July 18th, 2008

It's so hot … milk was a bad choice

Not only is it really hot here in Baltimore, it’s really humid, and there’s very little wind to speak of. Being close to the water doesn’t help. The Tigers are sending their guys out for batting practice in groups. If it’s not your group, you don’t need to be outside.

As for the game, Edgar Renteria is back in the starting lineup. He isn’t at full strength with his hamstring, but he’s close enough to give it go. Leyland said he’ll go back to Santiago as a defensive replacement for the later innings if he has to.

Carlos Guillen is not here today. His wife was still hospitalized as of today, but it sounded like she could be released today or tomorrow. Inge is back at third in his place.

All the relievers are available tonight, including Fernando Rodney, thought it might be hard to recognize him. Apparently he decided on the spur of the moment on this hot afternoon to get a haircut — in fact, get all of it cut. Unofficial team barber Freddy Dolsi did the honors as teammates watched.

TIGERS (48-47)

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

ORIOLES (45-49)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Adam Jones, CF
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Melvin Mora, 3B
  7. Luke Scott, LF
  8. Ramon Hernandez, C
  9. Brandon Fahey, SS

Dontrelle back on mound

The good news for Dontrelle Willis was that he didn’t walk anybody in his three innings of work for Class A Lakeland Thursday night. The real good news, in fact, was that he threw 26 of 32 pitches for strikes. The flip side is that he allowed a run on four hits.

The article on lakelandledger.com includes a quote from Flying Tigers pitching coach Joe Coleman that gives some insight on what they’re trying to do with Dontrelle. From the story:

“Chuck Hernandez and I have been working with Dontrelle to get him
to throw the ball to zones rather than trying to hit spots,” Lakeland
pitching coach Joe Coleman said, referring to his counterpart in

“Tonight’s outing was a very positive step toward
Dontrelle’s return to Detroit,” said Coleman, who had more good things
to say about Reinert.

If your next question is when will Dontrelle pitch again, I don’t have an answer for you. The Tigers have been very secretive about Dontrelle’s schedule and what they’re doing with him, which is what makes Coleman’s comments significant.