May 1st, 2009

Dontrelle update

He just completed his outing for Triple-A Toledo Friday night at Lehigh Valley, where he allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings with two walks, four strikeouts, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Considering both walks were to the first two batters Dontrelle faced, he could’ve been in huge trouble. By contrast, three of his four strikeouts ended innings, including back-to-back strikeouts to end the first with neither walk coming around to score.

Willis threw 102 pitches, 60 for strikes. According to Jim Weber’s call on Hens radio, the radar gun at the ballpark was a little shaky, so it was hard to get an accurate reading on how hard Dontrelle was throwing.

The tarp is off

First pitch is estimated for 7:45 p.m. ET.

Rain delay

It's currently raining, the tarp's still on, and the starting pitchers aren't warming up yet. It all adds up to a rain delay. I'll keep you posted.

Guillen's in left

As manager Jim Leyland was hoping, Carlos Guillen is in left field tonight, with Magglio Ordonez as the designated hitter. Look for Ryan Raburn in the lineup Saturday and Sunday against left-handers Aaron Laffey and Cliff Lee.


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

P: Galarraga


  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, 1B
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  5. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. David Dellucci, DH
  8. Ben Francisco, RF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

P: Carl Pavano