Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Al Kaline does book signing in Rochester Hills

By Matt Harding

Al Kaline was at a Rochester Hills Meijer today signing his new book, Six: A Salute to Al Kaline. In Play! Magazine got the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Kaline and talk about the book, what Kaline does to keep himself busy, and Ernie Harwell, amongst other things.

One question In Play! asked Kaline: "Do you have a favorite piece of baseball memorabilia?" He said that he has a collection of baseballs signed by different presidents.

More to come on the event in the upcoming issue of In Play! Magazine.

The cover of Six: A Salute to Al Kaline.

Kaline happily greets a fan.

A Kaline fan proudly holds up her new book.

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - JUNE 30

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1894 Fred Clarke makes his major league debut going 5-for-5 for the Louisville Colonels. The future Hall of Famer collects four singles and a triple.


1908 At New York's Hilltop Park, Red Sox legend Cy Young no-hits the Highlanders (Yankees), 8-0. It the third time the 41-year old has accomplished the feat.

1909 The Cubs spoil the Pirates debut at Forbes Field, 3-2. The new state-of-the-art ballpark, named for General John Forbes who was an officer in the French and Indian War, is the first stadium to be made completely of steel and poured concrete.

1938 The Phillies lose the final game to be played at the Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl bowing to the Giants, 14-1. New York center fielder Hank Lieber hits the last homer in the history of the 51-year old ballpark.

1948 At Briggs Stadium, Indians right-hander Bob Lemon throws the first American League night time no-hitter blanking the Tigers, 2-0. The Tigers' home was last park in the Junior Circuit to use lights, installing illumination only two weeks ago.

1961 Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month. 'Slick's' complete-game 5-1 victory over the Senators is the Yankees' 22nd win in June.

1962 Due to an unusually thick fog at Colt Stadium, the game against the Reds is called after seven innings giving the Colt 45’s a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati. The shorten game allows Houston’s skipper Harry Craft to get to the hospital in time for the birth of his first daughter.

1970 The Braves ruin the debut of Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium defeating the Reds, 8-2. In the first inning, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta hits the park's first home run off Cincinnati's starter Jim McGlothin.

1977 At Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Cliff Johnson joins Joe DiMaggio and Joe Pepitone as the only players in Yankee history to hit two home runs in the same inning. The designated hitter goes deep twice in the eigth as the Bronx Bombers score eight runs in an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.

1978 On an 0-2 pitch from Atlanta Braves pitcher Jamie Easterly, Giant first baseman Willie McCovey launches his 500th career home run over the left field fence at Fulton County Stadium bcoming the 12th player to accomplish the feat.. The historic homer occurs in the second inning of the opener of a doubleheader which the Giants sweep, 10-9 and 10-5.

1978 Larry Doby replaces Bob Lemon as skipper of White Sox to become the second black to manage in the majors. Lemon will move on to New York to replace Billy Martin and will pilot the Yankees to a World Championship as Doby will be dismissed from his only managerial stint at the end of the season after posting a 37-50 with the fifth place Pale Hose.

1985 Dodgers' slugger Pedro Guerrero ties major league record hitting 15 home runs in the month of June.

1986 Auburn oytstanding football star Bo Jackson makes his pro baseball debut with the Memphis Chicks. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner goes 1-for-4.

1995 At the Metrodome, Indians' designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th career hit off Twins' right-hander Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. 'Steady Eddie' joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.

1997 Rangers' hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first Americaln League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game in nearly 25 years. His round tripper off Ismael Valdeshelps Texas to beat the Dodgers in interleague action, 3-2.

1998 With an eighth-inning homer against the Diamondbacks, Cubs' sluuger Sammy Sosa extends his major league record for home runs in a month, hitting his 20th round-tripper in June.

2000 Trailing 8-2 with two outs in the eighth-inning, Mike Piazza's tie-breaking three-run homer completes a 10-run miracle comeback as Mets stun the Braves, 11-8. Nine of the runs were driven in with two outs and the ten runs equals the most ever scored in an inning by the Mets.

2001 In his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut, Roger Connor is honored with a four-foot-high marble monument at St. Joseph's Cemetery. The gravestone, which also includes the names of his wife and grandson, notes that the one-time all-time home run leader is a member of baseball's Hall of Fame.

2002 The Yankees become the first team in the American League since the 1956 White Sox to have four infielders and a catcher on the All-star roster. The fans vote for first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and backstop Jorge Posada to be starters in the Midsummer Classic with shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura being selected by AL skipper Joe Torre.

2004 For the third straight game, the Tigers win thanks to walk-off home run. Follwing the lead of teammates Eric Munson and Carlos Pena in the two previous games, Dmitri Young hits a two-run dinger in the 11th inning to beat in the Indians, 9-7.

2006 In the fastest game ever played in the seven-year history of Seattle's Safeco Field, the hometown Mariners are defeated by Colorado, 2-0. Colorado starter Josh Fogg faces the minimum 27 batters tossing a two hitter in the one-hour, 52 minutes contest, also the quickest in Rockies' history.

2006 The Reds' 47th homer, which establishes a club for the month of June, is a game-ending grand slam hit by Adam Dunn. The dramatic dinger, given up by closer Bob Wickman with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, powers Cincinnati over Cleveland, 9-8

2006 In an 5-2 loss to the Marlins, which stops their winning streak at 11, the Boston plays their 17th consecutive errorless game. The accomplishment establishes a new big league mark, surpassing the Cardinals' who played 16 straight error-free games in 1992.

2007 Jacoby Ellsbury, making his debut starting in centerfield at Fenway Park becomes the first person from the Navajo tribe to play in the major leagues. The 23-year old member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, who will play a significant role in the Red Sox World Championship batting .360 in 11 total postseason games, is put out by the catcher unassisted in his first big league at-bat.

2008 A pair of demolition companies, which agree to work free of charge in exchange for the scrap-metal, begin knocking down Tiger Stadium, startng with bleachers in left-center field. The 96-year old ballpark has been vacant since the Tigers started playing in nearby Comerica Park nearly nine summers ago.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

TIGERS ZUMAYA DONE FOR THE SEASON DUE TO FRACTURE.

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JOEL ZUMAYA HAS NON-DISPLACED FRACTURE OF OLECRANON

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced righthanded pitcher Joel Zumaya has a non-displaced fracture of the olecranon.

Zumaya’s injury was diagnosed following X-Rays and an MRI earlier today and he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Zumaya has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the club today and the Tigers today have purchased the contract of righthanded pitcher Casey Fien from Triple A Toledo.

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Tigers Place Zumaya on DL, Fien's Contract Purchased

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The Tigers have placed righthanded pitcher Joel Zumaya on the 15-day disabled with an injured right elbow. The club has purchased the contract of righthanded pitcher Casey Fien from Triple A Toledo to take Zumaya's place on the club's 25-man roster.

Fien appeared in 26 games with Toledo this season, posting a 1-0 record, 2.29 ERA (39.1IP/10ER), three saves and 27 strikeouts.

Fien will join the club in Minnesota for tonight's game and wear number 53.
 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tigers move into first place

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The Detroit Tigers took first place away from the Minnesota Twins on Monday at Target Field. The Tigers entered the contest half a game in back on the Twins, who they happened to be playing. The Tigers won 7-5.

The two teams will square off on Tuesday where Armando Galarraga will pitch against Nick Blackburn. On Wednesday, Tigers lefty Andrew Oliver will face off against Kevin Slowey.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Andrew Oliver to debut against Atlanta Braves

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Andrew Oliver, the 22-year-old left-hander who takes Rick Porcello's spot in the rotation, will make his Major League debut against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Oliver, who played college baseball at Oklahoma State, was 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA this season with the Erie SeaWolves, the AA affiliate of the Tigers. He struck out 70 in 77.1 innings.

Oliver was selected by the Tigers in the second round of the 2009 amateur entry Draft.

The flamethrower, whose fastball is around 95 MPH, will face off against the Braves' Kris Medlen. Medlen has pitched well this season; he has a 3.33 ERA and has won four games while losing only one. Oliver has to pitch well if he wants that first big league win.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Denny McLains Tigers Report June 18

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Tigers to Recall Jay Sborz on Tuesday

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The Tigers today announced the club will recall the contract of righthanded pitcher Jay Sborz from Triple A Toledo on Tuesday. Sborz will take the spot of righthanded Rick Porcello on the club's 25-man roster. Porcello had his contract optioned to Toledo by the Tigers prior to Sunday's game versus Arizona.


Sborz has compiled a 1-1 record, 3.04 ERA (26.2IP/10ER), 15 saves and 28 strikeouts in 24 appearances with the Mud Hens in 2010. He is currently third in the International League with 15 saves.

Sborz will wear number 56 with the Tigers when he is in uniform for the club beginning on Tuesday night in New York.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Boesch does it again!

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With the Tigers having their seven game winning streak snapped Saturday night losing 5-6 things looked different this afternoon as the Tigers finished off the D-Backs 3-1.

The Tigers were down 1-0 in the first with Chris Youngs double to score Justin Upton form third after getting on base with a walk. The score would remain 1-0 until the seventh when Cabrera starting the inning off with a single to Upton in right field.

Rookie Brennan Boesch took one deep for his 10th home run on the year and nobody out and giving the Tigers the lead. Next up Carlos Guillen drilled his 5th home run on the season in the same spot as Boesch and Kennedy having retired 13 straight going into the inning made two grand mistakes.

The past two weeks the Tigers have been playing good baseball winning games from behind and some where their offense seemed unstoppable. The Tigers have scored 52 runs in the past nine games and the rotation and bull pen have definitely helped one another out to keep a balanced attack.

They-re still 1.5 GB from division leader Minnesota Twins but there's still plenty of season left and if they keep playing baseball like this they can find themselves with opportunity to trade spots.

Porcello Optioned to Toledo

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The Tigers today announced the club has optioned the contract of RHP Rick Porcello to Triple A Toledo.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tigers on a roll

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With two series sweeps and a balanced attack against the MLB's weaker teams in the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates the Tigers have gained momentum.

Galarraga had a solid 4 inning's but early in the fifth gave up a double to Kelly Johnson with one out, then Stephen Drew, and Jason Upton reached with singles scoring Kelly Johnson. The Tigers made a pitcher change after a fallout by Galarraga with just one out.

With the game tied at the bottom of the fourth the Tigers looked to get back on track in order to secure their seventh straight win.

With big hitting from Magglio Ordonez hitting a home run, and Brandon Inge having a double, triple and single the Tigers secured the win. A solid performance from the bullpen the Tigers
took command in the bottom of the eighth and Jose Valverde closed it out getting a line out for Upton, and a strike out by Miguel Montero. Valverde with the save the Tigers look to have continuous success in the three game series.

Dontrelle Willis returns to CoPa

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Dontrelle's return to Comerica Park didn't start off as planned. D-Train returned as a member of the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks. Willis' first batter, Ryan Raburn, drew a walk. Two batters later, Magglio Ordonez cranked a 2-run home run to deep left-center field. The ball hit off of the base of Comerica's flag pole. However, Willis finished the inning off by striking out two batters.

The second inning of D-Train's return wasn't a whole lot better than the first. Brandon Inge led off the inning with a double. Catcher Alex Avila walked on seven pitches. Then, Danny Worth drove in a run with a double. The damage still wasn't done; Raburn got an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center field. Willis struck out Johnny Damon and Ordonez grounded out to end the inning with the score 4-0 Tigers.

After two shaky innings, Dontrelle showed up in the third inning, seeing only three batters and sitting them down in grand fashion. Willis got Miguel Cabrera to ground out to first base with an ugly swing. He then got Brennan Boesch to strike out swinging. Carlos Guillen finished off the inning with a lazy ground ball out to the shortstop Stephen Drew.

Willis continued to pitch well starting the fourth inning off by getting a ground out and then a fly out. He had retired eight batters in a row until he walked Worth. Still, he finished off the inning by getting another ground out.

After a rousing top half of the fifth inning, where the Diamondbacks scored four runs, tying the game, Willis gave up a run on a sac fly RBI by Don Kelly. Kelly replaced Cabrera who left the game with dizziness. Willis ended the inning soon after by getting a ground ball out followed by a fly out to right field.

Willis exited the game after five innings. He struck out four and walked four. All five runs Willis gave up were earned. The game was 5-4 when he left. The D-Backs, however, scored a run in the top half of the sixth inning, making the score knotted up at five. Dontrelle will get a no decision in his return to Comerica Park.

The Tigers will continue their series against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Another former Tiger, Edwin Jackson, will face off against Rick Porcello.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boesch makes presence known

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The Tigers were not phased when the Washington Nationals went ahead 2-0 in the top of the second inning.

They turned on the jets in the bottom half driving in four runs and the team didn't stop there. Justin Verlander's 11 strikeout performance really gave his team a chance to hit freely but yet still aggressively.

Left Fielder Brennan Boesch really took charge going in the seventh putting any chance the Nationals had for a come back to rest.

He drove in three runs on top of the one he already. He drove one deep for a 3 run shot giving his a team a great start to the series against the Nationals.

Brennan Boesch a star in the making

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Sure, it's too early to be definite, but after Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals, Detroit left fielder Brennan Boesch continues to show that he belongs.

It was an average night for Boesch, who has been beyond spectacular this season. In four at-bats, Boesch got three hits, scored two runs, and drove in four. His batting average on the season is now at .344. Three of those RBI came on a 3-run dinger.

Boesch has been an absolute wrecking ball against opponents this season since being called up to the big league team.

While we'll have to wait until the end of the season to find out for sure, the left-handed slugger has shown signs of stardom early in his career.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Recap: Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals

By Matt Harding
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Detroit came into the Tuesday evening contest 33-29, just 2.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. Their opponents, the Washington Nationals, were 31-33, six games behind the Atlanta Braves. However, the Nats are stuck in a tough National League East, where, with their almost .500 winning percentage, they were in last place.

Starting for the Tigers was pitcher Max Scherzer, who began the game by striking out Christian Guzman. Nyjer Morgan, the second batter for the Nationals, laid a perfect bunt down the third base line. Morgan reached first base without a throw. Then, before Scherzer could bat an eye, Morgan stole second. The speedster then reached third base on a wild throw by catcher Gerald Laird. Morgan later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Zimmerman, making the score 1-0. Slugger Adam Dunn finished off the inning by striking out looking on a 3-2 fastball.

Starting for the Nationals was lefty John Lannan, who started off the bottom of the first with a strikeout. Ryan Raburn, who is standing in for an injured Austin Jackson, (who is listed as day-to-day) was the victim and went down looking.

In the top of the second, with Roger Bernadina on first and Josh Willingham on third, Scherzer got first baseman Mike Morse to strike out swinging. Shortstop Ian Desmond flew out to left field on a slider to end the inning.

In the bottom of the second inning, Brandon Inge extended his hitting streak to 10 games. The next batter, Laird, smoked the pitch right back to the pitcher; the ball deflected to a spot between the first and second basemen where there would be no throw.

With the bases loaded and nobody out for the Tigers, Danny Worth grounded out to the shortstop who threw home, forcing out Carlos Guillen. The bases remained loaded and up walked Ryan Raburn, who on a 3-2 count, got the base on balls, tying up the game at one. The inning ended after another force out at the plate, initiated by a Johnny Damon ground ball, and a fly ball by Magglio Ordonez.

To lead off the third inning, Scherzer once again struck out Guzman. Morgan then singled up the middle and stole second base while Zimmerman struck out. Dunn was walked on four straight balls. Laird, on the 0-2 pitch to Willingham, called for a high fastball. However, Scherzer let it catch too much of the plate and Willingham took the ball to right-center field, scoring a run. Former Tiger Ivan Rodriguez then came up and grounded the ball through the infield, scoring another run. With the score 3-1, Tiger's pitching coach Rick Knapp came to the mound to settle down Scherzer. Stepping to the plate with two outs was Bernadina, who struck out looking. Scherzer's strikeout total after the third inning was six. For those of you bad at math, that's an average of two an inning.

In the bottom half of the third, Miguel Cabrera scored on a slow ground ball hit by Guillen. The ball was thrown home by Morse to an unprepared 'Pudge' Rodriguez.

Leading off the top of the fourth inning Morse made up for his previous inning mistake, hitting a solo home run to right field.

With the score 4-2 and a runner on second base, Ordonez rocketed a ball off of the left field wall, scoring Raburn. With an empty first base, the Nationals elected to walk Cabrera. Rookie Brennan Boesch, with one away and a full count, walked to load the bases. Guillen got the sac fly, tying the game at four in this tight contest.

Fast forwarding to the bottom of the fifth inning, with two men on, Raburn smashed a three-run dinger (his first of the year) to straightaway left field. The Tigers led the game 7-4. After facing one more batter, Lannan exited the game. He gave way to reliever Tyler Walker, who immediately gave up a double to Ordonez. No damage was done after the hit by Maggs.

After a rather uneventful sixth inning, in the top of the seventh, Phil Coke replaced Scherzer, who went six solid innings. Coke then pitched well, giving up no hits during that half inning.

Heading to the top of the eight, set-up man Joel Zumaya entered the game with one out for the Tigers. He pitched just as well as Coke, putting down both of the batters he faced, including former battery mate Ivan Rodriguez, who tonight made his first appearance at Comerica Park in a National's uniform.

At the start of the bottom of the eighth, lefty Sean Burnett relieved Walker. Burnett gave Ordonez his fourth hit of the evening, then struck out Cabrera and Boesch. With two outs, Guillen flew out to center field, ending the inning.

Closer Jose Valverde came into the game with a 0.66 ERA and started the inning off by hitting Bernadina with a first pitch fastball. The eccentric righty then struck out Morse, who went down check-swinging. Desmond then went down swinging; he was number 13 on the night for Tiger's pitching. After walking Guzman, Nyjer Morgan walked up to the plate at 2 for 4 on the night. Morgan was retired on a ground ball to the second baseman Guillen.

The Tigers beat the Nats with a score of 7-4.

Livan Hernandez faces off against Justin Verlander in tomorrow's match-up.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Verlander needs to carry Tiger's staff if they want to see October

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After a slow start to commence the season, Justin Verlander is starting to show shades of the JV we all came to adore back in 2006, his first full year in the majors.

This year's 1-2 start in the month of April came as a shock to many fans as they were accustomed to seeing the right-handed flamethrower pitching well, especially coming off of a 19-9 season. His 2009 ERA, in fact, had been the lowest of his career at 3.45.

Verlander's strikeout ratio is at his career average here in the 2010 season, which is about eight K's per nine innings.

The Tiger's desperately need Verlander to perform at his best. If he doesn't, and has a performance like the one he did in 2008, the ballclub doesn't stand a chance against their AL Central counterparts.

His current record of 7-4, accompanied by an ERA of 3.56 may aid the team into the direction of October baseball. Still, Verlander absolutely has to perform at his best for the team to have a shot at a World Series ring.

If Verlander continues pitching well, could the Tigers return to the World Series?


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Guillen takes one deep

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With Jim Leyland Saturday night that Carlos Guillen is their second baseman and will play nine innings his decision proves to be more accurate.

The 35 year-old veteran is still a great hitter and defender but many thought he would slow down the double play. Since returning from the hamstring injury Guillen has had a hand in 11 double plays in 13 games.

So the speed issue can be put to rest so can his ability to still hit consistently, and not just because of his walk-off home run. He's batting .272 which isn't outstanding but he's got three home runs and a nine rbi's. And with the way the top half of the lineup is batting Guillen will have time to get comfortable in his permanent home on the field and in the line-up.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cabrera threat to win Triple Crown

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If you haven't been keeping up to date with the Detroit Tigers this season, you still may have heard about the absolute tear first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been on. With a .339 batting average, 18 home runs, and 53 RBI, Cabrera is undoubtedly a favorite to win the AL MVP.

However, can Cabrera manage to do something that hasn't been done since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski did it? Can Miguel Cabrera actually win the Triple Crown?

For those unfamiliar with the term, a Triple Crown refers to a batter, in this case, who at season's end leads the league in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. In the history of the National League, only five different players have done it. Rogers Hornsby won the Triple Crown twice (1922, 1925). In American League history, eight different players have achieved this daunting task. Ted Williams accomplished the feat twice, just as Hornsby did (1942, 1947). In 1887, Tip O'Neill hit well enough to become the only player in the American Association (which existed from 1882-1891) to ever win a Triple Crown.

To answer my own question, I believe there is a slight chance that Cabrera can be good enough to sweep these stats to win the Crown. His one downfall may be his batting average. Although it's a staggering .339, Robinson Cano (.376), Justin Morneau (.362), and Ichiro Suzuki (.346) all have better averages and could continue at the phenomenal paces they are currently at. Still, it will be possible for Miggy to manage to keep his batting average at a level of competitiveness which could give him the opportunity to win the title.

If Cabrera manages to win the Triple Crown, he'll be only the third first baseman to ever do so. Jimmie Foxx (1933) and Lou Gehrig (1934) were the only two to win the Triple Crown.

"So let's root, root, root for Cab-re-ra. If he doesn't get crowned it's a shame! For it's one -- two -- three categories to go for the Tri-ple Crown!"

Even if Cabby doesn't accomplish this, it will most definitely be a season to remember.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

GLENN EZELL STEPS DOWN AS DIRECTOR, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced that Glenn Ezell has stepped down as the club’s director, player development.

Ezell issued the following statement:

“I am proud of the players we have developed over the past few years that have formed the foundation for the future success of the Detroit Tigers.”

“I am moving on now in other directions. Thank you, Glenn Ezell.”

Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski issued the following statement:

“The Detroit Tigers thank Glenn Ezell for all the work he has done leading our player development staff over the past few years. He represented the organization well in every fashion and he always did so with dignity. The organization wishes him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Tigers Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila will handle Ezell’s responsibilities through this transitional period.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - JUNE 8

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1927 Tony Lazzeri becomes the first Yankee to hit three home runs in one game, including a ninth inning blast that ties the game. The four-bagger closes a five-run deficit, and New York goes on to beat the White Sox in the 11th inning at the Stadium, 12-11.


1939 At Shibe Park, the Yankees, using the long ball, rout the hometown A's 22-3. The Bronx Bombers set a franchise record hitting eight home runs during the contest, a mark which will not be tied for 68 years.

1955 After only eight games and 13 innings of work, the Dodgers option rookie left-handed pitcher Tom Lasorda to Montreal to make room for a bonus baby who is also a southpaw. Sandy Koufax, who had injured his ankle, comes off the 30-day disabled list.

1968 Don Drysdale's scoreless streak ends at a record 58 2/3 consecutive innings when Phillies' Tony Taylor is driven in by Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. It will be the outfielder's only RBI for the season.

1969 On Mickey Mantle Day, the Yankees retire uniform number 7 in front of a crowd of 60,096 at the ballpark in the Bronx. The Mick, also receives a plaque from Joe DiMaggio that will be hung on the center field, and, then in turn, he gives the 'Yankee Clipper' a similar plaque, telling the crowd, "His should be just a little bit higher than mine."

1977 For the fourth time in his career, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 batters in a game. The right-hander matches the mark in ten innings of work, with 18 punch outs coming during the first nine frames, in the Angels' eventual 2-1 victory.

1979 Dan Marino and John Elway are selected fourth and seventeenth, respectively, by the Kansas City Royals during the free-agent baseball draft. The two future NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks will never play a day of professional baseball.

1986 The Orioles beat the Yankees 18-9 in in the longest nine inning game ever played in American League history. The contest takes four hours and sixteen minutes to complete.

1989 After the Pirates take a 10-0 lead in Philadelphia by sending 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, Pirates' broadcaster Jim Rooker announces if the Bucs lose the game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. True to his word, the radio by-by-play man organizes a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after the season as a result of the Phillies comeback win over the Pirates, 15-11.

1997 En route to a 2-0 shut out of the Tigers, Mariners' southpaw Randy Johnson strikes out 15 batters. It is the 74th time in the career of the 'Big Unit' he has has reached double digits in punch outs.

2001 Damon Easley becomes the ninth player in Tiger history to hit for the cycle, and the first Detroit player since 1993 when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. The New York City native's eighth inning right-field triple completes the deed in the 9-4 victory over the Brewers.

2005 The Phillies trade infielder Placido Polanco to the Tigers for right-hander reliever Ugueth Urbina and utility infielder Ramon Martinez. Urbina, a two-time All-Star closer, will become the setup man for Billy Wagner in Philadelphia and Polanco will become the starting second baseman in Detroit.

2007 In the third inning of a 10-3 loss to Boston at Chase Field, a surprised Alberto Callaspo is tagged out by Julio Lugo after he takes a lead from second base. The Diamondbacks’ base runner is the victim of the hidden ball trick when he doesn’t realize the Red Sox shortstop had never returned the ball to the pitcher.

2007 With their 3-0 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park, the Mets begin a span of 18 games to become the first team in baseball history to play six consecutive series against six different clubs that all participated in the playoffs the previous season. New York will compile an 8-10 record during the stretch playing against the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, A's, and the Cardinals.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another Perfect Game?

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Armando Galarraga takes the mound against the Chicago White Sox after being robbed of what was clearly a perfect game.

Can we expect the same performance?

There's no way of predicting a pitcher performing as well as Galarraga did last week pitching what we all know was a perfect game. Anything can happen to any pro on any given day.

In hopes he throws half as well as he did last week the Tigers should have a good chance of wining the opening game having four players hit over .300%.

So as Galarrga pulls up to Comerica Park in his new Corvette the Tigers hope he puts on the same show and get them closer to taking firs place under our belt.

TIGERS SELECT THIRD BASEMAN NICK CASTELLANOS AND RIGHTHANDED PITCHER CHANCE RUFFIN ON FIRST DAY OF DRAFT

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers this evening selected third baseman Nick Castellanos from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and righthanded pitcher Chance Ruffin from the University of Texas with the 44th and 48th overall selections, respectively, in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Castellanos, a 6-4, 210-pound third baseman, was rated by Baseball America as the 14th overall prospect prior to the draft. He was also rated by Baseball America as possessing the second-best strike-zone judgment and as the third-best pure hitter among high school players.

The third baseman was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida after batting .542 with 34 runs scored, 41 RBI and 22 stolen bases while leading his team to the Class 4A state championship. He earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field after finishing the game with three runs scored, four doubles and three RBI. He earned all tournament honors with the USA Baseball 18U National Team that won the gold medal at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships.

Ruffin, a 6-1, 185-pound righthanded pitcher, posted a 6-1 record, 0.75 ERA and 14 saves in 35 appearances during his junior season at the University of Texas. He fanned 94 batters in 60.1 innings pitched during his junior season and fanned 290 batters in 262.1 innings pitched during his career with the Longhorns. He is the son of former major leaguer Bruce Ruffin.

Ruffin was named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American in 2010 and is currently leading the nation with a 0.75 ERA and 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while he is tied for third with 14 saves. Ruffin is a finalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award while also earning All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive season.

The 2010 First-Year Player Draft continues tomorrow at noon and will continue through the 30th round before concluding with the final 20 rounds on Wednesday.

Denny McLain's weekly Tigers Report for June 4

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Galarraga's in style

By Justin Cousineau
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Armando Galarraga's perfect game as the rest of the world will call it showed he's more than a great pitcher. He showed class, and sportsmanship after the play and the next day when handing Jim Joyce the Tigers lineup.

As hard as that would be for anyone to do he did it with respect for the game, his fans, and his team. Chevrolet didn't let that go unnoticed. They awarded Galarraga 2010 Chevrolet Corvette for his professionalism.

Max Sherzer hopes to put together another great start tonight and give the Tigers a good start to another divisional series against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals still hitting well as a club batting second in AL average have had rough starts from key pitchers.

Providing Scherzer doesn't have another roller coaster outing going from good starts to bad ones he should be able to give his team who's batting 6th in the AL some cushion in tonight's game.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - JUNE 4

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1890 Submariner Tim Keefe of the New York Giants franchise of the Players League defeats the Boston Reds, 9-4, to record his 300th win. 'Sir Timothy', who won 19 straight decisions in 1888, will finish his 14-year career with 342 victories.


1937 Gus Suhr establishes a new National League record when he plays in his 822th consecutive game. The Pirates first baseman's streak will end the following day when he attends his mother funeral in San Francisco.

1964 At Connie Mack Stadium, Sandy Koufax throws his third no-hitter in three years, blanking the Phillies 3-0. The Dodgers' southpaw, who will add a perfect game to his resume next season, joins Bob Feller as the only other modern major leaguer to pitch three career hitless games.

1968 Don Drysdale pitches his sixth consecutive shutout defeating the Pirates, 5-0. The Dodger right -hander will extend his major league record scoreless streak to 58 2/3 innings before yielding a run in his next start.

1968 En route to a 2-0 win at Wrigley Field, Mets' rookie southpaw Jerry Koosman strikes out seven consecutive batters.

1974 On ten-cent beer night, the Indians forfeit to the Rangers due the Tribe's unruly fans as the game is called off in the bottom of the ninth with scored tied at five by home plate ump, Nestor Chylak. An estimated 60,000 cups of brew is sold to a crowd of 25,134.

1976 In an 11-0 victory at Dodger Stadium, Mets right fielder Dave Kingman hits three home runs. Sky King’s two-run dinger and two three-run round trippers drives in eight runs, a new club record.

1986 In a 12-3 rout of the Braves, Pirates rookie outfielder Barry Bonds hits his first major league home run off Craig McMurtry. Bobby’s son will become the All-time career home run leader hitting 762 during his 22-year career playing for Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Giants.

1990 Dodger hurler Ramon Martinez fans eighteen batters as he three-hits the Braves, 6-0.

1998 The Dodgers trade the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo (2-7 with a 5.05 ERA ) and reliever Brad Clontz to the Mets for pitchers Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael.

1998 By selling out all four-million shares of common stock sold at $15 each, the Indians raised $60 million making the Indians the first publicly traded major league team.

2003 Although his bat may have contained cork in yesterday's game, all five of Sammy Sosa's historic bats housed at the Hall of Fame and the76 of confiscated from his locker by major league baseball revealed no signs of tampering. X-rays and CT scans were used to clear cleared Cubs' slugger remaining lumber.

2004 Both Barry Bonds (675) and Rafael Palmeiro (536 and 537, to pass Mickey Mantle) both homer marking only the third time in baseball history that two players with more than 500 home runs go deep in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks (1970) and Mays again with Hank Aaron were the first pairs to accomplish the feat (1971).

2009 In the opener of a twin bill, Randy Johnson gives a solid six-inning performance in the Giants’ 5-1 victory over the Nationals to earn his 300 career victory. The 'Big Unit' becomes the 24th pitcher to accomplish the feat, and first to reach the milestone on his first attempt since Tom Seaver beat the Yankees in 1985.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Video- Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers robbed of a perfect game by blown call.

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