Today 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
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.
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
Viera. Bondo went 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and both Washington runs; he walked one and struck out two.
Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
On March 26, 1936, reigning AL MVP Hank Greenberg signed a $20,000 contract with the Tigers.
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:
Continue reading How the Tigers Fare Historically on October 6
Last July 9 I attend a Tigers/Indians game at Comerica Park — the one when the Tigers came back from six runs down to win it in the ninth on a Miguel Cabrera line-drive homer — and found myself utterly transfixed on the father and son duo sitting in front of me.
The dad, possibly sauced, assuredly angry, took every opportunity to rip the Tigers’ DH that night, Gary Sheffield. His major beef was the wasted talent sitting on the bench in the person of Marcus Thames. His poor teenage son looked weary and sat mute as dad ripped Sheff — who, by the by, went 2 for 4 that night. In other words, at least four times he tore into Sheffield and twice he had to pull back a bit.
Until the bottom of the ninth.
Continue reading Tigers Tighten “Letting Another Player Wear Alan Trammell’s #3” Policy
Nappy New Year to you and Happy 56th Birthday to former Tigers outfielder Lynn Jones.
The Tigers selected Jones from the Reds in the 1978 Rule 5 Draft. He played for the Tigers from 1979 through 1983 and was a part-timer’s part-timer. He appeared in an average of 61 games for the Tigers in those five seasons. His best season was 1979 when he hit .296 with four homers and 26 RBI in 95 games.
After the 1983 season the Tigers granted free agency to Jones and he signed with the Royals. He faced the Tigers in the ’84 ALCS and won a World Series with K.C. in 1985.
Final stats for his eight-year career: 527 games, 239 hits, seven homers (six with Detroit), and a .252 average.
Happy Birthday, old number 35.
P.S. Today also marks the birthday of Tigers Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.
Believe it or not, I didn’t start 2008 by thinking about the Detroit Tigers. Instead, I lamented the fact that in seven months I’ll turn 40.
But enough about me. Here are two pieces of Tigers-related confetti for you:
- First buried lede of the year: Sports Illustrated sees the Tigers defeating the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. You must, however, dig deep into the current issue to find that nugget. In a page-61 sidebar containing MLB “Predictions for 2008” you’ll uncover:
Manny Ramirez hits career homer number 500 but misses 60 games with injuries, prompting the Red Sox, after an ALCS loss to Detroit, to decline the 2009 option on his contract.
Emphasis is mine. (Can’t seem to locate a link to the bit on CNNSI.com.)
- Birthdays! Today would have been Hank Greenberg‘s 97th birthday. He shares the date with former Tigers outfielder Lynn Jones. Happy #55 to ol’ #35.
Finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, Brandon Inge is still a Tiger.