August 20th, 2008

Last Tiger to give up five HRs

Just two Tigers have done it since 1956. Jeff Weaver was the more recent, having given up five Red Sox homers on July 24, 1999 at Tiger Stadium. He left after four innings with nine runs allowed on 10 hits. Don Mossi did it on June 23, 1961 at Cleveland, but he lasted seven innings.

UPDATE @ 9:30pm: Upon further review, Robertson became just the seventh Major League pitcher since 1956 to give up at least five home runs and no singles in a game. Jamie Moyer was the most recent, giving up seven earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings on July 21, 2006 for Seattle at Boston. The list includes former Tiger Denny McLain, who served up five runs on five hits (yup, all solo homers) in three innings for Washington at Oakland on June 16, 1971.

Wednesday: Tigers at Rangers

As expected, Polanco has the day off. He said this afternoon that his knee is still sore but better than yesterday. He doesn’t know he did it, but it’s been bothering him for a few days.

The radar around Arlington and the Metroplex suggests that they should get this game in without problem, but a heavy downpour came through here right around the time the Rangers were getting into batting practice, sending folks scrambling and the grounds crew racing to get the tarp on the field. Hopefully this field drains well.

Santiago is back in the two spot. There was some temptation on Leyland’s part to put some pop in that spot and start Joyce up there, but Santiago had a good game last night.

TIGERS (62-64)

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

RANGERS (62-65)

  1. Brandon Boggs, LF
  2. Michael Young, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, RF
  4. Milton Bradley, DH
  5. Marlon Byrd, CF
  6. Gerald Laird, C
  7. Chris Davis, 1B
  8. Travis Metcalf, 3B
  9. Joaquin Arias, 2B

Polanco update

Jim Leyland said after the game that Placido Polanco has patella tendinitis in his right knee. Leyland was already planning on giving Polanco a game off Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s off-day, so he’ll stick with that plan and try to get him ready for Friday’s series opener at Kansas City.