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Tigers add Rapada to active roster

No word yet on Bobby Seay, and we probably won’t have any until the clubhouse opens up later today, but take this for what you will: Lefty reliever Clay Rapada, who spent almost the entire season at Triple-A Toledo, will join the team tonight in Chicago.

Rapada was not among the Tigers’ September call-ups despite posting a 2.76 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings with the Mud Hens, where the sidearming southpaw owned a 4-2 record. He made two appearances with the Tigers in late April and early May.

Rapada hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 4, so I don’t know when he would be game ready. He might only be here to be available in an emergency, since the Tigers were already short a reliever while Armando Galarraga tries to get back to relief ready. Or he  might be here in case the Tigers get some bad news on Seay.

Rapada up, Larish down

The Tigers will go with a 13-man pitching staff for now. They recalled left-hander Clay Rapada from Triple-A Toledo today and sent utilityman Jeff Larish back to the Mud Hens.

There are two ways to look at this. First, the Tigers were likely going to need another lefty reliever after Bobby Seay worked three straight days. The other is that they really didn’t have much playing time for Larish, who had just 17 at-bats this season. Carlos Guillen’s limitations to DH recently because of his sore right Achilles tendon, plus Josh Anderson’s emergence in left field, worked against Larish.

Monday postgame notes, etc.

JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers lost, 1-0, to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. But manager Jim Leyland isn’t too concerned with the offense at this point, considering some of his best hitters are playing in the World Baseball Classic. The pitching, on the other hand, was dominant. One day after yielding 12 runs to the Yankees while walking 10, the Tigers’ pitching staff didn’t walk a single batter while surrendering nine hits.

* Nobody pitched better than Rick Porcello, who started the game and tossed three shutout innings. A lot of it was thanks to a great sinking fastball, which got him five groundouts. “Tonight, I think he showed a lot of poise,” Leyland said.
* Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon — who gave up the only run — Freddy Dolsi and Clay Rapada combined to pitch six innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits while striking out seven.
* The Tigers struck out 11 times, however. “We just have to do a better job of putting the ball in play and making people handle it a little more,” Leyland said. “[Sunday] it was too many walks, and too many times tonight we swung and missed or didn’t swing.”
* Adam Everett had the only multi-hit game for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot. That’s a good sign for Detroit’s shortstop, who had injuries plague his previous two seasons and was 2-for-16 going in.
* Here are some pregame thoughts from Leyland on the World Baseball Classic: “I think it’s
doing a lot for like Venezuela, the Dominican and those places. How much it’s
really doing for the United States, I’m not sure. I think it’s really good for [people in other countries]. They’re really
into it. I mean, they’re taking it like it’s the Caribbean World Series or
World Series, which is great.” 
– Alden Gonzalez

Rapada DL'ed, Willis activated now

Rapada has biceps tendinitis. Willis will now be available out of the bullpen tonight.

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