Zumaya rehabs much better with Mud Hens

After two outings with control issues for Class A Lakeland, it sounds like Joel Zumaya is back in form now that he’s up with Triple-A Toledo for the rest of his rehab. He pitched two scoreless innings on two singles with no walks and one strikeout.

I wasn’t at the game, so I can only give so many details. But listening to veteran Mud Hens play-by-play man Jim Weber on the radio call, it sounded like a very strong effort. Reportedly, he was consistently in the mid-90s on the radar gun at the new stadium in Columbus for his first inning, which took just 10 pitches, before he apparently amped up when he came back out. His lone strikeout was to the last hitter he faced, and he supposedly hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun on two of his final three pitches. Don’t know how accurate that radar gun is, but there you have it. He also spotted a curveball or two for strikes, though not consistently.

Unofficial count: 26 pitches, 17 strikes.

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Hard to get excited about Zoom. Deja vue for us, must be really frustrating for him. Hopefully this time is for real. If Willis continues his pitching reformation, the Tigers are going to have to make some tough decisions in May.
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The new Yankee stadium is fast becoming a joke and a lefties dream. Fly balls to right field keep going for homers – 16 thus far and the 3rd game isn’t over. They are going to have to pay even more for pitchers in future.

Zumaya will need a consistent second pitch even if, by some miracle, he did remain healthy. I assume if Perry doesn’t have some good outings soon, he’ll be the one to go down.
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What do you think, Dave, is it Yankee Stadium or do these two clubs just have lousy pitching? We’ve had some shootouts with Cleveland too over the past few seasons. My opinion of Sabathia is that he’s a good pitcher but nowhere near the guy who dominated the NL last summer. I think he got built up out of proportion to reality. The Tigers laid an 11 or 14-spot on him last April, if I remember correctly. Galarraga’s first start.
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Beware of Toronto this year…………..
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–Rich

Hopefully just lousy pitching, although giving up a combined 49 runs over 3 games represents an awful lot of bad pitching!! Eric Wedge said he was surprised to see poorly timed hits fly out of right field.
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You would have to wonder how Sabathia backed up this year after the Brewers repeatedly cashed in on him down the 2008 stretch.
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No change in todays line-up. Just when Anderson was starting to hit, he stops getting playing time. Difficult to give Curtis and Carlos time off but Carlos is definitely due a day off. Hopefully both will have great outings today.

Five runners on in 3 innings and nothing to show for it. The M’s were twice on toast with Miggs and Carlos unable to deliver. Hopefully just a matter of time and not last night revisited.

If things stay as is, we may get to see Rodney in a pressure situation in the ninth. With that being said, I hope we tack a few more on.

–Ed

This game should already be over. Makes me nervous on past history!!

Mistake. Let Jax pitch to Ichiro. He dominates him.
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Get ‘em, Bobby.
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–Rich

Yeah Bobby! Whew……………..

bigtime tigers fan live in seattle was at the game last night what a shame carlos is too slow to play left

whew i need oxygen

Man that was hard work – the ump having zero tolerance on the zone didn’t help!! So glab they didn’t stuff it up again for Jackson – I bet he wasn’t watching!!
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Carlos has to be rested and Anderson given more playing time – range in left field is essential.

When we acquired Jackson, the talk was he was wild. Hasn’t shown that at all. Very impressed with the way he pounds the strike zone.

–Ed

Nice win today … like these close games that we win.
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I know JL can’t listen to everything from everyone .. but i do hope he reads some smart ideas posted earlier .. from here …. or elsewhere.
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We need to reward performance and go with people in form … So Anderson should be the current starter in LF, CG our DH .. if and when CG is in LF, make sure he knows that some mistakes are expected from him. I really think that his defense has made him struggle at the plate. We don’t need that …. and Rodney should be the closer … cuz he has pleasantly surprised us ( knock on wood). Send a signal that performance alone will get you playing time.
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Maggs is back at .300 … Thames is running cold so he should be given a brief breather on the bench … and Larrish needs some AB’s …
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JL has started to worry me … cuz the management (including JL) has made the brave decisions … but if that is not continued on the field, it will be useless.
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Like last year, JL is not rewarding performance or riding the hot hand, when he benched Thames when he was hot … and he tried to get Sheff going .. when he was in a very bad slump .. Leaving some pitcher in when it’s obvious he is done ..
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I am glad Everett has a bug (sorry ..) .. i like him .. but if he was healthy, Santiago would be on the bench … as per JL’s mantra.

That was an excellent game. Even if we’d lost, it would have been a good game. Good for you, Dan, you’re getting to see some real fine baseball being played. BTW, there were several close camera shots of the ball girl interacting with the people down there, but I couldn’t spot anyone who might have been you. Even paused the picture to scan the crowd, but no luck.
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I think we got a steal on that Jackson/Joyce deal. I don’t think Joyce will improve upon what he did last year, but E-Jax is just coming into his own.
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Rodney doesn’t even look like the same guy out there. Even his facial expressions are different. Who’da thunk it?
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As the season stretches out, some of these games won’t seem so life and death, but right now it’s important not to start getting below .500.
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Not sure what to expect from young Mr. Porcello tomorrow after all those days off.
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–Rich

Like last nights game, it felt a lot like last year when we failed to capitalise on our hitting and fell apart at the first bit of misfortune. After the passed ball in the 5th to put one on, one out instead of 2 out, determined pitching by Jackson and defense got us out of trouble. Same again in the 9th when after an unlucky walk gave visions of another save blown. Wow, Rodney sure looks composed and his changeup really proving enough to go with a located fastball.
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So right Rich about putting your performers on the field. JL is trying to do things differently this year with the bunts and suicide squeeze, yet has real trouble benching the ‘name’ players. Hitting .176 with only 4 RBI’s from 34 at bats does not justify playing everyday, made even worse when your defense is limited.

Great game tonight. Seay was critical and more power to him. I fwe had another lefty in the pen I think he could be imposed upon to close.
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Guillen is strugling. He was liming less than yesterday but what kind of sense does it make to play him if he isn’t hitting, isn’t coverig the teritrory AND he is physically challenged?
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Thmes looked awful.
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Laird is glue right now.
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He had the plate blocked like a Russian sentry at the Berlin Wall on Curtis’ fine throw home.
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Rodney had me worried as he was having a little trouble finding the strike zone and the change/fastball setup was not as dramatic as it sometimes is for him. He did the job though.
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. Wy to go Jackson. Big play by Polanco on that DP

Boy, Now that was a good Game! A reward for staying up to watch! Lopsided blowout like Cleveland-NY,22 runs, thats no fun, go home early, or turn the tv off. But last nights game was entertainment. There HAD to be something in Edwins’ stuff..maybe coated balls with flu-like germs or germans!..Ha, cause he was dealing all night long. Seatle has an impressive group of hitters, that can manufacture runs… just like what happened to V-lander last night…(with an added measure of panic or lost composure.) I will say this, starters going thru 7 innings will help the team, as well as making the bullpen look like , “lights out”, “Mama-git the kids in their carseats, lets go!” repeating 2006′s impressive season.

Inge’s Error previous nights game, added to unravel Verlanders head, but look at who brought the goods to the plate to win the only score in the game! If not for Brandons single, nobody would have scored and could have changed the outcome of the game. Extra innings perhaps? But the error by Icharo, gave us the insurance run to give a cushion to JAX…. You win some, you loose some, everybody’s human.

I am impressed with some of the new players (and old),that keep surprising and impressing me this year.
Laird has definately shined since putting on a Tigers uniform, and shows alot of skill- throwing out base runners, good body placement, and fast legs. I saw him calming down pitchers. (last night scene where he was giving a sign to Jax to calm it down..he was getting amped) Both he and Jackson are great acquisitions. Jackson was a needed presence in the rotation, with Bondo out, even more, filling the gap in the bridge between JV, and G-man!

Rich, coming from a post a few days ago,gosh!- I envy you , that you were fortunatel enough to see the players in Florida! Maggs does look like he’ll improve, he looked more comfortable at the plate, even against good pitching, and more calm, waiting for the right pitch, even if it means walking… thats a cool head..&..maybe the west coast warmth will help him and others.

Yes, its begginging to look like Toronto are not pretenders, and might be there at the top this fall! But neither are our team. We have a good mix, and not having to rely on just 4 or 5 players to make a game come thru now. Everygame, somebody is coming thru with a positive beat.

I have to add, Bobby Seay is looking really impressive, a relief or a comfort to the pitcher that goes out of a game. If the pitcher on the mound has a say in it,, they’ll be asking the skipper for Seay to follow them. Last year was disastor for pitchers in that category.

I am not ready to say Rodney is locked in yet. He still is dangerous as Vlander, outcome could go either way.

If these first two games against the Mariners don’t prove that pitching and defense is key- I don’t know what does.
Good ptiching both nights by both teams- Inge’s error changed the game on Friday, Ichiro’s error was the difference last night.
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Go Tigers!

-Tracey

Edwin looks like DD made a good deal. We have enough outfielders both current and prospects. Seay made a big out yesterday, and how big was it when Curtis threw that guy out at home. But they sure got us bag when they threw Curtis out at home. I don’t think it was wrong that he went though, it was a good throw and the catcher did a heck of a job blocking the plate.
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Carlos has got to get it going at the plate, I am encouraged by Curtis’s plate appearences last night, but Carlos still looks lost. Very unusual for him to look so bad. It makes you wonder if that achilles problem is worse than he is letting on. Carlos is a gamer, I believe that he played on deaths door when he was in Seattle but I cannot remember what he had.
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Rodney didn’t get frustrated with the walk he gave up (by the way that pitch was a strike) last year he would of come unglued and fallen apart.
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I hope and think that we will miss Greinke when we are in Kansas next weekend. That guy is locked in. Hasn’t given up a run yet..
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Hopefully Porcello will hold his own today and the guys can get some runs off of Silva. Don’t like seeing Cleveland coming around, don’t want them to have any confidence. Before they meet the Yankees they had one of the lowest team batting averages in the league now they are top two or three.
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GO WINGS
GO TIGERS
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GK

CHANGING THE SUGJECT:

Well, thus far, I’ve been proven wrong about Jackson. Never too impressed, but he was stellar last night!

Main thing I wanted to chime in with here is shortstop. I’ve always really liked Everett. However, if this job isn’t given to Santiago on a full time basis, something is wrong in TigerLand. It’s not just this year, the dude has put up everytime he’s been on the field! Everett will have a pretty good year too, and provides some stability in the middle, but Everett is solid all around and could provide 80 plus RBI. Lot’s of pop in that bat!! Too much so, to be on the bench

About Greinke…..if KC is going with 5 starters, he’ll pitch Friday against the Tigers. If they are having their starters go every 5 days, he could pitch Thursday. They have Monday off and there is the chance of a rain-out, too.

I agree with much of what has been said here. Why was Thames DHing when they have Larish as that LH power bat
against a RH Hernandez? Why not give Guillen a breather as a DH whenever possible? I also don’t have much confidence right now in the hitting by Ordonez. I hope it is just a slow start. With RH Silva pitching today, why shouldn’t our LH batters be given a shot? Santiago, Larish, Anderson. It doesn’t look like Granderson is ever going to be even an average base-stealer. Is that Granderson’s mind-set or Leyland’s? If Bonderman, Zumaya and Willis can ever get back anywhere close to past performances, it will be a big help.

The bottom 5 just keep playing huge for the Tigers and are fast becoming the clutch RBI hitters. Even with Laird having the night off!!!
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Other than Treanor’s hitting which is just a matter of time, all the bench guys are contributing big time.

After his 2nd double play out, Treanor had better come good sooner rather than later! His better than he is putting up with career batting over 230.

The Tigers keep playing good team baseball with pitching again leading the way.
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Who would have thought after 12 games, Cabs would be leading the RBI’s on 12, followed closely by Inge and Santiago on 11. Amazing!!
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The only offense concern is the slow start by Polanco, Maggs and Carlos who have yet to hit a homer and have only 14 RBI’s between them. Their 4 hits today hopefully shows they are getting back some form.

You can only hope that we continue to see this quality of baseball more this season, and I’m talking about both teams, although the Mariners fell apart some late today. Excellent weekend of baseball, REAL baseball.
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I was watching the Seattle feed (for the high def) and they didn’t say anything about Polanco’s 2nd inning DP. He didn’t tag the runner coming from first, so did they call him out of the baseline? Back when I played second, I’d chase the runner only so far assuming he’d be called out then throw on over to first. Funny thing is, many times the umpire called the runner out on a tag I never made. One of my favorite plays. They’d even ask later if I’d tagged him and I’d always say “sure did.” :-)
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Good managing by JL, starting Cabrera from first twice with Guillen up. An attempt to get Carlos going at the plate. I also liked the aggressiveness, the steal of 3rd by Anderson and yet another suicide squeeze.
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Porcello was really good, but that doesn’t surprise me. It will be hard to get him out of that rotation.
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Okay Dan, I saw a guy in the bottom of the 7th, big “D” with the springing Tiger logo on the back, returning to his seat with a hot dog in his fielder’s glove, laughing it up with some young Seattle fans. Was that you?
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–Rich

Gosh this web site is clunky. It wasn’t this bad before. Logging in even takes a long time. You’d hope a large organization like MLB could fix these kinds of problems quickly…
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Just checked and the Tigers are best in the AL for walks given up (33). What a change from last year! This really gives me hope. Cleveland is worst with 62, followed by the Yankees with 54. It’s still early but this is a great sign.

The what-ifs are building. Texas was hot and the Tigers swept them. Seattle was hot and the Tigers nearly swept them except for one freaky inning. The Angels are down. Can the Tigers keep them down? Santiago is proving he belongs. Will JL see it the same way? Add Anderson to that also. Larish has been practically banished even after all the talk of a LH power hitter. What if Bonderman, Zumaya and Willis can all come back? Bonine to Toledo? Perry to Erie?
Miner? Porcello? I don’t have much confidence in Lyon yet. Would they dump him? Starters-Verlander, Galarraga, Jackson, Porcello, Bonderman, Willis, Miner, Robertson???????? Somebody is headed to the bullpen or out the door.

Todd- I couldn’t agree more. Not only hard to blog- now I can barely get on the Tigers homepage in under 3 minutes. And to check on other teams by surfing to their sites? Forgetaboutit. Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
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What a great weekend of baseball. I don’t know what Matt Treanor’s legacy will be, but at least he can say he caught Rick Porcello’s first MLB win. What a special kid. I can’t believe he isn’t even old enough to order a beer.
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Of the 25 man roster- we have 11 guys who weren’t on the Opening Day roster last year. We seemed to have really made all the right moves this year. I know it’s early- but I am really excited.
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-Tracey

Great weekend of baseball – I fell asleep Friday night when the boys were up 3-0, so that was disappointing, but not seeing it made it easier!

Santiago has been clutch for the team. I feel bad for Everett being sick, but good for Ramon in showing his wares yet again.

Fun to see the squeeze bunt – twice! Who would have thought Leyland would pull that? Nice couple of snags by Brandon in Sunday’s game, and some great starting and bullpen pitching.

All in all, I am happy with a 2-1 series against the Mariners.

I about freaked out when I saw the ESPN headline about trade rumors for Cabbie – I say if they even consider it, those of us in driving distance go lock ourselves to Comerica in protest! The guy is simply amazing and I think it would be ridiculous to trade him, I don’t care how many people they brought in for him, he is the nucleus of our offense right now and seems like an overall good guy that is a good teammate.

I do have to disagree about an earlier post about Sheffield – I believe he would have gotten a curtain call if he was in Detroit for his 500th – I would hope our fans would have class enough to at least mark a monumental moment like that.

Great Pitching!…Great weekend for the Tigers! I applaud that some of the mechanic’s have been adjusted, and coaches deserve credit. Our bullpen definately looks stronger too.
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Sorry too, Everett being sick, but boy, I agree, Great Weekend for Ramon! He’s proving he is ready for everyday.
Plus , He and Inge form a great wall of defense on the field!
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Speaking of which, I was curious to see if Sport Center would post Inge for his stabbing dives in or near the top 10, and they never even appeared!.. Didn’t even show the good job by Porcello? What gives? You have to be a cat, leaping at a ball going over 100 mph just off your body, 80 feet away… Hey? ESPN! Its not the same as diving ballet for a fly ball in outfield.
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But I do chuckle.. Ex-Tiger K Farnsworth is cited for losing 3 of 5 of the Royals losses this spring.. Ouch! That hurts. Our loss is thier gain.. yuk yuk yuk!

Leyland said not to expect anymore squeeze plays, but he may be sandbagging. If it’s the right situation and Santiago is up there, why not call it? Razor is money on bunting. Looking at the bigger picture, a club that is bunting, putting guys in motion, stealing bases, that puts pressure on the opposing defense and can make them shaky. Not saying that’s what happened with Betancourt yesterday, but the fact remains that Seattle was messing up some plays. To be realistic, though, that is a team that lost 101 games last year.
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Yeah, I suppose Sheffield would have gotten a curtain call depending on which folks were in the ballpark at the time. Not everybody hated him, it just seemed like it.
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I watched MLB Network last night and they did feature Inge’s diving catch. They didn’t show any of Beltre but I guess there’s only so much wizardry you can show. At any rate, their late night wrap-ups are far better than ESPN’s, as they should be. For anyone who’s unable to see this, they show highlights from all 15 games, including highlights from the Friday/Saturday games of the series too.
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The Royals are going to need more than Kyle Farnsworth if they expect to compete for anything. Great starters, though.
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Let’s see what we can do with the Angels minus Bad Vlad.
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–Rich

Back Home after a realy nice weekend in Seattle. BTW, I’d have no trouble recommending Seattle as an excellent place to visit for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike.
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Progressive municipal transit system, fascinating architecture, fantastic seafood, friendly people, good baseball stadium, beautiful sno-capped mountains and the lovely Puget Sound. As in any North American city there are far too many homeless and disconnected people. I may be naive and idealistic still, but this is just an incongruity that still surprises and saddens me.
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The most important thing I saw on this pilgrimage for me was the starting pitching. Verlander was extremely good–until the dam broke, and that is something that he will need to address if he is ever going to make the jump to premier pitcher status. Jackson was a treat to watch and Porcello, well, he was as mesmerizing to me as he was to the last 14 hitters he faced.
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Santiago is the man right now. I am pleased to see JL continuing on going with him. JL has had the tendency in the past to try to make some stubborn ideas work out but he is being open-minded about this. Ramon is going to have his down times and Everett needs to be ready.
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Cab is truly a man among boys as far as hit hitting ability goes. But he needs help in the middle of the lineup. I mean extra base help. ordonez has not had an extra base hit all year. Thames is showing why he has never been given the chance to be a regular player, Carlos is hobbling and is not a “dangerous” hitter right now. For Cab to be truly effective he needs the hitters around him to provide a degree of difficulty for the opposing pitcher. I hope that changes soon.
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Curtis is having a frustrating time out there, I agree with the comment about his base-stealing. They need to get him going in that department. A little success there might even stoke him up offensively. Also, the drag bunt I have talke about a few times is going to open up the right side for him if he just starts to give it a try. If he were to get it going this could be a really sweet season for the whole club IMO.
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They need to play Anderson more- he is “True Grit”. He even engaged in some fan dialogue during the game and seems to be simply a good baseball player. Ditto on Laird. Great acquisitions.
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Rich–no that fan you saw wasn’t me–we were further up the line. A little far fron the infield but a great view of anything hit toward 3rd. The plays that Inge and Beltre made were in full view for us and that is always one of the treats of baseball–to watch the action at the Hot Corner.
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The DP you spoke about was what you thought. The runner was called out for being out of the base path. That was also a very critical DP. Polanco played extremely well defensively. I must say that Ordonez looked pretty good out there too. he wasn’t tested much but his throws were all strong and accurate. I was actually impressed.
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Perry got scored against for the first time. And it was his own fault. He had the 3rd out and it looked like he forgot about “never hesitating” on Ichiro’s ground ball to the right side. JL “never hesitated” in taking him out after that! Though–one could say that perhaps JL should have brought in Seay to face Ichiro (as there were 3 LHB in a row). Small point.
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I was quite surprised to see the park radar gun readings on Brandon Lyon. I didn’t know he could throw that hard and he hit 93 and 94 several times. I hope he can work it out and justify the signing.
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Met some great fans and great people. Baseball, after all these years and changes in society, still brings out the best in people.

Dan – glad you got to see some good baseball and the guys played well for you.
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Regarding Inges play at 3rd base, it did make web gems on ESPN as well #2 or #3. I saw it on tv as well as it was on the web site as well this morning.
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GO TIGERS
GK

I had a co-worker who visited relatives in Seattle for two weeks every summer and she always raved about it. Sounds like a nice trip. So Dan, did your wife enjoy her birthday present? :-)
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The Seattle feed showed a lot of action down by the ballgirl all weekend, but if you were further down the line I’d have never found you. Heck, I’ve DVR’d games that I’ve BEEN at and couldn’t find myself.
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I noticed those radar readings on Lyon. I suppose if he’s able to locate with those, I can see where he’d be effective. He’s quietly done a good job since his opening meltdown. The thing with him is, he was only signed to a one-year deal with no promise of being the closer. I think DD was looking down the road, and this also may explain the failure to sign Kerry Wood.
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I like Anderson so far, but we’ll have to see how AL pitchers adjust to him. He was that close to being the Braves starting centerfielder this season, so he’s not chopped liver.
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–Rich

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