The Daily Breakfast: July 24, 2011

Good Sunday Morning. Eleven-game winning streak or no, losing to the Twins stinks.

Leading Off: Brad Penny struggled with his command and the Tigers couldn’t figure out Scott Baker, who made his first start since July 5, and the Tigers lost 4-1, ending their 11-game winning streak against the Twins.

Around the Central: The Indians and White Sox were rained out in Cleveland, and the Royals beat the Rays again, this time 5-4 in Kansas City.

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The Tigers are in first place, 53-47, one game ahead of the Indians.

There are seven days left until the trade deadline.

Today’s Game: Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.76 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (6-7, 4.56 ERA) | 4:10 p.m. FSD/1270 & 97.1

Happy 46th Birthday, Joe Oliver.

Ten years ago today The Yankees edged the Tigers, 6-5, despite an eighth inning blast by Juan Encarnacion, off Ramiro Mendoza, that landed in the second row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left-center. It was believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

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Don Kelly, Jack-of-All-Trades: The Tigers’ utilityman gets major play in today’s New York Times:

Kelly, the do-everything Detroit Tiger, is the only active major leaguer who has played everywhere. A few weeks ago, over three games, he added pitcher and catcher to complete his tour of the nine defensive spots.

Kelly, 31, was drafted by Detroit as a shortstop in 2001. Two years later, with Class A Lakeland, he shifted to third for Anderson Hernandez. When Ryan Raburn took his job at third base, Kelly spent time at second and first.

A great quote from Kelly on his experience behind the plate:

“The strangest thing is when you go to catch the ball and they hit it, and there’s nothing there,” Kelly said. “You’re expecting a 95 fastball and squeezing air. It was pretty crazy.”

FYI: Here’s how the Tigers fare when these starting pitchers take the hill:

Finally, Happy 62nd Birthday to actor Michael Richards.

Tigers Today: September 25, 2010

BondermanHead.jpgTigers’ Record:

78-75, 3rd Place; 14 GB

Today’s Game

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

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (8-9, 4.92 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.60 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 10 – Twins 1

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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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Tigers Today: April 11, 2010

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Tigers’ Record: 4-1

Today’s Game

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

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander, 0-0, 7.20 ERA vs. Jake Westbrook, 0-1, 11.25 ERA

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 4 – Indians 2

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Friday Freehans

Catcher.jpgWell, so much for Matt Holliday joining the Tigers. I’m sure Carlos Guillen will be a suitable Plan B.

  • Jeremy Bonderman to the bullpen, eh? Whatever works.

  • I’ve decided to go old school today and listen to the Tigers on MLB.com rather than watch on DirecTV. Call it The Guillen Factor. I can’t stand to see Ozzie again and can’t bear to watch Carlos’s return without wincing on every cut.

  • In case you hadn’t heard, From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Tigers will host a “Going, Going, GREEN!” Trade Show outside Comerica Park. According to the Tigers’ press release, the event:

    “…is designed for Tigers fans and the public to learn more about green initiatives while viewing products and services related to environmental causes and practices of green businesses.”

    Yes, I’m a skeptic, but isn’t the industrial Midwest the least green-thinking region in the U.S.? Okay, maybe Houston then the Midwest…

  • On this date in 2001, five-tool phenom/bust Juan Encarnacion, hit a home run off Ramiro Mendoza, that landed in the second row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left centerfield at Yankee Stadium. According to Baseball-Reference.com, it’s believed to be the first ball hit into that area since The Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

Finally, if you need more proof that we’re not getting younger: 26 years ago today was the George Brett Pine Tar Game at Yankee Stadium. Awesome.

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.