Rodney, Zumaya throw side sessions

It was the first real-intensity mound session for Zumaya since his shoulder surgery last fall, and it was the first mound session for Rodney since getting good news from Dr. Andrews a few weeks ago. Both threw for about six minutes, with Zumaya limited to fastballs and changeups, and both felt good during and afterwards. Rodney, particularly, felt very good.

“He felt this was his best bullpen [session] to date,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “He felt his delivery was closer to his normal delivery.”

As long as they feel fine in the coming days, both will throw again off the mound this weekend — Zumaya on Saturday, Rodney on Saturday or Sunday depending on how he feels. If Rodney continues to progress, he could be on a relatively fast track to getting back to game action.

As for the lineup tonight, both Pudge and Renteria have the night off. Jim Leyland said he’ll probably also give Pudge one game off in Minnesota, allowing him to work in another game for Inge to keep him fresh while easing the wear and tear on Pudge.

The Tigers lineup:

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

For the injury-depleted Yanks, who shuffled their order a little to break up the string of left-handed hitters that Leyland was bringing in Seay and Rapada to face:

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

17 Comments

What in the world is wrong with Nate? He can be a much better pitcher than he has been this year. He is not OUR best by far but he can do better than he has been. Maybe the Rockies want him too!!!!

Yeah, well not ready to give up on him, but I will be in another month. I’m ready to give up on Sheff, though. One two-hit game does not mean he’s really back. You gotta give him credit for being patient at the plate, in spite of not being able to hit well. I really think the Tigers’ patience at the plate is a big key for their future sucess. I think they are at the top in the AL for giving up walks (Arghh!) but also near the top for drawing them. As much as I love IRod, the Tigers’ patience at the plate sure didn’t start with him coming here. Finally, even Brandon Inge is drawing walks this year. If only pudge could be a little more selective, they’d be getting 8 runs every game.

ok i dont feel like doing the research, but this same idiot keeps saying over and over and over and over and then over again about ‘oh well polanco is 7-12 in his first series at yankee stadium…’ did polanco sit out 2006? 2007? whenever they played at yankee stadium?
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….and thats why i call him MC Hammer

nothing sweeter than a sweeping the yankees for the last time at their old stadium. ha! GG team, worked their way back from first inning, took lead, got it tied, took lead, then built on lead.
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thats how good teams play baseball. i dont think posada or Arod would’ve made much of a difference, but i’m glad they weren’t in the lineup.
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welcome to our world, yankees.
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mike

oops thought that was the game, hope i didn’t jinx cruceta!!!

Our first look at Cruceta wasn’t anything spectacular but he came in and did the job as needed. A sweep of the Yankees has got to be a big boost for this team and a big let down for the Yankees! Gotta love it!!!!!!!

can’t blame cruceta, probably had butterflies. i’m sure he’s at least aware of the hype that surrounds him. the yankee offense, like the tigers, can put up a bunch of runs in a hurry. coming in a do-or-die (yeah with a 4 run lead in bot. 9th though) situation was a good place for him to be injected into the lineup. i thought he threw pretty well after JL went out there and told him to calm down and throw strikes.
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mike

Okay Mike, if you’ve had to listen to the YES team for three nights, you deserve a break, so here’s the skinny on Polanco at Yankee Stadium. Last August, he had the flu so bad he was sent back home during the series. In August of 2006 (the one with Monroe’s big homer), he had that shoulder injury he suffered in Boston. In 2005, we’d already been swept in New York in May, a month before Polly was traded to Detroit. So if they want to be technical, this was his first regular season games at Yankee Stadium. What Michael Kay conveniently forgets is a little thing called the 2006 ALDS. Polanco played in both games in the Bronx, going 3 for 9. Personally I think this Kay character used to be a CPA for Steinbrenner and was handed the play by play job for saving George 52 cents once.
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Nate did just what he needed to do. The 3 runs in the first wasn’t going to beat us and he settled in and pitched a good game. If you count his performance last Friday along with Verlander on Sunday, I’d say we’ve had six good starts in a row. This makes all the difference in the world.
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Both Seay and Miner did an excellent job out of the pen tonight. It looked like the Yankees would pull off some Aura and Mystique dancing, but not on this night. I kind of expected Cruceta to be a little shaky considering it was his first and much ballyhooed appearance and the surroundings. He’s a big mean looking guy and it will be interesting to see how he does when he’s getting ahead with his fastball and can then use his secondary pitches. A good split-finger can be a back breaker for hitters. This bullpen may get crowded before all is said and done.
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Maggs was ripping and Cabrera finished them off. I may be in a minority here, but Sheffield looks all right to me. He’s getting good swings, much better than a week ago, and it enables him to be more selective, which leads to more walks and runs scored. The offense seems to have found it now.
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Now for the hero. Santiago is my boy, and I’m only allowed one of those. This guy does nothing but come off the bench and contribute, everytime. The Tigers have an excellent bench. You won’t find any better than Ramon, Thames, Raburn and Inge (who remains a semi-starter).
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A historical footnote: I remember the last time the Tigers got a sweep in the Stadium. It was the first three games of 1966. They’d come roaring north convinced that they were the odds on favorites to win the pennant, while the Yankees were on a downhill slide. Bill Monboquette (there’s a name from the past) pitched a shutout, unless I’m mistaken.
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Anyway, on to the Dome. Two of three would be good here.
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–Rich

Looks like Dan probably had a great time at Yankee Stadium. I think that this series sweep was definately made easier by the absence of Posada and A-Rod. But I’ll take it. I am sure no one felt sorry for us in the last two years when it seemed as though most everyone on our team spent significant time on the DL.
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Cruceta got the job done, I hope that he settles down and pitches similar to the way we have heard he is supposed to pitch.
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Looks like Detroit sports is going for the Trifecta again tonight Pinstons win, Tigers win. Right now in the second intermission and the Wings are up 7-1!!!
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Great night. Good job to all. Good new about Rodney and Zumaya as well.

Not to bring a downer after a great evening but………Jason, if I can quote one of your stories here:
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Leyland observed that the boos seemed to affect Grilli, whose statistics were far worse at Comerica Park than they were on the road last year and again this season. Moreover, Leyland said that it reached the point where it could affect how he laid out his bullpen for home games.

“I think it was starting to get to him,” Leyland said. “Nobody likes to get booed. That’s all part of the business. I don’t have any problem with it. It’s just that if you feel like you’re in a situation where you’re starting to get real conscious about using him at home, when you go into a homestand basically with, you think, 11 pitchers [to use rather than 12], that’s not good. I wanted to protect him as much as I could.”
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I’ve never been sure if people were booing Grilli, or Leyland for using him, perhaps some of both, but the bottom line is, these are real people. It isn’t a video game. Your behavior can have both a positive and negative effect on the team. Next time you want to form an O with your mouth and start up booing one of our guys, stick a hot dog in it. I understand Comerica has great hot dogs. :-)

What a great series. Every gam was fun, and I had to watch until the very end, because even with a 4 run lead going into the 9th, I still felt like it was a game.

Best thing for me? All 3 starting pitchers got the wins. I haven’t looked it up, but it seems like that’s a first for this year. Happy Friday everyone!

I agree Rich. I haven’t noticed (at least not the games I was at) But last year it really made me mad when people were booing him last year. I think if you look at the numbers last year Zumaya and Rodney blew a few games as well, however they didn’t get booed. This year I was at the first Sunday night game when we played Chicago and Justin pitched and I can tell you that there was a ton of booing. I didn’t like it last year and I don’t like it this year.
I guess you pay your money and have the right however, like Leyland said he said it started to affect the way he used him, and could ruin their confidence.

What’s going to happen to Armando Gallaraga when Dontrell Willis comes back ready to pitch? Armando’s had the best starts of the pitchers.

Thats the million dollar question? 6 man rotation (haha)

Hey Rich, always a pleasure to read your comments.
Where did the word boo come from? I know when you want to win and you have a person on your team that you don’t think is doing a good job you call them a bum or you boo them. I like to save my booing for the umpires on the smaller than postage stamp stike zone. I am just amazed at all the pitches they call high. Nate was close on some pitches but like I always told my little leaguers, throw strikes and make them hitters, that why you have fielders out there. Did you notice that my Tiger, Curtis, hit the ball hard 3 times but right at the center fielder? I also think Shef will be fine. I like the way he takes an 0-2 count and then draws a walk. Check his on base %. How about the the 2 guys holing up the signs? Hi to Mario and Rod and Go Tigers. Then they were on the cell phone with someone who was watching the game and starting waving. Dan, was that you? I don’t remember all the games from 1966 as I was 8 yers old, but I knew all the players and their numbers. Iknow this blog has changed and I don’t know why it changed my name and does not show my e-mail address. Anyway, I like reading everyone’s comments as I have been a die hard Tigers fan since I started walking and talking. Go Tigers!
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I think the dilemma on whether to keep Gallaraga as a starter when Willis is ready to return will work itself out. Usually one guy will win the job by continuing to impress as in Gallaraga’s case, and the other will have a couple so-so outings. If Gallaraga falters tonite and again in his next start and Willis looks good in his AAA rehab starts then the answer is obvious. I seem to remember a similar situation in 2006 when Zach Minor did a great job early on for the Tigers when another starter went down. He then had a couple rough outings and went to the bullpen and was used in long relief and occasional spot starts. Either way, it’s a good situation for the Tigers cuz you can never have enough pitching.

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