Wednesday: Tigers at Angels

Alex Avila is back in the lineup for the third time in four days against Jered Weaver, who has held Gerald Laird to 1-for-15 in his career. Manager Jim Leyland pointed out the hard line drives Laird hit right at defenders Tuesday, but 1-for-15 is 1-for-15.

Brandon Inge, meanwhile, gets a game off. He’s 2-for-10 against Weaver, though Leyland talked about the cool, rainy conditions among the reasons to give him this night off. Don Kelly is at third.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Kelly, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Sizemore, 2B
P: Jeremy Bonderman
ANGELS
  1. Erick Aybar, SS
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF (8-for-14 off Bonderman)
  3. Torii Hunter, CF (14-for-33 off Bonderman)
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH (12-for-24, 3 HRs off Bonderman)
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  8. Mike Napoli, C
  9. Brandon Wood, 3B
P: Jered Weaver

26 Comments

A walk, steal and a run scored from a single without an out. Hmmmm.
If Bondo is going to keep serving cream puffs, he had better be a quick learner how to vary his speed.

So they have to call Galarraga and pay Bondo for playing for another team o r not playing. The wrong guy was traded. Bondo has not market value but Robertson neither had value. What they got for him?

Anybody want to bet if Damon is still wearing pinstripes he gets that call and the one from last night? Stupid to get himself run, though. I thought he was smarter than that.
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–Rich

That should be all for Weaver. I think we might get this one.
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–Rich

Good start from Bonderman. I’ll withhold comment on his adventures with Hunter there.
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That’s 4 out of 5 good starts this time through the rotation. That’s a good sign.
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Congrats to Kelly for his first big league dinger. I didn’t know he hadn’t hit one.
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–Rich

Weaver pitched the 7th. I “misunderestimated” who was managing the Angels.
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–Rich

The Statrting Pitcher Woes continues for the Tiger hitters.
It’s almost uncanny.
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Very pleasantly surprised to get this performance out of Bondo.
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Damon is frustrated with himself—he has been going down way too often with the bat on his shoulder.
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Too bad Willis and Bonderman have to take losses for those games. Shame on our guys for not providing support.
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AJ has a lot to learn and I hope he is on some kind of learning curve right now because he is making matters worse with his inability to put the ball in play.

BIG hits from Santiago and Cabrera. But……….WHY would you not PH Laird for Kelly, bunt Guillen to second, THEN PH Inge? They’re both going in on defense anyway. That move mystified me.
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Anyway, Ramon, there’s your shortstop right there.
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–Rich

That is why a lot of us like Ramon. Things happen when he plays. That one was called picking up your teammate who made a horroble base-running blunder. Ramon was in a tough spot and fought that pitch off. Laird put down a pretty gutsy slide too.
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Good on both of them.

Glad to see you serious Tiger fans get rewarded for staying up to 1 AM! You deserve it.
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Every now and then, we get a big reminder of why we stay up late and put up with all this baseball stuff. This one tonight started getting real interesting along about the 4th inning. I’ll be glad when they get to Texas, though. 8 PM is a much more comfortable starting time.
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One thought: unless I’ve forgotten one, haven’t we struggled against all 15 starters we’ve faced? Is there a problem with the scouting report and game strategy? Doesn’t that come from the hitting coach?
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Still shaking my head over that PH strategy in the top of the 9th.
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I gotta work tomorrow………..
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–Rich

Thanks – these late nights are killing me.
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Bondo bounced back well, and one might say that is a typical Bondo start he is shakey in the first then calms down. Bondo ala 2006-2007. But I think in all fairness he struck out Matsui in the first and that big inning never would of happended. But yet again I live in the land of coulda should woulda.
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Regarding Damon he had a right to be pissed, but he couldn’t let it go, and that is the bad part. Correct me if I am wrong, but is that the same guy that called him out at first last night when in fact he was safe???
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Valverde cracks me up – closers are crazy bunch.
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Too many errors happening today they didn’t cost us though.
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Even though I am glad that Fuentes had a hard time, I just don’t like hearing anyone booing their own players. You can boo the opposing teams players but not your own. I just think back to Jason Grilli that last year he was here, and to me his ERA proved it. I don’t know the exact numbers but his away era was great and his home was horrible, but I truely believe because he was just a wreck at home..
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Time to go to bed.
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GK

Now that’s the way to put together some runs, how exciting!
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Good thing there were no Red Wings or Sharks games tonight, so much to keep up with and I might have missed something good while flipping channels.
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I think it was Bob who commented on the 19th about Leyland / McCarver? I have to say that I’m still laughing about that one days later :)
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JP

Kudos to those of you who stayed up to watch the game, I bowed out in the 7th inning, but am wishing I could have kept my eyelids open to see that ending. Amazing how Bondo stuck in there and limited all his mistakes to that first inning, that is something special.

Congrats Don Kelly, I was wondering if that was his first one, it took Rod and Mario a few minutes to make that known. It was much needed too! And what can you say about Miggy, did it again. And tremendous slide by Laird to get in under the tag, thanks Gene for sending him and being aggressive.

I is good to seeing four out of the last five starting efforts. The bullpen continues to do well. Bonderman’s night was like before the surgury in that he had first inning struggles and then turn it around. He has never been the most athletic of pitchers and more of a bull dog worker on the mound. Hunter’s grounder to the mound and steal both highlighted that fact.
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Balls and strike calls by umpires get more inconsistent all the time, but pitch trax is not the answer. Damon had one of those moments where he was not going to let it go and the umpire did not throw him until the third time he drew the spot. He probably knew he blew it.
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JV getting a win tonight for the split and the LA trip will be successful.
..Mark

Rich, you don’t usually comment during the games. And now you are questioning the manager and the hitting coach? Couldn’t resist that one. A team takes on the personality of the coaches. Yes, I too, do not understand some of the moves that are made. GK, way to hang in there. I fell asleep in the 4th inning. It looks like AJ has a long swing. Anyone else see that? Does he have a homerun yet? Anyway, looking forward to the non West Coast games. –Dave

One more thought, is the strike zone getting smaller? And then all of a sudden it is inconsistent. I umpired one game for little league and told the kids you better swing if it is close because I am not that good and I don’t want this game to go over 3 hours!

I can see you’re joking, Dave, because we all know I question this manager constantly. Since we won, he’ll get a mulligan for last night, but it was another example of what I think are incorrect moves. I thought this one rather glaring. I usually don’t go after McLendon since most Tiger fans have that one covered. :-) I’m just looking for a reason why we’re so consistently struggling against starters, whom I assume are scouted for each game. Maybe I assume too much. Is there or is there not a team hitting approach for each game and who provides it if there is one? We seem to hit fine against most pitchers out of the bullpen.
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Dale Scott is the same umpire who called Damon out at first Tuesday night. I don’t know if that played into Damon’s behavior but the fact is, Johnny knows darned well you can’t draw a line in the dirt unless you WANT to get tossed. And he did it what, three times? Scott was trying to let him off the hook, even verbally told him not to do that, but to no avail. Has Damon taken it upon himself to attempt to fire up the team? It was a strange event, in any case.
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Regarding the strike zone: an umpire will tell you it doesn’t exist. When you think about it, it’s true. It hangs out there invisible in space, no clearly demarcated lines, and it changes with each hitter and each pitch as the hitter strides. All of this while a pitch arrives literally in the blink of an eye. Those pitch-trac things are a joke and should be eliminated, as they have nothing to do with the real strike zone on any given night. All I can say is, if you’re in a gamer situation and the pitch is that close, you better make an effort to at least foul it off. Johnny.
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–Rich

Just watched the condesnsed version of the game.
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Don Kelly played really well and hit the ball with authority even on his other ABs. He looked more than adequate at 3rd. The way Brandon has struggled with the curve ball again this year (even against LHP) I would think we will see Kelly a bit more often than we have thus far.
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Funny think about Kelly, they say he can play all 3 OF positions, 1B, 2B and 3rd yet they don’t have him projected at short where he played when he came up. I wonder if at some point this year we don’t see him play a little out there.
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I am for more comfortable with Ramon at short than Neverhitt. Even defensively. I think the lack of hitting from Everett has overemphasized his defensive skills. Ramon is as solid aout there as anyone and can make plays that Everett can’t. He most certainly has a better arm than Adam.
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Not sure why we don’t want to take 3rd on singles to RF. Sizemore had a bloop single to right yesterday with Ramon on 1st and Santiago had a full stop at 2nd base rather than give 3rd a shot. I think he could have made it easily.
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Brandon has to get away with the outward pelvic thrust on inside curve balls. It only serves to amke him look fooled by the pitch and makes it a lot easier for him not to get the call from the ump.
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I think Phil Coke is starting to look more confident on the mound for us.

Everett has more range than Ramon. He seems to get a better read off the bat. It does seem that both of them did not have good 2nd halfs last year. It appears as though Ramon will only play short this year, so maybe the split that his going now will bode well for a better 2nd half.

Yeah, after signing Damon, the logical position for Raburn most times is secondbase, so that leaves Ramon out of that mix for the time being. I’d be happy with a straight L-R platoon at short, leaving Santiago to PH for Everett on his non-start days. If Adam is on the roster, he’s gotta play but I’d put the percentage of time in Santiago’s favor. I don’t think that black hole at the bottom of the order is as black as it used to be.
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Rod Allen began talking without thinking last night and said Leyland played by hunches and not by the book. Mario called him out on that, although questioned him is a better term.
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And good job by JL to hustle out there to the mound when Bonderman had that play with Hunter. I was already silently screaming to get out there before Bondo blows up. Good work there, Skip.
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–Rich

I haven’t been staying up for these late ones, so I really appreciate the during-the-game-posts that help fill in the gaps between Jason’s recaps and the video highlights.
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It hasn’t been really pretty so far, and we’ve won some games we didn’t deserve, but if we can survive this 1st big road trip breaking close to even and hold our own against the Twinkies next week, I will feel pretty good about this team’s chances for success this year.
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Although I miss Curtis being a Tiger, I am grateful that the Yanks get so much coverage, making it easy to keep tabs on him. Haven’t given up hope he won’t be a Tiger again some day.
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-Tracey

Is it me or are the announcers doing alot more rambling. I wish someone would tell them that they dont always have to be saying something. It’s especially irritating when something important is happening & they are yammering about another team. Stick to whats going on in the game please.
Yea Laird! His slide was great; but I heard only how great Santiagos hit was.

If I remember correctly, Rod Allen gave Laird one of those “I see ya, G-Money!” things. That seems to be Rod’s big compliment this year. That was a very good slide, perfect decision-making and perfectly executed.
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It was hilarious in that ballpark, everyone booing Fuentes. It seems that talk radio (which I assume includes blogs and forums) is all about Rodney being the closer now. Can you imagine that, Tiger fans?? :-) Fernando is lighting up the city of lights!
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It’s beginning to look like if anyone is going to beat the Twins, we’ll have to do it ourselves.
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Thanks to the starters along with Bonine and Coke last night, our bullpen is in perfect shape for tonight. Verlander, Zumaya, Perry, and Valverde all ready to go.
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–Rich

I like Tigers never surrender , this year there have been several rallys and others not completed like yesterday 6-5 …. that`s good sign. Bullpen is working very good, including leftys Coke, Thomas and even Ni. I was hating Laird this year but what a slide! He is a great runner to be a catcher

I like Tigers never surrender , this year there have been several rallys and others not completed like yesterday 6-5 …. that`s good sign. Bullpen is working very good, including leftys Coke, Thomas and even Ni. I was hating Laird this year but what a slide! He is a great runner to be a catcher

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