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Porcello drops appeal

He will serve out his five-game suspension starting tonight. The fact that Armando Galarraga was scratched today means they can get through this stretch without needing another spot start, assuming Galarraga recovers in time to start later this week.

UPDATE: Galarraga will start Sunday against the Royals in Porcello’s place. Porcello will start next Tuesday against the Mariners.

Galarraga scratched; Miner to start

Armando Galarraga has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms.

Zach Miner, who was in the Tigers at the start of the season, will start in Galarraga’s place. Miner pitched two innings Monday, so it might well take two or three pitchers to fill the innings Galarraga would’ve covered.

Galarraga has been dealing with a sore throat and fever, among other symptoms, since before the Tigers arrived in town. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Wednesday that Galarraga hasn’t been able to hold down solid food for two days, sapping his energy level. He had been sent back to the team hotel the last two days to get his rest and keep his illness from spreading around the team.

Galarraga arrived in the Tigers clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, but clearly didn’t look well. He was scheduled to see a doctor later in the day.

This will be the second time in three years that Miner has made a spot start at Fenway Park. He was called up from Triple-A Toledo to start the first game of a day-night doubleheader in 2007 after scheduled starter Mike Maroth was scratched with food poisoning.

Miner owns a 5-2 record and 4.60 ERA in 33 games. In four starts, he’s 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA, pitching 19 innings with 23 hits allowed, 11 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Galarraga still slated for start, but not certain

Just got back from the Tigers clubhouse, which is quite a bit later than Armando Galarraga left. He’s been dealing with some sort of flu bug or sinus infection for at least the last couple days, and he didn’t look good Tuesday at all. He’s slated to start for the Tigers Wednesday, but that is no longer a certainty, and maybe not a probability.

All that is certain is that, as manager Jim Leyland pointed out several times Wednesday, “We will have a pitcher on the mound tomorrow night against Josh Beckett.”

This is the same place where Zach Miner once had to step off the plane and make a stop start a couple years ago when Mike Maroth came down with food poisoning. Miner was being called up as a reliever anyway for a day-night doubleheader, but he walked into the clubhouse that morning and was told they needed him to start.

Could Miner start again? (pure speculation alert) Doubtful, since he pitched two innings Monday night. Chris Lambert, on the other hand, hasn’t pitched since last Saturday, and he has started more recently. Plus, he’s staying away from the team at his home here in Boston, a 20-minute walk from the park, so you figure he can at least sleep well.

What next for Galarraga?

galarraga.jpgFor now, it’s back to the drawing board, or at least to the side sessions. Jim Leyland said after the game that pitching coach Rick Knapp had noticed some things going on. For one thing, he was throwing from different arm angles and wasn’t being consistent with it. For another, he wasn’t getting on top of his breaking ball, which we haven’t seen much of lately.

As far as the rotation goes, he doesn’t seem to be at any risk this turn. With Jeremy Bonderman set to make another rehab start Tuesday, and no off-day for the Tigers before Galarraga’s spot comes back around next Thursday at Baltimore, there isn’t much flexibility there. It affords Galarraga some more time to try to figure out what’s going on.

If he struggles again, then it becomes interesting, because the Tigers could go a couple different directions. If Bonderman is deemed ready for the big leagues after Tuesday, he could conceivably move into that slot on long rest. Or with an off-day coming up a week from Monday, the Tigers could choose to skip Galarraga’s spot, much like they did with Zach Miner, and sit on it for an extra week or so. It’s probably not what Leyland would prefer to do; he’d probably rather give his pitchers the extra day after some of these high pitch counts lately. But it’s doable, even if it turns out that Galarraga holds onto the spot a while longer.

Another interesting thing that Leyland mentioned after the game is that he saw something like this from Galarraga down the stretch last year, with this stuff not being as sharp. He didn’t point to a fatigue factor in this case, though, not so early in the season.

Verlander on Opening Day, Jackson next day

Jim Leyland finally made official what was pretty much assumed, that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day at Toronto. Edwin Jackson will start the second game of that series. After that, it’s still uncertain, but Leyland made it pretty clear that he might like to start Armando Galarraga for the home opener April 10, depending on how the rest of the rotation works out. It would be a reward of sorts for the season he had last year, though I also imagine Galarraga’s temperament lends itself to not getting caught up in the atmosphere.

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13 Tigers on World Baseball Classic rosters

Before you read the list, keep in mind two things: These are 45-man provisional rosters, not the final 28-man rosters that will be announced next month, so a few of these guys might not make the cut. Plus, some of these players weren’t going to spring training with the big league club, so they won’t cut into the camp population. With that in mind, here’s the list, sorted by country:

Curtis Granderson, OF, USA
Justin Verlander, P, USA
Miguel Cabrera, IF, Venezuela
Armando Galarraga, P, Venezuela
Carlos Guillen, OF, Venezuela
Magglio Ordonez, OF, Venezuela
Placido Polanco, 2B, Dominican Rep.
Fernando Rodney, P, Dominican Rep.
Fu-Te Ni, P, Chinese Taipei
Cale Iorg, IF, Canada
Max St. Pierre, C, Canada
Andrew Graham, C, Australia
Brendan Wise, P, Australia

Galarraga places fifth in AL rookie balloting

While Evan Longoria was a runaway winner and Alexei Ramirez placed second, Galarraga actually received more third-place vote — nine out of a possible 28 from the BBWAA voters — than anyone else. However, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Aviles received a few second-place votes, enough to place third and fourth respectively.

Still, not bad for Galarraga, who wasn’t expected to get much time in the Majors in the first place.

Galarraga named Tigers Rookie of the Year

Not really a surprise, but the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association made it official on Monday. Armando Galarraga finished tied with Jair Jurrjens among Major League rookies with 13 wins, while his 126 strikeouts led all AL rookies.

Last Tigers pitcher to walk twice

Until Armando Galarraga today, it was Bryce Florie on June 6, 1998 at Milwaukee. In fact, he was the only Tigers pitcher to walk twice in a game in the DH era, according to research on

Galarraga is also just the fourth American League pitcher to walk twice in a game during the Interleague Play era. The last was Scott Schoeneweis, then of the Angels, here in San Francisco on June 13, 2001. Scott Erickson also did it for Baltimore on June 25, 1998 at the Mets.

Add in Galarraga’s walk in a game at Arizona last month, and he’s the first Tigers pitcher to walk three times in a season in the DH era. Mickey Lolich walked 20 times in 1972.

Dontrelle to start Tuesday, Guillen working out in LF

Leyland revealed his bigger changes after the game.

  1. Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga will both pitch on Tuesday, with Willis getting the start and Galarraga relieving him. Essentially, that day’s going to be a piggyback start day, like what some teams do with pitchers in the lower levels of the minors.
  2. Carlos Guillen is taking fly balls in left field. There’s no timetable on giving him playing time out there or whether they’ll actually start him there eventually — Thames is going to keep starting in left for the foreseeable future — but Leyland wants to have that as an option in games so that he can start Inge at third some days and still have Guillen in the lineup somewhere other than DH.