July 7th, 2010

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Orioles

It’s a getaway evening game for a change, and considering the temperatures, the timing couldn’t have been better. At last glance, it was 94 degrees here an hour before first pitch.

Standard lineup against O’s right-hander Brad Bergesen, except that Danny Worth is at short. In the interest of full disclosure after the Tigers’ recent adventures with umpires, Angel Hernandez is behind home plate tonight.


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

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Julio Lugo, 2B
  2. Miguel Tejada, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  5. Adam Jones, CF
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. Felix Pie, LF
  8. Josh Bell, DH
  9. Cesar Izturis, SS

P: Brad Bergesen

Tigers could use some bullpen help

The Tigers have had interest rumored in starting pitchers and shortstops the last several days, but manager Jim Leyland laid a subtle hint what his team’s most pressing need might be.

“I guess if you could make a wish, you might wish Santa would drop another good reliever,” Leyland told reporters Tuesday afernoon. “It might happen and it might not happen. I’d like to deepen it a little bit. We’ve actually survived decent, but you don’t know if it can continue.

“With the loss of [Bobby] Seay and [Zach] Miner, that was a big loss to start with. Now [Joel] Zumaya is out again. That’s three guys that you counted on. We’ve actually survived it pretty good. Whether we can continue or not, it remains to be seen. I’d just like to deepen it with maybe a little more experience or something. That’s easier said than done.”

Indeed, with so many teams looking for relief help, it’s a tall order. And as Leyland has said repeatedly, he doesn’t have much say on the trade front. Still, if you want to know what the Tigers really need, that just might be it.

Leyland’s comments came a day after his post-Zumaya bullpen mix seemed to take shape. Once the Tigers took a lead into the seventh inning Monday, Ryan Perry pitched an inning, followed by Phil Coke and closer Jose Valverde.

Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse posted Tuesday on Twitter that the Tigers had a scout at Monday’s Mariners-Royals game, supposedly to watch potential bullpen help. The Mariners were in Detroit for three games over the weekend, but they never saw Seattle closer David Aardsma and only saw Brandon League and Sean White once. The Royals bullpen has been in flux all season, though it has settled down lately. It’s unlikely the Tigers would welcome back Kyle Farnsworth, whose last stint in Detroit two years ago went horribly wrong for both the Tigers and Farnsworth.

Tigers sign three more draft picks

Aside from the top couple picks, the top half of Detroit’s draft is starting to come together on contracts. The Tigers announced deals Wednesday with their fifth, sixth and seventh round selections.

Sixth-round pick Bryan Holaday from Texas Christian won the Johnny Bench Award last week as the nation’s top collegiate catcher this spring. He batted .355 for the Horned Frogs with 17 home runs, 24 doubles and 53 RBIs, while throwing out 46 percent of would-be basestealers.

Left-handed pitcher Alex Burgos, the fifth-round pick, went 13-1 with a 1.42 ERA for the State College of Florida at Manatee, striking out 109 batters over 95 1/3 innings.

Seventh-rounder Corey Jones, a second baseman out of Cal State Fullerton, also signed. He batted .374 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs for the Titans.

The deals bring Detroit’s total of 2010 draft signings to 28. They still have to sign top picks Nick Castellanos and Chase Ruffin.