Sunday: Tigers vs. Twins

As expected, Omir Santos is catching, giving Alex Avila what has turned out to be a much-needed break. It will be Santos’ first game at Comerica Park.

The Twins, as if their injuries haven’t been enough, now have a flu bug going through their clubhouse. Danny Valencia was a late scratch.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Doug Fister


  1. Jason Repko, RF
  2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Luke Hughes, 3B
  5. Chris Parmelee, 1B
  6. Joe Benson, CF
  7. Rene Tosoni, LF
  8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Scott Diamond


Where is everyone, watching the Lions?
Maybe Victor needs a day off, 6th inning and he has grounded into three double plays? Ouch!

Yea, where is everyone? Just stopped for lunch and score is still the same. Let’s sweep ’em. Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make that 4 double plays for Victor,

Wow! Russian Hello to all Tigers fans. I hope you remember me :)) I don’t find how to use mlb account to log in, so I’m writing as guest. Today’s game was a free game on MLB.TV and I watched that. How exciting to see the Tigers win again and again. I got original Tigers t-shirt last week. It seems that it works good for the team :)) GO TIGERS

We don’t log in anymore, Marat. It’s open to everyone to comment. No account needed.
Watching the Lions……..are you kidding? No way I’d watch them over the Tigers. After the first inning, I thought we’d lose this one. I was correct that we scored no more runs, but underestimated the combination of our pitchers up against what passes for the Minnesota Twins these days. Didn’t it seem like we were playing the Twins AAA team with Mauer there on a rehab assignment? I mean, Benson, Dingelman, and Hughes sounds like a law firm. I was glad that Victor’s 4th DP was on a ball he scorched. Easier to laugh it off that way.
Watching Fister pitch, it’s like we have Cliff Lee in our rotation. The guy does everything correctly. I don’t think anyone expected him to be THIS good. That’s a heck of a 1-2 punch with Verlander. I’d hope JL would go 1-2 with them in the playoffs and not out-think himself.
Tampa is really creeping up on Boston, as the Angels are on Texas. Still some interesting races out there.

Well, I’m going to sit back and watch the replay tonight. Keep going Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was watching the game but made no comments. Fister was very good today as well as Benoit and Valverde. Good thing because the Tiger hitting seems to have slowed a bit in the last two games. 5 runs? Luckily they didn’t need any rbi’s from Victor. Even he was laughing at himself on the fourth DP. Yes, the Twins are a sorry lot nowadays. Even if they get Mauer, Morneau, Kubel, and Cuddyer back to normal next year, they will still be missing a Thome and Delmon Yound and their pitching has floundered also.
I was finally able to see Inge’s walk-off homerun today. Was it close to being a foul ball? Did you see the look on Perkins’ face?

Perkins just couldn’t believe it, stayed on the mound awhile in a daze, and was still asking what had happened in the dugout.

He looked devastated. I thought he probably could have cried. However, he kind of threw his catcher under the bus by saying something to the effect that the catcher called for a fast ball and he didn’t shake him off to throw a different pitch. Didn’t need to say all that except he threw a bad pitch. Can you imagine Verlander saying something like that about Avila? Anyway, they broke our hearts in ’09 enough that I couldn’t feel sorry for them. The pain of ’09 just about killed me.

tru pup – i have no remorse for anything that happens to the twins -> i know their season was ruined by injuries – i don’t care lol

Mr. Fister is something else. Didn’t see the game but based on the score I can see he did well again – this year our trades ended up for the most part being very good for us. What a difference a few months makes for this team, they are firing on all cylinders.

Just finished watching the replay. Mister Fister!!!! What a gamer. No one who attends a game pitched by Fister could possibly say it was boring. Game went by so fast. He’s so intense. And, isn’t it nice to see a pitcher who can field their position just about as good as Verlander. Someone said something the other day about scouts showing up at contending teams’ games. You know they gotta wonder how they can possibly slow him down. I hope they can’t.
Jhonny (Mr. Reliable) made some great plays with his glove.
After getting a look at Santos, I figure we got the most handsome catchers in MLB…Avila, Martinez, and Santos.

Verlander is tied for second with Betemit with 5 errors. While Fister has shown he is like Maddux , a great fielder. In his second game with Detroit he received the throw by Miguel like he was a first base player.

Well, you do want to win the Most Handsome Catchers (MHC) Award, but it will probably go to Boston or New York. 🙂
Chicago could sweep us and we’d still be up by 7.5 games. What a great position to be in. We haven’t had anything like this since 1984.

I said last week that Fister reminds me of Kenny Rodgers. Intense, fields his position very well and does everything he can very very well. Good job DD in finding and landing this pitcher. Bodes well for next year and beyond. Add Turner, Below and Coke as potential additions to the rotation and next year is even more solid than this one. The key….stay healthy.

Got my playoff tickets for home games one and two. Now it’s a matter of dates. Or if we make the postseason, if you’re superstitious.

I’m jealous!

Anyone know why JL doesn’t bat cabby in the 3rd hole (to get him ~ 54 more hits a year) and vmart in the 4th hole? One of my baseball friends from boston will not stop asking me

Leyland wants to keep Cabrera #4. Things are clicking for the Tigers now. Our friends in Boston better look in the rear view mirror, they have bigger issues than who is batting cleanup for Detroit. And maybe I am in the minority, but Tampa’s pitching scares me much more than Boston’s.

You could always tell your friend JL is a genius…. Seriously, I’ve gathered from JL’s comments that he thinks he’s maximizing baserunners for Cabby to drive in. Nothing wrong with that theory, but it doesn’t work when JL constantly puts our weaker hitters in front of him. If it was me, I’d hit him 3rd. He leads off too many second innings batting 4th.

True, Portwine, our opponents aren’t at all settled yet. I think I prefer Tampa based on our 6-1 record against them as opposed to Boston, 1-5 against. What scares me is Fenway Park. I have no such fears regarding Tampa, NY, Texas, or LAA. Bring ’em on.

There is virtually no chance that JL will fuss with the lineup. Delmon has been hitting and he likes Cabby there, pure and simple. There is valid argument in gettig him up to the plate, guranteed, in the 1st inning. If Young and Aj do their jobs he will get 1st inning at bats.
The Tiges can almost limp into the playoffs now. If they win just 1 game every series from here on out they are almost assured of winning.
That has to feel nice for them.
But, I would obviously see them clinch ASAP and rest a few key guys a bit (not too much) and get a start for Below and Turner

There is a fine line between resting enough and too much, they have to keep that playing edge without getting too tired, and I think most of the guys would say they do better when playing, why JV doesn’t like getting an extra day thrown into his rotation. If we can clinch and do it early I see a lot of half games for guys, getting them their swings but not wearing them down. Maybe playing part of a game is as tiring on a player as a full day but you gotta keep them in it, especially when they are seemingly peaking at the right time. Maybe just means your pitchers don’t have to go 7 innings deep all the time.

all cart before the horse, but the horse is coming up fast and although I am going to the 2nd to the last game of the regular season I am hoping it is anti-climatic and another chance to whoop on the Tribe.

I think JL has said he’d play them parts of games. The thing is, this postseason home field business is important. Not only for increasing the chances of winning, but it’s extra revenue for the club. We took a hit in that department in 2009 and you saw the result of it over that winter. We’re talking a possible 3 home games instead of maybe 1 in the ALDS alone. On top of that, it’s a worthy goal to keep the players sharp.

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