Waiting to see on Tigers pitching front

The Twins called up some extra pitching help after they used up their bullpen and their previously scheduled Friday starter in Thursday night’s 13-inning battle. Will the Tigers have to do the same?

Manager Jim Leyland wasn’t sure immediately after Thursday’s win at Target Field, but he hinted that it might be at least a discussion with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Before Thursday’s game, Leyland indicated they could have one more call-up ready, and maybe one extra, when Triple-A Toledo’s season ends on Labor Day. Among the pitchers still left at Triple-A Toledo, starter Andy Oliver and relievers Fu-Te Ni and Jay Sborz are currently on the 40-man roster. Ni just return from a month-long stay on the disabled list to pitch for the Mud Hens Thursday, while Sborz just went on the 7-day DL for the Hens. Detroit could also move one of their injured players from the 15-day to 60-day DL and add somebody to the 40-man if needed, such as Casey Fien.

Or they could decide to do nothing. Neither Ryan Perry nor Daniel Schlereth pitched Thursday, and Alfredo Figaro should be available after his short stint. They’re certainly in better shape than the Twins, who lost starter Scott Baker after just two innings.

That might be their course of action. Tigers game notes just came out, and they don’t include any roster moves.

I’m off this weekend, back home for some downtime and a little fantasy football planning, but I might jump online now and then.

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17 pitches before they took a swing of Bondo. Did well to escape his typical early nerves.
JL keeps hammering away with BB, now promoted to 4.

Since June, BB has 2 HR’s from 189 AB’s.

No Cab and no Austin Jackson tonight.
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Avila DH
Laird C

Scratch Laird—Avila Catching now and damon at DH.
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I watched the game last night. OK, so I went to bed after the12th inning. I knew it would end if I just went to bed. So Rhymes screwed up, he made up for it. As bad as the infielders were last night, the umpires were much worse. You have to wonder what the game would have looked like if they had made even most of the right calls. Probably would have been just as close but fewer runs scored. It ruins the game. You get cheated out of watching the real game that should have unfolded. But our guys played through the adversity and finally proved the Twins are human. Ryan Raburn would be mvp imo. I’d keep him and give him a chance to play regularly next season.
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Ugh………Looks like Bonderman (yawn) will be putting his teammates to sleep tonight which won’t be hard after last night’s late game. He’s not gonna last 4 innings at this rate. It’s 4-0……. maybe 2 innings. Ain’t this fun.

Leland on Perry and BB via Tom Gage, Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/article/20100903/SPORTS0104/9030393/1265/SPORTS08/Austin-Jackson-s–D–earning-straight-A-s-from-Tigers
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Someplace, somewhere, I thought I read an article where JL says BB needs to play winter ball, with an emphasis on tracking the ball and defense. Can’t find the article, now. Maybe, I just dreamt about it.
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Well, this game sure has turned around.

Actually Casper “JL finally lets him hit for himself” Wells would be the mvp or co mvp with Ryan.

This is the way I would figure we would play against Greinke, who seems to literally “own us”.
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I am thankful that I believe this performance by Bonderman may open up some eyes in the powers that be department. It’s time to cut him loose.
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The absurd treatment of Boesch by Leyland is downright despicable. It doe not take a rocket scitentist to know that the more pressure you put on him at this stage the worse he will hit.
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If you must play him, bat him 7th.

sick of rod and mario talking up inge,what did they say when he screwed up the doubleplay ball that was hit to him last nite, fed up with those to phoneies

Bondo’s made me eat my words. I don’t mind that at all. Nice job JB. Ryan puts us ahead with a monster HR. He was swinging like he wanted to hit one tonight.

Lest We Not Forget:
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Johnny Damon is hitting UNDER .140 with RISP and 2out.
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With RISP UNDER .197
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Bases Loaded: .091
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Johnny Damon is not hitting—why would we want him next year?

Oh my goodness—bad pitch by Schlereth. Can’t keep going back to the same pitch when you’re ahead in the count Daniel!.
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The we see the inevitable 4 ptich walk from a shook-up pitcher.
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Unorthodox move by JL to bring Weinhard in but really–how can you leave Schlereth in?

The SOC consistency on display – all season slotting rookies into the vacated position.
Rhymes has 88 of his 111 AB’s as #2 so he moves him to lead.
Damon has pretty much stunk all year apart from:
Leading off innings – 80 AB’s for .338/.436;
None on – 234 AB’s for .303/.390;
Batting #1 – only 20 AB’s for .30/.391.
Playing LF – 116 AB’s for .328/.426.

Walking Damon to get to Raburn for the match up – got to love these managers!!

Looks like JL’s media message to Perry paid off. Chalk one up for the skipper.
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I thought Bonderman was out of sorts early from the layoff and maybe still a little tight in the ribcage. He came back nicely and got some good fortune on some hard hit balls.
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I seriously doubt that Damon is back next year, so I’m not concerned with that. In fact, I’d start sitting him more right now. That DH spot will need to be held for Guillen and RABURN has to play everyday. That much is obvious. I put the Damon signing as a good idea that didn’t work. We can do better going forward.
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–Rich

I think tomorrow would be a pretty good time to give Max a start.
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KC broadcasters said Raburn’s drive today went 460 ft.
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He has a nice HR swing when he hits them.

Did anyone notice in that article that PUP had a link to regarding Jackson among others – that he had a hit taken away from him from a game in July?? Interesting that the Selig’s office see’s fit to ruin the integrity of the game with that decision over a month later – but doesn’t see fit for the integrity of the game to give Galarraga his perfect game ??? So changing something as trivial as one hit is okay but not a perfect game. What a TOOL!!!!

Unfortunately, these are two different issues. The Jackson business is overturning a scoring decision by the official scorer. A hit was changed to an error. This happens all the time but usually much much quicker. Since there was no error on the Galarraga play, no matter which way it goes, it’s not something that can be overturned.
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Miggy cutting off the secondbaseman would not be ruled an error.
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As far as Selig being a tool, I agree.
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–Rich

Theres been gold glove talk that is probably making some nervous. That’s my take on it. Tool.

Well, I guess I’m the tool, but why would they wait so long to change something that happened on July 22? Gosh, there have been lots of calls that could be questioned. I’ve just never heard of something like this being changed 6 weeks after it occured.

Happy for Max that is a great story. How many teams have to Max’s on them????? Jackson had a great night and Porcello was good, I thought he might get blooped to death there but it all worked out.

Thrilled for hiim myself. And so were his teammates. Nice to see. Real nice.
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And his single to lead off the 8th was the eventual winning run.
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Porcello was on. He’s likely pitched to Max before so this was really the ideal time to give Max the start with Laird hurting still.
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AJ continues to surprise me. just when I think he is headed for slump city he somehow puts it all back together again. If he keeps this going he should be an almost certain ROY.
Neftali for Texas has been dynamite and would be a strong contender though.

So “Max St. Pierre Night” comes to a happy conclusion. That was a clean single, good for his first MLB hit. A nice ovation from some obviously aware KC fans, and a slick bit of sleight of hand by Damon with the ball. I wonder if that family went home thinking they possess the actual ball that Max hit?
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That was a good move by Leyland to start the 8th. PHing Kelly for Wells caused Yost to lift Humber, whom we have a lot of trouble hitting, in favor of the lefty. It’s similar to what Gardenhire pulled on JL earlier this week. It takes two to tango, though, and tonight Yost was the willing dance partner. He should have left Humber in the game. The L-R thing. These managers are a slave to that strategy. As it was, it was the beginning of our game winning rally.
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At 68-68, we would have been within striking distance last season, but the Central in no longer an easy division to win.
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–Rich

Why is Raburn not playing today?
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Yes I know there is a RHP but Wells is playing in left. If JL sees fit to batting a RHB why not Raburn?
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Raburn is a slightly better than average player who is on the verge of becoming a better than average, possibly good, player. Give him his ABs.
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Boesch batting 6th today. Does anyone else think he is due? If he keeps dropping his front knee going after low pitches he won’t be coming out of his slump anytime soon.
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Which GMan do we get today? The nibbler or the strike zone pounder?
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Will Will (catchy eh?) get his 1st big league dinger this year?
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Do the Tiger sports writers get subsidized for their patronizing reporting?
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Oooh–if we had just played a little better in Minnesota.
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Be nice if MCab goes on to a tear again.
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How important is it to have a powerful 3-4-5 lineup?
When Ordonez went down things changed. When Boesch hit the wall the whole club slumped and the season changed.
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The Tigers really need to go out and get an established marquee thumper for the middle of the lineup. It is not fair to Hope & Dream that Boesch, Raburn, Peralta or Guillen will provide that.
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Cab doesn’t look right to me.

Brennan Boesch’s whole game has deriorated so much as to be almost unbelievable. His offense has influenced his defense. His base-running has been poor. I feel bad for the guy and am wondering if he will be able to surmount the challenges he is now facing.
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No way do you give KK a double on that play. That ball has to be caught. The fact tht it was Boesched so much as to not even get a glove on it is irrelevant.
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At the plate he seems to be a pop-up and 2 hop back-to-the-pticher machine (when he is not striking out).

I’m beside myself with Johnny Damon. This guy is the antithesis of the word clutch. He has to be the WORST hitter in baseball with the bases loaded. I would rater see Max DHing than this guy who has been one of the biggest disappointments in Detroit than I can recall.
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We all knew he would “flail and fail” in that situation.

.083 With bases loaded ( 1 hit all year)
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.135 with 2 out and RISP

Mr Clutch?
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Boston has to feel very fortunate that Mr Damon has decided to be loyal to the City of Detroit.

How can you look so poor against a bad pitcher. Heck they had better approaches against Grienke. It would be one thing if you could say they got robbed – or they hit balls well they just didn’t find any holes. You can’t say any of that. They just didn’t show up to play to day – except for Wells that is. Damon needed to be the guy, but he looked horrible. AGAIN. Disappointed – although I am sure it won’t be the last time I say it this year.
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GK

Dan, they said Raburn was sick before the game and that Wells was a last minute add. That’s the only thing that’s easy to explain. The rest…………
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We had a 5-5 road trip which, on the face of it, isn’t bad. However, 4 of the 5 losses were by one run. Add in the last game of the previous homestand and 5 of our last 6 losses have been by one run. How many teams can string that many good pitching starts together and play .500 ball? Playing kids has something to do with that, but Damon is no kid.
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Damon should just be benched in favor of someone we want to look at for the future. He’s been a huge disappointment. I’d have never dreamed he’d fail to this degree. If you ask me, someone who is always smiling and joking around with anyone within earshot isn’t concentrating on the job at hand. I don’t recall him doing so much of that before he came here. Hope you enjoyed your time here, Johnny.
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Brennan Boesch, with his .153 2nd half BA, his inability to catch standard flyballs, and his poor baserunning decisions has become…….well, you can make a case that he’s the worst player in baseball. It’s hard to believe. We lost that game today because he didn’t catch a simple flyball on the track. And, as the worst player in baseball, he hit in the 4, 5 and 6 holes in this series. Uh Jim, what’s up with that?
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Strange stuff going on.
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–Rich

Great early comments on Damon.
I initially thought the Damon signing was weird as we had Clete and Raburn in the outfield mix and Maggs and Carlos sharing DH time.
I changed opinions when I could see him filling one of the leadership voids the team lacked (Manager and rotation still vacant).
Surely three failed attempts at assigning fulltime the DH role will end for next year.

I finally have to give up and admit that Damon must be included among the worst signings along with Washburn, Huff, Sheffield, J Jones, and Willis. They all took Illitch’s money and contributed nothing to the team. What is Damon getting- $8 million? He is not worth 1/8 of that. I don’t care how helpful he is in the dugout. He needed to lead by example as a veteran and he just hasn’t. One hit in 12 at-bats with the bases loaded? Even a blind squirrel finds his nuts more often than that. I hope DD uses that $8 million for other players or a new manager and coaches.

I don’t think he’s the worse signing (Damon). Johnny’s not a platoon kind of player, nor is he a DH. We all believed he’d help us down the stretch. He had the rings. He had the experience. But, I’ll bet he’s never had a manager like JL aka SOC.

Unfortunately, Clete Thomas is an injury waiting to happen. Aubrey Huff is having a sensational year, but he’s playing every day. Sheff was great until he got injured a few months into his first season. Never was right after that collision with Polanco. JJ was an awful signing. He had all the muscles but couldn’t do a thing.
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I’ll bet Jim and Tony have had a few conversations in the past few days. Oh, the Cardinal fans are in an uproar, and now he’s got Albert embroiled in the controversy.
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Now, Will will be riding the pine while we all get to watch Sizemore audition once again so I guess he can platoon with Carlos, Rhymes, Santiago, Worth, etc. etc.

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