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5-1, 1st place, 1.5 games up on CWS
The Tigers pull into the south side of Chicago with a sparkling 5-1 record and series victories against two clubs in the upper echelon of the American League. Many believe Tampa to be the best team in the AL, and the Tigers were one overthrown JV fastball from sweeping them.
Friday afternoon will be the home opener for the White Sox who looked good against a great Texas team in Arlington, and then took both games in a rain shortened series against the Indians earlier this week.
Though Ozzie Guillen is now managing the Marlins from a hotel bar in Little Havana, the White Sox remain largely unchanged from last year’s disappointing third place finish. It will be interesting to see the reception that Adam Dunn gets after what was likely the worst season contract wise in MLB history. Dunn is off to a slow start again this year with only 4 hits and 1 HR this season contributing to a .753 OPS. .753 isn’t terrible for the bigs (slightly below average), but it’s bad for the a 1B and pretty empty since his 4 walks are buoying that average. I wonder how much longer he’ll be the everyday first baseman. I can’t imagine that he gets more than a month.
In controversial Tiger player news, Brandon Inge hopped on a bus in Toledo last night and ended up in Detroit (or somewhere near Detroit). Inge’s short stint in Toledo was disappointing, at best, where he mustered 1 hit in 9 ABs against AAA pitching. Inge shrugged it off, citing that “the timing will come back” and that “drawing walks” is important (he drew 3). But it looks like his Babe Ruth reputation also made the trip to Toledo because Inge ”really didn’t get many good pitches to hit. They weren’t throwing me much — which was kind of funny.” Funny indeed.
When asked about Inge’s performance, Phil Nevin responded in coach-speak with an eye on Gene Lamont’s job by failing to offer anything of interest: Toledo manager Phil Nevin gave this assessment of Inge to the Toledo Blade: “He was moving around well, and he’s a great athlete. He was tested on some diving plays, and he looks as if he’s ready to go.” Knowing JL, I expect Inge to be in the lineup on Sunday against Lefty Chris Sale.
Scherzer v. Peavy at 2:10pm eastern. Someone please post the lineups when avail.
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I knew it would be fun to surf around the headlines after Drew Smyly’s first major league start yesterday. His final line of 4 IP, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 ER was sure to cause a divide amongst writers and fans.
If you look at the final ERA line, 2.25, then you’ve got to be pleased with what he did. We even have James Schmehl of MLive saying that Smyly impressed, and that...
Detroit Tigers starter Adam Wilk left Saturday's game against the White Sox after being hit in his pitching shoulder by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Prince Fielder while sitting in the dugout during the sixth inning.
The Tigers said Wilk had a bruised left shoulder but is expected to make his next start.
Wilk was making his first major league start. He left with the...
The Detroit-Chicago White Sox game was delayed for several minutes in the first inning Friday after Tigers' star Miguel Cabrera complained that the batter's box wasn't the right shape or size.
Before he faced a pitch with two outs in the first inning, Cabrera's back leg was out of the box, and he said something to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. After a conference...
DETROIT -- If the Tigers win the World Series, it will go down as one of the most significant text messages in baseball history.
Prince Fielder was sitting on the dais at Comerica Park, talking about his new 214 million contract at a press conference, when his cell phone went bloop.
The sender: Miguel Cabrera.
The message: Welcome.
It might sound corny, but it means a lot, Fielder...
Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. Brandon Inge was activated from the DL and Adam Wilk was called up to make his first Major League start.
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins added outfield depth Saturday, claiming outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from Detroit.
Thomas, 28, has spent parts of three seasons with the Tigers. He appeared in three games this season but did not have an at-bat before he was designated for assignment on Thursday. Thomas played a career-high 102 games in 2009 and batted .240 with 39 RBIs and...
Tune into Sun Sports at 12:30 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Detroit Tigers.
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to the best start in franchise history, thanks in part to a late rally that ended the Detroit Tigers' bid to remain the AL's last unbeaten team.
The Rays will try to add another victory Thursday at Comerica Park while spoiling Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly...
When Drew Smyly imagined what his major league debut would be like, he never pictured anything as strange as the real thing.
Just a few days after struggling in his only Triple-A start, the 22-year-old looked far from ready for the big leagues when Tampa Bay immediately loaded the bases on two walks and a single.
''It's been an exciting week, but I was struggling,&...
Over the weekend the Detroit Tigers welcomed in the Tampa Bay Rays, who were coming off a sweep of the New York Yankees, to Comerica Park. With plenty of strong pitching, this series was bound to be good.
In game one of the series, Rick Porcello took the mound against highly touted prospect Matt Moore. Porcello and Matt Moore would go pitch for pitch with each other. Going into...
In all the years I’ve been a White Sox contributor for the Sportsbank.net there has never been a season where expectations for the team has been lower as the words “new era” and “rebuilding” are frequently associated with the team. As a matter of fact most experts and sports periodicals pick the southsiders to be among the worst teams in the game. So in a year where...
The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins placed starting pitcher Scott Baker on the 60-day disabled list. Baker needs surgery on his right elbow and is out for the season.
Thomas had no plate appearances with the Tigers this season, but appeared in three games before being designated...
It took me a few days to track this guy down and convince him it would be good for his career to do this interview. Here I will provide you with the transcript of the interview that no one else could get, the interview that no one has heard, and the interview that every fan of baseball or international politics wants to see. I am of course referring to my exclusive interview with...
From the NWL
(DETROIT, MI) Former Duluth Huskies left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly broke into the big leagues Wednesday by tossing four good innings as the starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Early trouble elevated Smyly’s pitch count, which forced him from the game after just four innings. However, how the 22-year old handled that...
Given Ozzie Guillen's Fidel Castro publicity, expect his book, Ozzie's School of Management: Lessons from the Dugout the Clubhouse, and the Doghouse to fly off shelves. And Chicago Sun-Times writer...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
CHICAGO -- Friday marked Robin Ventura's first home game in uniform as a member of the White Sox since Sept. 20, 1998. He was asked if he remembered his last game at then-Comiskey Park. He didn't. But of course, we can look it up. He went 1 for 3 with a walk against the Red Sox, batting behind Frank Thomas and Albert Belle.
One thing is for sure: The manager's chats...