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

Tigers Today: June 2, 2010

Tigers’ Record: 25-26, 2nd place; 4.5 GB of Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers vs. Indians | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Fausto Carmona (4-3, 3.69 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Indians 3 – Tigers 2

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Tigers Today: May 18, 2010


Tigers’ Record: 22-16, 2nd place; 2 GB Minnesota

Today’s Game

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

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (3-3, 6.08 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-2, 4.75 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Rain Out

Tigers History Lesson

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 1912 — The Tigers use a team of replacement players against the Philadelphia A’s. With 19 players on strike in protest of the recent suspension of Ty Cobb, manager Hughie Jennings recruits college players and a number of local semipro players to avoid a forfeit and fine. Detroit loses to the Athletics, 24-2, as pitcher Al Travers gives up all 24 runs on 26 hits.
  • 1946 — The Tigers acquired third baseman George Kell from the Philadelphia Athletics for outfielder Barney McCosky.
  • 1982Larry Herndon hits three home runs in an 11-9 win over the A’s, and in the process becomes the 14th player in major-league history to hit homers in four-consecutive plate appearances. On May 16, he homered in his final at bat to give the Tigers a 7-6 victory over the Twins.

Saturday Smorgasbord

ViewFromOutfieldXSmall.jpgSome Saturday items, powered by the Tigers’ Game Notes:

  • Today marks Justin Verlander’s 99th career start at the major
    league level with the Tigers. With one more starts,
    he will become the 54th pitcher in Tigers history to
    start 100 games.

  • Verlander entered his start this afternoon against the Rangers tied
    for third among American League pitchers with 46 wins since the start of the 2006 season, while he is sixth with 96 starts, seventh with 592.1 innings pitched and 12th with 474 strikeouts.

  • Since the start of the 2007 season, the Tigers are tops among all American League clubs with a .474 slugging percentage against lefthanded pitchers, while they are second with a .287 batting average. During that stretch, the Tigers have compiled a 54-39 record in games started by lefthanded pitchers.

And some non-Game Notes nuggets:

Finally, Happy 58th Birthday to Sid Monge. (It’s also the birthday of Barney McCosky, the man the Tigers traded to the Philadelphia Athletics for George Kell.) Other birthdays include Sean Bergman (39) and John Martin (53)

That’s more like it!

Ah, Opening Day in Detroit! Happy New Year, everybody!

Great day today! The weather was nice. Not perfect, but a lot better than anticipated. And I’ve definitely seen worse.

Didn’t make it inside for the player introductions, so I didn’t hear what kind of reception Lyon received. The first pitch ceremony was nice. It was nice NOT to see the usual local politicians and the ritual booing that accompanies them.

Bummed that I missed the George Kell tribute, but there was just so much going on outside the park. There really is nothing like Opening Day around here.

Nice moment for Nick Adenhart. Tragic story, and so senseless.

Okay, enough with the appetizers, let’s get to the meat:

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The Detroit Tigers Podcast #65: Rebroadcast of a Talk with Hall of Famer George Kell

george_kell-1.jpgWelcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast
, the podcast for Tigers fans, by Tigers fans. This is Episode #65, a 26-minute podcast Detroit Tigers recorded in March 2007 from Swifton, Arkansas, and Scottsdale, Arizona U.S.A.

This episode was originally broadcast on March 14, 2007.

In it we talk with Hall of Famer and former Tigers TV and radio voice George Kell, who passed away today, March 24, 2009, at the age of 86.

We spoke to Mr. Kell from his home in Swifton, Arkansas.

Here are some of the numbers from George Kell’s 15-year career (1943 to 1957):

  • Played for Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles
  • Career .306 hitter
  • Won the 1949 American League Batting Crown by less than two ten-thousandths of a point over Ted Williams. Kell batted .34291 to Williams’ .34276
  • A 10-time All Star including eight straight between 1947 and 1954. He missed the game in 1955 but was an All Star his final two seasons.
  • Lowest batting average was in his rookie year when he batted .262

Mr. Kell also broadcast Tigers games on radio and TV from 1959 to 1996. He sat out one year, 1964, before returning to the booth.

Listen here.


Theme music for the podcast produced by Paul Minshall.

The Detroit Tigers Podcast is not affiliated in any way with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club or Major League Baseball.

George Kell: 1922-2009

Sad news
from Swifton, Arkansas, today.George_Kell

I grew up with George Kell and he will always be my favorite broadcaster — apologies to Ernie.

Two years ago I had the honor of interviewing him on the podcast. If you haven’t listened to it, and you want to hear his voice again, check it out here.

I’m sure I’ll write more later but feel free to use the comments to share your memories of George Kell.

The Monday Report: 2 Weeks to Go

MondayReport.jpg>> The winds were howling here in Phoenix on Sunday — 45 m.p.h. gusts, dust galore, burning contact lenses — and I was thankful that I wasn’t sitting at a Cactus League game (something I don’t often say). But then I saw this story and had deep regret. Fifteen homers?!

>> So Freddy Dolsi got sent out of big-league camp yesterday. As we watched last season crater, I kept thinking that Dolsi’s experience would benefit him in the long run. Sending him to Triple-A to start this season makes sense. Get him into some pressurized situations in the IL and he could be a nice addition when the bullpen needs reinforcements.

>> Former Tigers farmhand James Skelton continues to get ink in the Phoenix paper about his attempts to make the Diamondbacks as a Rule 5 selection. Arizona is trying to make Skelton — a “card trick connoisseur” according to the piece — a utility player, or so it appears.

>> Every year I pickup The Sporting News‘ baseball preview issue and every year I realize I learned nothing new or different than what I gleaned from off-season reading on the Web. This year, however, I’m singing a different tune. It’s not half bad. In an effort to cram the pages to look like a CNBC feed, TSN added a blurb about each team’s best-ever third baseman. Here’s who they selected for the Tigers:

  1. George Kell
  2. Aurelio Rodriguez
  3. Don Wert

Other than Kell, that sure is some slim pickin’s. (Tom Brookens can’t get an Honorable Mention?) And just imagine if the Tigers had held onto Howard Johnson. Methinks he’s be number one. And to think Chris Brown didn’t make this list.

>> This should be a more offensive — offensive, that is — week in Lakeland for the Tigers. For the first time since who know when they’ll have the complete lineup. I doubt we’ll see anymore no-hitters (or shutouts) this Spring.