Tigers Today: March 31, 2011

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Tigers Record: 0-0

Today’s Game:

Tigers @ Yankees | 1:10 p.m. ET | On the air: ESPN HD, FSD, AM 1270 & 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander vs. LHP CC Sabathia

Tigers History Lesson

Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 2009 — The Tigers released Gary Sheffield, who is one home run shy of 500 for his career. Sheffield, a 9-time All-Star, is 25th on the all-time home run list and 27th in RBI (1,633). He was owed more than $10 million in ’09.

  • 1998 — The Tigers defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the new franchise’s first game, 11-6. Justin Thompson went six innings for the win, and Luis Gonzalez went yard for the Tigers.

  • 1994 — The Tigers acquired catcher Alan Zinter from the Mets for first baseman Rico Brogna.

Tigers Today: March 31, 2010

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Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 15-10-1

Today’s Game:

Tigers vs. Pirates | 1:05 p.m. ET – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland | On the air: MLB Gameday Audio (Pirates’ broadcast)

Pitching Matchup: Justin Verlander (1-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. Zach Duke, (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Phil Coke and Brad Thomas

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 10 – Orioles 9 | Box Score

Mere moments after the Nate Robertson trade was announced — which secured Dontrelle Willis‘ rotation spot — D-Train celebrated by surrendering five earned runs in 4.1 innings — his worst outing of the spring.

Offensively, Miguel Cabrera hit about 1,000 feet worth of homers with one in the first and another in the fifth. Scott Sizemore and Don Kelly also went yard.

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Friday Fungoes

BrianDubois.jpgBy now you know how we like to recognize the birthdays of current and former Tigers. Imagine our excitement to run across this many birthdays for April 18:

  • Miguel Cabrera, 25
  • Rico Brogna, 38
  • Brian Dubois, 41
  • Doug Flynn, 57
  • “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, would have been 128

And from the Baseball-Reference.com archives:

1991 – A sellout crowd of 42,191 watch the Chicago White Sox play their first game at new Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Detroit Tigers, 16 – 0. Jack McDowell gives up the park’s first home run to Cecil Fielder.