PREGAME: The Tigers finally return home after spending a good chunk of the season batting first. The Tigers played a MLB leading 13 games on the road to date (the Dodgers have played 13 roadies also). It will also be the first night game at Comerica Park this season. Tonight they get to face the New York Yankees, a grumpy group of guys who were just swept in Fenway Park.
CC Sabathia will pitch the first game of the 3 game series. Sabathia has had 2 good games and 2 clunkers so far this season. Of course the Tigers are familiar with him from his day’s on Lake Erie. Surprisingly Sabathia has 14 BB’s against 12 K’s. Sidney Ponson had a similar ratio heading into yesterday’s game and the Tigers could barely hit him. For more on the Yankees check out Bronx Banter.
Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers, still looking for his first quality start of the year. Here’s hoping he finds some solid defense behind him. Coincidentally Ryan Raburn is in the lineup for the first time since his adventures in right field during Verlander’s last start.
Tonight’s Starting 9:
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Guillen, DH
- Laird, C
- Inge, 3B
- Raburn, LF
- Everett, SS
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: For only the 2nd time this season the Tigers won the opener of a series. The other time was against Texas which resulted in a sweep. That would be cool.
Verlander was quite good, with the results finally matching the stuff. He fanned 9 and walked none in 7 innings. As for that problem pitching in the stretch? Not so much an issue which was a good thing because he did allow a number of hits and he threw 61 of his 110 pitches from the stretch. But the fastball was blazing averaging 96mph.
Bobby Seay was stone cold money when he came in with runners on first and second and nobody out inthe 8th and the runner didn’t budge. That’s 3 games in a row for Seay and he’s pitched in 10 of 19 this year. Fernando Rodney, not so stone cold but he only gave up one hard hit ball, and he continues to throw strikes (but not fan as many) and was assisted by an awesome double play by Brandon Inge.
Most of the production in this one came from the top of the order with Granderson, Polanco, Ordonez, and Cabrera accounting for the 4 runs.