June 26th, 2008

Wilkin Ramirez to Futures Game

If you were looking forward to seeing Rick Porcello in the Futures Game in a few weeks, you're probably going to have to wait a year. Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez is the Tigers' lone representative, and a deserving one at that. He has slumped recently upon returning from Triple-A Toledo to Double-A Erie to drop his average below .300, but he still entered Friday batting .290 with 16 doubles, five triples, nine home runs 32 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

That's a first

According to research on baseball-reference.com, Nate Robertson is the first Tigers pitcher since at least 1956 (that’s as far back as the search tool goes) to give up at least 11 hits in an outing without giving up an earned run. Only Carlos Silva (8/3/2004 for the Twins) and Curt Schilling (5/6/2000 for Philly) have done it in the Majors since 1999.

For what it’s worth, the record in that span for most hits without an earned run is 13: Scott Sanderson (9/4/84), Tommy John (9/14/83, though he pitched 13 innings to do it), Ross Grimsley (6/18/74) and Mudcat Grant (7/15/64).

Pujols activated

He’s back in the Cardinals lineup, batting third at DH. He’s 1-for-1 with a single and two walks off of Nate Robertson, for what that’s worth. And of course, he’s 5-for-6 with three solo homers and a double off of Todd Jones.

On the Tigers side, Dane Sardinha is catching, as expected. Michael Hollimon gives Edgar Renteria a day off at short, while Clete Thomas gives another left-handed bat for Todd Wellemeyer to face.

TIGERS (37-40)

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