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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I’m hopeful for Zumaya’s recovery. Rodney’s would be great but I think they both have very different obstacles.
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They really need to monitor Zoom closely. One of his problems seems like it may be hormonal. This guy knows no limits and once the testosterone kicks in he is ready to throw the ball 110 MPH. He sounds like he feels he can do it now. They would be wise to have someone very close by who helps to keep his recovery in some kind of perspective.
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Rodney, on the other hand, seems to have more of a motivational problem. He seems almost too even tempered to be ideal for late-inning trauma. Kind of an easy-come, easy-go style that is great when his pitches are working but not so helpful when he needs to fight harder and amp it up.
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I don’t want to be too optimistic about the two of them but if they were to come back and perform at the levels they once did, we would actually have a very imposing bullpen. And some tough decisions as to which bulls to keep there.
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You have to be a bit excited to have seen what Dolsi did yesterday. Fossum did a pretty nice job and importantly, has not walked anybody yet. Bautista can be very effective.
Not sure about Rapada and Seay needs to regain some of the confidence (and command) he has lost. I think Miner may be one of those to go. He has periods where he does very well, and throws with some intensity, but he is prone to wildness and can become very hittable.
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The key to having a good bullpen will depend largely on giving them a lead to work with. If the starters can keep throwing the way they have been lately and the team starts to hit (that’s the big IF).
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I’m thinking that Clevlen will start to hit the ball today. If he doesn’t start hitting soon he is likely going back to Toledo. JL won’t carry him like Raburn.
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BTW, Matt Joyce hit 2, 2-run homers for the Hens yesterday. Who probably are a little ambivalent about the parent club who now have taken away a lot talent from their core. Clevlen, Thomas, Larrish and Hollimon.
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Wouldn’t be too surprised to see JL give Hollimon a start against the White Sox. Maybe against Vasquez on Wednesday (they play a day game on Thursday).
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I’m a little wary of Zumaya myself. I’m not sure I buy into this “ahead of schedule” thing. Let’s take our time, since we’ve already got some blazing guns in the pen.
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Rodney I’ve never been comfortable with and probably never will be. I started off this spring half-jokingly saying that he won’t be back until Zoom is but I’m not so sure it’s a joke. He’s a hard one to figure out. I resist trying to delve into a player’s mentality, but Rodney almost forces one into it.
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At any rate, getting these two guys back will at least add some experience to the pen, and straighten out some roles.
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It seems to me that Zach Miner does better when he’s not auditioning to remain on the team. He had immediate improvement after Grilli was traded. Having two experienced relievers about to return is putting him into the same spot again.
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I think we’ll see Holliman too, but perhaps on Thursday against the lefty Buerhle. I just hope JL doesn’t go with his usual getaway day lineup that day. So far, I’ve been pleased that the club is looking like they’re taking this stretch very seriously.
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–Rich

For some Sean Casey news…

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“The Nature Boy” has made his mark on the Red Sox. Professional wrestling legend Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair and his trademark exclamation have emerged as the impetus for the Red Sox’ most prevalent rallying cry for the 2008 season. And, of course, Sean Casey has a lot to do with it: “Wooooooo!!” The one-word cry has been plastered on the T-shirts found on just about every member of the Red Sox these days, from Daisuke Matsuzaka to the team’s coaching staff. The garments are the brainchild of Casey, who made up the blue-and-white shirts with Flair’s iconic scream on the front, and “Diamonds Are Forever And So is El Alcalde!!” Casey is called “El Alcalde” (Spanish for “the Mayor”) by teammates. He struck up a friendship with Flair while visiting backstage at a pro wrestling match. Casey carried his admiration of the longtime wrestler into the Red Sox’ clubhouse, where he religiously greets teammates with a special handshake punctuated by a “Woooooooo!!” And then came a recent voicemail from the 59-year-old grappler, urging on the Sox and further fueling the team’s new clubhouse ritual. — Boston Herald

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Doesn’t this make you just miss the guy more? We could definitely use that sort of motivation and ‘fun’ in the clubhouse.

Considering that Casey was willing to stay on in Detroit as a reserve, hit .296 last year, AND is a LH bat, I’d say it’s Dombrowki’s dumbest move. And he’s hitting .372 this year. Not to mention what he brings to the clubhouse and the fact that he won’t be 34 until next month. Yeah, “Dave’s not here, man” on that one.
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Jeez Ty, thanks for bringing it up. :-)
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–Rich

I think this team would be far better off if they started the season with casey at first, miggy at 3rd, inge at ss, guillen in left, jurrjens starting. But hindsight and all..

I was at the games Sat & Sun. Miner should have been booed off of the field Saturday as well. It is pathetic if you are a major league player and cannot get three outs with a five run lead. Then to bring him back in on Sunday was absolutely ridiculous. I think it was the hardcore fans who sent him off the field with a chorus yesterday.

What’s the definition of a hardcore fan?

As for mrfarms comments, you should try the Detroit Free Press blog they are all “hardcore fans”. If every player that deserved to be booed got it, we would have booed them all at some point this year. Fans are supportive and yes, it gets very frustrating, but find other ways to show dislike to a player. I went to many games during the 119 loss season and never did I boo, and that was a pretty bad team. Miner has many up and down moments, but so far doesn’t deserve that. If he reaches Grilli choke status then maybe I will be a little more understanding of the people booing.

I like Miner well enough. I don’t think he has late inning trauma mentality though. Then again, neither does Rodney.
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I think Miner is the odd man out. I really see him having more value as a starter than a reliever.
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I think JL would start Hollimon against a RHP. This way he leaves Renteria in against the LHPs. Hollimon also hits RHP better than LHP. makes sense to take advantage of him batting LH. He could start him in place of Polanco but Polanco has had aa day off recently I believe.
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Haven’t heard any word about Sheffield.
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Is it me or is Retneria starting to look a little better getting to balls in the hole lately?
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Gotta give some credit to Carlos Guillen too. He has been doing much better at 3rd lately. He is nowhere anear Inge but he managing the bag better than he had been.
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People who know what is going on. They were not booing just for something to do. Miner is a starting pitcher. He is not an eighth inning setup man. From my perspective, it was more booing towards the man who came and gave him the hook and put the poor guy in that position to begin with. It goes back to an earlier comment about leaving Cabrera in the 5 hole and hoping he will work his way through it. Let’s go for three in a row tonight!

And I resent that Free Press comment!!

You slipped that in while I was typing, Dan. Rodney gives me chills every time I see him enter, especially if it is close. Too laissez-faire.

And booing during the 119-loss season would have been like beating a dead horse.

I didn’t know Hollimon was a switch hitter. I only saw him hit from the right side in spring training. My bad.
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I can understand being unhappy with Leyland over his choice of pitchers. I thought most of the booing over Grilli was directed at JL. I’m not sure the players hear it that way, though. Well, people used to boo Al Kaline too.
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I also think Miner is better suited to be a starter, but he had had about 15 good appearances in a row out of the pen, and we don’t have a setup guy at this point. I don’t know who else JL would put out there in those situations. It worked out with Dolsi but you can’t be sure that’s going to happen. Bautista is still a question mark. Seay or Rapada? I disagree with JL a lot, but in this case, I thought he was making the right moves.
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Having said that, when they get Rodney back and someone like Dolsi was proving his mettle in dire situations, it would take JL three months to see it.
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–Rich

No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won’t make you cry. Do you think so? http://www.nicetick.com
Jordan

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