Game 2011.48: Rays at Tigers

Detroit is off to a new streak, winning their 2nd consecutive yesterday vs. Tampa Bay, 6-3.  Although who could have predicted how the win would come about:  Phil Coke with 4 great innings, Phil Coke with a hurt ankle (what is it with Tiger ankles anyway?), Charlie Furbush dominating in his first MLB appearance, Andy Dirks with his first career HR, Brennan Boesch diving around Shoppach at the plate, and all sorts of 9th-inning roller coaster excitement.

Update:  Phil Coke has been placed on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his right foot, and Adam Wilk has been called up from Toledo to take his roster spot, although presumably to join the bullpen.  The plan is to call up Andy Oliver to take Coke’s next turn in the rotation according to Jason Beck.

Today looks to be the more standard fare, with ace Justin Verlander taking the mound against Wade Davis.  Justin is looking to rebound from a merely good performance, and get back to his how-are-we-supposed-to-hit-that? ways.  Tampa Bay is notoriously better against RHP than they are against LHP, so he has a bit more work to do than Cokebush did last night.

This will also mean the Rays starting lineup will feature hot-hitting former Tiger Matt Joyce, savior of kittens.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Andy Dirks

With another RHP in the lineup, and batting behind Victor Martinez, Dirks will be the man on-the-spot with runners on base.

Today’s Where Hasn’t Kelly Batted Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Don Kelly 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Andy Dirks LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Scott Sizemore 2B


  1. StorminNorman$

    May 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    The Ray’s pitcher Davis has given up 12 runs in his last 24 innings (5 hrs) – and he’s especially tough on righties.

    The Tigers are due to put a double digit… maybe tonight?

    • Mr X

      May 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      He narrowly escaped the 1st inning. We’re teeing off him it seems.

    • Coleman

      May 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Why Sizemore today instead of a lefty Ramon Santiago?

  2. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Rayupton in CF for the Rays.

  3. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Joyce’s Kittens or Clete’s Cougars?

  4. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Joyce’s kittens it is. Damn.

  5. Coleman

    May 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Next time he is at bat someone has to let a kitten loose on the field to distract him.

  6. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Miggy bomb!!

  7. Coleman

    May 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Cabby Crushed the not-fast-enough-ball

  8. JOE Z

    May 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    miguel 🙂

  9. Coleman

    May 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Clown show alert

    • scotsw

      May 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Cue Mel Allen and the calliope music.

      • Coleman

        May 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        I just looked up clown music on YouTube. The top result was Britney Spears, Hold it Against Me.

  10. scotsw

    May 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    What’s a Farnsworth?

    • Coleman

      May 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      You’re about to see

  11. Steve

    May 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    That was ugly

    • Coleman

      May 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Has that worked ONCE all season?? Especially the King of Swing-and-miss at bat?

  12. Coleman

    May 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Jhoel Peralta in to pitch

  13. JOE Z

    May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm



  14. Kevin in Dallas

    May 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t think that was a very good outing for Ramos. Cesar later.

  15. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    blowpen v 2.0 by Maddon

  16. Mark in Vegas

    May 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    This year’s Avila is a great improvement over last year’s. I’m still worried about the upcoming ben wa balls though.

  17. Mr X

    May 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Verlander gets hammered, but Tigers win. Thanks to the bullpen, Avila, Cabrera, Peralta, and Don Kelly. Couldn’t have written that script.

    • Mark in Chicago

      May 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Hollywood wouldn’t buy it if you did.

  18. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I count this as a should have lost win. The ricochet that Al Alburquerque made to Peralta in the eight saved two runs and perhaps the game. Good morale win for Benoit and Avila. Plus great catch for Dirks early in the game!

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

      Let’s see a show of hands: who thinks Raburn would’ve made that catch?