Game 97: A’s at Tigers

PREGAME: In their first Fox Saturday tilt in I don’t know how long. I think the last one I remember was done by Josh Lewin and Kirk Gibson if that’s any indication. The announcing crew for today will be Kennny Albert with Detroit’s own Rod Allen. I think the most entertaining part of this event might be Allen restraining his homer-enthusiasm.

The Tigers will send out Zach Miner who has made 2 bad starts this year. Both have come during home afternoon games.

Joe Blanton will be making his 3rd start against the Tigers this year. In the first he was hit hard and lifted in the 5th inning. In the second, the Tigers touched him for 9 hits but they were scattered for only 3 runs in 7 innings.

Game Time: 1:25pm

17 Comments

  1. Alan

    July 22, 2006 at 7:19 am

    With the White Sox losing again it’s beginning to seem that our biggest threat is the red hot Minnesota Twins. Today’s game is important for us to clinch the third series win since the all star game.

  2. Jeff M

    July 22, 2006 at 9:25 am

    It sounds cliche when they say it, but it truly is way too early to determine who is a “threat”. BOS, NYY, CHA are all well within striking distance and probably will be for the rest of the year. MIN, OAK, TEX, and TOR could easily find themselves back in it. we just have to keep playin ball.

  3. Rich

    July 22, 2006 at 9:48 am

    is the game on TV?

  4. Brian A.

    July 22, 2006 at 11:31 am

    why in the sam hill am i getting Mets/Astros instead of A’s/Tigs today? is that considered the “national game” and the others are on only in local regions?

  5. Nick G

    July 22, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Out in California, we’re getting “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” on Fox. Our game of the week is the Bos-Sea game at 1 p.m. PT.

    I like the kids, but wish they would read or something instead of watching cartoons.

  6. Nick G

    July 22, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Ooops. I’m in Southern California. They’re probably getting the game in Oakland.

  7. Taylor

    July 22, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    WHAT is wrong with Zach Miner??? His sinker looks good, it’s just too darn high in the strike zone. I don’t get it.

  8. Jeff M

    July 22, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    WHAT is wrong with Zach Miner???

    He’s a rookie and there is plenty of tape on him by now. He’ll adjust, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more rough starts.

  9. Chris Y.

    July 22, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    WHAT is wrong with Zach Miner???

    A classic case of a sinkerballer with control problems. He’s been all over the place his last few starts. Worse is he’s been up — sinkerballer kryptonite.

    Let’s hope he regains some command. Otherwise, Maroth’s absence suddenly becomes the problem we thought it would be….

  10. Kyle J

    July 22, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Anyone have the skinny on Polanco getting tagged out at second? Good call? I was at the game, so I didn’t have a good view.

  11. Lou

    July 22, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    It appeared on the broadcast that Scutaro pushed Polly’s right hand off the bag with his glove before Polly could reach the base with his left. But, it’s not conclusive. Plus, I’m assuming it’s against the rules to push a player off the base like that, but I’m not 100% sure of that.

  12. Mark S.

    July 22, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    I thought bad call. I agree with Lou, it looked like Scutaro attempted to push Placido’s hand off the bag, but i’m not sure it accually came off. From my view on TV and my limited lip-reading availibility, the Ump was saying, “YOU WERE OFF THE BAG.” it looked like Placido and the Ump were arguing about if the hand was on the bag or not, so Placido thought that he kept his hand on the bag. Also, the Ump looked for a while, then pointed at something, and called him out. I’m not sure what he pointed at. It was a really delayed call. He was definetaly innitially safe however. (PMS)

  13. Andrew

    July 22, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    Is all of the focus and fuss about needing another bat in the lineup a moot point? If Miner continues to struggle will we see the 6-man rotation that Jim Leyland keeps hinting at? Read this story from Mlb.com – here.
    Leyland talks about having a 6-man rotation at least one turn through the rotation to give everyone a breather for the stretch run.

    Anyway, Cleveland is pounding the Twins (11-0 in the 9th) and the White Sox are tied 1-1 with the Rangers in the bottom of the eighth. Even the 1984 Tigers had their struggles in July. Keep the faith. These Tigers got bite, baby!

  14. Scott

    July 23, 2006 at 8:01 am

    I swear, the people that “run things” and make decisions on which games are shown…they need to be shot. They’re not baseball fans, they’re “TV executives” with no sports clue whatsoever. They showed the Astros / Mets here, too (Florida). That, in itself, was ridiculous. Then, with the rain delay, we had to suffer, and I mean suffer, thru the Cubs / Nats for awhile. It was disgusting. I couldn’t even watch it on mlb.com; I was totally shut out…… What I do know is: Miner’s last 3 or 4 starts have not been good. He did fine when first brought up (maybe his first 4 starts), but has definitely faded his last 3 or 4. Here’s his skinny: prior to June 30 – 5 starts, 31.1 IP, 2.59 ERA. Now: 9 starts, 48.2 IP, 4.07 ERA. At least we didn’t lose any ground, both the Sox and Twins lost. No harm, no foul…..

  15. Mark S.

    July 23, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Scott.
    R U seriously going to complain about Miner.
    SERIOUSLY
    He’s a rookie. give him a chance. He’s what 4-2, .666 is pretty good. Ur pretty stuck up to complain about .666

  16. Mark S.

    July 23, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    srry.
    6-2
    okay .750
    thats reflects even worse on u

  17. H2OPoloPunk

    July 24, 2006 at 2:34 am

    I was pretty pissed about the non-coverage here (Florida) on Saturday too. Considering the outcome though, I’ll remain satisfactorily satiated having watched the Tigers beat the White Sox on ESPN.

    Oh, TV coverage… where art thou?