Game 2011.35: Tigers at Blue Jays


As in Justin case you missed it, Verlander threw his second career no hitter yesterday, and was one excruciating 12-pitch-AB-walk away from a perfect game.

Ian Casselberry has a look at the Pitch F/X of the walk, in which it appears that it was indeed a ball. has a video of all 27 outs.

And Justin time, since the Tigers looked like they had lost any momentum they had from the 3 consecutive wins against the Yankees.

The tough-act-to-follow starter for today is Brad “Brutus” Penny, who flirted with a no-hitter himself recently.  And to make things a bit tougher, Bautista returns to the lineup for Toronto.

Toronto sends out lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, which means Alex Avila will get a much-needed rest, and The Ghost will patrol right-field.  Reyes had a good 1-run 6 inning outing against the Rays last time out, but his spot in the rotation has been considered shaky.  Also:  his name is Jo-Jo.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Victor Martinez

Martinez straps on the catcher’s gear for the first time since coming back from the DL.  Here’s hoping his groin withstands the crouching–we need a healthy V-Mart in the lineup.

Today’s Wave-To-Mom Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Scott Sizemore 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez C
  6. Johnny Peralta SS
  7. Ryan Raburn LF
  8. Casper Wells RF
  9. Brandon Inge 3B


  1. Brenden

    May 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Why is Magglio still batting 3rd? I thought it was decided that was Boesch’s spot and that Maggs was bumped to 6th? He has been awful in the 3 slot this year.

    • Coleman

      May 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      I think Leyland probably wants to give him a day off–he likes to do that–and is taking advantage of a day with a lefty starter to do that (even though Boesch hits LHP as well as he does RHP). And if you give Boesch the day off, you could bat Martinez 3rd, but then who bats 5th? Bottom line is we are a bit short in the middle-order department.

      • Brenden

        May 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        Didn’t Maggs bat 3rd last night too?

        • Coleman

          May 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

          Now that you mention it, yes. And yesterday was a day off for Boesch, so why does he get another one? Hmmm…

  2. Coleman

    May 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Bad Penny. I TOLD you Friday, just DON’T pitch to Bautista, it doesn’t take a genius.

  3. Coleman

    May 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I guess Martinez never learned that sliding thing. What in the world was Crazy Gene doing sending him home on that one? We got lucky there…

  4. Coleman

    May 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Austin Jacks One!

  5. Brenden

    May 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Looks like Jackson has finally found his swing! It’d be nice if the rest of the team caught on!

  6. stephen

    May 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I am pleasantly surprised by the turn-of-events from the past week. That is all.

  7. Brenden

    May 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Sizemore is cooling down, though….We need Magglio and Inge to start hitting the ball.

  8. Kevin in Dallas (headed home from Austin, euphoric about the Mavs)

    May 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I’m telling you stephen, I like Jackson’s swing, and his ability to take the ball to right field. Anyone else starting to come around on him, or just a brief fluke?

    • Brenden

      May 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      I’ve always liked Jackson and have hated watching him struggle. It’s his sophomore year, therefore he is bound to slump. It’s all about how he responds and it looks like he is starting to find his way again.

    • kathy

      May 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      No fluke and I’m not surprised.