June 13th, 2008

Rodney solid at Toledo, set for call

Apparently those tweaks Chuck Hernandez made with Fernando Rodney worked. He tossed two hitless innings Friday night with no walks and three strikeouts. In fact, 22 of his 26 pitches went for strikes. His only baserunner reached on an error.

POSTGAME UPDATE: This is likely the last of Rodney’s rehab appearance. As long as Rodney feels fine tomorrow, Leyland indicated, the Tigers are set to activate him from the disabled list after Sunday’s game and have him in their bullpen Monday in San Francisco.

Looking at an 8:10 pm first pitch

Plan your evening accordingly.

Hollimon gets first start

Jim Leyland said yesterday he was considering giving Michael Hollimon a start or two this weekend, giving Placido Polanco and Edgar Renteria a day off apiece this weekend. Well, Renteria is dealing with some soreness around his left pectoral muscle, and Leyland still wanted to give Polanco the day off to ward off wearing him down, so they’re both off tonight. Hollimon, who was originally slated to start at second, will start at short instead. Ryan Raburn starts at second base.

Of course, that’s all assuming that this game gets played. It’s raining as of this post, and the radar does not look promising for starting on time. If they can find enough of a window to start this game, though, they might be able to play through the rain. The fact that there’s a FOX game tomorrow at 3:55pm would make for a long day, especially with an early start and West Coast flight tomorrow Sunday.

TIGERS (29-37)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Hollimon, SS
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Larish, DH
  7. Thames, LF
  8. Inge, C
  9. Raburn, 2B

DODGERS (31-35)

  1. Juan Pierre, CF
  2. Delwyn Young, LF
  3. Andre Ethier, RF
  4. Jeff Kent, 2B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Andy LaRoche, 3B
  8. Mark Sweeney, DH
  9. Angel Berroa, SS (you might remember him from the Royals a few years back)