I chose to watch the alternate baseball reality version of yesterday’s game, where the Tigers were rained out in the 3rd inning. No word so far on the makeup date. I hear there was another version of the game played; I hope I didn’t miss anything.
The Giants wield the interleague brooms today as they go for the sweep of the 3-game series, which concludes the both the homestand and the 2011 interleague schedule.
The matchup looks favorable for San Francisco. The surprising Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.09) takes the mound for the Giants against the equally surprising–and not in a good way–Rick Porcello. Kid Rick (6-6, 5.06) has allowed 18 runs in his last 11 innings, and concedes that he has hit a “bump in the road.” Porcello attempts to smooth the bumps today, and keep the Tiger rotation from devolving into Verlander then Head For Cover.
Adam Wilk was recalled from Toledo to bolster the beleaguered bullpen. (The phrase beleaguered bullpen has been used so much for the Tigers this season that they might want to look into a trademark). To the surprise of no one, Villarreal was sent down.
In other news, the Tigers signed Adelin Santa, a 16-yr old Dominican 3rd baseman, known for his raw power and arm strength. In the meantime, Adam Everett is always available–he was just released by the Indians.
Oh, and by game time today the final results of the All-Star voting should be public. Go Alex!
Update: Alex Avila has been voted as the American League starting catcher for the All-Star game (fireworks). Miguel Cabrera, Jose Valverde, and Justin Verlander have also been named to the team.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Don Kelly
Yes, the Donkey is not in the lineup. But after catching last night, Kelly has now played all 9 positions in the major leagues. Today he takes over as manager.
Today’s Broom-busting Lineup:
- Andy Dirks CF
- Brennan Boesch LF
- Magglio Ordonez RF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Alex Avila C
- Ryan Raburn 2B
- Ramon Santiago SS
- Brandon Inge 3B