Bob Uhl’s Bitter Cup of Coffee with Tigers

Here’s a nod to the late Bob Uhl, who was born on this date 100 years ago (he died in 1990). Uhl appeared in two major-league games – one for the 1938 White Sox, one for ’40 Tigers.Uhl_Bob

In his only Tigers appearance, three days before his 26th birthday, Uhl entered the game in the middle of a Yankees route and in front of a sellout crowd at Briggs Stadium.

With one out in the sixth inning and the Tigers down 7-5 (after taking a 4-0 lead in the first), Uhl relieved Tom Seats.

Things didn’t go well.

Uhl faced six batters, retiring none of them, allowed four hits, two walks and five runs – four of them earned. Dizzy Trout relieved Uhl and retired the Yankees in order.

Final score: Yankees 16 – Tigers 7

Friday Freehans, Link Style

The Tigers make their first visit of the year to Chicago which typically means nothing but anguish.

Not this weekend.

Detroit’s recent good fortune against the Sox continues. (Right?)

  • Here’s a terrific piece about Sparky Anderson from someone who knew him in his southern California community for 40 years.
  • Out here in Phoenix, there’s some noise about the Diamondbacks pursuing the Mets’ David Wright. All things being equal — and Brandon Inge’s mono notwithstanding — I’d sure rather see him in Detroit. What about you?
  • The Tigers’ all-time record against the White Sox heading into play tonight is 1,012-996-1. Why does it seem as if  half those losses have come since 2004?
  • Two tidbits about tonight’s starter Andy Oliver: 1. He was selected to participate in the Futures Game held prior to last year’s All-Star Game in Anaheim, but was unable to participate because he’d been called up to the Tigers. 2. Following last season, Baseball America named Oliver the third-best prospect in the Tigers organization, the 13th-best prospect in the EasternLeague and the 19th-best prospect in the International League.
  • On this date in 1952 the Tigers acquired lefty Bill Wight, infielders Johnny Pesky, Walt Dropo and Fred Hatfield and outfielder Don Lenhardt from the Red Sox for righthander Dizzy Trout, infielders George Kell and Johnny Lipon and outfielder Hoot Evers.
  • Have you been itching for a closer look at the Tigers’ platoon situations? ESPN.com’s Christina Kahrl has you covered:

The Tigers might be the team with the most potential variations, to the point that Jim Leyland could flirt with multi-positional solutions every bit as creative as [Rays skipper Joe] Maddon’s. After all, the Tigers broke in Ryan Raburn in a multi-positional utility role with a lean toward starting him against lefties in the past, and using youngsters Andy Dirks and Casper Wells as platoon outfielders now. Raburn and Brennan Boesch have struggled to stick in regular roles, opening up a host of possibilities for Leyland to try to hide some of his players from the sources of some of their struggles.

Finally, Happy 61st Birthday to singer Suzi Quatro, who played Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days. Did I just date myself?

Have a great weekend.

Tigers Today: September 4, 2010

Doyle.jpgTigers’ Record:

67-68, 3rd Place; 11.5 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 7:05 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (7-11, 5.20 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (9-7, 4.76 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 9 – Royals 5 (11 innings)

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Tigers Today: June 29, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

41-34, 1st place; 1/2-game lead

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Twins| 8:10 p.m. ET – Target Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (3-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 6.10 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 7 – Twins 5

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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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Tigers Today: June 3, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 27-25, 2nd place; 3.5 GB Minnesota

Today’s Game

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

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (4-5, 5.27 ERA) vs. LHP David Huff (2-6, 5.54 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 3 – Indians 0

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

How the Tigers Fare Historically on October 6

TigersMug.jpg On Oct. 6, 2006, Kenny Rogers began etching himself into the Tigers’ postseason lore with 7.2 innings of five-hit mastery of the Yankees at Comerica Park. (As if you’ve forgotten.)

He walked just two and struck out eight as the Tigers beat the Yankees 5-0 — and Rogers slew a personal postseason dragon — to take a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Division Series.

A look through the Tigers history book reveals that they’ve been quite busy on October 6 — when they make the postseason, that is. So, I thought we’d take a look and see if there’s some historical star alignment happening ahead of Game 163. Here’s a deeper look at how the Tigers have performed (or not) in the franchise’s postseason appearances from 1907 through 1987:

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