The Tigers couldn’t manage anything against Cy Danks, and now they get to turnaround and start a 4-game series with the Angels against Joel Pineiro, who held Detroit to 1 run on 5 hits on the 4th of July. The Angels have an AL best team ERA (3.28), and 1.61 over their last 7 games, including last night’s no-hitter against the Indians.
Despite last night’s lack of offense, the Tigers as a team have been hitting well–over their last 9 games Detroit is hitting .291.
Since it’s a day game, the Tigers send out Brad Penny. Penny has somehow managed to end up with 14 of his 21 starts during the day.
In other news, Detroit still seems to be a player in the Hiroki Kuroda rumors as the trade deadline approaches. (Kuroda pitched 6 innings of 1-run baseball against Colorado yesterday). Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have scouts watching the Tigers A-ball team
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Don Kelly
The Donkey was profiled in the New York Times of all places.
Today’s Rain-Repelling Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Brennan Boesch LF
- Magglio Ordonez DH
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez C
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Carlos Guillen 2B
- Andy Dirks RF
- Don Kelly 3B