Tigers Today: June 4, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

28-25, 2nd place; 2.5 GB of Minnesota

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 8:05 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (2-4, 6.42 ERA) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 12 – Indians 6

Tigers History Lesson

Today’s Birthdays

On this Date in Tigers History

  • 1996 — 21-year-old right-hander Pamela Davis pitches one inning of scoreless relief for the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate and gets the win in a minor-league exhibition game. She is believed to be the first woman to pitch for a major league farm club under the current structure of the minor league system. The win comes at the expense of the Australian Olympic team.

  • 1990 — The Tigers acquired RHPs Lance McCullers and Clay Parker from the Yankees for C Matt Nokes.

Remember Rich Monteleone?

Before the names of Kyle Sleeth, Kenny Baugh, Justin Thompson and even Scott Aldred and Steve Searcy evoked images of a star-studded starting rotation for the Tigers, there was one name the personified unfulfilled promise for Tiger fans: Rich Monteleone.

Before the names of Kyle Sleeth, Kenny Baugh, Justin Thompson and even Scott Aldred and Steve Searcy evoked images of a star-studded starting rotation for the Tigers, there was one name the personified unfulfilled promise for Tiger fans: Rich Monteleone. (Actually, Monteleone and 1981 first-rounder Ricky Barlow led this category in the early ’80s, but we’ll focus on Monteleone who celebrates his 45th birthday today. Ironically, Barlow’s 45th was yesterday.)

Anyone who’s followed the Tigers at least since the late 1970s likely remembers the name. Detroit’s first-round pick in the 1982 amateur draft (#20), Monteleone, we were told, would slide into the rotation behind Dan Petry and someday become the Tigers’ ace.

So we waited. And waited.

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