August 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.

Tuesday: Tigers at Rangers

One reason the Rangers badly wanted to get in Monday’s game was the fear that the weather tomorrow would be worse. So far, though, tonight appears promising. There’s still a good chance for some scattered storms at some point, but right now it only appears to be one line.

The bullpen appears to be at full strength tonight, so that will be a boost.

TIGERS (61-64)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco Santiago, 2B (Polanco scratched during BP – sore right knee)
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, 3B
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Joyce, LF
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C

RANGERS (62-64)

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

Monday: Tigers at Rangers

The weather was nasty for most of the day here, more Florida-like than Texas, and the forecast still calls for a good chance of rain tonight and into tomorrow, but for now it’s dry.

The Tigers bullpen is a little short tonight with the long work from Sunday, but Kyle Farnsworth is available.

On the Rangers side, Ian Kinsler went on the DL today with a sports hernia.

TIGERS (60-64)

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

RANGERS (62-63)

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

Sunday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Almost forgot the lineups. Scheduled day off for Magglio, a day off as a precaution for Guillen.

TIGERS (60-63)

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

ORIOLES (59-63)

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

Todd Jones back to DL

He apparently had a recurrence of his right shoulder soreness after that long outing Friday night and was placed back on the disabled list this morning, retroactive to Saturday. Gary Glover’s contract has been purchased. Look for more on the site later this morning.

UPDATE @ 11:40am: Jones said he basically pushed himself too fast. He knew it, but he felt like he could help the team. Once he got out on the mound, the pain in the back in the shoulder flared up whenever he got out of his mechanics. The plan is for the Tigers to activate him when rosters expand Sept. 1.

Saturday: Tigers vs. O's

You get your lineups early today. You also get Carlos Guillen back; he’s batting sixth, while Matt Joyce is back in left hitting seventh.

TIGERS (59-63)

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

ORIOLES (59-62)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B (0-for-7 career vs. Verlander)
  2. Nick Markakis, RF (1-for-9 vs. Verlander)
  3. Melvin Mora, 3B (0-for-6 vs. Verlander)
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH (0-for-7 vs. Verlander)
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Luke Scott, LF
  7. Jay Payton, CF
  8. Guillermo Quiroz, C
  9. Juan Castros, SS

Friday: Tigers vs. O's

Todd Jones is back, but don’t look for him in the ninth inning, at least not tonight. If he pitches tonight, it’ll likely be in a lower-pressure situation.

Marcus Thames is also back. He’ll be hitting sixth behind the Ordonez-Cabrera-Sheff trio in teh middle of the order.

As for Carlos Guillen, he’s out for at least one more day. Even if he says he feels fine, manager Jim Leyland said, he’ll probably still rest him for another day to be on the safe side with a pinched nerve.

TIGERS (59-62)

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

ORIOLES (57-62)

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

How the waiver process works

As many have so aptly described in the comments section of a previous post, placing a player on waivers at this time of year (say, Gary Sheffield, according to an ESPN.com report) is a procedural move that teams do with several players. It allows teams to see if there’s any interest in players, and to see whether a trade is feasible. It does NOT mean that a player is about to get claimed on waivers, though they have 48 hours to do so once a player goes on there. In Sheffield’s case, a claim is not going to happen, not with Sheffield under contract for $14 million next year. The truer test would be if any team would want to trade for Sheffield, a .219 hitter whose average has barely budged since coming off the disabled list. That’s also unlikely, given that — again — he’s under contract for next year.

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