Detroit Tigers, 30-34, 4 games behind Chicago (1st), 4 1/2 ahead of Twins (last).
That was an exciting game last night. I had to leave before the extra innings, but I’ve got it recorded and will watch as soon as I finish this blurb. I can’t wait! Looks like Valverde is coming in in a non-save situation, but I’m sure it will work out fine.
This afternight (4:00 start) Doug Fister makes his 2nd comeback of the season, looking for his first win.
To make room for Fister, Casey Crosby was sent down. Or Matt Young (finally). They both went back to Toledo, and Thad Weber will be called up to shore up the thinning ranks of the bullpen. Rumor has it that the bullpen was depleted last night (“We’ve got major problems,” Leyland said), and on top of that Fister can’t be expected to go too deep into the game in his first comeback experience.
Leyland has ruled out Villarreal, Benoit, and Valverde for today. Looks like Putty-time!
Detroit will be facing the dreaded Rookie Pitcher Guy (Christian Friedrich, 4-2, 5.85).
In other news, don’t expect Dirks or Avila back soon. And Ryan Raburn is still right-handed.
Stat of the Day: Doug Fister has a career winning % of only .370 (20-34), despite a career ERA of only 3.47.
Tonight’s Player of the Pre-game: Austin Jackson. He bats right. He hits lefties (4 HR, 11 RBI, vs Cabrera, 1 HR 6 RBI).
Tonight’s Because-There’s-A-Lefty-Pitching-That’s-Why Lineup: