what it’s worth, Leyland gave a vote of confidence for Bautista before the game. He also said, though, that he’s walking too many people for the role he’s in, and that was case even before last night.

well this is the best news i’ve heard from the tigs in a few years. no secret that i absolutely can’t stand to see grilli on the mound, and he had no business in the majors. i hope colorado doesn’t plan on using him regularly, or they can kiss the WS repeat goodbye.
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FINALLY!

1st inning madness from bondo. why can’t he pitch in the first inning??!?!?! I MEAN COME ONE BONDO!!!!
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bases loaded no outs… UGH!!!!!
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tigers are gonna have problems tonight, probably lose if jeremy can’t get his act together. when can the tigers expect him to pitch effectively in the first inning?

one extra roid/HGH shot for giambi, and that ball would’ve made it a 4-0 game…

Hey Guys,

I know you’ve probably discussed this before- but what qualifications does Chuck Hernandez have to be a pitching coach, and why is he not made to take responsibility for our pitching woes?

Two years ago our starters collectively had the best era in the league, and now essentially the same guys have the worst era. Leyland takes responsibility for the team as a whole when they are not playing well, why don’t we hear anything from or about Hernandez?

Our best starting pitcher so far this year has not had the time to be “coached” by Hernandez. Appreciate your thoughts.

is MC hammer talking mad crap to the yankees? they keep showing him barking at SS or 3B with his helmet off?
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listening to mlbtv and they aren’t mentioning it. (yankee channel yes)
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i hope he is. tigers need that intensity

well i looked chuck hernandez up on google…and basically he played for 5 seasons, broke his arm, and started coaching and has been ever since…
hopefully whatever is going on with our pitching will end soon…we need more quality starts, i wasn’t surprised when they said Kenny got only the 5th quality start of the season last night.

LOL rich-
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just heard those idiots on YES talk about polancos ‘first trip to yankee stadium’ again after his 2nd dinger of the night.
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btw-
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good for polanco!!!!

Well hey, this is great. Already have the series and in position to stomp the boot on the throat, or whatever phrase you prefer. :-) I think we all deserve some fun at this point.
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Polly with four hits last night, cool. Polly with a homer off Pettitte, Fantastic. Polly with a second homer off Farnsworth. Priceless. How about Marcus Thames? He does it again. This is what I like to see from this “scary” lineup we have. Down 2-0 and facing a real good pitcher but you get the job done. That’s better than all the 19-run games in the world.
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Leyland says we “don’t want to know” what he said to Bonderman in the first inning. Bondo pitched his best since…….I don’t know when it was, but it seems I was a much younger man at the time.
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Possible Dan sighting tonight. I’ll have to see what he was wearing to confirm. I will say I don’t think that was him with the cute blonde along the thirdbase line. :-)
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I think Cabby is just shootin’ the…….breeze with the other players. If YES announcers think it’s anything more than that, well, they’re wrong. Cabby is like Bruce Springsteen in that he seems to be having more fun than anyone else in the arena.
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I don’t give much thought to pitching coaches or any other coaches for the simple reason that they are selected by the manager for a reason and that won’t change.
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Before I shut down (or up) for the night, a couple of items from around the MLB:
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Chris Shelton has been called up to the Rangers. It’s about time somebody decided to use a firstbaseman who will hit about .290 with 16 homers.
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Jair Jurrjens pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run, walked none and struck out 3. Season ERA is 3.05.
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–Rich

rich-
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i think MC hammer was saying something to them, right after he knocked the CRAP outta that bouncer off 3rd base bag :)
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when he advanced to both 2nd and 3rd they showed him barking at jeter and whoever was at 3B for ARod. he had his helmet in hand and was barking. maybe the YES angles made it look worse than it was, but the announcers didn’t say anything about it. i for one, hope thats what he was doing, getting in those ‘vicious’ yankee hitters ear and making em try to hard… and the result (if that actually happened) speaks for itself 0 for the rest of the game.
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all in all, a good series, at the very least, taking 2 of 3 from the yanks would be a fantastic way to build confidence even further.
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like i said earlier, way to go polanco. i knew it was a matter of time for him. my personal jury is still out on sheff, i didn’t like a lot of the swings he took, off balanced and absurd. needs to practice his own mentor’s preeching by just starting by hitting the ball up the middle. the rest falls in place.
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not sure if i mentioned this, but way to go polanco!!! for his first series in ol’ yankee stadium, he surely impressed :)
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mike

Mike,

The MC Hammer name– very interesting. I don’t think its going to catch but keep up the good work. If it does, do you think Mario and Rod would do a “hammer time” dance in the booth? Lets just hope the pants don’t come back…

Last night was a very satisfying game. I missed the first inning (thankfully) and I was listening on XM radio while working in the yard. Thuuuuuu Yankees announcers (I haven’t heard the YES network folks but they can’t be anywhere near as annoying as the radio play by play) kept commenting on Bonderman’s control and how it was weird that the Yankees weren’t drawing any walks. After reading about Leyland’s comments, that makes a lot of sense.

I’m really hoping for a sweep tonight for a few reasons. First, beating the Yanks is always great– you gotta love knocking the big guy down. Second, I’m really hoping that Nate decides to take every inning/batter seriously. He has the ability to be a shutdown type of pitcher– he’s just got to learn how to weather the inevitable missed ump call/broken bat single as well as the inadvertent pitch over the plate that gets knocked out. If he can avoid those rough patches, it could make a huge difference in his career and the Tigers season. Third– I’d just like to get back on the North side of .500. It seems like the Central is competitive enough this year that noone is going to run away with the title– at least no one has shown the ability to get away from the pack so far.

That’s all. It’s nice to see Polanco and Sheffield breaking out of their slumps. Despite all the injuries and craziness this still seems like a team that is going to be a lot of fun to cheer for all summer long.

brent-
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you’re crazy. the parachute pants were great!!! dont forget about the sparkley vest w/o a shirt on under it. oh and the sunglasses. just seen a MadTV rerun of a MC hammer skit today. hilarious.
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so i’m all for the pants.
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mike

Mike– You’re 2legit, 2legit2quit, hey, hey. Enjoy the game but don’t wear the pants– you might trip when you stand up to cheer.

Interesting read about Bonderman on the main site. I spent the entire first inning harping about his unwillingness to come in there, to the point where my wife was about to send ME to Dan’s garage. You’ll have to be a longtime reader to understand that one. :-)
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It’s true, though. Someone with the stuff of Bonderman, Verlander, Willis even, needs to be pounding the zone and daring them to hit it. Nate’s actually the only one who seems to get that. I hope Bondo learned this lesson permanently last night, but I kind of doubt it. This guy doesn’t realize how good he is.
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It would appear that A-Rod and Posada will both miss the series in Detroit too. Finally WE catch a break on the injury front.
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I’ll bet a used firstbaseman’s mitt that Cruceta sees action tonight.
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–Rich

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