Results tagged ‘ Tigers ’

Beautiful morning in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — It sure feels like baseball weather here at Roger Dean Stadium, as the Cardinals and Tigers are about three hours away from getting going. I’ll be with you guys for one more day, then Jason Beck will jump back in when the Tigers play in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday.

Should be interesting to see how Zach Miner pitches today after seeing how well Rick Porcello threw the ball on Monday. That fifth-starter race is definitely heating up.
Here are the lineups:
Will Rhymes, 2B
Gerald Laird, C
Clete Thomas, DH
Marcus Thames, LF
Jeff Larish, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Don Kelly, 1B
Brent Clevlen, CF
Ramon Santiago, SS
Starter: Miner

Skip Schumaker, 2B
Chris Duncan, LF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Rick Ankiel, CF
Ryan Ludwick, RF
Khalil Greene, SS
Joe Mather, 3B
Bryan Anderson, C
Tyler Greene, DH
Starter: Kyle Lohse
— Alden Gonzalez

Everett ready to get back on track

JUPITER, Fla. — Got a chance to speak with Tigers shortstop Adam Everett on Monday. It’s been a rough last couple of years for the 32-year-old right-handed hitter, who was limited to just 114 total games with the Astros and Twins because of injuries to his right fibula, in 2007, and right shoulder, in ’08. 

But he says he’s finally healthy.
“I feel good, I’m ready to go,” said Everett, who is back in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday and won’t be present for the Tigers-Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium. “I got those two years behind me, thank God, and now I’m ready to move forward. Everything’s been good. Actually, it’s been better than expected — nothing lingering — so it’s exciting.”
During a 1-0 loss on Monday, Everett had the only multi-hit game for the struggling Tigers offense when he went 2-for-3. That’s a good sign for Everett, who came into the game 2-for-16. But the Georgia native is a career .246 hitter who will likely bat in the bottom of the lineup.
And he knows he was brought here particularly for one thing: defense.
“I know it’s an old cliche, but you put pressure on yourself, you don’t do too well,” Everett said. “I’ve been able to play great defense my whole career, and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Manager Jim Leyland certainly thinks so.
“He’s got tremendous range at shortstop,” the skipper said. “He’s still working on his hitting, but he’s going to be one of those guys that you bunt with, hit-and-run with.
“Now, is he going to knock in 75, 80 runs? No, that’s not going to happen. But we got him to shore up the middle [infield], and he’s definitely going to do that.”
— Alden Gonzalez

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

Monday happenings

JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some tidbits from batting practice before the Tigers-Marlins game this afternoon:

* Manager Jim Leyland said right-handed starter Jeremy Bonderman and reliever Joel Zumaya (shoulder) should be on track to be on the Tigers’ pitching staff by Opening Day. Bonderman will pitch in a simulated game Saturday in Lakeland, Fla. Zumaya will get some work in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday and can also pitch on Saturday — perhaps an inning. 
* In terms of Macay McBride, who was stopped from pitching in an intrasquad game on Sunday because of lingering elbow problems and is currently on the shelf: “He’s not feeling very good right now. We’re shutting him down for a while with some medication, and we’ll just see how that plays out.”
* There were a lot of familiar faces for Leyland — who guided the Marlins to the franchise’s first World Series in 1997 — as he strolled through the field at Roger Dean Stadium for BP. There were also some former Tigers in catcher Mike Rabelo and center fielder Cameron Maybin — whom he shared a quick greeting with.
* A couple of other notable faces: First baseman Albert Pujols of the Cardinals — the team that shares Roger Dean Stadium with the Marlins — watched some BP. And Leyland had a chance to speak with Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells, as well as former GM of the Packers Ron Wolf. “We were just talking about philosophy. About how they go about [bringing in] players. … It’s fun to see how they think. And they’re great guys. They love baseball.”
* Adam Everett and Placido Polanco will be heading back to Lakeland, Fla., after tonight’s game. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Gerald Laird will be playing on Tuesday. So will Marcus Thames, whose wife just had a baby boy — named Marcus Jr.
*Tentative pitching schedule down the road: Edwin Jackson will go on Friday, Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson will piggy-back each other on Saturday, and Rick Porcello will throw again on Sunday. The Tigers have an off-day on Thursday.
* Score update: Heading into the top of the fifth now, still scoreless. Porcello had a great outing, pitching three scoreless innings with a strikeout and five hits. Probably most important to Leyland: no walks. … The Tigers did commit two errors in the first inning, by Porcello and Polanco.
— Alden Gonzalez

Checkin' in from Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Beck is going to be off a for couple of days, and I, Alden Gonzalez, will be your tour guide while the Tigers face the Marlins and Cardinals on Monday and Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s 4 p.m. ET now, and I see Detroit’s bus just pulled in. Manager Jim Leyland is expected to give a more definite timetable today on when Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will pitch next — I’ll update you on that as I get it.

Notable names traveling with the team today: Brandon Lyon, Adam Everett, Placido Polanco and Timo Perez. 
On to the lineups:
Everett, SS
Polanco, 2B
Clete Thomas, DH
Mike Hessman, 3B
Ryan Raburn, RF
Jeff Larish, 1B
Brent Clevlen, CF
Timo Perez, LF
Dusty Ryan, C
Starter: Rick Porcello
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Cameron Maybin, CF
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Dallas McPherson, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, RF
Jay Gibbons, DH
Robert Andino, SS
Brett Hayes, C
Starter: Josh Johnson
— Alden Gonzalez