Wednesday: Tigers at Twins

It’s the end of the nine-game, nine-day, three-city road trip, closing out with a noon local time game, but there’s a good number of Tigers taking part in the optional batting practice, Brennan Boesch among them. 

Magglio is in the lineup, but at DH. Leyland’s trying to take it easy on him for a day. Santiago gets his first day off in almost a week after five straight games started. He’ll get two days off before Friday’s series opener against the M’s.

By the way, if Avila had been catching today, the Tigers would have five rookies in the field, including the pitcher.

The Twins line up four left-handed hitters against Andy Oliver, but Joe Mauer isn’t one of them.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS
P: Andy Oliver
TWINS
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. Nick Punto, SS
  9. Drew Butera, C
P: Kevin Slowey

21 Comments

lets see if we have any better luck against Cy Slowey than we did Cy Blackburn and his 6+ era.

Good luck today, Tigers!!!

well after two innings -CY Slowey is on today!

It’s still early.

Well, Slowey is pitching pretty good. Let’s just hope our kid can continue to do the same. Then, we might have a chance.

Magglio just scored from first on Cabrera’s hit…does everyone still think he has a serious injury that’s being kept hush-hush?
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The Twins never seem to give up, they keep coming at you like mosquitoes. Wish the Tigers had more of that.
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JP

I think we have it, JP, especially in the past 10 days or so. The Tigers are not giving up.

Hey namecalling here will get you thrown out of the game by our umpire.
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The Tigrs inability to hit better against starting pitchers has been instrumental in a great majority of our losses. Again today.
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Name-calling here will get your thrown out fo the game by the umpire!
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Tigers inability to hit starting pitchers has reared it’s ugly ahead again. It’s a very real issue. The majority of losses this year can be directly attributed to that problem.
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Not sure what that means. Could be the mind-set instilled by the manager. It does seem that when the game gets in full swing and takes on an identity the hitters start to come alive a bit. Be better if they were prepared from pitch #1

Name-calling here will get your thrown out fo the game by the umpire!
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Tigers inability to hit starting pitchers has reared it’s ugly ahead again. It’s a very real issue. The majority of losses this year can be directly attributed to that problem.
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Not sure what that means. Could be the mind-set instilled by the manager. It does seem that when the game gets in full swing and takes on an identity the hitters start to come alive a bit. Be better if they were prepared from pitch #1

Having a hard time with the website.
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But back to pups comments about Slowey being good today. And he is my snarky comment to that. YA YA YA I am sick of hearing that all these pitchers having there best games of the year against the Tigers all of this tipping of caps and all that crap. I have heard it all a million times over the last few years. How about it isn’t always the pitcher, and a lot of time it is our hitters.
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Now here in the 5th Oliver is going to blow up, an infield single and an error on throw to first.

Yep – lets see if the hitters decide to show up here in the 6th inning. Oh wait I forgot Slowey is unhittable against the Tigers and the Tigers only.

I swear to god if I have to listen to Rod gush over Slowey and hit high 4 era and how he is a “strike machine”. It makes me wonder sometimes who is paying the man because all I here him do is gush over the other teams players. Nausiating

Name-calling here will get your thrown out fo the game by the umpire!
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Tigers inability to hit starting pitchers has reared it’s ugly ahead again. It’s a very real issue. The majority of losses this year can be directly attributed to that problem.
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Not sure what that means. Could be the mind-set instilled by the manager. It does seem that when the game gets in full swing and takes on an identity the hitters start to come alive a bit. Be better if they were prepared from pitch #1

No Zelic and you are an idiot an appearently don’t know how to read. Because if you did you would notice that my comment had less to do with Slowey and more to do with Rod and how he repeats himself all the time. And how he spends most of his time gushing over these other teams players. I like Rod, but he repeats himself all the time and it is annoying.
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And the fact that I think that this team ought to be able to hit these subpar pitchers is not a stretch. Tigers have almost always had a hard time with nibbling pitchers that most other teams seem to be able to hit with absolutely no problem. And if you are so in love with Rod he said basically the same thing the next inning.
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So you are problably not going to like what I have to say here, is that Johnny Damon is not worth his contract. He isn’t hitting this year and he certianly can’t field his position well. He alone cost this team two runs, the double off of Cuddyer he should of caught and then the bobble on the single that allowed Cuddyer to score.
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Zelic do yo ucome on here just to criticize, and insult the rest of us who have been here a lot longer than you?? You never have anything constructive to say about baseball it is all about name calling and trash talking. Most of us on here respect each other, and while we don’t always agree with each other it is with respect and without namecalling and juvenielle behavior. So just go away – nobody wants you here.

Please hit the Report link under zelic’s post. I have complained several times, but it will probably take more than one squeaky wheel to make anything happen.

Tracey I have also tried to report him/her and it doesn’t do anything when I click those words. But Jason if you are reading I to would not be sad to see him/her go.

For those of you who wish to, you can send an email to MLBlogsUsher@website.mlb.com to report a complaint about a particular user. This is what is prompted when the “Report any abuse or spam” link is clicked.
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I enjoy the usually constructive and thought-provoking conversation on this blog and would like to keep it that way.

Forgot to mention, be sure to include the blog name and conversation name for reference purposes. Example, Beck’s Blog, Wednesday: Tigers at Twins. Also the user name that is being troublesome

Zelic has been banned

Well, I’m glad to know that no one tried to ban me from the site when I sided with Bud Selig on reversing the Joyce blown call a few weeks ago. :-) Wait a second: Zelic … Selig?? Nah, it can’t be.
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Seriously though, I agree with Rich’s mid-term assessment. While I am very happy that the Tigers are a .500+ ball club after all of those years below .500, they are not yet in a position to be true contenders for the division championship. They have too may mediocre or average players. When they have won titles in the past, they have not had the glaring weaknesses that this team has, both on offense and defense. If they want to be WS contenders, they need:
1. Fewer holes on offense;
2. More consistent defense – emphahsis on old fashioned fundamentals like positioning, clean fielding and accurate throws will eliminate 50% of this year’s errors;
3. Several players (especially pitchers) having carreer years.
The Tigers did not have issues 1 and 2 in 2006, 1984 or 1968. They also got career years from guys named McLain, Lolich, Lemon, Morris and Hernandez in those years. They can deal with #’s 1 and 2 within the organization and I think most of us agree that they are making progress. #3 requires commitment from the players. We have seen several players who did not have that commitment or a constructive team attitude depart in recent years. No need to mention names.
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Thanks to all regular bloggers for keeping this blog interesting and collegial.
AA Mark

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