Game 77: Rangers at Tigers

PREGAME: Time to get rid of that case of the uglies that the Tigers have picked up since returning home. Kenny Rogers will try to replicate his debut outing in Atlanta. Meanwhile the Tigers will try to replicate their last effort against Kevin MIllwood.

Marcus Thames is in for Craig Monroe today and Neifi Perez is playing for Placido Polanco.

For more see: TEX @ DET, Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Game Preview –

Game Time 1:05pm

POSTPONED – Sept 11th make up as a day-night doubleheader


  1. Jeff M

    June 27, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Any idea why this is a day game?

  2. T Smith

    June 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    I like Thames in the lineup, but I wish it were Infante in for Polanco.

  3. Chris in Nashville

    June 27, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    The boys have responded pretty well after games like last night over the past few weeks, so hopefully they can do it again. It certainly is a favorable matchup for us on the mound today. I was wondering why there were back-to-back day games as well, I haven’e seen that in a while.

  4. Kevin in Austin

    June 27, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Any update from Detroit on the rain delay? We gonna play today?

  5. Matt in Toledo

    June 27, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I believe the fireworks are scheduled for this evening, and that’s why they have two straight day games.

  6. Andrew

    June 27, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Day game today due to the fireworks scheduled for tonight in Detroit.

  7. Dave T.

    June 27, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Does anyone know if the game is going to start?
    I am in the RenCen and it looks fairly clear outside.
    The clouds are breaking up!

  8. Mike R

    June 27, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I could’ve sworn during Tigers Live Rod said the tarp will be on for “fifteen minutes”. He’s no weather man like Mike Maroth.

  9. Kathy

    June 27, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    At least you have rain on that side of the state. Not a drop where I am. I’m goin to the fruit market and hopefully, this game will be on when I get back.

  10. Dave T.

    June 27, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Sorry about the quick trigger finger on the alls clear. There is a severe thunderstorm warning now. Doesn’t look like this one will be getting under way any time soon.

  11. Chris in Nashville

    June 27, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Game is cancelled, will be made up as a day-night DH on 9/11/07..I guess they are coming back to Detroit this season.

  12. Andrew

    June 27, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve been listening to the Dan Patrick show while waiting for the game today (we could use some of that rain on the west side) and he has been mentioning something about MLB floating the idea of making the World Series into a 9 game series.

    The last time it was a 9 game series was in 1921. Anyone know why (tv ratings have stunk lately) they would want to do this other than revenue?

    I would rather see an additional Wild Card team added and have each league’s team with the best record have a first round bye.

  13. Josh

    June 27, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Any idea if Rogers will pitch Thursday?

  14. Kevin in Austin

    June 27, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    They’ve been talking on WXYT about trading Robertson for some relief help. What do you think? You willing to give him up for a closer? I’ve gotta think that Texas would entertain that offer. Though the last time we sent them an injured lefty it didn’t really work out for them…

  15. Kyle J

    June 27, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Personally, I like the idea of trying Roberston at closer (someone else suggested this here, I forget who). He’s better in the early innings and has the mental make-up to pitch out of jams.

    I don’t think you trade a #3 starter for a closer with recent injury issues.

  16. T Smith

    June 27, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Yes. I would entertain trading Robertson and any prospect package (except Maybin) for the right closer. Depending on the price, maybe even for Gagne, but not straight up for Robertson… he’s a free agent after this year and I think he’s overrated and prone to injury. How about Gagne AND Otsuka for Roberston and a handful of prospects? That might be worth it.

    How about Riveria for Robertson and a handful of prospects?

    Robertson in the closer role isn’t such a bad idea either — if nothing else pans out.

    Stat du jour: Jones has allowed 52 base runners in 30 IP.

  17. Chris in Nashville

    June 27, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Riveria? Are you serious? Come on T Smith, you are better than that. I actually go to listen to some of the WXYT talk about trading for a closer since the MLB audio just kept it on WXYT during the delay. I agree now that there needs to be a deal made, but nobody is going to want Robertson and Monroe as part of a deal, they are going to want to build for the future and are going to want a front of the line prospect or 2. I agree with the host of the show that you don’t give up Maybin at any cost, but is Gagne really the guy we need? Imagine giving up 3 prospects and this guy blowing out his arm again. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, so we’d give up all of that for nothing. But the overall tone of the discussion was that this team HAS to make a deal for relief help, and I’m beginning to agree.

  18. T Smith

    June 27, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Yeah, I know Riveria was a wild and unrealistic stab. Looking for reaction more than anything. But, hey… you never know. I’ve talked to a lot of Yankee fans who would be willing to part with Riveria for some bonafied starting pitching… (Miner? and a handful of prospects??) When the Yankees are contending again they can buy a closer of choice, or so the argument goes. Plus he’s fallen out of favor, and the Yankee organization is all about “what have you done for me lately?” Anyway, just an interesting topic of discussion more than anything.

    I listened too the same WXYT audio and agree 100% with the host. I also agree with you that Gagne is not the guy … he’s a DL prospect waiting to happen.

  19. Chris in Nashville

    June 27, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Glad I could give you the reaction you wanted T Smith! Even though we did well against him last night..I think the Otuska (prob didn’t spell that right) is the guy to go after. He’s been a closer before and has been pretty successful. He doesn’t have the injury concerns that Gagne has and he probably wouldn’t cost as much as Gagne would. Yankees fans willing to give up Riveria is one thing, getting Cashman to do it would be something completely different.

  20. Dave Wagner

    June 27, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    is there a reason why everyone is suddenly spelling “Rivera” as “Riveria” today? I’m not being snarky, it’s just strange that two people in a row would do it.

  21. Chris in Nashville

    June 27, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    I honestly thought that is how it’s spelled after I saw him spell it….it is Rivera. My bad Mr Wagner.

  22. T Smith

    June 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Dave Wagner:

    The spelling error was started by me. I wish Billfer would add a spell check 🙂 (Although it wouldn’t catch names, I grant you)… anyway, just a typo. I do it alot with Rivera. I’m assuming Otuska is spelled correctly… but that could be wrong, too.

  23. Dave Wagner

    June 27, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    It’s Otsuka. I trust you will now never misspell anything ever again. EVER.

  24. Kevin in Austin

    June 27, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Oakland is playing the part today. We may be back in 1st after all…

    Isn’t it great checking the standings in June?

  25. Kathy

    June 27, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I’m watching the Cardinal vs Mets game and the camera was focused on Mike Maroth while they talked about his career. I swear to God, it looked like he had tears in his eyes. Then he put his finger up to his eye like he was brushing something off. Nobody was talkin to him, he was just standing there.

    Robertson for closer? Not in a million years, I hope.

  26. Dave Wagner

    June 27, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Yeah, Kathy, I swear they had that camera on him for about five minutes. It was pretty awkward.

  27. Kathy

    June 27, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    I feel bad for him. He still must be in total shock. His eyes looked so sad.

  28. Jeff M

    June 27, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    I don’t understand the comments about Maroth. He absolutely has the class of a Steve Yzerman, but I think we can all agree that he doesn’t have that kind of talent.

    He’s a great guy, but it takes more than that to spend an entire career in one city. While I’m sure it will take awhile for him to get used to the change, I can’t imagine he is actually shocked by the move. I’m just thrilled that he ended up in a town that desperately needs him and he’s off to a good start so far.

  29. Mike R

    June 28, 2007 at 8:31 am

    1) I’ve said that trading Robertson is plausible and should be explored for the last couple weeks.

    2) there’s really no great help in the relief department out there.

    3) 9 game world series? Eh. I’d just rather have the top 2 teams in each league (yes league) make the postseason. Start right away in the league championship series. I know the Cards beat us last year, but it’s a joke still that any team with an 83 win season that nearly choked away a 7 game lead in 7 days is the “World Champion of Major League Baseball” when they were probably the 15th or worst best team in the majors.

    4) Maroth is a class act. I wish nothing for the best for him. However, no matter how classy, it’s still a business and the fact remains he’s allowed 134 baserunners (not counting HBP’s, i forgot to look at those) in just 85.2 IP and that he gives up a HR every like, 5 innings of baseball.

  30. Kathy

    June 28, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Just like I knew my dog was going to die 2 weeks ago, didn’t lessen the shock of having him gone. Like post-traumatic syndrome. I agree Mike has had some difficulties, but the NL will suit him better just because of his athleticism. When he picks up a bat, he can actually use it and he’s very athletic. He can contribute to his team by more than pitching.

    I think they’re gonna shop Robertson.