Tigers Today: July 24, 2010

BallGrassXSmall.jpgTigers’ Record:

50-44, 2nd place; 2.5 GB Chicago

Today’s Game

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

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (4-7, 5.63 ERA) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (8-4, 3.36 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Rained Out

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Three for Thursday

3 fingers.jpgSitting in a Cave Creek, Ariz., coffee shop waiting for an oil change, enduring the Valley’s slowest Internet connection and delighting in the Tigers’ off-day today.

The break will give me plenty of time to stew about the White Sox series. Is it just me or did you also think that the Tigers had at last vanquished the Sox in 2006? I still have the pale hose’s division-clinching celebration in ’05 seared into my memory.

Of course, a decent showing this weekend would help a lot of things, among them: the Tigers’ record against the Central, their spot in the standings, incite a meltdown from Ozzie Guillen.

  1. Remember this one? On this date in 2001, the Tigers lost to the Yankees 6-5 in the Bronx. No biggie there. The real story was the eighth-inning rocket by Juan Encarnacion off Ramiro Mendoza that landed in the second row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left center. It is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

  2. I’ve been contributing to a new writing project produced by the folks at Baseball-Reference.com and 24-7 Baseball. It’s a daily newsletter called The Baseball Early Bird. I think you’ll enjoy it. Each morning it includes a brief recap of the previous night’s games, some trivia and some historical stuff.

    For now, it’s only available at the Web site but soon you’ll be able to have it delivered to your in box every morning. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available through email. I’ll be writing Saturday’s issue this week and then every Thursday edition through August. Give it a look-see.

  3. Joel Zumaya‘s getting lots of ink these days, of the print, digital and tattoo variety. ESPN The Magazine‘s Eric Adelson focuses on Zumaya’s triple-digit heat. In Jeff Passan’s piece on Yahoo! Sports we get some explanation about Zumaya’s tattoo passion (though for me, there can never be enough to explain tattoos; sorry).

And finally, Happy 31st Birthday to former Tiger/current Royal Jason Smith. Smith has seven years in the bigs. I don’t know for sure if he’s pension eligible, though he likely is. One thing we do know for sure: He’s not eligible to invoke the 10/5 rule (in the majors for 10 years, five with the same team) to reject a trade.

Wednesday Walewanders

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  • Dontrelle Willis returns to the D as a reliever. If he continues to pitch the way he has in Spring Training and early in the regular season, his name might very well end up ahead of Damion Easley as the Tigers most expensive contract-as-main-course ever. Rob Neyer‘s already weighed in on the move.

  • Speaking of Mr. Neyer, in case you haven’t listened, today I posted an interview with him on the podcast. He thinks the Tigers are still very much alive in the A.L. Central; it’s Kenny Rogers and Willis, Neyer’s all but certain, who’re finished.

  • In case you need one more article on the effect of Jim Leyland‘s verbal fireworks, check out Mike Bauman‘s column on MLB.com.

  • Baseball and poetry? Why not? In college I penned a poem about my first game at Tiger Stadium. At BardBall.com, Tigers fan Jim Garner publishes baseball poetry — doggerel to be exact (I had to look it up). He’s featuring a poem on Freddy Dolsi’s first major league pitch. You remember it, the one to Manny Ramirez that might still be sailing. Here’s a sampling:

    Freddy went down the middle

    To show off his heat.

    Manny clobbered that apple

    Five hundred feet.

  • Remember Andrew Miller? (Ahem.) He has a birthday today — his 23rd. Other former Tigers celebrating include: Bryce Florie, Bob Molinaro and Earl Averill.

  • Wondering how some former Tigers are faring with their new clubs? Me too:
    • Chris Shelton, Rangers: .179, 2 HR, 3 RBI
    • Wil Ledezma, Padres: 0-1, 3.54 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
    • Tony Clark, Padres: .238, 0 HR, 1 RBI
    • Mike Rabelo, Marlins: .219, 1 HR, 7 RBI

    And here comes the Omaha Royals Trio:

    • Mike Maroth: 0-2, 12.91 ERA in three starts (7.2 IP)
    • Roman Colon: 0-0, 6.30 ERA in 10 IP
    • Jason Smith: .253, 10 HR, 27 RBI (His 10 homers lead the team.)

Finally, from Baseball-Reference.com, on this date in 1967, Earl Wilson gives Detroit its third straight win over the Yankees, 9-4. Mickey Mantle hits his fifth homer in six games but it’s not enough for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last ML game.