Tigers Today: September 15, 2010

JohnPacella.jpgTigers’ Record:

72-73, 3rd Place; 14.5 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Rangers | 8:05 p.m. ET – Rangers Ballpark in Arlington | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (4-5, 3.89 ERA) vs. Colby Lewis (9-12, 3.96 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Rangers 11 – Tigers 4

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Tigers Today: July 15, 2010

Spring Training XSmall.jpgTigers’ Record:

48-38, 2nd place; 1/2-game behind White Sox

Today’s Game

All-Star Break

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

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Happy Birthday, John Pacella

Pacella_JohnI’ll admit that while I remember John Pacella‘s cup of coffee with the Tigers in 1986 (11 innings pitched), I didn’t know much about him. But today I learned a lot about him, including:

  1. Today is Pacella’s 52nd birthday.
  2. The Brooklyn-born right-hander made his major-league debut on this date in 1977 — his 21st birthday — for his hometown Mets against the Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Pacella entered the game in the bottom of the seventh, relieving Rick Baldwin, and got the first hitter, Greg Luzinski, to line out to center. Next, Richie Hebner popped out to third. Garry Maddox doubled to right before Bob Boone popped out to Mets catcher John Stearns.

In his two innings of work, Pacella allowed a pair each of hits, walks and unearned runs. The loss went to Mets starter Craig Swan who allowed five walks in one inning of work.

All told, he pitched just four innings in 1977, didn’t pitch for the Mets in ’78, but returned in ’79 for 16 innings. In 1980, Pacella appeared in 32 games, 15 of them starts, and earned a 3-4 record.

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