Game 22: Tigers 11 – Twins 6

ESPN highlights available here.
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The Score: Tigers 11 – Twins 6

The Gist: Who saw this coming? Not I. Thanks to a blown call by the umpires, the Tigers were able to mount a comeback against Twins starter Scott Baker, relievers Ron Mahay, Pat Neshek and the and rescue their own starter, Max Scherzer.

Magglio Ordonez went 3 for 4 with three RBI and Brandon Inge continued his recent power surge with a solo homer that sparked a four-run fourth. The Tigers tacked on six more in the sixth behind doubles by Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch. Brad Thomas had his best outing as a Tiger, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Scherzer and earned the win. Oh, and guess what? Jim Thome hit another home run against the Tigers.

The Quote: “The Tigers are a team without a pulse.” — Eric Karabell, host of ESPN’s The Baseball Today Podcast

The Stat: 10 – The number of hits Scherzer allowed in a Porcello-like 3.2 innings pitched.

Up Next: Thursday: Tigers vs. Twins @ Comerica Park | 1:05 p.m. ET | On the air: FSD/1270 & 97.1

Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 5.00 ERA) vs. RHP Carl Pavano (3-1, 4.24 ERA)

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Game 18: Tigers 8 – Rangers 4

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The Score: Tigers 8 – Rangers 4

The Gist: For the first time in nearly nine years, Brad Thomas took the hill as a starter and did enough to keep the Tigers in the game until the offense took over in a kooky fourth inning. With two outs that inning, Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago scored on a wild pitch when the ball ping-ponged off the brick backstop and rolled toward Gene Lamont along the third-base line.

Winning-pitcher Eddie Bonine (2-0), Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde combined with Thomas to hold the Rangers scoreless over the final seven innings. Johnny Damon drew three walks — a season’s worth for Pudge Rodriguez.

The Quote: “They’ve been getting us our wins.” — Damon, on the Tigers’ bullpen.

The Stat: 5 – The number of strikeouts by Zumaya on his two innings of work.

Up Next: Tigers @ Rangers | Sunday – 3:05 p.m. ET

Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.46 ERA) vs. former Tigers RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.12 ERA)

On the air: FSD/1270 AM & 97.1 FM

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Of Course: Guillen to the DL

BallTherapy.jpgThe cynical view, of course, is that we all knew Carlos Guillen would make at least one appearance on the disabled list this season.

But come on, who had him on the shelf in the third week of the season?

Certainly not Jim Leyland. But that’s the sitch as the Tigers’s number-five hitter lands on the shelf for the next 15 days.

The silver lining to this cloud is that the Tigers (and Tigers fans) get to see left-handed slugger Brennan Boesch, who was promoted this morning to take Guillen’s place on the roster. (He’ll wear number 26.)

The 25-year-old Boesch won the Double-A Eastern League home-run title last year and is batting .379 and leading the Triple-A International League in RBIs this season for Toledo.

What does it mean for the Tigers lineup as they head to Arlington for a four-game wrap-around series against the Rangers? For starters, it likely means we’ll see more of Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly.

In terms of the batting order, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez flipped (something that Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi believes too).

The next 15 days will be interesting for sure. And on that 15th day (assuming Guillen returns on schedule) you have to wonder if it’s Boesch that gets sent back down or someone like Brad Thomas that’s shown the door.

Tigers Today: March 31, 2010

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Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 15-10-1

Today’s Game:

Tigers vs. Pirates | 1:05 p.m. ET – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland | On the air: MLB Gameday Audio (Pirates’ broadcast)

Pitching Matchup: Justin Verlander (1-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. Zach Duke, (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Phil Coke and Brad Thomas

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 10 – Orioles 9 | Box Score

Mere moments after the Nate Robertson trade was announced — which secured Dontrelle Willis‘ rotation spot — D-Train celebrated by surrendering five earned runs in 4.1 innings — his worst outing of the spring.

Offensively, Miguel Cabrera hit about 1,000 feet worth of homers with one in the first and another in the fifth. Scott Sizemore and Don Kelly also went yard.

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Roster-palooza: Avila Heads North, One Decision Remains

Coach Clipboard.jpgIn the latest episode of the podcast, Ian and I reviewed the looming roster decisions facing Jim Leyland and the Tigers. Today we have answers.

All that’s left to decide is the 25th man. Will it be Don Kelly or Clete Thomas? They both bat from the left side, so you can cross that off the list of criteria.

Tigers Today: March 28, 2010

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Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-10-1

Today’s Game: Tigers @ Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Legends Field, Tampa | On the Air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM and MLB.TV

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.15 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Fu-Te Ni, Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde.

Yesterday’s Results

The Tigers suffered a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nate Robertson (2-1) took the loss for Detroit after allowing two runs in five innings of work. Magglio Ordonez singled and drove in Detroit’s lone run.

Tomorrow’s Game

Tigers @ Blue Jays | 1:05 p.m. ET – Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, Fla. | On the Air: None

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (1-1, 0.75 ERA) vs. Dana Eveland (0-1, 1.69 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Eddie Bonine, Brad Thomas, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry

Tigers History Lesson

Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

Tigers Today: March 26, 2010

BehindHomePlate.jpgToday we’re launching a new feature on The Daily Fungo: Tigers Today.

Each morning we’ll provide a quick read on the Tigers — that day’s pitching matchup, a quick recap of the previous game, historical notes and whatever else we can gin up.

Let us know how you like Tigers Today and if there are other items you’d like to see included.


Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-8-1

Today’s Game:

Tigers at Braves | 1:05 p.m. Champion Stadium, Kissimmee, FL | On the air: ESPN-HD

Justin Verlander (1-2, 6.10 ERA) vs. Derek Lowe (1-0, 5.25)

Also scheduled to pitch: Eddie Bonine, Brad Thomas, Fu-Te Ni, Jose Valverde and Josh Rainwater.

Yesterday’s Results

The Tigers won two split-squad games on Thursday. In Lakeland, Dontrelle Willis walked his first two batters and looked like Nuke LaLoosh in firing a pair to the backstop. Still, he got his second win as the Tigers clipped the Blue Jays 5-1.

Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) earned the win over the Nationals 8-2 in
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Bondo went 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and both Washington runs; he walked one and struck out two.

Tigers History Lesson

Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

On March 26, 1936, reigning AL MVP Hank Greenberg signed a $20,000 contract with the Tigers.