Three for Thursday: Futures, Insights and Curious Offensive Numbers

Number3.jpgHere are some Tigers thoughts for you to chew on while I ponder how Zach Miner can still be on the 15-day disabled list.

  1. MLB announced the rosters for the Futures Game held prior to the All-Star Game in Anaheim and the Tigers will have two representatives: Double A Erie — and soon-to-be-big-league — lefthanded pitcher Andy Oliver and Triple A Toledo outfielder Wilkin Ramirez. Oliver was named to the U.S. Team, while Ramirez was selected to the World Team. Ramirez saw action in the Futures Game at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

  2. I was asked to give readers of MetsToday.com some insight into the 2010 Tigers. You can see how I did here.

  3. According to the Tigers press notes, the club enters tonight’s game hitting .285 with 69 runs scored, 27 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs in 14 games during interleague play in 2010. Detroit is fifth among all major league clubs with a .285 batting average during interleague action this season. Wow. It certainly doesn’t feel that way, does it?

Finally, Happy 91st Birthday to Al Molinaro, who played Al, the owner of Arnold’s, in “Happy Days.”

Game 157: Exhale…for Now

ESPN highlights available here.
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The Score: Tigers 6 – Twins 5

The Gist: Justin Verlander looked like a man on a mission but despite his terrific outing the Twins kept coming. And if it weren’t for Curtis Granderson’s homer in the eighth, the Tigers would’ve come to bat in the ninth inning of a tied game for the second time in 12 hours. Miguel Cabrera launched a bomb to open the scoring in the third and Magglio Ordonez had a key double to left — to left — later in the inning to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The View: The Tigers are fortunate to go to bed with a two-game lead. If Joe Crede were healthy and playing for the Twins, I’m not sure that would be the case. Nevertheless, savor the split.

The Quote: “I don’t have anybody better than you.”Jim Leyland to Verlander during an eighth-inning visit to the mound.

The Stat: 0 – The chances we’ll see Wilkin Ramirez on the field again this season.

Magic Number: 4

Up Next: Twins @ Tigers

Eddie Bonine (0-1, 4.60 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano (13-11, 4.86)

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40-man Roster Almost Full

The Tigers added five prospects to the 40-man roster this morning: right-handers Alfredo Figaro, Guillermo Moscoso and Zach Simons; and outfielders Wilkin Ramirez and Casper Wells. That leaves two spots that must be filled by midnight tonight.

In a blog post today, the Free Press‘s Jon Paul Morosi thought infielder Will Rhymes, currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, would end up on the 40-man roster and, more important, not be exposed in the Rule 5 Draft next month.

It’ll be interesting to see how – or if – this impacts trade activity in the next few weeks.