We here at DTW may need to look into getting the game posts up earlier in the day. It does a great disservice to our faithful followers to fail to get them the timely information they need to plan their days. Yes, earlier today Ryan Raburn was the celebrity root beer float server at A&Ws in both Berkley and Dearborn. We apologize to all of you who were unable to attend these important events.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have been busy working out the starting rotation: tomorrow’s spot in the rotation, the Phil Coke spot, has been being staffed by the Toledo Temp Agency. Tomorrow’s shift will be taken by Duane Below in his first MLB appearance.
In the meantime, a more permanent bolster to the rotation is still rumored to be something Dave Dombrowski is working on. In addition to the Tigers’ interest in Hiroki Kuroda, the Tigers are rumored to be also looking into Aaron Harang, Jeremy Guthrie and Derek Lowe, as well as the good-luck-with-that pursuit of Ubaldo Jimenez. (And yes, the Tigers are allegedly still in the list of suitors for Carlos Beltran).
In potentially related news, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports lists Tiger GM Dave Dombrowski in his “less than secure” category, although not quite yet on the hot seat.
Speaking of hot, tonight’s hot evening game will feature Rick Porcello on the mound, who has historically performed worse in hotter temperatures. The A’s will feature Guillermo Moscoso, who is from Venezuela and will hopefully pitch to his elder countrymen Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, and Carlos Guillen with great deference. Moscoso actually came up with the Tigers, but was traded to Texas for Gerald Laird.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Ryan Raburn
Sure, he is not in the lineup. But on a hot July night, Ryan will keep the guys cool by serving root beer floats between innings.
Today’s AJax is Back Lineup: