Thursday: Tigers at Angels

Nothing too crazy today. Brandon Inge returns to the starting lineup, as does Gerald Laird to catch Justin Verlander. The one little tweak is Carlos Guillen in left field tonight, with Johnny Damon at DH.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Erick Aybar, SS
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF
  3. Torii Hunter, DH
  4. Hideki Matsui, LF
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Brandon Wood, 3B
  9. Reggie Willits, CF

P: Joe Saunders


For tonight’s game, I’m offering up my pain from a tooth extraction and root canal all done this afternoon. Please win, Tigers!

Finally , the Major leaguer catcher is playing. You cant not win with 3 rookies in the central line. I hope the rumors about Duglatch are false.
Ajax need more AAA time like Avila

Middle of the 4th and we’ve blown too many scoring chances. I don’t like the feel of this one.

Middle of the 4th and we’ve got 5 runs, Rich. It’s been a while since we’ve seen 5 runs, let alone 5 runs in the 4th. I’m more disappointed in the pitching start, but we’ll see how it ends up tonight.

Carlos hurt! I saw him hold his hammy earlier in the game. A terrible way to lose a run.

Carlos has been an adventure on the base paths for the last couple of years. I used to think he was one our real good baserunners but now I feel he is a liability on the base paths. Not sor sure he pulled his hammy because of a look BACK!! at the coach. He cost his team some runs with that one.

Crilpe. JV has really hurt himself by not being able to put guys away.
JL has to learn that playing Guillen in the field is not a good managerial decison. DH him. Period. I think Carlos must not keep himself in optimum condition–he is pretty darn injury prone.
Zumaya will be coming in and I hope he brings his cerebral cortex with him and doesn’t just pitch from the brain stem again.

I went back and looked again. Carlos turned his head to pick up the ball in the outfield. He wasn’t looking at Lamont. If he was feeling the hamstring earlier, as I’ve heard from two sources, he should’t have been in the outfield. The guy is a great DH so why run the risk?

He knows enought to trust his coach–if Lamont sends him then giddyup–no point looking at anything except home plate.

That’s a bit better but if he had thorwn another hummer I would have screamed. He has to be very careful with the heart of the batting order and not let them time him. They have some dead fastball hitters coming up.
Report I heard from the Angel broadcasters is that Carlos has a hamstring sprain.
If it is at all halfway serious they should consider putting him on the DL before they lose him for more time than they would want.

This is a critical inning for the Tigs. 2-3-4 coming up and these guys believe they are in the game now that Palmer shut the door.
C’mon Zumaya—you are so stinkin’ predictable.
Let’s learn to pitch.

oom gat away with one there. 4 straight straight fastballs and Hunter should have had an RBI single there. Everett bailed him out and whatever happens here I do like the move to take Zoom out and make Matsui hit off of Coke.
Matsui would have clobbered Zumaya.

Lest I be a bit too hard on Zoom at least he is throwing strikes and not giving up any free passes. I just would like to see him reach his potential. I don’t think he will unless he becomes craftier on the mound.
Big test for Ryan Perry again here tonight. The Angels are a determined bunch and they are not gonna go away.

How the game changes. Perry got himself in a lot of trouble after going uo on 3 straight hitters 1-2. Then comes back ans fans that pesky Aybar with the sacks full.
We sure could use a couple of insurance runs here. How about jacking one Johnny?

Next best thing. Be real nice to see Don Kelly come through here. It wouldn’t surprise me as he seems as though he is quite comfortable right now.

Boy is Inge ever handcuffed on those curve balls—and he just does not hit worth a damn in situations like that.

Brutal numbing ABs by Inge and Laird with the bases full and a chance to salt this one away. This is the part of the bottom of the batting order that I really see as a major problem. Clutch hitting with RISP

Wow. Okay. Late. Tomorrow.

JV wins one he shouldn’t have had. Maybe that will get him going.
Nice bullpen work and a very imnpressive Ryan Perry who battled and struggled but still had the ability to finish off with good pitches.

Verlander and these foul balls – they are going to be the death of him. Forget him the death of me!!!
Pen bent but didn’t break.
Goodmorning everyone

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