Santiago starts again, no Ramirez yet

When Ramon Santiago is hitting like this, sometimes you have to ride it out. That, plus the chance to give Adam Everett a day off coupled with Monday’s off-day, put Santiago in Tuesday’s lineup at shortstop. You might remember he started Sunday at second base for Placido Polanco.

Wilkin Ramirez is here, but he won’t be in tonight’s starting lineup against right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Look for him to be the DH Wednesday versus Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. That could be his only game action of this stint, but Leyland said he might start him Thursday against Kevin Millwood.


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

P: Dontrelle Willis


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Michael Young, 3B
  4. Andruw Jones, DH
  5. Marlon Byrd, CF
  6. David Murphy, LF
  7. Nelson Cruz, RF
  8. Chris Davis, 3B
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

P: Brandon McCarthy


Very important to get into the Rangers’ bullpen tonight as we have a commpletely alternating LHB/RHB lineup. that could drive the Rangers’ manager nuts tonight.

If that is all Dontrelle’s got he is gonna get hammered.
He better start gettting a breaking ball over.

pretty dissapointing to have the first 4 men reach and only get 1 run. Granderson was safe.. he should have made a little more of an argument.

Checked again on GMan – he can be sent down as whilst in his 3rd season at ML level, is only in his 2nd credited year of active MLB service involving 172 days per season. He will give DD some breathing space.
Raburn started the season with one option left. Now he has settled down and started to defend and produce, JL would now be justified in keeping the option up his sleeve.
Marty, I love that stat on Ramon of 19 RBI’s from 19 hits, all from the 8 or 9 position. Along with Binge’s 27 RBI’s from 34 hits, it sure highlights the production being achieved from the bottom 4.
It has been a season of many nice surprises with the few disappointments on the field generally covered. My biggest concern is that JL remembers to leave his management shell and go with his hunches.

You gotta love this D-Train ride. Just hope the bridge over the ravine is finished in time!!🙂

Most impressive, Dontrelle! Throwing strikes, nice rhythm, keeps fielders in the game and on their toes. Keep it up!

My goodness, sometimes everything just goes smoothly. I was able to log in without the usual delay. Willis gives the Tigers 6 innings of one-hit ball, and only 2 walks! Zoom comes in and almost strikes out the side! At this point, the only scary thing is that Rodney looms…
Please, Rodney, get it done!

Anyone who watched the game today witnessed what speed can do. Josh’s nice grab of the liner over his head and Clete’s defense in Right as well as his score from first on Miggy’s drive were enjoyable plays. Love this mix of players.


I’m sure everyone is watching the Wings right now, but it’s intermission.
What can ya say? Dontrelle was dealing. Command of all his pitches, even getting some close calls from the plate ump. What few times he was hit hard, the defense picked him up. Very very well played ballgame. I didn’t in a million years expect Willis to throw one-hit ball. Finally a big W as a Tiger, but I hope this is just the beginning of something. I’m sure he does too. This definitely changes things for now.
Maybe we should have scored more in the first couple of innings, but you can’t complain about getting sac flies. How many times have we stranded runners on third with less than two out in the past? GK? 🙂
The rest of the division is playing each other, so we can pick up a game on two teams with every win this week. And Verlander tomorrow.

Kerry Wood comes in to save the game with a 5-2 lead in Kansas City. Two homers, a walk, a triple, and a sac fly later, KC wins before a raucous crowd. Welcome to the American League, Mr. Wood. I don’t think blown saves have been a problem for us this year.
And the Wings won on the prettiest 3 on 1 you’d ever want to see. Good times, good times.

Dontrelle came back out after the first and started to pitch. Lots of credit to him and Laird for mixing it up and not relying on the fastball completely.
Another good win and another impressive outing for Zumaya. I was very surprised to see Lyon pitch to only one batter.
It was a pleasure watching those outfielders today too.

Really Really proud of what Dontrelle did tonight. He pitched!!!! I hope he can build on that. The defense was great and we were able to scratch a few runs out for the win.
No kidding Rich – If I had to hazard a guess the Tigers have stranded nearly 1.5 million runners on third with less than two outs. ( or at least thats what if felt like sometimes.).
Good night in the D. for Detroit sports.

Good morning TigaBloggers. Been a while since I’ve posted. I’m home sick this morning from my fourth grade class. I guess that’s why I’m grinning even though I’m under the weather. Some quick obervations. We are fast approaching the quarter turn in this marathon we call a full season. Who would have thought that our Tigers would be six games up on the twins in the last column after having been swept the week before? Who would have thought that when the season started that without Bonderman or Willis, our strength would be the Starting 5, or should I say 4.5 with Mondo’s recent slide? Who would have thought that without normal performances from Polly, Maggs, no Thames, no Guillen, and even an uneven performance from Grandy that we would be where we are? Who would have thought that the likes of Everett, Anderson, Thomas, Santiago, and my hero the Binge man would be such a big part of our success? Who would have thought that no offense from three catchers would not cause any great harm? Well, I offer the answers! Pitching! Defense! Cabrera! Youth! Power arms! it’s almost to the point that we can stop picking on Leyland; okay, Rich, we won’t go that far. The other key is Leyland’s dreaded C word, CHEMISTRY! Yes it is a major contributor to where we are this year. Wow! First place on May 19. My wife got me MLB Extra innings for my Birthday again! And she’s not going to divorce me, I think. This is my 50th. season as a Tiger fan, and right now I’m in Hawg! Heaven. See you in Balimore next weekend, Rich! Man, I do bleed Tiger Blue!

I agree, who would have thought…………………

I am so thrilled to see the team do so well. The sad thing for me is I have to face the fact that my Tiger, Guillen (and Maggs) are not even needed. That is a hard pill to swallow, what excitement they brought to 2006. But, these young guys bring so much into the game.

Yep, the chemistry is there this year, those guys are having fun.

Thanks Dontrelle, keep it up.

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