Wednesday: Tigers at Dodgers

With an off-day tomorrow, the only one the Tigers have in a 38-day span, you had to figure Jim Leyland was going to give some guys a rest to try to get them two days off before they get through the next 17 days.

Austin Jackson is off, and Casper Wells gets his first start in center this year. He also gets to lead off for the first time in his Major League career. Brennan Boesch gets a start against left-hander Ted Lilly.

Alex Avila probably would’ve been off anyway against Lilly, but a nice sized bruise from a ball he fouled off last night pretty much sealed it. Leyland is going to give him the extra day to recover. “I’ve got a baseball in my leg right now,” Avila joked.

With Don Kelly out and a left-hander on the mound, Leyland had a decision to make on who to bat second. He chose Ryan Raburn over Danny Worth. I’m not sure it was something he wanted to do so much as the choice he gave himself with the guys in the lineup.

Don’t be surprised if there’s a roster move coming after the game. I expect it would involve Brandon Inge, but that part isn’t confirmed.


  1. Casper Wells, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  3. Brennan Boesch, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Danny Worth, 3B
  9. Rick Porcello, P


  1. Aaron Miles, 2B
  2. Juan Uribe, 3B
  3. Andre Ethier, RF
  4. Matt Kemp, CF
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Marcus Thames, LF
  7. Dioner Navarro, C
  8. Jamey Carroll, SS
  9. Ted Lilly, P


Rich, I am thinking this may add to the line up list.

Rod Allen telling us we shouldn’t question Leyland’s lineups just because Wells homered leading off. Give me a break. Does that hold true for Raburn who struck out in the 2-hole? That was nonsense, Rod. Stick with describing the game.

Dodgers pitching now has 25 Ks in 19 innings.
Man, very discouraging.

Spent sometime visiting in Colorado and saw all three games. You see a lot that you miss on television when you are there in person. Cabrera interacts as much as anyone with his team mates and encourages them more than most. Also, on Sunday a young school group sang the National Anthem and they were positioned in the outfield where the Tigers warm up. After they finished, Cabrera started his running and he stopped right by the group to applaud them as they walked off the field. We fans expect a lot from Miggy and he comes through much more than the average player. I did not see any selfish attitude from him last weekend. I still stop what I am doing to watch him hit when he strolls to the plate.

Yes, you’re right on the mark regarding: being there in person vs watching on TV. I love Miguel, but he’s got to realize those cameras will always be on him.
My stomach is killing me. Probably doesn’t have anything to do with this game, huh?

Good points, Mark. Thanks.
The Dodgers, in their thowback Brooklyn uniforms with their pants down to their ankles, look more like the Kansas City Royals. What’s up with that? Our guys look good in their 50s style.

Thanks for the insight Mark, many of us are only seeing what the cameras show so we can be quick to judge when we don’t know the whole scenario.

I couldn’t be happier that I decided to check in to gameday while at work to see what was up. Homers by Wells, Maggs, and Miggy – now THAT is what I have been waiting for. I sure hope we keep this lead, I want this warm and fuzzy feeling to last for a while.

Any chance the roster move involves Raburn? Please, please, please!!

Till now has not been sunny in California for the Tigers, but that will be California´s dream

Interesting to see AJ get a day off. I think it is a pretty good idea.
I guess the logical move would be to send Worth down if Inge is brought back.

Would the last Tiger MVP be Willie Herandez?

I hate to sound like somebody else here but boy, did Ricky P ever get squeezed in the Thames AB. It is a game of fractions of inches!

Venezuela is standing proud today. Good games from “los hermanos” today. Great block of the plate by Victor and the throw right on the money by Magglio.
We are gonna need some more runs though—5 is not enough.

This is one of those games that it feels we are playing to keep our heads above water rather than to win.
The club needs this one so I hope we can pull it out.
Boesch had a play at the plate there—they should have given him an error. not sure if they did.

These strkieouts are not saying much for Legendary Lloyd.

Who told him that he is a baseplayer? Release him

Geez Ryan, if you are not hitting at least be able to get a sac bunt down.

It is absolutely imperative that DD find us a second baseman. At least for this year.
The Blue Jays are disappointed in Aaron Hill who can play but is having another off year.
Michael Young could provide this team with a solid bat, good glove, leadership and experience. Not to mention character.

Keep in mind, everyone has a charachter fault waiting to happen.


Well hold on to your hats folks. I suspect Benoit will be coing in next inning. I hope we score a couple this half first.

Don Kelly bats far better than Inge. and is good at third. he mustbethe regular 3b. Bench for Inge

Bottom of 9. I’d be putting AJ in CF and moving Wells to right.

C’Mon Jose. Get the job done will ya?
I hope he holds these runners on a little as I could see a double steal here.

Oh NO. Bases loaded, bottom of the 9th and :


I hope there is no joy in Mudville tonight.

Where’s the splitter today?

Merciful heaven! We won.

Man—Jose that was bad dude. I think the 30 pitches he trew were all fastballs. We got away with one there and thank goodness JL had the sense to put AJ in defensively.

He did the job. Nothing else matters

Well that is debatable. If the job is to get a W and a save then yes but to me the job is not let the winning run get on base.
He is not going to be spotless, but we need him to have both his pitches working when he come in to the game.
I suspect Brad Thomas will be back. Perry has thrown well down there but the rhetoric I have heard from JL indicates they just may leave him there longer. I can’t disagree with that.
But I have no confidence in Brad Thomas.
My guess is JL can’t wait to ship Schlereth off. He has thrown far to many balls and the price you pay for driving your manager crazy will be a demotion. I think Schlereth has potential but he may not be MLB ready. With that beard he’s got going I bet he becomes real nasty around a full moon though.
Q has been tremendous. It is real nice to see him throwing that fastball for strikes. I hope he can keep it up. Looked very much more composed out there today and less juvenile. That’s nice to see too.
Raburn really should be traded. There has got to be a team that would like him on their roster. All this talk about how he starts to heat up in the summer is just evasive. What if he doesn’t? Even if he does what about those months he didn’t? Combine that with his defensive liabilities, K’s, and bae-running gaffes I don’t see how he can be justified as a regular position on a championship team.
I think Inge’s days of being able to contribute to the extent he has done a few years are over.
However, I think he can help this team this year with the proper use of Don Kelly in speling him. To me the problem was the mentality tht he HAD to play evry inning, every day. He’s just not that good to justify that.
We need a good hitting 2nd baseman and we need to find another quality LHP starter. It would help if Porcello could keep his WHIP under 2.000 too!!!

might catch the last few innings on replay, easier to watch knowing they will get the win but am interested to see just what all took place. Enjoy the day off tomorrow guys – let’s win for Sparky this weekend.

If Jackson doesn’t run down that 9th inning drive by Nararro, we’re all over Leyland tonight for not getting Valverde any work for a week. Winning the game doesn’t stop me, though. JL messed up there but got away with it, and it’s another example of bad managing. Lets the man sit out there in the pen for two consecutive series, minus the final inning? And JL drew praise on MLB Network for putting Jackson in for defense. A six-year old could have made that move.
We don’t hit well and don’t score much unless we’re hitting homers. And we’re not a homer hitting team. Doesn’t bode well.
We got the 2-4 road trip I predicted, but that doesn’t make me happy about it. Pretty poor performance overall. Winning today doesn’t make me all giddy. I may have been born at night but it wasn’t last night. Next up…..drum roll please……..NINE more interleague games!

I’ve watched baseball on TV for 51 years and they’ve used the same centerfield camera view the entire time, so I’ve seen a lot of ball/strike umpiring. Here’s what I think of the current state of affairs: there are three groups of ball/strike umpires. The first and largest group is bad. The other two groups are of equal size; one is passable and the other is atrocious.
I’m slowly coming over to favoring an electronic strike zone.

“I would assume that something will probably happen in the near future with the Inge situation,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I don’t know how near the future, but I would assume pretty quickly. … I know what my plan is, and I think [team president/general manager] Dave [Dombrowski] and I are on the same page, but you never know how that plays out.”

A possible platoon for Inge and Kelly? That’s a solid idea on several levels.

You are right on about the umpiring, Rich. I thought it was especially noticeble in these interleague games and with Porcello. I know you told me not to pay much attention to the Gameplay strike zone but these weren’t just on the corner. They were clearly inside the strike zone and the FoxTrax on MLB.TV showed the same thing. Rick’s low pitches inside the strike zone were rarely called strikes. Were all 6 of these games called by National League umpires because they were played in a National League city? It just seemed like Rick had to struggle with it both games.

LOL. I thought I deleted that word obvious. The umpiring does not excuse the fact that the Tigers still have much trouble with clutch hitting. If Inge is truly at the end of the line, what do they do with him for the next season and a half? Peralta is living up to his 2-year contract so far but not Inge. And Raburn…..Sheeesh.

They don’t have AL and NL umpires anymore. They work both leagues now. And no, the umpiring doesn’t excuse anything. I’m just making an observation on how much effect a particular ump can have on a game. Today is just an example of Lilly getting strikes on ridiculously high pitches with his floater, and Porcello not getting calls on low strikes, which is his forte. When Rick gets the low strike called, he dominates. I’m not saying umpiring is easy, mind you. I do think there’s room for improvement in consistency.
What to do with Inge for the next season and a half……….glad it’s not my problem. 🙂

I think Kelly and Inge will share the position with Brandon getting more than half the workload. Kelly has played well there and has contributed with the bat.
I have a feeling that the Clete Thomas story is just about told. I wish him well but I can’t see how he can break into the outfield mix.
Rhymes is doing well in Toledo. I don’t see him as a solution to our problem but at least the guy can run the bases properly, take a relay throw and bunt.
Sure would be nice if Ryan Perry can rediscover the form that he displayed a couple of years ago.
I read that Ryan Raburn has an option left. Hmmm. Better off to get something for him though as I don’t think his future is with this club anyway.
I would like to get an explanation for the 35 strikeouts in Los Angeles.
Shame about Albert Pujols.
We are going to have real problems if Scherzer, Porcello and Penny don’t start throwing better and more consistently.
That’s one of the funny things about this team. We have areas of strength that can quickly become areas of weakness. We have seen it with our hitting, our roation and our bullpen. Why so radically inconsistent?

The thing that struck me about the game on Wednesday was the CROWD (or lack thereof). Comerica Park on sunny June afternoon games is lively and seems to draw more people than night games. Dodger Stadium, one of the jewels in MLB, was empty. What a shame. Lastly, I really enjoyed watching the Dodgers feed and listening to Vin Scully call the Tigs, a rare treat. So that is one positive to interleague play.

Why is Ryan Raburn still on the Major League team? He absolutely terrible

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