Saturday: Cabrera returns to lineup

After getting a look-over from the Tigers medical staff, Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup. His lower back stiffness apparently was caused by a kidney infection, but a round of medication cleared it up. He’s batting cleanup and playing first base.

Johnny Damon isn’t in the lineup against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas, and he won’t be in there Sunday against Cliff Lee, either. He’s fine, but Leyland wants to play the righty-lefty matchups. Ryan Raburn gets the start in left field Saturday. Magglio is the DH.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Milton Bradley, DH
  4. Jose Lopez, 3B
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  7. Josh Bard, C
  8. Michael Saunders, LF
  9. Jack Wilson, SS

P: Jason Vargas


Thank You Matt Joyce!

PH grand slammer against the twins with 2 out tin the 8th. 7 run inning for the Rays to go ahead 8-4.
Way to go Matty! Dead Center field off the top of the wall and just over.

JV looks like he has the extra day thing under control so far after 2 IP.
Be great to get contribution from Inge, Laird and Worth today and tomorrow.

The day of dosen’t seem to have hurt Miggs.
That third was impressive by JV with his mix working.
Bringing Perry back on one good 8th innings in a losing game and having walked 4 in his previous two Toledo starts smacks of desperation. Pitching Coke last night means he will have to use Perry for the 8th tonight. JL doesn’t like using Eddie for the LICG situations unless he feels he has no choice.

Uggghh!! Pounding away for no return.

Big lead. Hope JV doesn’t have another dose of the 6th inning blues. Especially after the long bottom of the 5th he had to wait out.
Boesch just missed another dinger and 3 RBIs. Follows up with an impressive off-field single.

All those solid connects had to find the gaps sooner or later. Only amazing none over the wall yet.
They sure get an extra leg at home. Not just hitting either with JV before tonight had a 2.83 home ERA and a 5.04 away ERA.

Nice job by JV there in the 6th. And Raburn holding Figgins to a single on that play down the line was a good one.
Great to see Justin have these kind of results alosng with run support.

JV’s pitch count is pretty good. Be interesting to see how JL handles this today. JV will want to finish things up if he is throwing shutout ball. And JL has a bullpen in need of work.

I was thinking one more but not this way!!

I expect we will see Perry next innng to face Lopez and Guitierrez. If we pick up a cpuple of runs this inning they will throw Schlereth, if not Papa Grande.

It worked out a perfect situation for Perry’s return with a comfortable lead to protect.

Man, with that terrible walk Perry still has that habit of getting ahead of himself.

Tigers Add Top Venezuelan OF Vasquez

Posted Jul. 3, 2010 5:21 pm by Ben Badler
Filed under: International, News
The Tigers have signed Venezuelan outfielder Danry Vasquez, one of the top hitters on the international market.

Vasquez, a 16-year-old from Valencia, has a projectable 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame with broad shoulders and an advanced lefthanded bat. Tigers international scouting director Tom Moore declined to comment on the signing bonus, but international sources outside of the organization in recent days have said the bonus was expected to be around $1 million.

“The frame is there, there’s a lot of growth potential and that?s really one of the things that interested us a lot about him,” Moore said. “The way he?s able to handle the bat, he’s premium bat-type guy. He already has power, but knowing that if he?s able to gain some strength in that frame, he?s really going to develop some more power. For us, he was one of the most advanced bats in the market that we saw this year.”

Vasquez has been on the Tigers’ radar for two years, with the club’s area scouts following him while tracking Vasquez’s youth league teammates from previous signing classes.

“We’ve seen him use the whole field, not just in tryouts but in games as well,” Moore said. “He’s not just a guy who can put it to left field but hit it to left field with authority. Right now it’s line-drive power. He does have ability to generate some loft in the ball, but right now it’s more consistent line-drive power. With more strength, those balls in the gap are going to be going over the fence.”

Vasquez has played center field, though he doesn’t have the speed to stay there in pro ball. Moore said Vasquez, a righthanded thrower, has a loose arm and should be able to play right field.

“He’s going to be a corner outfielder who’s going to be able to throw and cover ground in right field,” Moore said. “We were also impressed with his game-playing instincts, in the field and as a baserunner, too.”

Thanks for the signing info, Dan. Good to see the Tigers are competing and signing some of the top international talent. May be awhile before we see this kid in the majors, but it shows that the commitment is there to bring in players from any source to help the farm system. We need it, as most of our teams are really struggling, with long losing streaks coming into today. Erie, particularly, I think has lost 6 straight 1 run games.

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