June 25th, 2008

Game to resume at 11:05pm

It’s going to be a late night of baseball. The good thing is that the weather is pretty much clear from here.

Rain delay update

They just took off the tarp to survey the damage. The left side of the infield looks like a mess. The right side is slightly better. There’s a chance another round of showers could roll through, but it looks like it should miss here. Regardless, it’s going to take a little while to get this field ready.

Just before they removed the tarp, Todd Jones and another player were out by the Tigers dugout with a bucket full of stuff, tossing it to the fans in the stands. Cracker jacks, gum, all sorts of snacks — it was a grab bag of items, except it was in a bucket.

Dan asked about whether they’d replace Galarraga. Usually the rule of thumb is that if the delay lasts more than an hour, you’ll see a new pitcher on the mound when the game resumes. This looks like it should be at least an hour by the time they work on the field.

UPDATE @ 9:20pm: They’re working a little bit on the field, but it’s not all hands on deck yet. They haven’t rolled up the tarp and put it away yet, either. It could be that they’re waiting for the next round of showers to pass through or pass by.

UPDATE @ 9:30pm: The stakes are going back in on the tarp. Looks like the second cell of showers is going to pass over here.

UPDATE @ 9:45pm: Todd Jones just finished with his Magglio Ordonez HR impression, which they caught on TV. That seems to be it for the rain delay entertainment.

UPDATE @ 10:30pm: No more entertainment. Just kind of boredom. This is starting to feel like the Yankees game last year, only at least they have four-plus innings in.

Pirates GM on Bautista

This is Pirates GM Neal Huntington’s take from Jenifer Langosch’s trade story from the Pirates’ point of view:

If we can reach him and help him throw more strikes, we could have a
guy who is pitching in the middle to pitch in the back end,” Huntington
said. “It’s our thought that he’s a nice addition and a nice upgrade
over what we currently have.”

Kind of sounds familiar. Can’t blame the Pirates for trying, though.

It’s another low-risk [acquisition] with the potential to have a
medium-to-high upside,” Huntington said. “There’s
a chance to have a real good return for us. It’s a very good arm that
we don’t have a whole lot of.”

Wednesday: Cardinals at Tigers

Leyland said before the game that he doesn’t want to run Pudge into the ground behind the plate now that Inge is on the DL, but he’s going to have to play him more than he probably wants to play him. He plans to catch Dane Sardinha on Thursday, but don’t expect this day-on, day-off pattern that Inge and Pudge had going.

TIGERS (36-40)

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


  1. Skip Schumaker, RF
  2. Aaron Miles, 2B
  3. Rick Ankiel, CF
  4. Troy Glaus, 3B
  5. Chris Duncan, LF
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Adam Kennedy, 1B (Pujols could be back Thurs.)
  8. Nick Stavinoha, DH
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS

Wilson has Tommy John surgery

As expected, Vance Wilson had surgery today to reconstruct the elbow ligament that was operated on last year but didn’t hold. Dr. Stephen Lemos performed the procedure this time at Detroit Medical Center.

Bautista traded to Pittsburgh

The Tigers just traded reliever Denny Bautista to Pittsburgh for a Double-A reliever named Kyle Pearson. Bautista had been designated for assignment on June 20. No word on how the Pirates will use him. Supposedly Pittsburgh needs more starting help than relief, but Bautista hasn’t started since 2006. The Tigers haven’t assigned Pearson to anywhere yet; he split his time between Class A ball and Double-A Altoona.

Inge to DL, Sardinha purchased

Just announced: Inge to DL with pulled left oblique. Dane Sardinha’s contract has been purchased from Triple-A Toledo to take his place.