Tigers Today: April 8, 2010

BehindHomePlate.jpg Tigers Record: 1-1

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 2:10 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City | On the air: FSD/1270-AM

Pitching Matchup

Dontrelle Willis, 0-0 0.00 ERA vs. Brian Bannister, 0-0 0.00 ERA

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On This Date in Tigers History

Garner.jpgSo what do Jason Grilli, Zach Simons, Jack Burns and Chief Hogsett have in common? They are the only players in Tigers history to be involved in a trade on April 30.

By now you’ve heard about the Grilli-to-Colorado trade, but you probably haven’t heard about the April 30, 1936 trade that sent LHP Hogsett to the Browns for infielder Jack Burns.

Burns played only 138 games for the Tigers — all in ’36 — and batted .283, 36 doubles, four homers and 63 RBI. He was done in the bigs after that season.

Hogsett, on the other hand, had a longer career in Detroit. He pitched nine years with the Tigers — save for the season and a half with the Browns and one year with the Senators. His final record: 67-88, 5.02 ERA and 33 saves.

But Wait! There’s More

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Game 6: Time for the Chicken-Bone Cross

ScorecardXSmall.jpgThe Gist: The White Sox tagged Justin Verlander for nine runs (five earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 forgettable innings. Nick Swisher went yard to leadoff the game. The Tigers haven’t won a game in more than a week — and that was in the Grapefruit League.

The Quote: “If you can play shortstop in the major leagues, you can play anywhere.” — ESPN announcer Joe Morgan, referring to Carlos Guillen‘s move to first base in 2008. Within minutes, Guillen dropped a routine throw to first which led to a big inning for the White Sox.

The Stat: 15. That’s the number of games the Tigers have remaining against the White Sox this season. God help us all.

I’m Just Sayin’: In 2002 the Tigers began the season 0-6 and that was the end of the Randy Smith/Phil Garner Experiment. No such scenario will play out for this year’s team, of course.

Fortunately, though, the Tigers head out of town tonight. Unfortunately, it’s the beginning of a meat-grinder of a road trip starting on Tuesday in Boston. Maybe the cure is on the road where the pressure is lower — hey, this approach has worked for the Red Wings in the past.

One hundred and fifty six games remain in the 2008 season. If this 0-6 team were the Lions, we’d be looking ahead toward the draft.

By the way, what’s the Lions draft position this year?