Cabrera back at first base, roster move coming

A day after manager Jim Leyland pulled Miguel Cabrera from the game after a couple plate appearances because he didn’t look at full strength with his strained left hamstring, Cabrera is back in the lineup today for the first game of the doubleheader. Leyland wants to at least give Cabrera a shot to play and see how he reacts before deciding what to do about the nightcap.

“I’ll see how it looks the first game,” Leyland said. “He’ll have a lot of time for treatment before the second game.”

There’s a reason why Cabrera would not be at designated hitter. Leyland said Cabrera told him that his hamstring feels better when he’s in the field as opposed to DHing.

“He told me that he actually felt better if he was moving around,” Leyland said.

As for the roster move that will come after the first game, Leyland said he does not know yet what it’s going to be. They have a few scenarios, but part of it depends on how the first game goes and how their bullpen looks.

“No matter how this turns out,” Leyland said, “we’re going to be forced to do something that we don’t want to do.”

That could ssemingly include going with a 13-man pitching staff and going a hitter short for a while until they get to Pittsburgh, though Leyland didn’t want to comment on that.

The weather is looking up right now — mostly cloudy, but some clearing in the sky. It really isn’t that miserable of a day, a lot better than it looked this morning. We’ll see if it holds; the forecast calls for scattered showers.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jermaine Dye, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Chris Getz, 2B
  8. Josh Fields, 3B
  9. Dewayne Wise, CF

P: Clayton Richard

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Did anybody happen to catch the FSN pregame show for today’s first game? I didn’t get to see it, but I guess they were doing a segment on the grounds crew at Comerica Park and how they keep the playing field in top condition. I was told this second hand so I’m not sure if it came from a member of the grounds crew or Brandon Inge himself, but apparently Brandon takes the entire grounds crew out to dinner at least once a season to show them his appreciation for how well they maintain the field. It may happen elsewhere, but I’ve never heard of anyone else doing this. It makes me even prouder to be a Tigers’ fan knowing that we have quality individuals such as this representing the organization.

different strike zones for different pitchers huh. This is going to be a long day. I know not all the pitches were on the money but there were a some like to Dye that were strikes (which should of been a strikeout) and one to Thome?? Like I said long day.

anyone else think the ‘future roster move’ will be gallaraga?

After that second pitch to Raburn I am convinced it is a different strike zone for each pitcher.

I think the roster move will be Willis

2-0 on Dane. Can’t be an auto out here.

OK. Not bad. Got 2 out of that inning. Good sign to come back after giving up the obligatory 1 in the first. Also a good sign that Pineapple didn’t just stand there with a bat on his shoulder. AE continues to be a pleasant surprise at the plate.

Now it is time for Galarraga to get into a groove.

I don’t think he’s the one, by the way. My guess is it is Nate. Doesn’t somebody have a sore shoulder that can go on the D/L for a few days?

Could be many things here. His words were ” We are going to be forced to do something we don’t want to do”.

Another flyout to right by Mags. Sheesh. Maybe he should change his batting stance to a right handed Dick McCaullife style.

galaragga has to field his position better. Second one he should of had.

dont like this guys strike zone at all – I know I have already said that but wow???

they will get hits all day if they continue to hit them to Galarraga

I’m in DeKalb IL – about 60 miles outside of chicago and the first rain showers have just started. We are expecting the brunt of the cell here. In a about 45 minutes it will start raining at the Comiskey Park – sorry – US Cellular. Its generally how things work out here.
I was going to go to bother ends of the Double header, but the radar looked like crap so I’m just going to game two’s “pitcher return day.”
The first entry about Inge was good to hear. I used to work minor league grounds crew in Schaumburg, IL. I have heard about former pros or rehabbing stars doing things like that in the minors, but that’s great the Inge would do something like that in the bigs.
Thunder is rolling infrequently here. Sun showers with thunder for now. 2:31pm.

That’s the fun part about when an umps strikezone dances around between the inside black and 3 inches inside. Richard wanted that 3 inches in against Inge this time. Good Eye!

The big cell moved north. other than a bit of light rain and maybe a little rumble – there will not be much in Chicago… No Delays or anything.

thanks Nathan – Wow have we stranded a lot of runners.

That will come back to bite them before this game is over. The Tigers have got to step on this team’s throat.

Ramirez even thought he swung at that pitch.

The inevitable.

Ben away for the weekend and it looks pretty much like te same ol problem with the hitting. What a shame for JV.
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Why does Ordonez look like he no longer has power. Speaking of power does anybody have it anymore?
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Today’s game has seen Sardinha blow a suicide squeeze (thankfully we got a way with it positiviely though) and JL leaving Raburn in with the bases loaded against the RHP.
Where’s Clet Thomas on that circumstance?
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Dye is killing us today. He’s cost us 3 runs on both sides of the ball.
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Rodney looks like he blew the game on Saturday?

And so it bit. Freaking Dye. Stranded all of those base runners. Terrific

Wll 5th inning and Konerko just walked to bring up AJ. They need to pull G_man here and now.

Another inning for G-Man now?

Gala is in line for a win!

Finally Galarraga fielded one! It’s about time!!!!!

WOW! Who was that guy pitching in the 6th? Nice glove and great location… Does he see the 7th?

Well more stranded runners. This game could be almost out of reach if they just would of executed just a little.
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And regarding Fernando on Friday- Ya I guess that he blew it, but in his defense and I don’t like to defend him, it was all just a bunch of dribblers that if his a foot or so one way or the other would of been outs. So I hate to say he was horrible, but still. And the real reason to me that they lost that game, is the same reason they may lose today. Stranded runners on third with one out a few times and didn’t get them home. I was there, they were terribly impatient, and I was completely frustrated. So ya Rodney technically blew it, but I think the real blame goes with the the hitters.

AJ hit the snot out of it but G-Man has shown toughness since. I thought AJ was going to hit one of his patented vs. Tigers HRs.
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Be great to get some runs here as 1 run with Rodney out there is not a terribly comforting situation.

really? these are the only hitters in the order that have hit Galarraga today! why is he still there? Did JL or Knapp forget to make the call to get the pen going?

Leadoff walk = “remove me from the ball game coach”

I don’t like this much. G-Man is tapped out. JL leaves him in—This is a bad move.

Perry please… I love how he threw at the heads of the sox last time they met.

Gotta say G_Man hung in there and did pretty well considering he was not really sharp. Seay has been having difficulty with his assignments and in particular getting the tough LHB out when needed. In fact the LHP on this club have a collective ERA of well over 5 per 9. We could use another southpaw on this club. And we could stand to get rid of a a couple too–especially to a club who needs a LHP starter.

come on Bobby.

Did you hear that Granderson has had 5 at bats today and seen only 11 pitches. Those are some pretty poor plate appearances!!!!

After that outing Zumaya had yesterday why would you bring him in. So he can give up a homer to that guy

Come on Mags. Need it now.

Well… at least Mags pulled it. Sheesh.

OK. Marcus up to you. Got robbed early on.

And now, can BRandon stay out of the double play. IF he grounds into a DP, I will be hanging from the rafters at work here.

THat’s what I’m talking about. Big time hit!

there we go. capitalize on terrible defense! could have been prettier, but whatever…. can Rodney hold this one?

Well I guess in the end they pulled it out. Feel sorry for G-man – he deserved the win, and as a cruel joke the guy who blew it Zumaya will get the win.

good solid win tigers. reminded me of yesterdays game. good late inning ‘comeback’ after blowing the lead.
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part 2 in 3 hours. hope they get a nap in…
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wouldn’t it be fun to crush the sox into the cellar with a 5 game sweep? lets hope oakland deals minnesota a loss tonight.
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mike

For a reliever a save worths 3 points , a bs -2 and a win only 1 pt. That s why

did anyone make the trip to chicago?
If so, Ill be at game two with a Fidrych T-shirt on. It wasn’t pretty but Galarraga was not terrible. 3 QS in a row! that could help a lot. Lets see what Bonderman brings to the party.

No Nathan didn’t make the trip. We have thought about it in the past, but I have no real interest in going to Cellular Field. I’ll tell you why. My best friend’s nephew (who is a bit of a whimpy (real nice kid though, but not mouthy) Anyway he is a real big Tigers fan that find himself living in Chicago. Well last year he went to a game and there were some guys bugging him and security got involved and said they were going to move them. Well he said okay and when they were moving them they pushed him and his friends out of the stadium and said that Tigers fans were not welcome at the park??? And I have heard other stories like that on the radio here (on sports talk) So no I will never spend 1 dime at that park. I think they are horrible organization that pulls a ton of crap.
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So be careful at the field.

Jason,
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are you running the tigers facebook page as well?
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if not someone is jackin’ ur material :)
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mike

Wow GK, that’s something. Sounds like a lawsuit to me, for the negative publicity for their club if nothing else.
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So Perry is going down. Makes sense, the kid has all of his options and I doubt he’ll run out. Meanwhile, it appears that there are some auditions to take place this week. Galarraga has demonstrated that he still belongs here, and Bonderman will certainly get more than the one start tonight. That leaves Willis on the hot seat tomorrow night.
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These Chicago games are exhausting. We exert all this effort to get runs then they tie it with a couple of swings. Typical. This was a huge win to get. Keep ‘em in the yard and they can’t win. Meanwhile, we have exhibited no power at all. Arby’s is getting all kinds of free advertising with their 3 homers in a game promotion. We don’t hit 3 homers in a week!
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We left a lot of runners on, but we put a lot of runners on. Zumaya has forgotten his breaking ball the past couple days and paid for it. But the dude still gets 2 wins out of it. Whatever. Every win today and tomorrow gets us closer to the Verlander/Jackson starts.

Did anyone see Ozzie coming out of the dugout to remove Richard? Someone in the stands must have said something because he turned around and snapped something that started with an F. Ozzie is a piece of work, isn’t he?
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–Rich

Ya Perry is going down, and while it makes option sense it doesn’t make sense as far as ability. I love Willis and I know they can’t send him down, but geez???
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Rich the thing about the Arby’s give away, they did that during hockey season as well with the motivation of a hat-trick. Well there wasn’t one hat trick all year. Lots of advertising little payout. Although we did take advantage. I think this year we have gotten homeruns three times in 3 games. Once we took advantage of the free sandwich.
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GO TIGERS
GO WINGS
GO BONDO

Power outage at the field, are you me?? I swear something always happens when we are in Chicago. My guess is that Carlos Quentin is due to come off the DL tomorrow.

In response to “happybuck”, I watched the pregame show…Brandon did say that he takes the grounds crew out. What a nice guy!

a year later, first inning woes remain ;)

Coulda been a heckuva lot worse. He got hit pretty hard. Couldn’t command, walked a guy, got yarded and still only gavbe up 1 run.
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He doesn’t look right to me.
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This team has to start hitting some homeruns.
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We caught a break in the 1st game–we are gonna need more than one tonight.

I think Bondo’s problems run deeper than the 1st inning woes. He is physically not ready for MLB play from what I can see.
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He needs another 4-5 MPH on the fastball–3 minimum, to be able to get away with his stuff.

Unless I have missed something recently, Anderson, whom I supported early on this season, just seems to be a way too easy out. Rolls over on his swings and hits far too many impotent ground balls to the right side.

another terrible pitcher making us look foolish..
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1 for 10 to start the game. Easy outs. Laird, first pitch pop-up, come on!
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they better flip the switch soon before it’s too late and they are down 6 or 7.

pathetic at bats. Interesting originally I said that I would be happy to get a split today. But I thought it was going to be the second game we would win. Yes a crappy pitcher is making them look bad yet again.

Wow Jeremy looks like he is just getting pounded here. I agree Chad that the lads had better start taking some pitches. Contreras sounds like he’s in a groove and Bondo is gassed.

OK guys. Thankfully a DP. Now is the time to bear down on Contreras.

Better be careful or George Plimpton may see us as material for another book–the Paper Tiger?
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Hitting borders on brutal. Ordonez has no pop, MCab is looking listless, Polanco awful, Granderson inconsistent, same with Inge, nobody providing power, Laird hitting poorly–on and on and on and on.
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There are problems here that can’t be camofluged or glossed over. Without hitting and a good bullpen, there is not a whole lot of justified optimism.

Well you have to have optimism in that we are playing in the AL Central. 90 wins may win this division this year.

The old sage used to “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.” This year that might be “Justin and Edwin and someone from the bullpen.”

Bondo should be rescued. He is totally done.

Uh … Coach. Please go get Bondo.

Finally JL.
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Boy is everything about White Sox baseball obnoxious? Fans, management, announcers?
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Tonight is a wake-up call for JL. I’m not sure he’ll notice. (And this has nothing to do with Bonderman.)
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Miner being thrown to the wolves now.

Yeah, they’re pretty obnoxious over there. I can’t be sure, but I thought I saw a Tigers fan being knocked down in the leftfield seats. I don’t think I’d visit that park either.
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JL noticed, if his postgame comments are any indication, and I tend to think those comments were just the tip of the iceberg.
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Okay, our hitting tonight was terrible, and hasn’t been very good for a long time, but you do have to extend some credit to Contreras. He had a horrible start to the season (hence his numbers coming in) but appears to have gotten straightened out during his minor league stint. We didn’t get shut down by a terrible pitcher, but we did get shut down totally and that’s never good. Anderson is not using all of his tools, as he rarely bunts for a hit. His normal swing results in a lot of balls in the air, but that’s also how he gets his hits when he gets them. I hope he’s not the stubborn type, because he has much to learn. We don’t really have a leadoff hitter and we make do with what we have. I’m not sure why Cabrera even played the second game, Thames could have DHed again. Marcus will need to hit RHers if he’s going to give the offense a power surge.
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Bonderman was just plain bad. There were very few changeups and I wonder if that talk of throwing them was just to deke the Sox. He certainly can’t get by on what he featured tonight. Miner came in and, as usual, put up some zeroes. So now we have two pitchers in the rotation that can’t be counted on, and at least one’s got to go. Somewhere.
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I’m anticipating that neither Bondo or Willis can help us this year. Bonderman needs life on his fastball and Willis needs to be able to pitch out of a stretch. It may come to pass that Bonderman will need to be sent out to gain more arm strength and Willis will be released, perhaps very soon. If Miner went into the rotation, he’d be the weakest link and that’s a pretty good pitcher for the weak link. I’d like our chances in that scenario. As frustrating as our hitting is, this is still a pretty scrappy team overall.
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So we got the anticipated split and the smart money would have Chicago tomorrow and Detroit the next two days. Smart money can be pretty brainless sometimes, but 3 out of 5 would be good.
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Crazy thought: could Sean Casey come out of retirement and sign on with us?
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–Rich

Yikes. That second game was hard to watch. I don’t like watching formerly very good players play when they’re clearly not firing on all cylinders. Griffey in Seattle, due to age. Bonderman tonight, due to injury. I’m willing to see one or two more outings, but it really looks like he should not be pitching in the majors right now. He needs to build up his arm strength or, barring that, develop a wicked change-up or something. 89 on the gun is not going to get ‘er done against major leaguers.
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Rich, I think you’re right about Miner. He’s the fifth best starter the Tigers have right now. He’s throwing 93 with movement. Sure, he can get lit up, but he’d give us a chance on a more consistent basis. I’d love to see either Bonderman or Willis (or both) work out, but you’re right, we shouldn’t count on either of them. It’s okay to give them a little rope right now while we’re still in first by a decent lead, but this has to get sorted out in the next week or two, latest.
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If Willis pitches well tomorrow, I’d say let him start on Sunday @ Pittsburgh, if only because he’d add a much better bat to the lineup than Bonderman would — and it is a weak opponent. Bonderman could pitch out of the bullpen and/or do side sessions. Of course, if Willis gets reamed, then the point is moot. If Willis gets reamed, he’s got to go somewhere else immediately.
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I, too, am getting a bit frustrated with Josh Anderson. He has the same skill set as Podsednik and Juan Pierre, but he doesn’t use the skill set as effectively as they have. He should be putting down a bunt at least once every other game. (On the flip side, I think if he were getting regular ABs, he might do that more often, but I guess if you only play once every three games, you want to take your hacks.) Still, I’d love to see him get more PT just to see what we have, but I bet he gets even less now that Thames is back. I’m not sure he should be the lead-off guy again, though, until he learns how to take a walk. His OBP is around .305 — pathetic.
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It would be great to see Sean Casey again. He was sort of the Dave Bergman of the 2006 squad. But we need some pop, pronto. I’m not sure what it would take to get Dunn, or Hawpe, or even Holliday or Huff, or if any of those guys are even available right now, but something needs to happen. This team is just not hitting, and I don’t think it’s temporary.
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I read somewhere that the Nationals want a “big time” pitching prospect for Dunn and won’t pay any of Dunn’s salary — but his salary is only $10 this year and next (so about $15 million over the next year and a half, which is pretty cheap for about 60 homers and a .400 OBP). Do we have any “big time” pitching prospects other than Ryan Perry and Rick Porcello (and, I suppose, whoever we take with this year’s draft pick)? I wouldn’t trade Porcello for anything, but I might trade Perry, if all he’s going to be is a possible future closer. Dunn is that kind of bat.

Ya Rich I wasn’t making that stuff up about Cellular Field. That being said I don’t mean to indite all from Chicago. I would go to Wrigley, just hate hate the ones that go to the Cell.
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Jim Leyland was furious with the at bats last night. And to that I say thank you Jim Leyland. I don’t have to sit there and have Mario and Rod sugar coat it someone was honest with me and told me they just stunk. HONESTY was a relief. Another pitcher that they should of been able to get more than one hit off of. Maybe not win but put in a better effor than that. I also am not sure why Cabrera was in at DH, I would of taken Thames of Ordonez any day. Not that Cabrera isn’t terrific, but he is hurt and hasn’t been terrific lately, and just the fact that the rest probably would of done him some good.
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Regarding Anderson I like him, I think he is trying to do a little too much. The kid I work with is a Braves fan and the guy that Josh was let go for was sent down to the minors, he was stinking it up in the big leagues I guess. But back to Josh, when he gets on base he wreaks havoc, but it is getting him on base that seems to be the difficult part. He spent his whole career in the NL it may just take him a time or two to figure out what pitchers are trying to do to him.
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It is going to be tough tonight with Buerhle going. I will have the Tigers on one TV (with no sound) and watching
the Wings hopefully win the cup tonight.
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GO WINGS
GO TIGERS
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GK

Well an interesting day for sure. Lot’s of thing sgetting exposed now. I think what we learned is that itis good to have Marcus back. He nearly had two games with homers and looked like his stroke is back. We learned that G man is rounding back into form. We learned that Bondo is probably one more start and then a decision. We learned that if need be, then we go with Zach or Nate as our fifth starter and just hope for the best. I think either of them would give us a chance in those games.

The hitting is a mystery. First part of the season guys were pounding the ball maybe because the opposing pitching hadn’t rounded into form yet. But now we’ve gone stone cold with just occasional good outings. What’s worse is that we’re getting beat by pitching that isn’t that great.

So, what to do? I think keep the faith for now. Get through June and let’s see what we have and what is available. I feel like we have a four pitchers who will give us a great chance to win 2.5 games out of every four. If we can win at that rate we’ll have enough to take the Central division. The fifth pitcher makes our chances 3 out of every five in my head. So, again I think that’s enough to win the Central. June has sucked so far (3-5) but this is a tough stretch and the interdivisional stuff is coming up.

I was considering tonight’s matchup and, as crazy as it sounds, Willis might have an advantage here. Since the Sox score nearly all their runs (at least against us) with homers, his erratic pitches might work in his favor. You do remember him no-hitting them for several innings last April. Maybe they’ll have trouble squaring up. Stranger things have happened.
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Do I expect this? No.
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–Rich

I don’t care what AJ does here–this is the absolute stupidest decision I have ever seen JL make

0-2 to Thome you lose him then Konerko?

Dontrelle gets him but I repeat–this was about as dumb a move as I have ever seen JlLdo. After he walked Thome he has to bring in a RHP to get Konerko. I’m still shakin’ my head.
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Yeah, I didn’t get that either. I would have pulled him after Thome walked. I hope he didn’t leave him in just to get him through 5 and in line for a win because this one is going down to the bullpens or at least ours. I’m surprised teams swing at anything he’s throwing. I also wonder what Miner’s thinking out there in the bullpen about why he’s not starting.

I would have pulled him after he walked Thome. JL’s thinking is being affected by him wanting it for Dontrelle.
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I’d also quit giving these guys the green light on 3-0. They’re not good enough hitters to handle it.

The one good thing is it allowed Miner to start his own inning. Like a starter.

Okay, the Sox have lost the advantage they had in this game. Quite a development. Let’s scratch out some runs.

Couple of encouraging clutch hits by Everett and Polanco. Other than that, another game where the hitters just are not intimidating. At least Buehrle didn’t embarass us at the plate.
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The hitting (especially with MCab falling so far and so fast, is very concerning.
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Not sure why Zumaya didn’t finish things off.

not good when you have to go to brandon lyon as your savior.

I don’t know why he didn’t just let Miner finish the game. He was on tonight.

Good point, Chad.
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Nice to see Polly contributing.
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Hope they can win it. Who do they put in for the 10th?
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Unless we get someone who can close, this is gonna happen many times again. Hats off to Rodney for what he did in april and May, but you never know if he will get the job done consistently. I hope he does, because he is still the closer-there’s no one else to do it!

Oh yeah, and hats off to Inge. I didn’t think he could keep this up. I was wrong, it appears. Three walks for him tonight and the dinger.

Well I suppose that a win is a win. I suppose that I thought Rodney was a ticking time bomb. I will give him his props for what he has done so far, but I was just waiting. Brandon did a good job, I really thought he was going to get Konerko in the 9th? Thank god they were able to come out on top.
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Now I just have to worry about the Wings and Friday night. I really thought they would win tonight.
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GO TIGERS
GO WINGS
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GK

Because of the oddness of statistics, Rodney does not get credit for a blown save here, so he’s still perfect. I would suggest the Tigers think about trying to get a guy like Heath Bell or Soriano from the Braves.
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Miner looked like a major league pitcher tonight. Dontrelle did not. Not a horrid performance from Dontrelle, but 5 walks and a lucky play just to get through 5 innings and we consider it not a total disaster. Miner has to be better than that on average, doesn’t he?
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Bats actually did a decent job tonight. Working Buerhle for 4 walks is an impressive feat. 2 homers. Some good bunting. Clutch hitting from Everett and Polanco. I wouldn’t be unhappy with 6 runs in 9 innings every night. The importance of this game cannot be overstated, in my opinion. The win itself is big because it likely sets the Tigs up for a series win. The fact that it came after a pitching meltdown that would have demoralized the team is very significant. The capper is that it was against the White Sox, in Chicago. Very, very big win!

That’s a blown save in my book. Lyon too.
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Everett deserves a lot of credit in this one.

A huge win that almost wasn’t. I had the Detroit feed on radio and the Sox HD feed on TV, and the Sox station replayed that tag at the plate on Wise at least seven times, maybe more. I couldn’t hear them, but obviously they thought he was safe. Excellent relay from Everett, who’s definitely earning his stripes.
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I’ve liked the way Leyland has handled the offensive strategies while they haven’t been hitting, but I have to wonder about his pitching strategy. Let’s look at this. You’ve used Zumaya and Rodney for multiple consecutive days and you have to figure you may need them Wednesday at the end of Verlander’s start. You’ve got a 3-run lead and Miner is in there just rolling along, looking as good as he’s looked all year, plus the Sox are demoralized. Why on earth wouldn’t you just let Zach finish out the final two innings and the game? If he gets in trouble, THEN you bring your late inning guys in. A head scratcher, and more of that going by the book stuff. Throw that book in the dumpster, JL. Now who’s going to close tomorrow’s game if necessary? You’ve used them all up, and Verlander isn’t exactly a complete game waiting to happen.
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I thought Willis looked quite a bit like a big league pitcher tonight, and he battled well. It was, however, against a poor hitting ballclub, but I suppose he’s earned yet another try.
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We’re in good shape to get a series win here, but you never want to assume anything. Chicago can still hit homers and our guys can still give away their ABs. I’ll be glad when Thursday’s game is over.
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–Rich

Whewwwww!
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Hard to complain about the outcome — and let’s face it, we stole this crucial game due to that bad call at the plate there. And it’s great that Cabrera finally got a hit in this series. And what a hit!
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But man, Rodney. How do you walk three straight guys to start an inning — ever? And one of them is Alexei Ramirez, who almost seems disappointed whenever he walks? Just let them hit the goddamn ball!
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Still, I would have liked to see him pitch to Dye. You have to show confidence in your closer, even one who walks the first three guys. And to that point, Rodney hadn’t allowed a run to score. I’d think differently if the Tigers had still had Zumaya left in the pen, but Lyon? It was cool that he struck out Dye, but who thought that Lyon would get out of that inning without serious disaster? Predictably, all three of Rodney’s runs came around to score, as did the winning run, although it wasn’t counted as such. Just pathetic. We got lucky.
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The only pitcher out there who I think is both available (Heath Bell’s definitely not available), reliable (Soriano’s a major injury risk) and better than Rodney/Zumaya is probably Huston Street, formerly of the A’s and now the closer on the Rockies. He’s still really young, and fairly cheap, so he’d be someone that deserves a look. Doing a swap for Street and lefty OF Brad Hawpe at the same time might cost a lot in terms of prospects, but it also would shore up a lot of problems with this current Tigers team in one fell swoop. Just a thought. Something’s gotta happen soon. Doesn’t it seem like the bottom’s constantly threatening to fall out of this thing?

It’s character building, Goodge, character building. In the end, we’ll have a team full of characters. :-)
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–Rich

And yeah, Rich, I totally agree about Miner. At the very least, let him pitch the 8th and use only one of Zumaya/Rodney for the ninth. They’ve both thrown three days in a row now. Is Leyland banking on Verlander and Jackson to throw a complete game every time or something? But I wonder if Ryan Perry might get called up for tomorrow’s game. The bullpen is pretty gassed. Maybe they could send down Galarraga and then call him back up for his next start, at which point they could send Ryan Raburn or Clete down? Dunno.

I think they could call Perry back up only if they put someone on the DL. Otherwise there is some length of time a guy must stay in the minors (10, 15 days?) to avoid teams simply sending guys down for days they aren’t expecting to play and then calling them back up immediately – imagine what you could do with a pitching staff if that were possible? Willis, perhaps, with his apparent knee injury could hit the DL?
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I would say Bonine for innings eating, but I heard the terrible news that his mother passed away, so I doubt he’s an option. Maybe Rapada for a bit? I think Dolsi is struggling in AAA right now.

I fell asleep at 6-3 in the 7th inning, so am disappointed we gave up that lead, especially that Rodney gave up 3 walks to start off – that is rough. Great job for Miggy getting the job done with the homerun, seems like forever since he hit one, so I am happy for him, I am sure he has been pressing on that front and with the hammy injury probably was concerned about his lack of production.

Was thrilled to see JL giving the bunt signals 2 times with the same players – we have to manufacture whatever offense we can squeeze out, and the guys came up big with the doubles to score some runs.

What a turnaround for BInge this year – batting .281 with 40 rbi’s – he had something like 50 all of last year. His willingness to change his stance and probably his happiness at being the full time 3rd baseman has been great for him – good work, I know we all were frustrated with his bat last year and were hoping for him to be a .250 hitter this year and am glad to see he is pulling his weight, and I expect him to continue on this year as he has been. He did great too at being patient last night, getting on base, and then Laird delivering with 2 sac bunts was great too.

I’ll take any win against Chicago. The little tussle incident was interesting – AJ acted like he had no idea why things transpired, but he obviously had something to say to DTrain?

Rodney deserves the credit for that blown save. I guess that I didn’t understand that rule very well. I thought they were his runs, his blown save. Guess you learn something new everyday. I think that Lyon did a pretty good job. Like I said last night, I thought he had Konerko?? Oh well, it will only matter as a win when it comes down to it.
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Regarding Wise at home, I thought it was close but he looked out to me. But if the White Soxs want to complain about that call at home, well I want to talk about how out Podsednik was in the first when he was thrown out at second. That run wouldn’t of scored either. So Whatever White Soxs!!!!!
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I won’t be able to watch the game tonight, so I hope JV does well. He typically doesn’t do well against the Soxs.
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GO TIGERS
GO WINGS
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GK

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