Wednesday: Tigers at Phillies

Spring Training 003

Miguel Cabrera has had some memorable trips here to Clearwater. Two years ago, he took a bad-hop ground ball just under his right eye, knocking him out of action for a few days but barely avoiding a far worse injury. Last year, he hit a ball that supposedly left the ballpark completely. He’s in the lineup today, so you’ve been warned.

Most of the regulars are playing today with the exception of Austin Jackson. Tyler Collins starts in his place in center field. Andrew Romine gets the start today at short against Phillies starter Cliff Lee. Brad Ausmus noted yesterday how Collins has held his own against lefties, but Lee should give him a pretty good test.

Justin Verlander should get stretched out close to 100 pitches today in his final spring tuneup. Blaine Hardy, who was supposed to pitch yesterday but didn’t, made the trip today and is scheduled to pitch. So, too, is Phil Coke, which should erase lingering doubt whether he’s going to make the roster. If the Tigers were going to release him and pay just one-fourth of his salary, today is the day they’d have to put him on waivers.

Today’s game is available live online at MLB.TV, or you can watch the replay tonight on MLB Network at 11pm. Or you can watch both, I suppose. You can also listen to the radio broadcast on AM 1270 in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.


  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Torii Hunter, RF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Tyler Collins, CF
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Justin Verlander, Phil Coke, Blaine Hardy, Al Alburquerque


  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, DH
  6. Domonic Brown, LF
  7. Cesar Hernandez, 3B
  8. Bobby Abreu, RF
  9. Wil Nieves, C

P: Cliff Lee, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, Shawn Camp, Brad Lincoln


Taking it from the previous blog entry, it’s true that Drew is often injured and has only 3 seasons of 150+ games, and at best a .250 hitter to boot. I don’t know where these salary demands come from. I guess they get paid on their previous years, just as many of us do in our own jobs. My best work was 10-20 years ago but I get paid more here now at the end.
I’d give Cabrera whatever he wanted. He’s the franchise. Anyone see him down by the clubhouse yesterday patiently posing for pictures with kids after he’d left the game?
One thing to keep in mind is that Dirks IS supposed to return during the season. Best case, even Iggy gets back although that’s doubtful.
I suppose the bullpen will have to fail before anything is done about that.
I see Detroit treading water at the outset of the season.

My main man Ramon Santiago has made the Reds roster.
Apparently, so will Phil Coke, but for Detroit.

the season is getting closer and closer! Don’t overdo it with JV – we need him solid all year, not spectacular on opening day.

Wouldn’t it be sweet to see Smyly develop a cutter (and the “business” acumen) of Cliff Lee?
Avila likes to be selective–probably to his own detriment.
Castellanos is getting schooled today by Lee.
Did DD trade for a shortstop yet today?

High strike ump today. I thought the guy yesterday or maybe the day before, was the best I have seen in recent memory. Nice judgement and consistent. Nice to see.

Sure would like to see Nathan, Joba and AlAl throw back to back outings.

I like what I see with AlAl (well mostly).
Did anybody else get educated by the Philly announcers today?
I never knew that Justin throws cutters and AlAl changeups!!!!!
These guys were ballplayers?

yesterday the braves radio guys were makin’ jokes and havin’ a good ole time at our bullpen’s expense.

JV has a good assortment of pitches, but I did not see a cutter. He got several called 3rd strikes today as he had good movement and location. AlAl threw a lot of good fastballs today and the slider was mostly good. Coke walk the first hitter he faced, Howard a left hander, which was not good. He did get the next two hitters to keep JV’s era without a blemish. Hardy was having some control issues against non roster Phillys, but only gave up one hit. His fastball was clocking at 89 on a scouts radar gun.

jim and dan were gushing over JV today. Coke looked bad but got it together….if anyone was there….did he throw the new grip on the changeup and how did it look?

JV looked good on the hill today. Very confident he’ll have a season that we’re used to seeing from him. Scherzer did Detroit a favor by rejecting their offer. Depending on how the season’s going, trade him for three pieces of the puzzle they’ll need in the post season. The bullpen could be surprising this season, too.

abreu isn’t going to make it north with the phillies. anyone have the feeling he’d do better than Collins?

No way. Abreau can’t even keep his legs under him any longer. He would be a huge defensive liability. Collins can run and run through a brick wall if need be. He hangs tough against southpaws too.

Mark…..what about at the end of the game when our guy was called out at home and Ausmus went out there. Jim and Dan were questioning the situation because Clete did throw a perfect strike but it appeared to them that the Phillybcatcher blocked the plate which is their understanding you are not allowed to do? They also said they were not sure what else the catcher could have done? What did you think?

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