Around the Bases: Tigers Cling to First Place

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Woes be damned, the Detroit Tigers stand atop baseball’s toughest division — but only barely.  Injuries, lousy outings, and slumps have all come together at one time, ending a stretch of excellent baseball to thrust fans into peril.  Still, through it all, the Tigers are tied for first place in the AL Central before heading to Cleveland for a short two-game series.  Saturday and Sunday saw wins for the Tigers, and potential rebirth of a team that was once virtually unbeatable.  Today things came back down to Earth with an ugly 7-2 loss to Oakland.  Durbin was unable to last five innings, and Magglio Ordonez (who went 8-for-12 with 8 RBI in the first three games of the season), Ivan Rodriguez, and Brandon Inge each struck out three times –though Maggs also had a two-run single.  Jason Grilli was terrible as usual, and left the game to cheers for his departure after walking home a run with the bases juiced.  A sour taste before the team embarks on an incredible journey:  a quick two-game stop in Cleveland to determine an outright division leader, and then a four-game set with the Yankees in New York.  Things are about to get interesting…

  •  By hitting two home runs in the second inning on Sunday, Magglio Ordonez became only the second player in the Tigers history to go yard twice in the same inning, the other being Al Kaline.  Maggs led off the eight-run frame with a solo blast and then capped it off with three-run homer.  The shots put him over 100 RBI’s on the season.  [Fox Sports]
  • Placido Polanco set a new Major League record Monday night with consecutive game number 144 at second base without an error.  []
  • The Tigers have moved quite a few players internally in recent days.
    • McKay McBride and Jordan Tata were demoted to Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.
    • Aquilino Lopez and Eulogio De La Cruz were called up to Detroit on Saturday to replace the two demoted players.
    • Yorman Bazardo took the place of De La Cruz on Sunday.
    • Mike Hessman was optioned to Toledo.
    • Marcus Thames returned from the disabled list.
    • Jair Jurrjens will be called up from Erie to start the second game of the Indians series for the Tigers.  It will be his first Major League start.
    • Cameron Maybin was bumped up from Single-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie.  In three games, he has 10 at-bats under his belt and has four hits — three of them are home runs.  That gives him a lofty 1.838 OPS.
  • Joel Zumaya threw 18 pitches in his first rehab appearance for Toledo on Monday night.  He struck out one batter and allowed a hit in 2/3 of an inning.  []
  • The Tigers traded Triple-A infielder Jack Hannahan to the Oakland A’s for Jason Perry.  Perry is a left-handed hitter with a .268 average, 18 home runs, and 58 RBIs.  This will not impact anyone significantly, with the exception of the players involved who relocated.  Hannahan left town with the A’s.  Maybe Dave Dombrowski has ESP and can predict when players will get into off the field trouble.  Last time the Tigers made a similar deal, Wil Ledezma was left behind in Atlanta, only to get stuck in customs a few days later when his passport was damaged in a load of laundry.  Hannahan better check those pockets if he plans on traveling… [Mack Avenue Tigers]
  • Pieces of Barry Bonds memorabilia from historical homers 755 and 756 are already on display in Cooperstown.  The man who caught the dinger that put Bonds alone on top of the all-time list might not sell the ball, or so he claims.  Eventually he will listen to that money talk — the ball is expected to fetch around $600,000.  Subtract 35% (around $210,000) in taxes for that hefty yearly income and there is a significant chunk of change I would not mind sitting in my bank account.  History is great — so is profiting off of other, more wealthy peoples’ desires to get in on the action.  In related news, Barry Bonds says he may not play after 2008 — perhaps he is aware that his bones will one day collapse in on themselves from his steroid usage.
  • The Tigers are about to sign first-round pick Rick Porcello to a four-year, $7.3 million contract — the largest contract ever guaranteed to a player coming out of high school.  [Mlive]

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One response to “Around the Bases: Tigers Cling to First Place

  1. XD thats funny.
    In Aussie rules Footy Richmond Tigers are DEAD LAST

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