June 9th, 2008

While you're waiting …

for this game to restart, here’s an item of note courtesy of baseball-reference.com and retrosheet.org: Since 1956, only two other pitchers besides Dontrelle Willis tonight have allowed eight earned runs with three hits or less. Kerry Wood allowed eight runs on two hits in four innings, thanks to six walks against the White Sox on June 16, 2002. The other was Randy Johnson, who walked 10 batters over 4 1/3 innings, resulting in eight runs on three hits on May 1, 1992 at Baltimore.

Inge, Pudge to alternate at catcher

Brandon Inge is in the lineup today behind the plate, and according to Jim Leyland, he’s going to be there every other game. He wants to get more rest for Pudge, he said, but he also alluded to need to catch Inge some more.

“Inge needs to catch,” Leyland said. “He needs to catch some. We need to find out if he can do it.”

Leyland did not say how long he’d be going with this setup. And when asked if next season had anything to do with it, Leyland said, “We’re putting the cart before the horse. We’re getting way ahead here.”

Still, with Rodriguez a free agent at season’s end, you can see something coming.

Anyway, here’s the lineup:

TIGERS (26-36)

  1. Renteria, SS (de facto leadoff vs. LHP for now)
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thames, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Guillen, 3B
  7. Inge, C
  8. Clevlen, LF
  9. Granderson, CF

INDIANS (28-35)

  1. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  2. Ben Francisco, LF
  3. Victor Martinez, 1B
  4. Ryan Garko, DH
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  7. Casey Blake, 3B
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Josh Barfield, 2B

Rodney/Zumaya at Toledo Sunday night

Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the sixth, but gave up a solo homer and a walk in between the Ks. Joel Zumaya needed just 11 pitches retire the side in order in the seventh, but had three balls hit well off of him — one for a single, another for a line out to right that became a double play, then another for the third out. He hit 98 on the Fifth Third Field radar gun, according to Jim Weber on the play-by-play broadcast.

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