Tigers Today: July 4, 2010

July4th.jpgTigers’ Record:

43-36, Tied for 1st place with Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers vs. Mariners | 1:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (4-5, 4.36 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (7-3, 2.45 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 6 – Mariners 1

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Tigers Today: June 23, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

38-31, 2nd place; 1.5 GB Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Mets | 7:10 p.m. ET – Citi Field | On the air: ESPN-HD, FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (3-4, 4.06 ERA) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (5-0, 2.82 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Mets 14 – Tigers 6

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Jose Lima Dies at 37

Who knew that when Jose Lima was called up to the Tigers in 1994 he would become a 20-game winner and a big-league character? Lima, whose best seasons in the majors came as a member of the Astros, died this morning at his home in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. He was just 37 years old.

The cause of death was ruled a heart attack, according to his wife, Dorca Astacio.

“Jose was complaining while sleeping and I just thought he was having a nightmare,” Astacio told ESPNdeportes.com. “I called the paramedics, but they couldn’t help him.”

Lima signed with the Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1989 and arrived in Detroit during the 1994 season, appearing in just three games. In 1995 he was primarily a starter for the last club Sparky Anderson would manage. Lima posted as 3-9 record with 6.11 ERA. The following year he split time between the rotation and the bullpen finishing at 5-6 with three saves.

On December 10, 1996, Tigers GM Randy Smith sent Lima, Brad Ausmus, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward to the Astros for Doug Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash.

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Tigers Today: April 16, 2010

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Tigers’ Record: 6-3 — Tied for 1st

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Mariners | 10:10 p.m. ET – Safeco Field, Seattle | On the air: FSD PLUS/1270 AM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (0-0, 3.29 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Off Day

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

Two July 4s to Remember

Here are a couple of fond memories from the Tigers’ recent play on Independence Day, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:July4th.jpg

  • 2000 – In the Tigers’ 11 – 0 win over Tampa Bay, Shane Halter takes over the catching duties in the eighth from Brad Ausmus. Halter has now played every position in the majors: with the Royals, he pitched on July 17, 1998. Dave Mlicki is the winner with Dean Palmer powering a pair of home runs.

  • 2001 – The 50 people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Royal-Tiger game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The fans received tickets to another game, free dinner and team autographs from the Tigers.

Hope yours was a safe and festive Fourth.

Memories of Enron Field and Loose Tigers Connections

FireballXSmall.jpgFor a two unfortunate years, I was a resident of the greater Houston metroplex. In fact, it’ll be 10 years this December that I moved there (and it was seven years ago this week that I escaped).

My stay in Houston coincided with the April 2000 opening of a new baseball stadium, then Enron Field, site of this weekend’s interleague series between the Tigers and Astros. Meanwhile, the Tigers were moving into Comerica Park.

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