May 27th, 2008

Bautista rehab update

He did not get through two innings of work as planned. Instead, he lasted 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts. He threw 31 total pitches, 16 of them strikes.

Bautista entered in the seventh and retired the side with one walk. and two strikeouts. He started off the eighth by hitting Jorge Velandia with a pitch, walking Shin-Soo Choo and then giving up a Todd Linden single to load the bases. After retiring Jordan Brown on a called third strike, Bautista was done.

The Tigers have to make a decision now on whether to call him up or have him throw another rehab outing. This outing probably didn’t help his case, but we’ll see.

For the memory bank

Justin Verlander decided to politely decline comment on the record this afternoon after reading Twins leadoff man Carlos Gomez’s quotes about him in Monday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press. If you didn’t see it (it’s still on the site), Gomez said he and Alexi Casilla kept faking bunts to agitate him on Sunday. From the article:

Verlander “is great pitcher,” Gomez said, “but his mind is not good.”

That’s why the pair of Domincans kept faking bunts (though each actually did bunt in the third inning, both right back to Verlander for easy outs). “He be (angry) and then he try to throw too hard and then he throw (a) ball,” Gomez said. “He throw many pitches and get (mad) and make a mistake for (Joe) Mauer or (Justin) Morneau. That’s what I told Casilla — ‘Me and you go to work on this guy and (mess) up his mind, and then Justin and Mauer get good opportunities to hit.’ ”

Sure enough, Verlander got angry, and he stared at Gomez when he came to the plate in the fifth inning. Gomez said he relished the confrontation, because it meant Verlander was focused more on him than on his pitching.

” ‘Why you look at me like that? No, no, you no intimidate me,’ ” Gomez described of his reaction, which was to return the right-hander’s glare. “I’m not a player you look at and my head (goes) down. Hell no, I look at you, too.”

Gomez went on to say that he’ll do the same thing the next time they face each other to agitate him, even though Verlander didn’t exactly fall apart from it Sunday.

Verlander looked like he wanted to give a rebuttal Tuesday, but he decided better of it. Needless to say, though, there was some surprise in the Tigers clubhouse that someone with as little time in the Majors as Gomez would make such statements.



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


  1. Maicer Izturis, SS
  2. Gary Matthews Jr., DH
  3. Vladimir Guerrero, RF
  4. Garret Anderson, LF
  5. Torii Hunter, CF
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  7. Jeff Mathis, C
  8. Brandon Wood, 3B
  9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B

Sheff to DL, Larish called up

The Tigers placed Gary Sheffield on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Jeff Larish will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Toledo and be out here in time for Wednesday’s strain game (sorry, all these injury stories are getting to me). Carlos Guillen is DH-ing today. According to the manager, he has a case of hemorrhoids (no, I’m not kidding) that has been limiting his mobility for the last several days.

In case you were wondering …

The last time the Tigers were shut out in a game that lasted 12 innings or more was on April 12, 1999 against the Twins, also a 1-0 loss. They only had three hits and a walk that day at Tiger Stadium, and they went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Detroit hitters struck out 13 times, three times by Brad Ausmus alone. Todd Walker won the game with a home run leading off the 12th against Sean Runyan.

The last time the Tigers left at least 12 runners on base in a shutout was Aug. 30, 1997 against the Phillies, a 2-0 loss at Tiger Stadium. Detroit went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position that day, which was a nine-inning blanking. Matt Beech tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts for one of his eight career big-league wins. Detroit had the potential tying run on base in the ninth when Ricky Bottalico got Bobby Higginson to fly out and end the game.

Last time Tigers went scoreless into extras

It was April 11, 2007 at Baltimore. Craig Monroe hit a grand slam in the top of the 12th; Tigers won 4-1.