April 26th, 2011

V-Mart on track for return next week

With a gorgeous afternoon in Detroit, Victor Martinez hit the field to get in his first real workout since he went on the 15-day disabled list. The results were very encouraging for him to return from his groin strain once he’s eligible to come off the DL next week.

“I’m feeling great, man,” Martinez said. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.”

Martinez did agility drills, played catch and hit, all without pain. He was among the many Tigers who came out to the ballpark early.

He’s eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, May 4, the third day of their four-game series against the Yankees.

Around the same time, Rick Porcello was throwing his final side session before he jumps back into the rotation Saturday. They put him on the mound and threw some hitters at him, and he said the 45-pitch session went well. No radar guns that I could see, so unless you’re going on feel, it’s hard to tell whether Porcello was throwing harder.

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Mariners

If you have to find a way to score runs against Felix Hernandez, it can’t hurt to have a couple of speed guys at the top of the order. It’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers try putting Austin Jackson and Will Rhymes in motion if they’re on base. The two guys in the lineup who have hit King Felix in the past are Miguel Cabrera (7-for-14) and Jhonny Peralta (6-for-20). After that, the numbers are about as ugly as you would expect.

On the other side, the M’s have .164-hitting Miguel Olivo batting cleanup.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Brennan Boesch, RF
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B
P: Phil Coke
MARINERS
  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 3B
  3. Milton Bradley, LF
  4. Miguel Olivo, C
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Jack Cust, DH
  7. Brendan Ryan, SS
  8. Michael Saunders, CF
  9. Jack Wilson, 2B
P: Felix Hernandez

Tigers tweet-up is tonight

I’ve never really looked into how many blog readers follow Twitter. I figure there must be at least a few, what with blog links getting tweeted and now with the recent tweets showing up on the right-hand column of the page here. But if you’re interested, the Tigers’ first annual tweet-up is on for tonight.

A $10 ticket includes group seating in the pavilion section, a Tigers TweetUp t-shirt with space to write in your Twitter address, a pre-game gathering in the Labatt Blue Light Jungle including chances to meet Tigers tweeters in the organization and media, and tweet contests for prizes. Also, it’s Felix Hernandez against Phil Coke.

More info is at tigers.com/connect.

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