May 2nd, 2008

Bautista update

He felt something in his shoulder on that final pitch. According to Leyland, he was to be evaluated shortly.

Friday: Tigers at Twins

It’s the everyday lineup for the Tigers in the series opener. Look for Gary Sheffield to play the first two games of the series before he gets Sunday off. Brandon Inge will catch again either Saturday or Sunday. There’s a chance that Placido Polanco could play all three games this series, which is a very good testament to how good his back feels right now. It’s having a direct correlation to how he’s performing at the plate.

Anyway, the lineup:

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

Nate Robertson was running the Metrodome stairs about four hours before game time as part of his post-start routine. He said later he received about 15 text messages after his win last night, and all but two were about his slip and fall.

“He looked like a cow on ice,” manager Jim Leyland said.

Leyland, meanwhile, was talking about concentration every at-bat, specifically with Miguel Cabrera. As good as Cabrera is now, Leyland wants to see what he can do if he bears down every at-bat for a week or so. He used Albert Pujols as an example of talent and steady concentration in the same package.

Tigers player/pitcher of the month

As voted on by the beat writers on the road for this trip, it’s Magglio Ordonez and Armando Galarraga. Ordonez batted .301 with seven doubles, five homers and and 19 RBIs in 28 games. Galarraga, of course, has a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA (18 IP/3 ER) through three starts. Aquilino Lopez had a case based on what he did for the Tigers in long relief earlier in the month; he basically won that game in Chicago the night Dontrelle Willis was injured. In the end, Galarraga’s ability to step in cold and give the rotation a boost won out for me.

Agree? Disagree? Don’t care?

On a side note, it’s a dizzly, foggy, basically Seattle-like day here in downtown Minneapolis. The forecast calls for 20-30 mph winds and 1-2 inches of rain a mix of rain and possibly snow tonight. It’s the type of day where you’re glad they have a dome here, but you’re reminded that they won’t in a couple years. That could/will be a situation that emerges when the Twins move into the new ballpark. If you believe that the Tigers got off to a rough start in part because of the cold weather, how will the Twins handle it when they play the first week of a season at home? Not a criticism, just a question. That could make it good for pitchers and bad for hitters. It’s a city where you can have unseasonably warm weather in April and May, thank goodness, but it can also turn like that.