Laird puts Verlander matter behind him

When Gerald Laird met up with family members after Monday’s game, he didn’t tell his dad about the, well, animated discussion he had with Justin Verlander in the Tigers dugout in the sixth inning. Then he tuned into Sportscenter. So much for that.

“He didn’t know it happened, and then everyone sees it,” Laird said. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be on [the ESPN broadcast]. It was just one of those things where I thought I was right and [Verlander] thought he was right, we discussed it and after the game we shook hands.”

 Laird’s views on the matter sounded much like that of Verlander Monday night, that it was emotions of the game catching up with them and spilling out in public view when they shouldn’t have. And now, it’s over.

“It escalated probably more than it needed to,” Laird said. “If it wasn’t the ESPN game, I don’t think anyone would’ve seen it. It was just one of those things that got caught on TV. I’m sure we’ll talk about it today, but we shook hands [last night]. We’re friends. We have dinner together all the night. It’s just one of those misunderstandings.”

Laird said what sparked it came not from pitch selections, but from a point during the sixth when Laird tried to walk out to the mound.

“It was when we went out there and he called me halfway,” Laird said. “That was the disagreement right there, just on signs, I think it was. That’s it. He just mentioned something. He’s a competitor. You don’t like to get hit around. I’m sure he got frustrated and went to the dugout. I was frustrated because I want him to do the best he can. I don’t want him to give up runs, get hit around. It’s just one of those things in the heat of the moment. That’s it.”


Tremendous effort to get the first two games and make this last west coast trip a success regardless of today.
JL really rolled the dice with Miner today and luck and great defense has allowed the bullpen to get back in order without blowing the game.
Don’t like getting ahead of ourselves but you have to like our chances of a sweep with our right bats up against Saunders in better form than our lefties.
For the past month, Polly is .308/.336; Miggs .391/.451; Maggs .333/.41 and Raburn .370/.396 having gone .50/.538 the past 7 days from 12 AB’s with 3HR’s.
Despite Rodney having his blown save post break, his composure at the mound has been markedly better as shown in his stats with a 2.08 ERA post break to 3.36 pre break.
More markedly, his RISP has gone from 10.13 pre break to 3.52 Post; LICG 8.0 pre to 1.8 post and his ahead/behind in count stats are also normalising from his pre break figures of 5.93 ahead / .87 behind to 2.57/2.70 post.
We sure need to keep our distance on the Twinkies who have only 3 home games against the Rangers left in their schedule for top rated teams outside Central.
We have 7 games against the Rays with 4 at home after the Angels.
Chisox are going to need a huge turnaround to stay in the hunt with their current 20 game horror stretch followed by a west coast trip against the Angels and Seattle. They still have 9 more games with NY and Bosox.

Well it is nice to see the boys shook hands and made up. He is right though it was not on FSN broadcast, only ESPN showed it. I thought that it was probably much ado about nothing anyway.
It was a big time win as Rich said last night. If anyone would of told me going into this trip that we would of lost two to the A’s and won at least two from the Angels, I would of said you were crazy.
looking forward to todays game, and it being the last stinking west coast trip. It kills me.

There were some elements of championship caliber play displayed last night. The solid and spectacular defense, taking advantage of good fortune, no-quit pitching from Washburn and good hitting from MCab and Polanco.
If the club could tie a few games like this together they could become a team that believes in itself and not as self-destructive as we have sometimes seen them. They slipped into some poor ABs in the 8th and 9th but the fact they willed themselves to victory, in spite of what looked like a disastrous performance by Miner, was very encouraging.
Speaking of Miner, I think he belongs on the team, but I do not think he can be relied upon in late innings. He does not attack the hitters and yesterday he actually looked almost afraid to throw the ball to the plate. He was certainly indecissive, even with an 0-2 count to Aybar.
Leyland has some decisions to make BEFORE Sept 1.
Bonderman is likely to be a September call-up, as his progress has been spotty.
Robertson has pitched pretty well and tossed a gem yesterday. Will JL want to have him eligible for post-season?

Not sure what our record is against LH starters but I suspect it’s not real good. The club is hitting only .248 against LHP this year.
I would suspect Raburn gets the nod in LF today and Marcus will get to take over the DH’s role (of striking out multiple times). This is one area that really neds improvement and I do suspect Huff will come out of it but he looks just awful right now at the plate.
I also figure Curtis will start against Saunders. JL sat him against LHP last week but yesterday’s performance will erase that strategy. Pssst, Curtis, “bunt”!!!

It was a highly entertaining game that would have been even more enjoyable if played at a more reasonable hour for us right coast fans.
I’ve given Rodney more grief over the past four years than probably anyone who posts here, but he is having a truly incredible season. Getting the job done, just getting the job done. Excellent work, nearly MVP type work.
When Soscia sent Lackey out for the 7th inning, I was thinking that Leyland would have been roasted for making a similar move, so it cuts both ways. Managers can’t win when it comes to pitching moves.
Along those lines, you described it well re Miner, Dan. Like any starter, he starts out rough and then settles in during subsquent innings, and we’ve seen a multitude of examples of this from Zach over the years. There’s no way he can be a late inning reliever but he still has value to the club. I can understand JL wanting to use him that way, but JL is trying to pound a square peg into a round hole here. Just wanting it doesn’t make it so. Then there have been those instances when Miner does come out of the bullpen very effective and, instead of letting him finish a game to save the bullpen, JL pulls him after one inning so he can go with the old “by the book” specialist/setup/closer thing. JL’s been burned by that this season.
After thinking Washburn was a launching pad, I was impressed with his performance. He got it done like a crafty ol’ veteran should. Good job.
Regarding those camera angles, I think that’s probably just an Angels Stadium thing, a feature of the Angel’s broadcast. I’m sure you’ll see no more of that after today. In the “you can’t please everyone” category, however, I really liked it. I’ve complained for years that televised baseball shows no imagination when showing a game. Constantly using the same behind the pitcher angle, pitch after pitch, becomes dull. There’s nothing quite like the magnificent view of the entire field when a ball is put into play, seeing how everyone reacts at once, the flight of the ball, outfielders closing, infielders shifting, coaches waving runners around, etc. Sure, it’s a little strange when the ball isn’t put into play, but when it is, it’s the best view you can get, IMO. It’s like being there. I’d like to see more of this kind of TV coverage.
The Twins are officially becoming the Team To Beat. No surprise there. We’re five up in the loss column with 5.5 weeks to play.

By the way, when I say something such as “I’ve complained for years,” it should be noted that 100% of these complaints fall on the ears of my wife. She should have her own MVP award.

I was watching the Angels feed on FSWest and they showed it too!

The camera angles have been driving me nuts, you can’t see the ball and strike calls, you spend the whole time looking at players butts. I unlike you didn’t feel like I could really see the game. I don’t mind them every once in a while, but it seemed like we got more of those crazy camera angles than not. Producers of the show if you are listening ITS CUTE BUT I ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE THE PITCHER AND THE BATTERS.

The following may sound like it’s lifted from a Tigers’ game story, but it’s actually part of the MLB writeup of last night’s White Sox game. See if it doesn’t sound familiar:
A throwing miscue by catcher Victor Martinez, coupled with a single from Paul Konerko, put runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the eighth, but Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen rebounded by combining to retire the side in order and end the threat.

Missed opportunities have become an unpleasant theme for Chicago (63-63), which fell back to .500 for the first time since July 29 and is now tied with the Twins for second place, 4 1/2 games back of Detroit. The White Sox are hitting .224 (44-for-196) with runners in scoring position over their past 21 games.

“That’s been our problem all year long,” said manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team dropped its 31st game of the season after holding a lead. “If you watch this ballclub closely, you’ll see we’re really bad with men on third base and less than two out — maybe the worst team in baseball right now.

“Every time we got a man on third base, we didn’t do the job, and that continued to bite us. Good teams do that. Good teams score the guy from third base and take advantage of that. We’re not doing that right now. We’re not doing that period — all year long.”

Rodney has been dissed for several years and some of it was deserved. But this year, he has the mentality of a closer and that is what he is. Thank goodness.

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