Tigers Today: September 3, 2010

RobertsonHead.jpgTigers’ Record:

66-68, 3rd Place; 11 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 8:10 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (7-9, 5.27 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (8-11, 3.81 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 10 – Twins 9 (13 innings)

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Sept. 3, 2002: Andy Van Hekken’s Debut Gem

From Baseball-Reference.com:

On this date in 2002, Tigers lefty Andy Van Hekken, with a fastball topping out in the mid-80s, becomes the first American Leaguer to throw a complete game shutout in his debut since Mike Norris in 1975, and the first Tiger since Schoolboy Rowe in 1933. He stops Cleveland 4 – 0. The Holland, Mich., native was 5 – 0 at Toledo before his promotion.

The Tigers leadoff hitter that day? None other than Hiram Bocachica.

Bread Crumbs from Deadline Day

breadcrumbs.jpgI tip my hat to the bloggers who managed to write about the trade deadline as it happened. I decided to let it all settle before doing some after-hours clean up.

  • He won’t be here for long, so here’s a crash course on Jarrod Washburn, who will wear number 53 for your Tigers. Specifically, let’s look at how he’s fared this season against his new division rivals:

    • Indians: 1-0, 1.35 ERA in one start
    • Royals: 0-1, 1.29, one start
    • Twins: 1-0, 0.64, two starts
    • White Sox: No Appearances (yet)

  • I really want to be excited about this trade. I do. In fact, Michael Rosenberg says I’m required to like it. But…but…the Tigers traded for a guy who will help them once a week. What about the other six games — assuming the offense shows up when Washburn pitches?

  • On the other hand, in two years when some of the prospects Washington, Baltimore, etc., wanted for their hitters are playing for the Tigers, I think we’ll all be glad that Dave Dombrowski held firm.

  • But I still would’ve liked Luke Scott.

  • Jake Peavy does not scare me.

  • The Red Sox have become one of my least-favorite teams. This after years of them not even being on my radar.

  • As I mentioned on Twitter, the Tigers could still land a decent hitter in August…it just won’t be easy. And it definitely won’t be as easy as the Neifi Perez trade in 2006.

  • I’m no fan of Ryan Raburn these days so I’m wondering why the Tigers don’t send him down to Toledo and recall Jeff Larish. I’d rather have Larish’s chance of a home run every so often than the guarantee of a daily defensive butchering from Raburn.

  • In case you were wondering about Washburn’s post-season record, it’s 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) for the Angels in 2002, ’04 and ’05.

  • So were the Tigers winners or losers at the deadline? Jayson Stark apparently thinks they’re neither. (And Rob Neyer seems to like this deal from the Mariners’ perspective. At least I think he does.)

Happy Birthday to former Tigers Andy Van Hekken (30) and Howard Bailey (52), as well as to Toledo Mud Hens’ hitting coach Leon Durham (52).

Have a great weekend.