Tuesday: Tigers at Twins

As it turned out, Magglio Ordonez’s left side wasn’t what really kept him out of the lineup. To hear him explain it, it was the virus he’s been dealing with for the better part of a week now. The left side bothered him, but it was mainly the virus making it feel worse, he said. He’s feeling much better tonight and is back in the lineup after taking some swings in the cage free and easy.

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Armando Galarraga
TWINS
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, SS
P: Nick Blackburn

16 Comments

GMan was sure hit hard in the 1st. Could have been worse–not sure how Guillen got to Cuddyers drive.
Must have had a shift on him.
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Tough road to hoe for Armando with 7 LHB to face. And most of them pretty darn good ones.
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Be nice to steal this one but the odds are against us today. MCab still flailin’ more than I can remember him doing. Still gets his hits most nights, but the line drives to the fence have diminished noticably. Be good to get that back again.
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So far we are making Blackburn look like a league leader and not the guy everyone else is having their way with. .337 Bat Avg against?

Good to get those runs–we’ll need them and probably many more tonight.
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Ordonez doesn’t look right tom me. Slowed right down and looking like he did last year in the field. Virus I guess. Guillen cost us a run that inning. The Venezuelan defense is all on the right side of the diamond eh?
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Porcello got beat up pretty good by the Gwinett Braves! Yikes.
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Span just owns us and makes life miserable for whoever we have pitching.
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Kinda knew GMan was done when he had to throw so many pitches to pesky Punto—–again!
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His command was off and even though he struck Punto out you knew the ump would call ball 4 becasue Avila was set up outside. Punto seems to play very well against us too.
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Ordonez (like I said aboe) looks very slow out there in RF. He’s missed 2 balls he could have caught and another RFer might have caught 3 of them.
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We’re gonna have to keep our eye on Ordonez—I’m not so sure we’re getting the straight goods about the oblique or abdominal problem.

I know I tend to do this but Ordonez is definitely not right. He refused to swing at fast balls down the piper earlier and in his 3rd Ab he was favoring his side on the 1st swing and the the last swing was an excuse me. Nice leisurely trot down the 1st base line too. Get him out of there.

Those posts about Magglio’s good defense sure don’t look good now. That is three runs on him this game. Absolutely ridiculous. The tune sure has changed on this entry.

Ughhh. Too many Twins hits with 2 strikes. Big hits. Gross.

Hey, has everyone finished their All-Star voting. It took me about an hour to finally log into the the site, but I struggled through and got my 25 votes in.

I guess if we’re gonna lose, lose big. Get it all out. Ni hasn’t pitched in forever. How is he supposed to be sharp?

U-G-L-Y.
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zelic- that’s the first intelligent post I’ve seen from you. The walls are stupid there. I guess I don’t like Target Field any better than the Doom, I mean Dome.
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Looks like Phil Coke needs to lead the bullpen back into shape.
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Let’s get them tomorrow.

There is definitley something wrong with Ordonez—MCab went out and fielded that ball offf the wall on Denard’s 3rd triple ( I don’t think it was Carlos). It’s like they are covering for him. There’s a story here.
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Now our bullpen which held the team together early in the season is in a shambles. Ni is throwing BP, Perry is rehabbing, Zumaya is gone, Thomas is on borrowed time, Gonzalez untested, Bonine struggling. We need someone to emerge from the depths and produce some solid pitching.
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Toss this one away with the bathwater and let’s hope Oliver can remain composed against a team who plays confident baseball against us.
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Span absolutely loves to menace the Tigers. It’s almost uncanny.
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Avila hitting the ball hard with nothing to show for it tonight.
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This one is a real stinker. Let’s get it out of the way.

I’m not able to watch the game tonight, given the score it looks like that’s a good thing. Slowbyrne, could you please elaborate on something you said? “MCab went out and fielded that ball off the wall on Denard’s triple.” Did Cabrera actually go out into right field to field for Ordonez or was it an overthrow or something off in foul territory closer to the infield?
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I hope Ordonez is alright. Judging from the comments so far, it’s more than just a virus.

Zumaya’s injury still seems fresh and the team looks a little down tonight. Maybe we can bounce back tomorrow. We need good pitching.

I’m not totaly sure about that but as I remember (visually) I think it was MCab who was way out in RF taking that ball off the wall because Ordonez misplayed it off the wall. Not certain–it could have been Guillen but I think he was set up for a relay throw.

Regarding the wall in RF at Target, here’s the deal. The bottom part is padding and a ball hitting that will die. Above that, it’s wood and a ball hitting that will bounce back sharply. Above that, there’s a ledge of sandstone or whatever that is, and a ball hitting that will fly nearly anywhere since it’s curved. An outfielder going back can’t judge which part of the wall the ball will hit so it’s necessary for the centerfielder or an infielder to come over and cover the rightfielder. Tonight, Cabrera did it on that play. This information comes courtesy of Micheal Cuddyer.
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–Rich

Yep, it was Cabby that fielded the ball, but it really did bounce well back toward the field. I too thought last night that Ordonez is injured enough that he needs to be sat until that oblique heals. He has been playing terrific defense this year and he looked like he did in years past last night, not getting to balls and not getting a jump. Had he not been playing so much better this year I wouldn’t think of it, but he set the bar higher so watching him yes, I do think his injury is more than what they are letting on. Rest him for a week, we need him for the long haul and not just this series.

Geez, GMan wasn’t fooling anyone last night was he? He got dinged around, the whole pen did really. Rough loss, just hoping we can stay in front of the Sox as we try to regain first.

UGLY – as far as the wall I think that it is just something you have to get used to. Notice that the Twins didn’t misplay any balls. Like the Green Monster you will get used to it.
Think about it like this, those would of been homeruns had that wall not been there probably.

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