Longoria injured, shuffle at 3B in AL

In case you missed it, AL All-Star starting third baseman Evan Longoria is out of tonight’s game with an infected right ring finger. Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who made the team ahead of Brandon Inge on the players ballot, will start at third in Longoria’s place.

Does this ensure Brandon Inge will play in the All-Star Game, giving him another All-Star memory after going homerless in the Derby? Not sure yet, but it certainly increases his chances. Another third baseman, Chone Figgins, was added to the roster in Longoria’s place and will be here tonight, but he also presumably has been on rest since Sunday. Not that one day of rest is a big deal of anything.

There was some buzz Monday about the American League had three catchers, even though they only have Joe Mauer and Victor Martinez, but I don’t think that means Inge is going to catch unless in a real emergency/injury situation. But that’s one example of where Inge’s utility could work against him, since he could be saved for late and used in any one of many positions.

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Most likely, we’ll see inge as a defensive replacement for Young at 3B, and they’ll use Figgins in a pinch running situation, especially if the game is close.

I think it was Jim Price who mentioned (during the game Sunday) that Joe Maddon had asked Brandon to bring his catcher’s gear with him. I thought the same thing – that he would be held in reserve in case of injuries. I hope that isn’t the case.
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matt

I certainly hope they don’t hold Brandon back in the off chance that they need another catcher. He’s a 3B, not a catcher, and one of the best defensive 3B in the game and deserves to play there. Besides, he hasn’t caught in nearly a year! Maybe they should have selected another catcher instead of Figgins.
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I’m hoping Maddon asked Brandon to bring his catching gear because at the time he thought that would be his best shot of getting in the game. Well, now that Longoria is hurt he should be assured of getting into the game at 3B. Besides, if they really need him to catch they can always move him from third to catcher and bring in Figgins to replace whoever was catching. The fans chose Brandon over Figgins and he should play over him too!
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OK, I’ll end my rant now. But if they end up making Brandon catch and it messes him up for the second half, Leyland and DD had better let somebody hear about it!

So our pitchers may not pitch and our position players may not play. terrific

how did shane victorino weasel his way from the final vote to the starting lineup?

Well, good game, good game. Well played, efficient, certainly held my attention. Just the kind we pitching and defense folks like.
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I thought Maddon did a good job of managing the thing. Everything lined up for him, of course, but he did well. Verlander, who had been there before, didn’t need to pitch while Jackson barely broke a sweat during his quick inning. Grandy got in there and Inge for two defensive innings and an AB. I had a crazy thought that this would be when Brandon hit a homer, but he drew a tough customer in K-Rod.
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I’m sure everyone would like to see Granderson hit the gap the opposite way a lot more often.
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–Rich

Call me homer but a thought a game winning triple deserved the MVP more than Crawfords catch, which he barely had to get off the ground for. But Mauer as well caught most of the game and had a nice day at the plate. WHATEVER

What a great game! I figured maybe the guy who got Grandy home would win MVP, also. That catch was pretty spectacular, as it was a homerun if he doesn’t catch it. Fun having 4 players representing the Tigers. Made me feel proud when they were introduced.

Yes, it was a fun game to watch. Looked like it was going to be a sloppy offensive game at first, (no pun intended Albert) but pitching and defense settled down and the game got more interesting.
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Yeah GK, a case could be made for Curtis deserving the MVP.
I think in these All Star games the MVP award most of the time becomes pretty much an arbitrary subjective pick. One thing about it is that players are in the game for such a short period of time, you only get a short time to make your case, and in these close or tied games someone off the bench can decide the game with one AB or play. Plus it’s late in the game and most of what happened earlier is obscured for lack of a better word.
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You could make a case for the two catchers Mauer or Molina ( if the NL had won). They both had strong games and each had a hit. Were it not for the big E in the first, Pujols had some great plays after that. Funny, Jeter quietly scores 2 runs without contributing a hit. Papelbon gets the win when he gave up 2 bombs that almost went out.
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Anyway, I think they got it right since Crawford did play most of, or was it the whole game, and that was a great catch. And wasn’t there a runner on also? But Curtis was probably just as deserving. Most importantly, he made us Tiger fans proud, and the nation got to see what Curtis does so well.
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I have to say, that MVP trophy was beautiful. Was that a crystal bat?
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Last thing, Even thought the win gives the AL home field advantage in the WS, that is perhaps (no that IS) the dumbest idea in baseball. It is so unfair and a really meaningless way of determining this extremely important advantage. All done to make the AS game more meaningful and competitive? What is that??? Who cares…….It’s the All Star Game for crying out loud…….Just unbelievable short sighted, poorly thought out, stupidity. Be fair and alternate home field advantage like it used to be.

The trophy was a bat for the guy who’s biggest play was with his glove. :-) Well, there really was no MVP in the game. Even regular season games never have a single MVP and they can do all the text voting they want. Overall, I thought Crawford was a fair choice. I’m not going back to look, but didn’t he single then get forced by Jeter who eventually scored a run? But I agree, whatever.
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Jackson threw four pitches so JL can work him and JV in any order he wants this weekend. I wonder if the plan is to drop the hammer on the White Sox during the 24th DH by pitching both JV and Jax? I wouldn’t do it that way but anything is possible. French would be a better choice for one of the games.
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–Rich

how do the tigers not even sniff at pedro for less than 500K for the rest of the year?

That’s the Granderson the Tigs need in the second half. Doubles, triples, gappers and igniting the offense for the 3-4-5 guys. After Halladay and Lincecum, pitchers were dominant until Curtis triple. Decent game.

Jim

Just heard your interview on ESPN this morning, Jason. Congratulations! It was terrific!

Jason- Any word on how Zumaya and Anderson are doing after being removed from Sunday’s game with injuries?

From Twins.com:

The Twins announced Wednesday that they will select the contract of right-hander Kevin Mulvey prior to Friday night’s game against the Rangers. To make room on the 25-man roster, Minnesota optioned catcher Jose Morales to Triple-A Rochester, giving the Twins 12 pitchers and 13 position players.

In 17 starts for the Rochester Red Wings this season, Mulvey went 3-6 with a 3.93 ERA while recording 81 strikeouts and walking 31 batters. The 24-year-old was acquired by the Twins along with Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber and Deolis Guerra from the Mets in the deal that sent ace lefty Johan Santana to New York prior to the 2008 season.

A second-round pick by the Mets in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Mulvey went 7-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 27 Triple-A starts last year.

In three stints with the Twins this season, the 26-year-old Morales — a third-round pick by Minnesota in 2001 — hit .343 (23-for-67) with four RBIs in 32 games.
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Another strike throwing pitcher. Regarding Morales, you hit .343 and get sent down. As we used to say in the music biz, tough room, man, tough room.
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–Rich

I felt really bad for Evan. I heard he said that he didnt really want to say anything about his injured finger at first.
http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

Nice to see Curtis come thru in the ASG.
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One very significant and revealing thing about his AB—-he took an outside pitch for a ball and got ahead in the count. He then got a fastball which he wasted no time on and hit the ball with authority the other way.
We need to see more of that.
I’ve said too many times that Curtis needs to hack at those 1st and 2nd pitch fastballs over the plate. He is actually a bad hitter behind in the count and he constantly puts himself in that hole. he didn’t yesterday.

Everyone is talking about Curtis and lets face it he doesn’t get that triple maybe they don’t win the game. But how about Jackons 4 pitches and 3 outs that is efficiency???? Congratulations to all.
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How do you like all this business about the Red Soxs fans whining because they didn’t throw Wakefield in the game??? I think that it is ridiculous. Yes Wakefield has has 11 wins but he also has a mid -4 era. He only has 11 wins because his team gets behind him and scores A LOT of runs behind him. Besides that was way too close a game to but a knuckleballer in that may or may not have his knuckleball working. They had 4 others on their team that did play. I feel worse for teams like the Angels, Pirates, Oakland and the Cubs who didn’t have anyone in the game. I will save my sympathies for those teams. Typical Boston fans who think that the world revolves around them and their city.

I agree with that, Dan. Grandy subscribes to the theory that the leadoff man provides a scouting report to his mates, and I’ve heard him say as much. Of course, I don’t know who provides the report if the leadoff guy gets on base. Anyway, I think the spot for Curtis is 3rd in the order. I don’t know who would lead off and don’t care, but Grandy needs to be an aggressive hitter in an aggressive spot in the lineup. Do some damage in front of Cabrera. If you can get a productive Guillen behind Miggy, then you’ve got something.
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GK, I haven’t heard about the whining, and I didn’t realize there were four teams who didn’t get a player into action. I guess that’s the price for the “this time it counts” idiocy. If I’m managing, I hold Wakefield back in case I need some extra innings eaten. To be fair to both managers, I’d think it’s very difficult to get every player on a 33-man roster into action. In the pre-”this time it counts” days, the skippers would send guys in to pinch run and they’d be pretty happy about it, especially the ones in their first ASG.
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–Rich

I the whining was coming off of ESPN – Real shock. And while I agree it is hard to get every player in, I think you should try to get at least someone from every team in there. Especially position players, there were some guys who played 5 innings or more.

Been away for 4 days in the mountains celebrating our 25th anniversary – amazing feeling to get away without children for the first time in 20 years.
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I have few positive thoughts about the all star charade other than good to see JV, Edwin and Binge recognised and Curtis hitting the triple. There just has to be a better way to recognise and celebrate current baseball excellence and decide who has home field advantage. Alternating years or which team has the best season record would seem to be fairer than a game involving a revolving door of players who never warm up and get out of first gear.
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My feeling is we will not be involved in any major trades in July. DD will be wary about upsetting the team chemistry that has created the success to date – a recipe we all are having trouble trying to understand built around 2 and a half gun starters despite a pop gun top order and a bullpen fragile at the death but able to thus far stumble over the line.
DD has a major problem in that 2010 payroll commitments currently total $85m for 9 players of which only 4 are on the current 25 active roster. This assumes he is able to get out of Magg’s additional $15m. I can’t see major $$$ deals happening like Dunn that require a further $12m for 2010.
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I can’t wait for the season to resume. The Yankees first up however are a worry with French leading off a huge ask. We seemed intimidated last time at home and found wanting. Hopefully the return match up doesn’t turn ugly and we can win one of the games.

I’m hoping for more than one game, Dave. We’ve got Edwin and Justin going so optimistically I’d like to see us get off to a good start in the second half and win 2 of 3.

–Ed

How about we just outpitch ‘em and and sweep ‘em in their own yard like we did last year? The Tigers have always taken good approaches to Burnett and Sabathia. The Yankees paid way too much for those two. CC ate up the NL but he’s back over here now. French can neutralize their lefties and switch hitters. Just play hard, which I’m sure they’ll do, and smart. I’m conceding nothing.
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–Rich

Tiger pitchers are second in the league in BB’s on the season with 326, trailing only the Injuns. (So much for Knappy’s sainthood bid). The rotation is also second in the league in BB’s allowed. But the Yankers are right up there with us, with 325 free passes handed out this season. If they’re giving out free tickets, let’s hope our guys have the good sense to take em!

So ESPN has changed the start time on Sunday the 26th to 8:05. And our guys have to be in Texas the following night. Worse still, the parents who planned to take their kids to “run the bases” at about 4 PM are now supposed to do this after 11 PM? MLB needs to take charge of the TV contracts in the future and not sell their souls to the devil.
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–Rich

I hope the optimists are right!!
I will stick to my conservative realist approach (the engineering accountant in me) that brings nice surprises and rarely disappoints.
JV and Edwin were lights out last time against the yanks giving up no runs over 13IP yet we still lost one of the games 11-0.
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Early days with Carlos at Lakeland but 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts far from good. With Raburn and Thames becoming reliable at bats and hopefully Clete can keep his cold June a distant memory, Carlos is no longer an essential piece but would provide flexibility against right hand pitching .
A key to the second half is Curtis and Polly getting on base for Miggs who will need to come out of his ‘clutch slump’, hitting .275 overall for June/July with only .125 (4 from 32) for RISP.
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Ryan Perry seems to be going well at AAA giving up 3ER from 12IP with 3BB. They are using him to pitch the 8th and 9th innings with 3 saves over his past 4 starts. No need to rush him back early at this stage with Ni, Seay and Lyon doing resonable patch up jobs.
Hopefully the break has done Zoom and Rodney the world of good. Zoom and to a lesser extent Rodney were losing all command.

Mark my words, the Tigers will make a trade. It may not be a blockbuster (though I kinda think it could) but they will make one. The needs are too great. Bullpen, power LHB, even another starter would be helpful if he were an impact guy. That alone would reduce the workload and pressure on a very shaky bullpen.
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What do you do do with Guillen AND Thames. You can’t platoon Thames in a conventional platoon–he needs ABs to be productive and won’t get enough against LHP.
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You can’t play either of them regularly in LF, they would be awful out there and Guillen would be worse than Thames.
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Guillen is a great guy but he is not power hitter and he is a recovering hitter and extremely injury prone. In my mind he lost his chance at being an important cog in the machine when he couldn’t stick at 1B.
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I’d just as soon see us get some prospects for him and Ordonez. That would be better than just releasing them, which seems to be the drift for Ordonez anyway.
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If the Jays offerred Halladay for Porcello and Worth (it is a rumor) I’d go for it. Halladay has a few years left and would also make a huge impact as role model/teacher on this staff. It would be a shame to lose Porcello–I agree.

I wasn’t impressed with that article, but that’s nothing new for me. Trade rumors in general always seem like they’re written by people without real knowledge of the team they’re discussing. Trading both Porcello and Perry for Halladay would be insanity. Two of your best young pitchers for a single player who could be injured at any time? No thanks. I’d rather wait and have Porcello himself turn into Roy Halladay for the next 10-12 years. It’s about more than just winning it this particular season.
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There is lots of talk of acquring a big bat but it makes more sense to me to find a leadoff type hitter while moving Granderson to 3rd in the order. There’s your big bat right there. It’s too bad we didn’t step in and make a try for Nyjer Morgan who was recently traded to Washington from Pittsburgh.
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I’m sure we’ll make a trade because it looks bad at the deadline not to. It may not be a very big one and will probably tick off fans. The only thing that worries me on that front is that we bring in some underperforming veteran and Leyland will feel the obligation to play him all the time. We’ve seen that before.
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–Rich

NEVER trade Porcello……………does the name John Smoltz ring a bell?

Looking forward to the series with the Yankees, go get them Tigers.

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