Game 2010.022: Twins at Tigers

by billfer on April 28, 2010 · 64 comments

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Hey, at least Scott Baker can’t be quite as good as Francisco Liriano was last night can he?

Baker goes for the Twins after getting beat up for 10 hits and 6 runs in 5.2 innings against Cleveland his last time out. Baker has continued his reverse platoon splits from last year into this young season where right handers hit him better than left handers.

Max Scherzer is coming off a strong outing that earned him a quality start on a 7 K, 2 BB, 7 inning effort in Arlington. He’s never started against the Twins.

Your lefty heavy lineup is:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Raburn, 2B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
 
 

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Kramer April 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I still would like to see Damon leading off, even just to see how it goes.

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I think Verlander had the right idea last night.

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I wish Thome would just retire.

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

He’s not getting paid well enough to do this.

jason April 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

It seems no matter where Thome is, he loves playing us.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Here we go once again….getting behind early. Odds are against coming back more than they are for coming back and winning the game

RoseTattoo April 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Aw, c’mon!! Why be such a Debbie Downer? It seems like it would take all the fun out of being a baseball fan if you don’t expect your team to win any games!

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

It takes a big toll on the players ….having to come back all the time…..and I go through too many heart pills!

Smith April 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Well, we got one back. Go Tigers!!

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Action Jackson…..getting better & better……how good can he get?

Smith April 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Avila sure can throw… Woooo!

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

They just don’t learn……you can’t steal on AA!

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

A-money > G-money ?

Smith April 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

The kid can play, that’s for sure.

Smith April 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm

This is just disappointing… The Twins aren’t THIS good, are they??

jud April 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Like men playing against boys!

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

INGE! and yes, the Twins are this good. They’re awesome.

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I’m gonna predict that the missed 3rd strike on Span is gonna cost us the game. I’m looking for a 6-5 finish.

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Another good AB for AJax. 6 pitch walk. He didn’t even take the bat off his shoulders either.

Here’s Magglio!! Big hit there. Score 6-5!

jud April 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Keep on battling “boys”

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Darn, looks like Gardenhire wanted no part of Baker vs Inge after last inning…

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Rayburn

Andrew April 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I wonder what the fly ball rate is for the Tigers with RISP, LT2Os and for all other at bats and how that compares with the rest of the league.

Joey C. April 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I wonder if the Twins will convert this lead off double into a run.

I’m trying really hard not to talk smack about Raburn.

Joey C. April 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Thomas looking crisp.

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Career, with R3L2O, Raburn strikes out 36% of the time, so that was somewhat predictable…

Andrew April 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

How can Raburn strike out in one inning for the Tigers and then play centerfield in the next inning for the Twins?

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Rally, rally, pitchers name is Sally.

Smith April 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Crazy game so far. Neshek’s finger must still be bothering him.

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Spanburn

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm

OMG!! Boesch!

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm

OMFG, INGE!!! BABY INGE!!

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

BB!!

Smith April 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

BINGE!! The Offense has found it’s grooooove!

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Rally, Rally, RABURN!!!

stephen April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Wow, if we make the playoffs by one game, remember tonight. That ‘non-catch’ call was maybe the worst one I’ve ever seen at the major league level.

Smith April 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

At least we took advantage of it. Wouldn’t have mattered if 2 strikeouts would have followed. It’s nice to see us taking advantage of opportunities.

RoseTattoo April 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I dunno. I’ve never been to umpiring school, but it didn’t look like a caught ball to me.

kathy April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

It would have been an error on the Tigers. Dropped it transferring it to his hand.

billfer April 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Oh, there have been worse calls. I’ll just view umpire Paul Emmel as our Metrodome. He was the one that punched out and tossed out Span last night also.

Joey C. April 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I’m with you Billfer. I’ve seen worse…Inge not getting the base in 163 comes immediately to mind. These are the kind of bounces the Twins have gotten ever since they became the darlings of small-ball brilliance under Gardenhire. I don’t feel remotely bad about it.

stephen April 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

But Rod Allen said he apologized after the game to Emmel! I thought all was right in the world.
Maybe not the worst call, but it really takes the ‘must remove ball from glove’ rule to a ridiculous level. I’m waiting for someone to catch a fly ball for the third out, trot all the way in, drop the ball as he is flipping the ball to a fan, and have everyone ruled safe.

Joey C. April 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Hey at least this isn’t the NFL where we’d still be watching the replay and the resulting rule change would be the baseball equivalent of the “tuck rule.”

stephen April 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Don’t get me started on the tuck rule! I’m a Raiders fan and I firmly believe the foundation of the Patriots dynasty was a ridiculously insane rule whether it was correctly called or not.
Ok, breather. Where are my pills?

kathy April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

OK, A-rod. Whatever you say.

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

What about Inge’s uni HBP?

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Sorry, missed Joey Cs comment above.

billfer April 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

That first pitch swinging when you’ve got a guy on the ropes. What was Boesch thinking after a walk and a HBP? And what were Raburn and Inge thinking too?

stephen April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

oh dear, bilfer don’t give in to the sarcasm. that’s the refuge of the rabble like me. You’re our leader, we expect more

billfer April 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I love me some good sarcasm. (not claiming this was good sarcasm)

billfer April 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

How about the job that Brad Thomas did? He stopped the bleeding and kept the Twins from adding on.

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

He was humming it. 21 of 27 pitches were strikes.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

The Tiger bats are roarrrrrrrring…..and I like it!

Coleman April 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

They realized Tigers vs Relievers = Batting Practice

Joey C. April 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Coke. This bullpen has just been brilliant. Where would we be right now without these performances?

stephen April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

When Billfer goes to the sarcasm, I feel like a kid who has pushed his nice dad way too far. All of a sudden, Dad’s mocking the lack of aerodynamics in my Pinewood Derby car and the fact that my t-ball coach always has me playing left-out, uh, I mean left field.
All I want to do is make dad a gin-and-tonic and find his pipe while promising I’ll never punch my big sister in the stomach again.

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Quick questions – does WXYT do a post-game for home games/all games? If so, are they on any of the iPhone radio apps?

Keith (Mr. X) April 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

We Win!

kathy April 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Full Moon Madness!!

Tigers beat the Twins 11-6 on national TV!

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Definition of a catch (italics are mine)
(http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2008/official_rules/02_definition_of_terms.pdf)

A CATCH is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of
a ball in flight and firmly holding it; providing he does not use his cap, protector, pocket or any other part of his uniform in getting possession. It is not a catch, however, if
simultaneously or immediately following his contact with the ball, he collides with a player, or with a wall, or if he falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball. It is not a catch if a fielder touches a fly ball which then hits a member of the offensive team or an umpire and then is caught by another defensive player. If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the catch, the ball shall be adjudged to have been caught. In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional.

stephen April 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

You think you’re proving your point, but you’re actually proving mine. He caught the ball. He took 2-3 steps. He dropped it when he removed it to throw it.

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm

How could you make that argument? He hadn’t even begun to move his throwing hand in that direction. Completely different scenario than when a guy goes to the glove and inadvertently knocks it out.

jud April 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Finally not only does a break go the Tigers way but it leads to a large bunch of runs…nice pitching by Thomas and Coke not to be over looked

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