March 7th, 2009

Tickets go fast on first day of single-game sales

Just got the numbers from the Tigers, who sold 66,163 tickets as of 6pm Saturday, the first day single-game tickets went on sale. That’s the third-highest first-day total since Comerica Park opened in 2000, which is impressive given the state of the Michigan economy.

Those totals include tickets sold at the Comerica Park box office, where there were about 600 people in line when they opened at 10am, as well as online, by phone, and at Meijer stores. Opening Day sold out in little over an hour. Tickets are still available for other big games this season, including the series against the Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox.

Sheff leaves game

He’s suffering nausea and vomiting, according to the Tigers. He batted in the fifth and left after that.

UPDATE @ 4:15pm: Apparently Sheff has a stomach virus that has been going around the Tigers clubhouse. Dontrelle supposedly has it, too, and others have gone through it. Not sure if it’ll affect Dontrelle’s status for his scheduled outing Sunday. Leyland expects he’ll get through it.

Zumaya update

He was in the clubhouse in Lakeland this morning, back from his exam in Pensacola. His umprompted greeting: "I'm all right. That's all you need to write." That works.

Watch out for foul balls


This is what happens when a Ryan Howard foul ball off an Edwin Jackson fastball sails through the press box. Fortunately nobody got in its path, but plenty of people are grabbing photos. That ball went through in a hurry.

Larish in left

This is the first start in the outfield for Jeff Larish, who has been starting mostly at first base this spring. It’ll be an interesting day for him, a sun-drenched sky with nary a cloud, and a little breezy.

“What’s the difference? Let’s see what he can do,” manager Jim Leyland said before the game.

It should definitely be an interesting OF alignment, with Ryan Raburn in right and Casper Wells in center.

The Twitter page is up and going again. Running late, so here’s the rest of the lineups:


  1. Raburn, RF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Hessman, 1B
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Larish, LF
  7. Wells, CF
  8. Treanor, C
  9. Sizemore, 2B


  1. Eric Bruntlett, SS
  2. Greg Dobbs, DH
  3. Geoff Jenkins, LF
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. John Mayberry Jr., RF
  6. Jayson Werth, CF
  7. Mike Cervenak, 3B
  8. Jason Donald, 2B
  9. Lou Marson, C