Friday: Tigers vs. Angels

I’m not sure if it ever got above 70 degrees in Anaheim when these two teams matched up for four games last week. If it did, it had to have been the first day, because it got cooler and cooler with each day. Why do I mention this? Because it’s 82 degrees in Detroit on the last day of April.

You know we’re going to pay for this weather at some point, but wow, what a night for a game.

There are only a couple minor changes in the Tigers lineup tonight from the one that faced Joel Pineiro last week. Gerald Laird is behind the plate for Rick Porcello, and Brennan Boesch gets the start in left field with Carlos Guillen on the shelf.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

ANGELS

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

P: Joel Pineiro

7 Comments

Holy crap. Porcello seems to have lost everything he had. It’s remarkable at how awful he has been this year compared to last and even to spring training when he was dominant.
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That’s the way to hit your 1st career home run, That kid is a keeper!

Now this is some fun baseball. Great to see the home runs finally coming off their bats. Let’s hope this helps Porcello get it together now.

Joel

Porcello did show some improvement after all.
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Boesch looks pretty darn comfortable out there. Great to see AJ go “K”less yet again. His speed is exhilarating and his instincts are keen. Took 2nd on a WP that NO ONE one the club would have dared to do. That is an element of the game that has been missing here in Detroit. He is going to revert from time to time but quite frankly he is the best player on the team right now.
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Who says you can’t win with 3 rookies!

We had fun at Comerica tonight – it was warm and they were hitting them all over the place. Little disappointed in Porcello’s outing although it got better as it went along but still.
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The one thing that I wanted to ask – cause we couldn’t figure it out in the third inning when the Angels were at bat and Abreu got that double – why was Sizemore covering the bag with the leftie up to bat – should’t that have been a ball that was his?? It was the weirdest thing and without a replay to relook at it we couldn’t figure it out?? Anyone can shed some light???
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GK

Abreu goes the other way a lot. The shortstop and second baseman will signal each other on every pitch as to who is covering the bag after they pick up the sign from the catcher. In most cases with a lefty the second baseman stays put. We use to see the shortstop cover the bag when Polonco was up and I would consider it with Maggs as well in a hit and run. It is one of the gamemanship plays that it was likely Everett with the call and that time the Tigers got burned.
..Mark

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