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.


haha a cow on ice. i thought it looked more like a warner bros. cartoon, feet were movin’ like crazy but he wasn’t going anywhere but down. ala wiley coyote.
that was hilarious.
i wonder when upper management will give up on JJones.. yeah he had like a hit last nite, but come on…. idk, maybe i’m crazy, but his hitting style/stance looks like he’s just scared to be in the box…. i’d rather see clete thomas or marcus thames sit there and putt balls to the infielders, hell, at least they look like they’ve got no fear.

i think it’s too early to give up on jones.. it’s only been a month.. he had a terrible first half last year and then hit something like .330 over the second half.

just heard about gardenheir’s brother passing on tiger’s live.. that’s very sad.

Yeah, I did too. 55. I wonder what happened? I’d come over here to look for info. Gardenhire was always my favorite non-Tiger manager, has been for years.

Rod’s LOVEFEST for Gomez is so dang annoying! SHUT UP ALREADY!! How many times are you going to gush “he has speed to burn” blah blah..

i can’t stand jacques jones.
rally killer.
my dog can swing hit the ball better. UGH.
he just looks afraid of pitchers ‘oh good gosh no, i dont wanna hit, please dont put me in there coach!! noo!! noooo!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
8/10 times, he has basically a swinging bunt.
why can’t clete thomas or marcus thames get time to play, while sending jacques (I surrender) jones, far far away….
(and yeah, i made a rub at the french right there)

yep. like i said. JJones is a hero. we can always count on that beast for getting the ball slightly past the pitcher.

Very bad baseball by the Tigers tonight. They played like they really didn’t give a crap. I knew it was going to be bad when they had the bases loaded in the second and didn’t get one of those runs in with no outs. Kiss of death. But I have got to say and I really believe it there were two different strike zones for the pitchers. I was screaming explatives at the tv. Just horrible horrible umpiring tonight. Even Rod and Mario remarked on it. Very disappointed in the Tigers tonight, all the way around they mailed it in. Hernandez isn’t all that???!!!

Classic defining moment in a game……Second inning, bases loaded, no outs, Pudge first pitch swinging and pops it up. You cannot first pitch swing in that situation. Then Mike, your man Jacques hits into double play. Did anyone else think just before that pop up that we had Hernandez on the mat, and that WE were going to be the ones piling on the runs?

I hope Bautista is going to be OK. Guess the Twins really were playing for the Gardenhire family. They were hitting machines tonight.

GK, I want to know what expletives you were screaming at the TV. 😉
I was able to make out the expletives that Cabrera was shooting at Livan. Something to do with Livan missing certain body parts. If you know what I mean. Wow, I can lip read spanish. Amazing.

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