Laird leaves game with bruised left shoulder

A Jake Fox backswing knocked Tigers catcher Gerald Laird out of Friday night’s game against the Orioles with a bruised left shoulder after three innings. His status for this weekend’s games wasn’t immediately known, meaning he might have played his final game as a Tiger.

Laird is a free agent at season’s end. The Tigers have committed to Alex Avila as their catcher next year — a platoon situation at the very least, and perhaps an everyday role. Laird has said he’ll move on to another club if he can find a situation with more playing time.
Laird was behind the plate for Tigers Rick Porcello in Friday’s doubleheader nightcap when Adam Jones tried to steal second. Fox swung and missed at Porcello’s pitch, but his backswing caught Laird on his left side as he stood up to try to throw out Jones. Home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi sent Jones back to first by calling interference. Laird stayed in the game for a couple more innings, but his shoulder apparently swelled up on him. Alex Avila replaced him behind the plate for the fourth.

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Max St. Pierre is getting the start tomorrow, Dan. He should have been given a few more, but the manager dictates otherwise. And Casper in the 9th, he just missed that first pitch. That was the one. Just missed it.
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I’ve been impressed with Rhymes and Wells. Both bring more than one skill to the game, something that’s lacking in a lot of our players.
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I’ll soon have a long list of personnel that needs to be replaced. A long list. It will start with the manager, of course, and then players. Some of these players could bring a nice return. I hope people are still reading here when I post it. :-)
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Leyland’s job on the line? It should ALWAYS be on the line. There is far too little of people being held accountable for their performances in this organization. Players are coddled by Leyland, and Leyland is coddled by management. Every effort is made to find excuses for failure. Injuries, scheduling, too many rookies, too many old veterans, umpires, the economy……..it goes on and on. I’m tired of excuses. Unless I miss my guess, however, we’ll get off to a promising start next season and along about June, DD will find JL sleeping in the manager’s office and offer him a brand spanking new 2-year extension. Which will be followed by the inevitable 2nd half collapse.
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I do have one question for right now: what kind of manager plays a guy on a regular basis who has hit .165 for half a season? Especially when that guy is an outfielder? Especially when that guy is an outfielder with very few skills out there. What manager does that?
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–Rich

We have a very boring team out there right now. If nothing else, this road trip as screamed the message that we need bona fide MLB sluggers on this team.
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Porcello got away with murder tonight. He has to do better on 0-2 pitches and he can’t give up 2 hits per inning.
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Bonderman has shown us all year what kind of pitcher he is.
Stats don’t lie.
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I hope DD is not so blind as to think that Guillen, Ordonez will supply the power to help Cab.
Or that they can squeeze another year out of lacklustre bats like Inge and Damon. Laird has to go. The more I see Rhymes the more I think it will be difficult for Sizemore to be appointed as the 2B next year.
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Why can’t we evaluate middle infielders? Everett, Renteria, Sizemaore this year starting out. These are critical positions and without at least one of your middle infielders being simply outstanding (all around) you are going to have a tough time staying in contention.
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I was almost half-expecting Casper to come through with a bomb there in the 9th–he had had a pretty nice game and in front of his home town folks.
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Pitiful display of hitting. Boesch has become a virutal joke.
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The lousy thing is the return of the coaching staff. I have no use for JL and his main man Lamont–or McLendon. I think Knapp is good and Brookens. But the unholy trinity must go!
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Good to St.Pierre rip a double. I am very ticked that he hasn’t had a couple of starts. He’s certainly earned that and it’s not like this team is going to win anything this year.
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Saint Brandon is looking like he has given up at times.
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Let’s cancel the All Star Game next year eh!

About the only thing to get excited about now is if Austin can go 4 for 5 tomorrow. That’s what he needs to reach .300
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Or if he were to go 5 for 10 over 2 games he’d make it as well.
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One can only imagine how good he will be when the power starts to come or when he learns to LHP, or simply cuts down on the Ks. (Just don’t wait till you have 2 strikes on ya bud!)
I believe he is a potential .320 hitter.
He has been a beacon of light in the night for us for sure.
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It sure would be nice to see this team play some decent baseball to finish this season off.
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As far as Leyland goes I guess the only thing we can hope for is for him to win the Mega Lottery and he buys himself a tobacco plantation somewhere—-and retires on it.
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He’s way over-rated. Almost unbelievably so.
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Don Kelly seems to have a lot of upside to his game. Anyone care to opine?

One comment re AJ. He makes plays that would be death defying, body slamming, look easy. He’s so smooth in CF.

Glad to see Max get the call. Tough assignment though—–catching Galarraga I mean. The guy blames his team mates and is hard on catchers. Combine that with a painful pitching style I can imaging GMan shrugging off Max quite a bit and turning the game into a prolonged mess.
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My pet peeve.
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This misplace reverence for Illitch. Everyone from the parking attendant to the general manager, the players, managers and broadcasters call this guy “Mister” Illitch.
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It’s not because he is being repected for his age. It’s about money. It’s about baseball subservience. I would think this is a vestige of “Old” baseball-back when the days that owners were feared and controlled everyone and everything.
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No reason he can’t be referred to by his name like anybody else on this team. This guy didn’t invent a vaccine or solve the mid-east crisis—he made Pizza for cryin’ out loud.

Dear Mike Ilitch:

Please call Buck Showalter and make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Sincerely,

Detroit Tiger Fans

OK, Rich, I’m waiting for that list. Two more games (mercifully) and then do we get the list? Probably won’t agree with all your suggestions, but would love to read how you would go about dissecting the roster for next year.
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Looking forward to it.
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Working today so I hope they get the game in. The weather here in MI is awful.

Pup, it will just be an end of season list of guys that I think we could do better without, and put out there for discussion’s sake. It will, of course, include the manager. It won’t include any suggested acquisitions. Plenty of time for that later.
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My guess is that the “Mr.” when referring to Mike Illitch stems from his work in revitalizing Detroit and bringing the Red Wings back from hockey limbo.
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This is a very telling statement from Leyland: “That’s not going to affect how I do anything, because I’m not going to work any harder next year than I did this year, or work any less hard. I work the same every year. I give them whatever I’ve got, and that’s the way it is.”
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What kind of thing is this to say? I mean, we all know that he’s stubborn and rigid and doesn’t go the extra mile, but to come out and say it? Would you say this during a job interview? He’s either very foolish or very arrogant, or both. It appears that Jim is one of those workers who just does the job, nothing more, nothing less. You all know the type. They fill a spot on the payroll and don’t contribute anything beyond that. Most of those workers don’t get paid millions, however, and they aren’t constantly called “one of the best in the business.” The problem is, his attitude filters down to the players, and prevents them from reaching their full potential as a team.
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This is very sad.
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–Rich

Rich, you are absolutely right with your comment about Leyland’s statement. Before I even read your comment, I thought it was a terrible thing to say. Not only does it affect the current Tiger players but also handcuffs DD in any free agent negotiations this off-season. Who would want to come to Detroit with that manager’s attitude? Oh. I am sure there will be somebody who can’t refuse an offer of megabucks to come play in such a “relaxed” atmosphere. The team just does not need any more Sheffields, Renterias, Washburns, Huffs, or Damons. Without looking at a list of free agents, or combing through every other team’s roster, I really don’t know who would help the most. I do not believe they should count on Bonderman, Galarraga, Zumaya, Miner, Seay, Guillen or Ordonez to come back and be the best answer. Without rambling on any further, I guess what I am saying is that the whole complexion of this team needs to be changed, starting with Mr. “not going to work any harder.”

Ditto from me re Leland’s remarks. Who would say something like that? Can you imagine if one of his players said that to the press. They would be shunned. Only Smokey gets away with stuff like that. It’s embarassing.

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