Galarraga scratched; Miner to start

Armando Galarraga has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms.

Zach Miner, who was in the Tigers at the start of the season, will start in Galarraga’s place. Miner pitched two innings Monday, so it might well take two or three pitchers to fill the innings Galarraga would’ve covered.

Galarraga has been dealing with a sore throat and fever, among other symptoms, since before the Tigers arrived in town. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Wednesday that Galarraga hasn’t been able to hold down solid food for two days, sapping his energy level. He had been sent back to the team hotel the last two days to get his rest and keep his illness from spreading around the team.

Galarraga arrived in the Tigers clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, but clearly didn’t look well. He was scheduled to see a doctor later in the day.

This will be the second time in three years that Miner has made a spot start at Fenway Park. He was called up from Triple-A Toledo to start the first game of a day-night doubleheader in 2007 after scheduled starter Mike Maroth was scratched with food poisoning.

Miner owns a 5-2 record and 4.60 ERA in 33 games. In four starts, he’s 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA, pitching 19 innings with 23 hits allowed, 11 walks and 12 strikeouts.


I’m glad Youkilis is taking the suspension now. Afraid of being seriously killed? An eye for an eye peace offering, Francona to Leyland? The assumption that Lowell will whup us anyway?
I like the L-R-L-R lineup being used lately, but Granderson has to hit to make this work. Putting Guillen at firstbase is more than I would have expected.
7:10, welcome back to the circus, the show that never ends.

The L-R matchup, I imagine, combats Red Sox lefty Hideki Okajima, who allows a .165 average to LH hitters but .289 to righties.

Touching on your earlier comment Rich about the possible use of electonic assistance, MLB has to get its head out of the sand on at least one issue.
Tennis used to be a joke with line calls and the player appeal system has taken all the controversy away from the umpire and linesstaff. Shame they can’t do anything to stop the game itself from being so boring to watch now passing net rushers has been made too easy.
Baseball should do something similar – let teams have the abillity to appeal any decisions made during the game. A limit of 2 or 3 that are lost if the original decision is upheld would sure prevent home town bias that is currently the norm in baseball.

1.Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Clete Thomas, LF
4. Marcus Thames, DH
5. Carlos Guillen, 1B
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Brandon Inge, C
9. Adam Everett, SS

I have some problems with this lineup. First of all Guillen. I’m not particularly keen on Marcus right now as an offensive threat and especially against Beckett but if you want to play him why not at 1st (where they went to the trouble of training him a bit to play)? Guillen has to make a throw and you run the risk of him hurting his shoulder all over again.
I’d actually bring up Larish to finish off this series and bring his LHB back.
No way I play Everett against Beckett. I know JL figures he is tearing the cover the ball off of Beckett at .250 ( 10 points over his season avg and probably 25 over his season ending average). At least you can hit and run and bunt with santiago. Everett’s avg will be in the .230’s after tonight and if he doesn’t make an error I will be surprised. he is pressing. He feel s he needs to do more as he was brought in to soidify this team but his veteran presence is definitely slipping. Man, look at what Scutaro has done this year for Toronto. I don’t know if Dlugach is going to be ready but another year of having an impotent SS is not going to be very exciting or promising.
Figured Miner would get the start. I hope he makes the best of it but my gut tells me he is going to walk too many batters and allow too many extra base hits for our liking.
Sure hope Inge’s glucosamine kicks in soon and we start seeing him attack the ball at the plate and actually swing at some breaking pitches.

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