April 14th, 2009

Fidrych's gem vs. Yankees online

If you miss the replay of The Bird's nationally televised gem against the Yankees on MLB Network Saturday, it's running again online at the moment. You can get to it off the MLB.com home page or at mlb.com/live.

Tigers-White Sox rained out, rotation shuffled

Updated with pitching matchups in bold …

The first cold, rainy day of the season in the Motor City proved too wet for the Tigers and White Sox. Tuesday’s scheduled afternoon game has been postponed.

Rain was intermittent all morning and into the early afternoon. It was expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening.

No announcement was immediately available on a makeup date, but the two teams have plenty of options. In addition to common off-days April 30, June 15 and June 22, the White Sox come back to Detroit for two more series this year, a three-game set July 24-26 and the final weekend of the season, Oct. 2-4.

Tuesday was supposed to be the first career start at Comerica Park for Tigers rookie starter Rick Porcello. Given the conditions and the way they affected starters Zach Miner and Gavin Floyd on Monday, however, it might not have been a fair glimpse for fans at Detroit’s top prospect. Both Miner and Floyd seemingly struggled to find a grip on baseballs, and their command suffered.

With Tuesday’s rainout, plus scheduled off-days coming Thursday and next Monday, the Tigers shuffled their pitching rotation after the announcement. Porcello will make his next start Sunday at Seattle. Armando Galarraga will make his scheduled start Wednesday, followed by Justin Verlander on the road Friday and Edwin Jackson on Saturday. Galarraga is expected to start again next Tuesday against the Angels.

That leaves Zach Miner out of the rotation for the time being until the Tigers need a fifth starter again late next week.

Waiting on the rain

The tarp is still on here at Comerica Park, but it isn’t raining, and a few players are stretching and playing catch alongside the dugout. So for now, it looks like they’ll try to get this game in. The radar shows another band of showers heading here in a little bit, but it might be dry after that.

Jim Leyland waited a while to see whether he’d play Guillen or Thames in LF, but both were going to play regardless. As it turns out, Guillen will DH.


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

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Brent Lillibridge, 2B
  2. Josh Fields, 3B
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Brian Anderson, CF (Grade 3 shoulder separation for Dewayne Wise, by the way)

P: John Danks