Around the Bases: Andrew Miller to Make First MLB Start

  • Jeremy Bonderman has hit the disabled list, thanks to his blister problems. Fortunately the stint is retroactive back to May 9th, meaning Bondo will be able to come off the DL next week Thursday, missing just two starts. In his place, Andrew Miller will start. Tomorrow night against the Cardinals, the Tigers’ sixth overall pick from the 2006 MLB Draft will make his first Major League start after making his first big league appearance late last season against the Yankees. Manager Jim Leyland expects Miller to make just one start before heading back to Double-A Erie, but does not rule out the idea of Miller pitching for the Tigers later in the season — it’s possible, though not guaranteed by any means.
  • The American League Central is the toughest division in baseball. With the AL Champions from 2006 and the World Series Champions from 2005, as well as the first place Indians, things will get ugly before the season is over. It’s also hard to overlook Minnesota, though they are sitting below .500 and seven games out.
  • Speaking of tough opponents and postseason play, the 2007 World Series will begin on a Wednesday, contrary to previous tradition, in which the Series began on a Saturday. This comes to avoid a Friday TV airing, which is apparently the lowest-rated night on television. In fact, this year’s World Series will begin on my birthday, October 24, which would usually be a welcome gift, however the World Series belongs on the weekend.
  • Who will make $1 million per start this season? Why, Roger Clemens! The anxious Yankees shelled out mounds of cash for the 40-something starter, who should be ready to pitch in the show by mid-summer. Leave it to the Yankees to carelessly throw money about for a player who may give them a single-digit increase in wins if they get lucky.
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