July 2008

No moves at deadline

President/GM Dave Dombrowski said they had a few calls today and had some talks that progressed, but nothing was really close. He doesn’t expect any of those talks to progress into August, either, because those players involved would likely be claimed on waivers if a team tried to sneak them through. In short, they’re probably heading down the stretch with the team you see right now, depending on the extent of Todd Jones’ injury (no MRI results yet).

Thursday: Tigers at Indians

Sorry so late on the lineups, but it’s been a quick turnaround from last night. As you might’ve heard by now, Todd Jones is on the DL with what the team is calling inflammation in his shoulder for the time being. He’s undergoing an MRI exam in Cleveland right about now, so the team should have a better idea how long he’ll be out by tomorrow.

Clay Rapada was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and made the quick drive over this morning, arriving about an hour before game time, but he’ll only be here for a day. He’ll be optioned back out to make room on the roster for Kyle Farnsworth, who will join the team Friday at Tampa Bay.

At this point, Rapada is one of few relief arms they have who can give multiple innings. Aside from him, Joel Zumaya is the closer today and Aquilino Lopez is available in an emergency. After that, well, Kenny Rogers and Armando Galarraga are available.

Here are the lineups:

TIGERS (55-52)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Santiago, 2B (schedule day off for Polanco)
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Joyce, RF
  6. Thames, DH
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Raburn, LF
  9. Sardinha, C (no way Leyland was catching Inge today)

INDIANS (46-60)

  1. Grady Sizemore, DH
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF (5-for-13 off Verlander)
  3. Ben Francisco, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Andy Marte, 3B
  7. Ryan Garko, 1B
  8. Sal Fasano, C
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

Todd Jones injured, Leyland hit in face

Apparently Todd Jones has been feeling some discomfort in his shoulder for the past six weeks, but Wednesday was the night in which it became a significant enough issue to shelve him. He couldn’t loosen it up in his warmup tosses and had to stop, he said, and he couldn’t get extension on his arm when he pitched. He’ll get an MRI Thursday or Friday, and Jim Leyland said it’s a “strong possibility” they’ll make a move to get another reliever (not Farnsworth, he won’t join the team until Friday) and likely put Jones on the DL.

Speaking of Leyland, he has hit by a foul ball on the side of his face during the game. The ball took a funny bounce and smacked him, but he kept on managing without medical attention.

Wednesday: Pudge-less Tigers at Indians

Sorry for no postings on the heels of the Pudge trade, but it was basically a waiting game to get into the clubhouse while the trade went down. Look for plenty about the trade on the site tonight. As for the game, here are lineups to get you going:

TIGERS (54-52)

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

INDIANS (46-59)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
  3. Ben Francisco, DH
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  6. Kelly Shoppach, C
  7. Andy Marte, 3B
  8. Ryan Garko, 1B
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

Tuesday: Tigers at Indians

Brandon Inge is catching in place of Ivan Rodriguez, who will also have Thursday off according to manager Jim Leyland’s schedule. That would seemingly reinforce the notion that Pudge is not in play; otherwise he would probably be showcased.

No other changes on the Tigers side aside from Matt Joyce getting the expected start. The Indians lined up three left-handed batters and a switch-hitter to go up against Galarraga, who is now giving up a .273 average and .818 OPS from the left side compared with .141 and .461 against right-handed hitters.

Joel Zumaya is feeling good and ready to work tonight. He wanted to get in the game last night, but Paul Byrd took care of that. Fernando Rodney is available if needed, but Jim Leyland said again that he would like to give him another day of rest if he can.

Quite a few scouts here tonight, to keep in mind, this is also the home of the retooling Indians. Dave Dombrowski and the front office are not holed up, instead going about business as usual.

TIGERS (53-52)

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

INDIANS (46-58)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. David Dellucci, DH
  3. Ben Francisco, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Kelly Shoppach, C
  7. Andy Marte, 3B
  8. Ryan Garko, 1B
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

If you can't beat him …

I usually don’t pose questions on here, but one stuck out in my mind …

Paul Byrd is now 10-2 with a 3.33 ERA lifetime against the Tigers. Paul Byrd is a free agent at season’s end. The Tigers could have at least one rotation opening depending on what Kenny Rogers decides to do, and they probably won’t have much payroll room. Would you even consider giving Byrd a look this offseason, if for no other reason than to get him off of Tiger hitters?

It’s not a serious question, but just a reaction to a bizarre situation. Because it’s now at the point that Byrd has struggled against a lot of teams this season, but continues to pitch the Tigers well.

Rodney, Zumaya both out tonight

That means your closer for tonight is Todd Jones. Awkward, no?

Zumaya’s triceps injury is still being treated as tightness. The training staff used electrotherapy on it to try to loosen up the triceps, and now it’s a matter of resting it. He remains day-to-day. Manager Jim Leyland said he hopes to have Rodney back on Tuesday.

Not much change in the lineup. Gary Sheffield, 6-for-31 lifetime against Paul Byrd, is out. Matt Joyce, 2-for-3 off Byrd from last month, is back in. So is Marcus Thames, who has an interesting line off Byrd: 2-for-9, two homers, four strikeouts.

As expected, much of the Tigers front office is here in Cleveland with the team. Many of them are down on the field for batting practice rather than holed up, so it seems the trade talks are relatively quiet for now.

TIGERS (53-51)

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Carlos Guillen, 3B
  4. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  6. Matt Joyce, LF
  7. Marcus Thames, DH
  8. Ivan Rodriguez, C
  9. Edgar Renteria, SS

INDIANS (45-58)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF (6-for-32 lifetime vs. Rogers)
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
  3. Ben Francisco, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Kelly Shoppach, C
  6. Andy Marte, 3B
  7. Ryan Garko, 1B
  8. Andy Gonzalez, DH
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

Cabrera named AL Player of the Week

He hit .464 with three doubles and 13 RBIs, including his 5-for-6, three-double, six-RBI performance in last Monday’s rout of the Royals. He’s a two-time winner this season. Magglio Ordonez and Matt Joyce have both won it once.

No transactions so far, so the Tigers might have Zumaya and/or Rodney available tonight. We’ll find out in a little bit when the clubhouse opens to the media.

Zumaya

He left the game with tightness in his right triceps. He's day-to-day.

Sunday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Marcus Thames gets a second straight start in LF as he tries to work out of his 0-for-7 slump. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup against a pitcher who has had the Tigers’ number the last couple years. Vazquez lost his last start here on June 11 with five earned runs in six innings, but he’s 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA over his last five meetings with the Tigers.

TIGERS (52-51)

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

WHITE SOX (59-43)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jermaine Dye, RF
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. Nick Swisher, CF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  9. Juan Uribe, 3B

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