September 8th, 2008

Hessman's hit-by-pitch mark

When Mike Hessman was hit by two different pitches in the second inning tonight, he actually entered some pretty rare company. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, just four other players in modern baseball history have done it. Ex-Oriole Brady Anderson was the most recent, having been plunked by two Mike Morgan pitches in the opening inning against the Rangers on May 23, 1999. Former Rockies slugger Andres Galarraga (July 12, 1996), Mets All-Star Frank Thomas (April 29, 1962) and Cincinnati’s Willard Schmidt (April 26, 1959) are the others.

Garcia to self: Get a haircut

By now, you may or not have seen footage or photos of Freddy Garcia and the long hair he has grown. It isn’t quite as big as the head of hair on Magglio Ordonez, but it’s pretty long. He had said when he was in Toledo that he was going to cut it, but he still hasn’t. I’d meant to ask him about it ever since he got here, and he said today that he was actually mistaken for Ordonez recently when he was at a local restaurant.

He was actually pretty baffled by the mistake.

“Magglio is what, 5-9? I’m 6-4, 250,” Garcia said.

Ordonez, by the way, is listed as six feet even, so I’m assuming he was kidding.

Garcia still plans on getting his hair cut.

“I don’t want people to call me Magglio on the street,” he said.

Monday: Tigers vs. A's

Back to work after the Twins series and in time to cover the sequel to the simulated game between Dontrelle Willis and Freddy Garcia. Garcia threw around 67 pitches, a lot of them fastballs and changeups, and said he felt good. Willis went around 82 pitches and showed some pretty good command, especially hitting the inside corner, which he said is something he didn’t do a whole lot in past years. No word yet on the Tigers’ next move for either of them, but if they’re going to get into game action, it appears it won’t be until at least the middle of the next week, since the rotation is pretty much set through next Monday.

Carlos Guillen, meanwhile, is running, throwing and swinging a bat without contact, but hasn’t yet taken batting practice. That could happen today. Still, it doesn’t appear he’ll play in the next day or two.

TIGERS (69-74)

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


  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Daric Barton, 1B
  3. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  4. Jack Cust, DH
  5. Kurt Suzuki, C
  6. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  7. Aaron Cunningham, LF
  8. Eric Patterson, 2B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS