June 18th, 2008

Tiger Woods golf clinic cancelled

As expected, news that Tiger Woods will undergo season-ending knee surgery means that his scheduled golf clinic next week at Comerica Park has been cancelled. All tickets for the clinic purchased purchased online and by phone will be automatically refunded to the credit card used to purchase them. Anyone who bought their tickets at the Comerica Park box office must be returned for a refund, either in person or by mail:

Comerica Park Box Office
Attn: Golf Clinic Refund
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

OF swap

The Tigers activated outfielder Clete Thomas from the DL after the game and optioned Brent Clevlen back to Toledo. Basically, Leyland said they wanted Thomas’ left-handed bat and speed available. However, Leyland said, “I think Clevlen is really, really close to being a Major League player for sure.”

Also, Leyland said he lifted Magglio Ordonez from the game in the seventh because he had a spasm in his right side. He was on the field slapping hands with teammates when the game ended, and he said after the game that he should be OK. With this team and side injuries, though, Leyland didn’t want to take a chance in a game with a big lead.

Last Tigers pitcher to walk twice

Until Armando Galarraga today, it was Bryce Florie on June 6, 1998 at Milwaukee. In fact, he was the only Tigers pitcher to walk twice in a game in the DH era, according to research on baseball-reference.com.

Galarraga is also just the fourth American League pitcher to walk twice in a game during the Interleague Play era. The last was Scott Schoeneweis, then of the Angels, here in San Francisco on June 13, 2001. Scott Erickson also did it for Baltimore on June 25, 1998 at the Mets.

Add in Galarraga’s walk in a game at Arizona last month, and he’s the first Tigers pitcher to walk three times in a season in the DH era. Mickey Lolich walked 20 times in 1972.

Three straight for Pudge

Brandon Inge’s left oblique is still enough of a worry for Jim Leyland that he’s going to rest him again today, coupled with the off day Thursday. He doesn’t like playing Pudge this many days in a row — in fact, he said, he briefly considered catching Ryan Raburn — but the off-day Thursday should alleviate some of the wear and tear Leyland seemingly worries about.

TIGERS (33-38)

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

GIANTS (31-41)

  1. Fred Lewis, LF
  2. Jose Castillo, 3B
  3. Randy Winn, RF
  4. Bengie Molina, C
  5. Aaron Rowand, CF
  6. John Bowker, 1B
  7. Travis Denker, 2B
  8. Omar Vizquel, SS
  9. Barry Zito, P

Somebody mentioned the caught stealing last night with two outs and Thames up in the eighth. Indeed, that was a strange call, but Leyland said after the game that they put the call on with one out and Cabrera up. He forgot to take it off after Cabrera flew out.