The Tigers finally get to resume their natural rivalry with their geographical cousins, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kind of weird to have both Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga starting in the same game huh?
- Raburn, 2B
- Santiago, SS
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Boesch, LF
- Guillen, DH
- Inge, 3B
- Avila, C
- Kelly, CF
Justin Verlander takes the mound against Livan Hernandez who has a freakishly low ERA for somebody who strikes out like nobody.
John Lannan and Max Scherzer on the mound and Ivan Rodriguez returns to Comerica Park
Jeremy Bonderman and Paul Maholm do battle at Comerica Park tonight.
Is anybody else ready for this team to start playing good baseball again? Justin Verlander and Ross Ohlendorf do the honors tonight.
Max Scherzer’s ERA is 6.66. That’s scary on a number of levels. John Danks opposes in this afternoon’s rubber game.
The injury supposedly isn’t serious, but I get nervous about diagnoses like this. Zach Miner had elbow tendonitis which turned in Tommy John surgery. Bobby Seay’s early diagnosis was tendonitis before it becoming a rotator cuff issue. Fernando Rodney had bicep tendonitis which caused him to miss large swaths of 2007. Now sometimes nothing happens and everything is fine. But tendonitis diagnoses seem to beget more severe injuries.
As for his replacement, Gonzalez was signed as a minor league free agent and hung around fairly late into spring training. He’s been starting for the Mud Hens which means he can eat some innings (which could be helpful in the short term with Eddie Bonine being extended last night and unavailable for a few days).
Rick Porcello takes on Freddy Garcia as the Tigers gave themselves two shots at winning their first 3 game road series since, umm, the first series of the year.
Toledo 0 Lehigh Valley 3
Max Leon had 2 hits, and that was about it for the offense. Scott Sizemore made his first error since arriving in Toledo. Alfredo Figaro fanned 4 and walked 2 in 6.2 innings of 1 run ball. Daniel Schlereth battled his control and walked 3, allowing 2 runs in .2 innings.
Portalnd 4 Erie 3
Andrew Oliver went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits with 2 walks and 5 K’s. Andy Bouchie went 2 for 4. In roster news, Wilkin Ramirez left Erie for Toledo and swapped places with Deik Scram.
Fort Myers 1 Lakeland 9
Kody Kaiser went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Francisco Martinez went 3 for 4 including his first homer. Daniel Fields singled and doubled. Brayan Villarreal pitched 7 innings and allowed 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 3 walks with 5 K’s.
West Michigan 2 Cedar Rapids 6
Only 5 hits for the Whitecaps on this night. But Jordan Lennerton did draw 3 walks. Jade Todd was lifted with 2 outs in the 3rd inning after allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks.
Armando Galarraga gets the start. That’s pretty much all the story line you need.