Washburn joins Tigers after crazy Friday

Jarrod Washburn actually did arrive into Cleveland to join the Tigers Friday night — late Friday night. His flight from Texas was so late, in fact, that he figured the Tigers game was over. Then he turned on the TV at the team hotel and saw the game was in the 13th inning.

“I figured when I drove by and the lights were still on, they were cleaning the stadium up,” Washburn said.

Not that it mattered, since he wouldn’t have been used anyway, but it was the fitting cap to his first trade experience.

“I’d seen it, but never been through it,” said Washburn, dealt from the Mariners to the Tigers hours before Friday’s nonwaiver trade deadline. “It was tiring. It was a crazy day. My phone never stopped ringing. Text messages were coming in. I was trying to get organized as much as I could. Now that I’m at the ballpark, it’s getting back to normalcy.”

Friday was craziness, especially with Washburn going to a team where he really doesn’t know anyone, but he was somewhat prepared for it. When he hit the road with the Mariners Wednesday for Texas, he had some extra luggage with him.

So when Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski called him Friday and asked him if he needed any time to fly back to Seattle and pick up some stuff, Washburn said he was all good.

“I packed just in case,” he said. “I figured it was always easy to unpack when I got home if nothing did happen. Or I wouldn’t have to fly back to Seattle again. I packed for the rest of the season.”

How many suitcases did that involve?

“Just two,” Washburn said. “I’m easy.”

His next flight, the quick hop over Lake Erie to get from Cleveland to Detroit, will be a lot quicker than the last couple he has taken. Nonetheless, he’s entering a whole new world for him. As the Wisconsin native pointed out, he has been a West Coast player his whole career.

“I don’t know a soul here,” he said. “I’ve played against a lot of these guys.”

The way he pitched them over seven scoreless innings a couple weeks ago at Comerica Park, someone pointed out, he sure seemed to know the Tigers.

“Well,” he said. “it wasn’t long ago, last year around the same time, that it looked like they knew me pretty well.”

Actually, it was May 21, 2008, against at Comerica Park. The Tigers knocked him silly for nine runs on 12 hits over 2 1/3 innings. One out of every five pitches he threw that night went for base hits. His ERA jumped from 5.56 to 6.99, and his record dropped to 2-6 on his way to a 5-14 season.

The difference between then and now, Washburn said, comes down partly to a former Tigers coach. Rick Adair, who was on manager Buddy Bell’s staff in Detroit from 1997 to ’99, took over as Seattle’s pitching coach under new manager Don Wakamatsu last year, and made a mechanical tweak in Spring Training.

“It’s a little tiny thing, just rotating my hips a little,” Washburn said. “From there, it’s taken off. Everything’s become more sharp. I have a sinker that sinks. My fastball goes in both directions. Changeup’s a little better and my breaking pitches are a little sharper. Just that little mechanical adjustment has made everything that much better.”

53 Comments

Our hitters are plain idiotic against this 3-7 5.00+ ERAS southpaw.
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They just ate right from his hands with a 5 pitch inning.
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We keep seeing Inge being played even knowing that he is damaged goods and unlikely to contribute offensively very much.
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We keep watching Everett work on getting is batting average down.
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On and on and on.
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We are now at the point of having to get excited about Guillen and Ordonez making “comebacks” and Granderson and Polanco due to hit “normal”.
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If they keep the same personnel (which I am sure they will), I would be inclined to do something semi-drastic to get this offense untracked.
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Get Granderson into the middle of the lineup—and MAKE him bunt against lefties.
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Leadoff with Santiago at short and stick with it until it is clear he can’t handle the job. (Interjection here, whew can Ordonez ever get down that 1st base line–maybe he should lead off! and the Tigers work Sowers a lot harder this inning demanding he throw 8 pitches to get them out).
Sarcasm aside, the offense clearly needs a pick-me-up. Doing virtually the same thing every game is obviously not working.
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Santiago
Polanco
Granderson
Cab
Guillen
Thames
Ordonez/Thomas
Inge (though he should not even be in the lineup)
Laird

I would rather see them extend the Hope & Dream to Toledo for some inspiration. Raburn has shown he is not going to be a significant contributor, maybe it’s time to give Ramirez or Clevlen another go.
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Interjection 1st & 2nd with Inge up and no out A decent manager has to bunt in this situation and with Inge up who is probably better not running the bases anyway.
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I don’t know what the Tigers can do about 3rd when Inge can’t answer the bell. Larish is not the anser and Hessman can’t hit much better than .200. Dlugach?

Of course JL–no bunt let Inge swing away. Brtilliant. He probably feels justified because Inge flew out deep. He could have just as easily hit into a DP

Geez—Thames looked very bad there with nobody out and 2 RISP. Don’t do this again Tigers. Don’t do it again.

Man–that K to Thames was HUGE.

Washburn looks like a great addition, but they need a bat in there. Nobody is hitting aside from Cab. Everybody else in around .250 and that aint gonna get it done. How bout a new hitting coach? I agree that Inge shouldn’t be in there until he heals. JL loves him to death.

Well after squandering another wonderful opportunity the Tigers now have to deal with the Indians who will find new motivation after getting out of that mess. This is probably the biggest inning or Porcello’s year so far –right here.

That was a really nice job of pitching by Porcello. I was pretty worried with Peralta up who always manages to hit HRs off of us.
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Porcello’s pitch count is only 71, so JL could actually leave him in for another inning.
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We sure need a lot of base runners to score only a few scattered runs.
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Dusty came within a few feet of putting the game solidyl in our favour before looking at strike 3—that’s something that should be unforgivable in my books. Sacks loaded you can’t watch the 3rd one go by unless you have 3 balls on you and you figure you have ball 4. I do think Dusty will hit up here.

Pheeww – that was close. Thank goodness Ricky has been on today and should get through the 7th.
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We love giving sides another chance(s) and never seem to get that big innings went it is needed.

Another sub 10 pitch innings – this is going to be tough in the bottom 7th.

Another clutch hit for the ole Dusteroonie!

Actually Dusty has had a couple of key hits hidden in that subterranean batting average.
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Porcello really pitched an excelent game today. I don’t think he has a confidence problem but this one has to make him feel pretty good about himself again. Tempting to leave him in for one more, but I figure JL will go to the formula next inning.

Actually Dusty has had a couple of key hits hidden in that subterranean batting average.
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Porcello really pitched an excelent game today. I don’t think he has a confidence problem but this one has to make him feel pretty good about himself again. Tempting to leave him in for one more, but I figure JL will go to the formula next inning.

JL could have used Thomas for Maggs against the righty Masterson and then Clete for Thames. JL don’t waste a good effort by RP. This will/could be a confidence builder.
Granted it’s a 4 hitter against a team that is batting a wee bit under the Tigs.

please let him start the ninth

Oh, God, I’m dreading the 9th. Let the kid close it out. It’s his game to win or lose.

“Cy” Masterson throwing against the Tigs. Too bad we didn’t trade for him to pitch our BP.

Rodney it is. Perfect so far in saves. Please let it continue.

Bad leap by Clete.

Anybody up for extra innings. I know I’m not.

Two innings pitched by your closer and you bring him back tonight?

Extra innings here we come……again. This is killing me.

Another brilliant move by JL. The kid should have stayed in.

I bet JV & Irwin congratulate Ricky on joining the Tigs pitchers club – 8 innings for 4 hits and the side finds a way to not get you the win.

The ball was rocked by Cabrera- Clete was in desperation mode and yes he came up dry. he could have caught it if he had had a chance to get back and set his jump. He needs to work on this with Van Slyke as I have seen him have difficulty with these before. But again, not his fault–it was Rodney who gave it up.
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This goes back to our starting pitchers and the fact they can’t have confidence in their teammantes to give them a win when they pitch well. Washburn is going to help but he is going to suffer through this redundant crap as well. They have to shake up the lineup–pure and simple.

In my lifetime the Tigers have won 2 world Series. 1968 and 1984 with a couple of close ones in there. It just doesn’t happen that often. Ask the Cub fans. By the way, they will win this game and tomorrow’s as well.

Granderson should just close his eyes and swing against this guy.
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Think JL would consider using Miner? He’s certainly fresh enough

Is Laird the only one one on this team that knows how to bunt JL?

Same here. People just don’t realize how difficult it is to be a championship team. Because I’m older, I have lots more patience cause I’ve seen it all before. All the expectations year in and year out and all the things can go wrong. I like our team this year. Our pitching is great. Might need to bring up another Mud Hen or something. Timo Perez would probably have given this team a lift.

I would have put Porcello out there in the 9th. Maybe he would have lost it, but it was his game to lose. He still had not pitched 100 pitches.

Pheewww – Miner shows all the necessary attributes of being a Tiger closer!!
Sure wish he had of done his pitching last night.

I didn’t switch to the game ’til the 6th. inning. WHY did I do that? WHY? Glutton for punishment. I was just in time though to watch Thames strike out again. AND, why with the bases loaded & two outs didn’t JL pinch hit for 100 hitter (?) Ryan? Then, Ryan stands there with two strikes on him & takes one RIGHT down the middle. AAARRRGGGHHH
Did everyone like Mags going only from 1st. to 2nd. on what should have been a double by Migs. Even Rod Allen comented on that. I like him (Mags) less & less everyday! I think that all he cares about is getting his necessary at bats so he can get his EIGHTEEN MILLION BONUS.
So I go back to my movie & switch back to game JUST in time to see Rodney let Cleve. tie the game. So, another great pitched game by a starter only to have the BP blow it. Felt sorry for the kid – he deserved better.
Ok, Granderson strikes out (again) with a man on 3rd. – in the top of the 11th. I’ve seen eough – going to bed.
Lee

We win on a balk. Let’s face facts Granderson cannot hit lefties and Cabrerra is not hiiting with runners on. I don’t know if it is a mental thing. Ordonez cannot hit, field or throw and yet he continues to play. I think Robertson is a distraction. Have you watched him in the dugout? He is completely disinterested in what is happening on the field. We had better focus as a team or the division is going to get away from us.

That was about as close to a must win game as you can get on August 1st. I don’t figure the Sox to beat the Yanks a fourth straight time so we have an opportunity to gain a game tomorrow. From here on out, any win, no matter how ugly, is golden.
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Just to touch on the question of whether to send Porcello out for the 9th, I probably would have done it. I knew JL is concerned about a youngster’s confidence and doesn’t want a positive turned into a negative, and I understand that. I just think this particular youngster is a different breed. But I don’t blame JL for bringing in the closer.
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Not that I’m going soft on the ol’ coot. I for sure would have PH Guillen for Thames in the 8th and maybe even Thomas for Ordonez in the same frame. Maybe we could have avoided the extra innings. As it was, his decision to lift Miner after one inning last night led to him having to use Zach to close the game tonight. Ha, serves him right. :-) I was on pins and needles, because Zach isn’t a relief pitcher and he’s CERTAINLY not a closer. Good job, Mr. Miner. Just so you don’t think I always disagree with JL, I liked Granderson stealing the bag late and playing the infield in at one point.
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Raburn got the winning hit after driving us crazy most of the night. In his defense, I will say that his are mistakes of effort. If it was laziness, that would be an issue, but it isn’t. He’s just another character on this crazy team.
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Lee, I hope you enjoyed your movie.
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–Rich

I have not watched Nate in the dugout. I guess I’m not getting the correct TV angles. What’s he doing, reading magazines, sending text messages, etc? :-)
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–Rich

GK, I was one who saw it being reasonable to send Porcello back out for reasons I indicated above, plus one I forgot: the bullpen was shot. But as I said, it was 50-50. I had no problem with Rodney coming in.
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Another thing I forgot: I’m becoming concerned with the errors being made. All of a sudden, our pitching and defense has become just pitching. Tonight alone, Cabrera’s error helped Cleveland score in the 1st, and Everett’s error late in the game could have proved disastrous. There’s still a long way to go and the pressure will continue to build, so let’s relax, fellas.
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–Rich

I couldn’t disagree more with whoever said that they should of left Porcello in for the ninth. For starters, that is what you have a closer for and Rodney has been rocky at times but good and even with that triple I still thought he might get out of it. Porcello’s needed to leave this game with a good taste in his mouth and the only way to guarantee that was to take him out at that point. If he leaves him in and it goes badly then well instead of this possibly being a confidence booster for him, he blew it. In my opinion it was the complete right move. Unfortunately it Rodney blew it but thats not on Porcello, Rodney can handle it.
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To me what this game comes down to, to begin with was all the runners we left in scoring position. That run in the bottom of the ninth never should of mattered, we should of had at least a few more runs. Our hitters are not hitting for any extra base power and they are not hitting when it counts so it is all just this station to station crap.
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Still glad the good guys won, and hopefully they hit Cy Pavano tomorrow because they haven’t yet all year.
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gk

And how in the heck did my reply to GK appear here first, with an earlier time stamp? Wow, space-time continuem? Or I’m psychic and answered before the message was posted? Strange night………..
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–Rich

Portcello was a strike and groundball machine tonight. I would have liked to seen him come out for the ninth. His pitch count was at 90 or 91 and he had thrown 4 strikes for every ball tonight. Sitting in the stands I figured Rodney would come in. Clete gave a good effort and in hindsite playing it off the wall for a double would of been the best move. Granderson made a good catch on the sacrifice fly.
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Granderson has had a tough series. He has stranded a lot of runners. MCab finally got a hit with men on base tonight.
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Hoping to win the series tomorrow.
Mark

Porcello had 91 pitches thru the 8th inning and was due to face Cabrera, Choo, Peralta and then possibly Hafner in the 9th. He kept them in check thru 8 innings with only 2 singles and no walks but the 4th time through the order is tough. RP possibly could have run on adrenaline for a batter or two in the 9th but JL refuses to bring in Rodney in the middle of an inning. Must be a zero sum start thing.
The errors are tallying up there recently. 13 errors in the previous 6 games, all multiple error games except the 13-5 blowout against TX. Fatigue, injuries, lack of confidence all cause mental lapses in sports. With only starting pitching now, JL will need the rolaids and cigs to get through these lethargic offense outputs. Shake up the order and give it a few games to see if the guys can build on it.

Jim

Porcello had 91 pitches thru the 8th inning and was due to face Cabrera, Choo, Peralta and then possibly Hafner in the 9th. He kept them in check thru 8 innings with only 2 singles and no walks but the 4th time through the order is tough. RP possibly could have run on adrenaline for a batter or two in the 9th but JL refuses to bring in Rodney in the middle of an inning. Must be a zero sum start thing.
The errors are tallying up there recently. 13 errors in the previous 6 games, all multiple error games except the 13-5 blowout against TX. Fatigue, injuries, lack of confidence all cause mental lapses in sports. With only starting pitching now, JL will need the rolaids and cigs to get through these lethargic offense outputs. Shake up the order and give it a few games to see if the guys can build on it.

Jim

wow, apologies for the double play on the last post. wierd stuff tonight, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do………

While reading this blog can be very entertaining, I would not want to have to make a living betting on all the prognostications.
Everyone’s favorite Ryan Raburn gets the game winning RBI. Granted his outfield play was once again an adventure, but his bat came through. And then there was Rick Porcello, who everyone seemed to concede was going to get rocked, who instead came through with an efficiently pitched gem. Might as well mention another one of the favorites here, JL notwithstanding, Zack Miner getting the save (albeit very Todd Jones like). OK enough sarcasm. Oh wait a minute, one more. Light hitting, slick fielding Adam Everett kicks one at a very untimely moment in the game almost pinning the loss on Bobby Seay, who deservedly ends up getting the win…..well I’ll qualify that. He deserved it second, after Rick.
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I have to admit I thought we were done after Rodney blew the save. We squandered too many opportunities, but what’s new? I based this feeling on last night’s outcome. After Carlos tied the game I thought for sure we would win. In a twisted way, in hindsight it would have been better if Carlos had not tied the game. Pitcher’s arms would have been saved, everyone would have gotten a longer night’s sleep……most importantly me.
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I find it very odd (and interesting) that we have a catcher who specializes in bunting. He is in fact the best bunter on the team. To be inserted into a game for the specific intent of laying down a sac bunt is just…..well it could be this year’s team signature. But why not? I’m thinking you’d never see Ivan Rodriguez doing that. He’d probably miss the bunt twice just so he could swing away 0 and 2. Trying to picture Bill Freehan or Lance Parish coming off the bench to lay down a sweet sac bunt……..naw, I’m sorry, I can’t do it.
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Lastly, am always impressed by your stats Dave. Now if we could get Rich to manage this team with you as the bench coach with laptop stats at hand, then I think we got something………..

Before signing off, have to say Rodney was unlucky tonight – coming off his 29 pitches last night and having to face switch hitter Cabrera first up who is hitting .342/.402 against righties.
Rodney IMO has really looked the goods since July, particularly after the break.
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Thanks Marty for your kind note. I was lucky enough to find a computer manual and started reading it earlier tonight!! :-)

Just a thought. If these two teams were boxers, they’d be feather weights pummeling each other round after round, but neither possessing the knockout punch needed to finish the thing in regulation. I think we should call for seven innings tomorrow and if it ends in a tie we have a shoot out.

Look, be as frustrated as you want. That’s fine. I understand it’s a tough crowd. But keep it clean. If you’re going to use profanity, I don’t care if it automatically gets censored to asterisks, it’s not going to fly here. It’s a public site, and frankly, you’re better than that.

There are some folks around who just figure Sardinha is a better answer at backup than Dusty. On one hand I would agree. That being the standpoint that Dusty could be a regular some day and needs the work in the minors.
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As far as the stats go the 2 have the following camparative MLB stats:

Dusty has 75 Plate appearances, .273, 2 HR 18 SB attempts and 8 runners thrown out for a 44% rate.
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Pineapple has 88 Plate appearances, .125, 0 HR 17 SB attempts and 3 runners thrown out for a 17% rate.
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Yes I understand all about game calling and that is a very subjective element and difficult to compare.

Good morning all. First of all I have noticed post jumping around for the last few weeks, but I thought it was just me. Imagine someone on here for the first time could get really confused????
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Rich actually I wasn’t even commenting on you because your post was not there before I posted?? More of this post jumping thing. But regardless, I still think that it was the right move, right or wrong. I just think that confidence is going to be huge for Rick right now and frankly until last night he has looked worn down to me? Just my opinion.
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But after thinking about it JL said something I find interesting in his post game comments. “He is not going to pitch Lyon tomorrow?? I wonder if that is who he really meant to say? Lyon probably pitched the two most efficient innings on Friday night. Seay has pitched two innings over the last few days, as well as Miner, and more importantly Rodney pitched 3 innings. Why is it Lyon who will get the rest. I would think that Lyon would be more ready to go if you needed a closer than Rodney??? Is it because the inning were stretched out over two days with Rodney and Lyons were in one game?? If anyone has any insight on that I would sure like to hear it.

Oh ya while I applaud Clete for trying to make a heroic play in the 9th. He would of been better off playing it off the wall and holding him to a double. Live and learn.
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Oh and the other question I had (I guess I missed it) someone was complaining earlier about a gaff in the field that Raburn made last night?? What was it??
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GK

Good Morning! I shut it off last night and went to bed, but couldn’t resist turning the tv on in the bedroom to catch the final score. Lo and behold, I saw the last inning to victory. Have to agree with skylant. Ordonez would have played it off the wall, but that will come with experience for Clete. I still go with my “should have let Porcello close it out” theory, but that’s neither here nor there. Just happy they won. We are still in 1st place and will have to fight tooth and nails to hold on. We have a good team! Go Tigers!!!!

P.S. I have no insight as to why Leland does anything. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Good morning. Everyone ready for some more exciting Tigers baseball? Best reality show on TV.
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GK, I don’t recall any particular fielding gaffs by Raburn last night. I do remember talking about mistakes of effort but I was speaking in general terms. I was actually trying to compliment the guy. And I think JL did mean Lyon. As to why he wouldn’t be available today, no real insights to that. Every pitcher is different and we don’t have the opportunity to ask the simple question “how do you feel?” The bullpen should be helped immensely by Verlander starting tomorrow night.
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Marty, I agree. It is entertaining to come in here after the game and read through all the prophecies of doom that spill out during the game. But, I bet they’re thoughts we’re all having on some level as the action unfolds. At least, most of them.
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It doesn’t get mentioned often enough, but we’re getting some excellent pitching. Really good work.
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–Rich

Thanks Beck for the Blog opportunity. I do believe it’s the best. Just think about all the bloggers griping about the their team which is not in first place. I am as guilty as anyone, but it could be worse. Porcello’s outing last night gave us a good indicator of excellent Tiger scouting. Ryan Perry is going to be pretty good too. So we have at least two more days in first place, and more if the Boys with the old English D can take it up a notch.

Greg

Well Cy Pavano is pitching today. His last two starts he has allowed 17 hits 13 runs all of the earned and 8 homeruns. In fact his last good outing was against (you guessed it the Tigers). So hopufully they have seen him enough that they won’t treat him like he is the greatest. Hopefully they will bear down and really have some good at bats. I think Galarraga has looked pretty good his last few outings and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.
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GO TIGERS
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GK

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