Thursday: Tigers at Vikings, er, Twins

Sorry about that. NFL preseason game going on down the street. The two stadiums aren’t as close as Comerica Park and Ford Field, thankfully. Still, I’m glad I’m not driving on this trip.

As for the baseball game, it’s a regular day off for Brandon Inge, who’s 8-for-40 lifetime against Twins starter Scott Baker. Jhonny Peralta, 12-for-46 with two homers for his career off Baker, starts at third, with Ramon Santiago (8-for-21 off Baker) at short.
This will be a very interesting start for Justin Verlander, who has split decisions in two starts against Minnesota this year despite just two earned runs over 11 innings and 14 strikeouts.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Kelly, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Jason Repko, RF
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS
P: Scott Baker


Well, I may have to turn it off after what crud John Keating just said. Excuses.

Verlander is horrible – Rhymes completely blew it and I just turned it off because I cannot listen to Rod Allen for one more minute tonight.

Let me throw it in there for all of you Avila lovers to – he stinks as well. How the heck didn’t he get Young out at home he should be embarressed and pulled from the game. Learn how to block the freaking plate. Can you tell that I am annoyed.

I can’t believe it, I actually stayed up for the whole thing. I did not see the first half of the game for the most part, watching football. Hope the Cabrera thing is nothing major – not for the Tigers but for him, he is having a terrific season and I’d like to see him get more numbers.

What a mess of a game. The announcers were laughing at how many blown plays there were. I think we got a gift on that call at first, looked like the tag hit the foot, but we’ll take it. Valverde finally looked like himself after that first walk. He had his swagger after each pitch that went where he wanted it to.

Twins wanted that one bad if they were using up some starters, but I suppose they had to tap their pen early. Good for Casper Wells!

I’m going to credit the Rangers and Ron Washington a little bit here. That had arrived in Minnesota for their next series and were probably willing the Tigers to win and wear out the Twins BP.
I had eventually turned to a movie “Captain and Commander” with Russell Crowe and switched on and off to see if the game had eventually ended. Over and over it had not ended. Tremendous HR hitting and thankfully, Valverde really saved a game for us.
No comments on the blunders. There were so many of them, it’s exhausting.

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