Saturday: Tigers at White Sox

The question isn’t with the Tigers lineup today, which is pretty standard, but with the bullpen. David Purcey left the ballpark this afternoon  to be with his wife for the birth of twins. He’ll go on paternity leave, which allows him to be away from the team for 1-3 days.

The Tigers can call someone up to replace him, and unlike most circumstances, they can call someone up who was sent down less than 10 days ago. That would put left-hander Adam Wilk into play. But with the Mud Hens in Scranton, it’s unlikely they can get anybody from there to here in time to be available. So it appears no move is on tap for tonight. Whether they do something for Sunday remains to be seen, but if Purcey’s expected back as soon as Monday in Texas — he lives in Dallas in the offseason — the Tigers have to figure out whether it’s worth making a move for potentially only one day.

For Saturday, at least, they’re a reliever short. But with Justin Verlander on the mound and Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde well-rested, it shouldn’t be a factor. The one difference for them is that they’re left with only one lefty reliever available in Daniel Schlereth.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, DH
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  5. Alex Rios, CF
  6. Brent Lillbridge, RF
  7. Adam Dunn, 1B
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Brent Morel, 3B

P: Edwin Jackson


Yet with this looming, Purcey didn’t pitch last night while Gonzalez did. Uh………..
No Konerko. I was pretty surprised when they said he was available to PH last night after having that procedure.

Hello! I’ve missed everyone so much. Only last Sunday, on my way back from Comerica Park, I was riding on the bus back to Battle Creek (disgusted the Tigers lost, especially with Red Sox fans on board, and I get a call from my son, who was visiting from out of state and promised he’d check in on my dog while I was gone on Sunday. “Mom, there’s been a tornado in Battle Creek. You won’t be able to drive down your street.” Not sure if it was reportec on the news media much, but we did indeed have the worst disaster ever to happen in “the Creek”. No one was killed and that was a miracle in itself. No power for 5 days and my cable (Comcast) is light years away from reconnecting everyone. There is a house only 4 doors down with the car in the front yard and trees draped all over it and the house. Wires are everywhere. I won’t go on about it, but just wanted to let some of you know where I’ve been.
I’m just sick, I’ve missed so much. The game where Victor scored the winning run and there was such controversary. I’ve missed all these games, but finally found the radio and tune in to Dan and Jim. Some people complain about them, but I’m here to tell ‘ya, they are a wonderful team and paint a perfect picture of the game when you don’t have a TV in front of you. I appreciate them more than ever.
I got great pictures at the Park on Sunday. The best part of the game for me was the hour and a half before the game when I hung out at the BP and met a nice young man around 10 or 11 who always attends the game with his grandma. All we did was talk baseball and I got great pictures of Brad Penny, Furbush, M artinez (he’s so handsome), the new pitcher, Purcey (sp) and Al A., the new version of Zumaya.
Brandon Inge has mono? The kissing disease? I had that in high school and that is nothing to mess around with. I woke up one morning and all my glands in my neck and under my arms were bulging. It sometimes takes a long time to re-cover. I know how disappointed everyone is!
Gotta go. Am blogging from McDonald’s. Just wanted to drop in and say hello to everyone. My house is OK and I just miss everyone. Go Tigers!!!

Am catching up with back posts and have to laugh at comments re: Oliver. What you saw is the same thing I saw last Sunday: not ready for prime time.

Pup glad you and your family are ok.
Not real happy with the amount of runners left on base tonight!? Hope it doesn’t come back to bite us in the butt!

Thanks! I’m heading home to listen to the game. Go Tigers!!!!!!!

Who does not score runs, get runs scored against

Cabrera does not look good at bat at all. Weak foul out, key strike out with 2 RISP and then swang at ball 4 to hit unto a DP after a leadoff walk.
We need this guy to hit like he is supposed to hit.

Lord help us if we have to bring in Schlereth.
Maybe if he would lose that playoff beard I could take him more seriously.

Game not over but pretty disgusted right now!

Verlander deserves better than this limp wristed offfense is putting out.

bunt and a pinch hitter

While I advocate buntin much more than this team does not with Avila with Raburn and Jackson to follow. No way.

I mentioned this earlier but Avil is the most unlucky guy after the ball leaves his bat. he either hit it right on the nose or gets robbed-or both.
Did not agree with the sac bunt there. If there were 1st and 2nd yes but we get get a guy to 2nd and have to count on an RBI from Raburn and AJ? Nlot very likely.
This team just does not know “how” to score runs. The RISP this year is killing us.

Lack of fundamentals, an MLB player unable to bunt. An a manager letting a under 200 so called batter instead of a pinch hitter

To avoid a bunt, high fast ball. Never a fast ball in the middle of home

Mike Norris in the making

He bunts Avila but not Kelly in the 9th when you only need 1.

Well we lucked out. Cab looked like he was going to fail again and I thought he was nowhwere near a homerun when he hit the ball—Thank you U.S.Cellular.
Great to see Austin Jackson put a good swing on a 2-0 pitch.. horrible ABs by Kelly and Boesch though. Thought for sure we were gonna give this one away.

First things first: Pup, it sounds like you didn’t take any damage then, other than power? Don’t know when you’ll read this but I’ll ask again if you miss this message.
Mayo, you wanted to put on a squeeze play in the 9th?
It was a good win and could have been a very entertaining game if not for all the wasted opportunities. The frustration level was pretty high. Still it was a needed win with Peavey going for them tomorrow.
Verlander is quite a warrior. I have to wonder why he isn’t getting the borderline calls. I’d think he deserves that by now.
It’s painfully obvious that we need to hit more homers, but what are ya gonna do?

I even have to give JL some credit tonight. Other than some odd bunt calls. He left JV in and took him out at the right time. He also had the very good sense to put Worth and Santiago in the infield for the 9th—(with Kelly moving to right)

Yeah, I liked that 9th inning defense.
I keep forgetting to bring this up: did you all see that woman at Comerica this past week with the sign that said “Tigers fan since 1909”? I guess she must be 102 years old? That’s hard to imagine for us mere mortals. She looked good, too.

GMan still blaming others from

“It certainly has been an interesting year for former Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga.

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Galarraga’s near-perfect game. On Friday, Galarraga was rocked for 10 earned runs in four-plus innings in a start for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Tigers traded Galarraga to Arizona in the offseason. He went 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts for the Diamondbacks before being designated for assignment, clearing waivers and accepting the demotion to Reno.

“This year, I had four bad starts,” Galarraga told the Reno Gazette-Journal for a story shortly after joining the Aces. “But the first three games I won. I didn’t struggle the whole year. Nobody can say that. You win your first three games, you’re good. Then I lost the next four and they want to send me down here.

“I don’t think there’s anything specific I need to work on. Whatever they say, I don’t care.”

Galarraga, who is in the final year of his contract, made it clear why he chose to pitch for Reno when he could have refused the assignment and become a free agent.

“The money,” Galarraga said. “They have to pay me $2.3 million to come here.”

It would have been nice to have dealt him before the deadline last year but I am still glad we don’t have this kind of attitude in our rotation.
Hard to believe this guy even has a book. What can you possibly say other than the fact of the matter?

I am no fan of JL’s management in terms of player personnel, in game strategy and media handling but the SOC sure has personality that can’t be denied.
Watched an interview with him on MLive and he was talking about the availability of Purcey who is off on Paternity Leave. Saying they couldn’t be certain of when he would return because he got a “double-header goin’ on there”!!
Now that is funny.

(Purcey and his wifer are expecting twins). And not the kind from Minnesota.

I saw that on the postgame show. He looked surprised at the big laugh it got from everyone. He’s also correct when he says that Raburn is breaking out of it. And in case no one has noticed, Ryan’s play at secondbase has been just fine. It’s the best place on the field to “hide” him. I suppose people need a whipping boy for their cute comments and with Inge out, Raburn is it. I don’t know what happens if Ryan starts to hit. I guess there will be less comments on the stories on the main site? Meanwhile, check out Chicago’s reactions to Adam Dunn.

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