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Tigers Trade French and Robles for Jarrod Washburn

The Tigers hopefully got their upgrade as they dealt their current fifth starter, Lucas French, to the Mariners along with Mauricio Robles for veteran starter Jarrod Washburn.  French has been solid as a fill for the Tigers but it looks like he also did just well enough to get shipped out of town.  I like this deal.  French appeared to be near the end of his nice run with a bad start against the Rangers on Tuesday and Robles, while only 20, is probably at least two years away from doing anything in a Tigers uniform.

Washburn, on the other hand, has had quite season and I’m sure he turned some heads last weekend when the Mariners were in town.  Now we just need to get Rick Porcello back on track and hopefully Armando Galarraga can bounce back so we have a nice, solid rotation the rest of the way.

Tigers Trade Deadline Chat

Some of your favorite Tiger bloggers are live chatting around the trade deadline this afternoon.  Check out the action by going here… 


I may or may not be in there because of some personal stuff but that shouldn’t stop you (or maybe it’ll encourage you) from checking out what’s being talked about.

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Andrew Hess piped in yesterday on the recent leak of Manny and Big Papi.  Good stuff and this is kind of where I’m at.  At this point, the entire list will come out eventually and it’ll be this big news but I’d just as soon move on and never know.

Tigers Remain In First Despite Series Loss to Rangers

The Tigers hit a bit of a tough stretch in Arlington earlier this week.  I’ve been up in Tawas since Saturday with a crappy wireless connection so most of my news has come mid-day (and late) via  I was glad to see Cliff Lee depart from the division and it’ll be interesting to see where Roy Halladay lands.  My guess is still the Dodgers despite the Rangers throwing their names in the hat but as always, it’ll be an interesting trade deadline tomorrow. 

Being up north was relaxing most of the time (at least as relaxing as it can get with a five year old) and of course the downside to taking several days off is the work doesn’t go away.  Throw in the fact that my clients have put off getting me stuff until now and it’ll make for an interesting next couple of weeks.  I always manage to get through it, there’s just the pain that goes with it. 

Tawas was fun. I got to spend an extended amount of time with my family which was nice.  My son had a blast and it was all low key, leisurely stuff.  Let’s just say, it’s going to be tough getting up tomorrow morning and cranking out some work.

Which gets us to the Tigers.  They lost two of three to the Rangers but they still have a two game lead in the division.  Oddly, it’s no longer with the White Sox, it’s with the red hot Twins who sweeped said White Sox while the Tigers were struggling against the Rangers.  This is shaping up to be an interesting race and so far, none of the three teams have made a monve of consequence.  I was a little surprised Josh Anderson was sent to the pasture (at least we got some cash for him) but with Carlos Guillen back  it made him expendable.  Anderson got off to the good start but he’s lost a lot of time to guys like Clete Thomas and now Guillen and when you combine that with his current struggles, he was the odd man out.

Tomorrow, the Tigers kick off a road series against the Indians.  Game one will have Edwin Jackson going up against Fausto Carmona.  Fausto has been kicking it down in the minors for the past two months and it looks like he’s coming back up to fill Cliff Lee’s role.  Hopefully the Tigers will be patient at the plate because one of Carmona’s big problems this year has been finding the strike zone.  He’s not in Dontrelle’s class,  but 41 walks in 60 2/3 innings for a guy who doesn’t strike out a ton of batters isn’t good.

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader With White Sox

This was a pleasant surprise.  The Tigers doubled up their win total since the All Star break by taking two in a day/night doubleheader against the White Sox today. Game one had Justin Verlander throw a six hitter in a 5-1 win and game two had Clete Thomas draw a bases loaded walk to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning for the win.

Verlander threw 127 pitches but he went the distance for the third time this season.  The league leader is Zach Greinke with five and right behind him is Roy Halladay with four before you have a handful of others tied at three.  Verlander added four strikeouts to his already commanding AL lead and the lone run he gave up was unearned.  At the plate, Placido Polanco led the way and he went three for three with a pair of RBIs while Adam Everett went two for four with two runs and an RBI.

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Game two was the nail biter and it was a game where the Tigers never had a lead until the eighth inning.  Carlos Guillen made his return and he belted a solo home run to tie the game at one in the second and then Brandon Inge scored on Placido Polanco’s ground out to make it 3-3 in the fifth.  Then in the bottom of the eighth, Clete Thomas drew a bases loaded walk to make it the eventual 4-3 final.  Guillen went two for three with the solo shot and Placido Polanco both scored and drove in a run.  On the pitching side, Eddie Bonine was okay and he gave up three in six innings.  Brandon Lyon got the win and he improved to 4-4 while Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth with two strikeouts for his 21st save.

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The Tigers made Jarod Washburn look like Felix Hernandez as they were once again held in check at the plate.  They also took a loss for the second straight game despite a solid start from their hurler.  Lucas French gave up just a pair of runs in 5 1/3 and Ryan Perry pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings but all that didn’t mean much because the Tigers managed just a single run on three hits in a 2-1 loss.  For French, it was his first big league loss but for the first time, he struck out more batters then he had innings pitched and he didn’t walk a single batter.

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The Tigers lone run came in the eighth when Curtis Granderson drove home Brandon Inge with his fourth triple of the season.  Granderson and Inge were also the only Tigers to reach base twice with a walk and a hit a piece.

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The White Sox won so they roll into town tied with the Tigers for first place in the Central and with four to play.  Tomorrow, it’ll Jose Contreras against Justin Verlander in the day game while Eddie Bonine and Bartolo Colon go head to head in the evening game.  Contreras struggled in his last start, but he’s been good more times then he’s been bad since he shutout the Tigers over eight innings after a minor league stint.

Tigers Held to Six Hits In Loss to Mariners

The Tigers offense hit a new low last night as they lost a 2-1 pitcher’s duel to the Mariners.  They managed just six hits with the lone run coming on an RBI single by Clete Thomas in the third inning.  Miguel Cabrera had the lone extra base hit with a double and Placido Polanco was the only hitter with a multi-hit game.  He went two for four and he scored the lone run.  Let’s just say that Felix Hernandez did his job and it was good enough for his eleventh win.

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It’s really too bad because Armando Galarraga threw his best game of the season. He gave up just one hit and four walks with three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.  The one run that scored off of him scored after he left with one out and a man on third in the eighth.  Bobby Seay followed him and he served up the game winning run to Russ Branyan and he fell to 1-2.  Brandon Lyon also did his job and he got the final two Mariners out.

Rain is still in the forecast so we’ll see when they get this afternoon’s game in.  It’ll be Jarrod Washburn (who’s had a resurgance this year) going up against Lucas French.  The White Sox won again so that lead in the Central is still just one game so things are being set up nicely for the Tigers four game series over the weekend against Chicago.

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The Tigers lost another tough one this afternoon as they fell to the Yankees for the third straight game.  Joba Chamberlain was sharp and he outdueled Edwin Jackson in a 2-1 game.  All three runs were scored with solo home runs.  Clete Thomas belted one in the fourth, Alex Rodriguez then tied the game in the bottom half of the inning and then Mark Teixeira struck again with the game winner in the sixth.

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Miguel Cabrera finished the game two for four.  Jackson took the hard luck loss and he fell to 7-5.  He gave up two runs on five hits and five walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.  Oddly none of those walks came back to haunt him.

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Justin Verlander Loses Pitcher's Duel With CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia was just a little bit better today as the Tigers lost a tough one to the Yankees 2-1.  I actually had a chance to watch the first couple of innings of this game with my five year old son.  He’s learning the basics in T-ball but it was kind of funny watching him get all bent every time the Yankees got a hit.  When we stopped watching, it was still scoreless and I when I turned it back on, the game was over.  Verlander went seven and it was that final inning that he got into trouble.  He served up a leadoff home run to Alex Rodriguez then got two outs before he got into trouble again.  A single, double, then another single resulted in a second run and fortunately he got out of even bigger trouble because he needed to get Derek Jeter out to get out of the jam.

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The Tigers try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.  It’ll be Edwin Jackson going up against Joba Chamberlain.  Joba has been all over the place this year and at times, he looks very good and at other times, not so.

Tigers Kick Off Second Half With Loss to Yankees

The Tigers got their first taste of the new Yankee Stadium last night in a game that saw a rain delay as well as a Yankee comeback.  It seems like Joel Zumaya is the guy who comes up most often when I talk to people about the Tigers.  He’s 3-3, but  in three other games he’s blown saves and not taken and the loss.  It just seems like whenever the Tigers blow a late lead, Zumaya is one of the victims and last night’s three run home run topped them all.  Not, to top it all off, Joel Zumaya said he felt something pop in his shoulder and he’s now on the disabled list awaiting an MRI.  Ryan Perry was brought back to replace him.

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Lucas French had another nice start in this one.  He gave up just two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings.  Fu-Te Ni also continued his impressive campaign with a shutout sixth inning and his ERA now sits at an even 2.00 while his WHIP is an even 1.00.

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Curtis Granderson had the big day with the stick.  He went two for four with a solo home run, a double and two runs.  The top four Tigers in the lineup (Granderson, Polanco, Cabrera and Thames) all had two hits a piec while the bottom five combined for just two singles.

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The White Sox and Twins both won so the Tigers lead sits at 2 1/2 games (three in the loss column).  The Tigers are actually kicking off game number two as I’m writing this and it’s a solid pitching matchup.  CC Sabathia is throwing for the Tigers and Justin Verlander goes for his eleventh win.  The Tigers already have men on first and second with just one out in the first so hopefully they’ll touch up Sabathia early.

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Tigers End Second Half With Win Over Indians

The All Star break is here and the Tigers went into with a blowout win over the Indians this afternoon.  Justin Verlander picked up his tenth win and Brandon Inge belted his 20th and 21st home runs in the 10-1 win.  Oddly, even with Inge’s two home runs, he was outshined by Clete Thomas, who belted a triple then a home run in his first two at bats.  He came a double short of hitting for the cycle but he finished with five RBIs.  Marcus Thames also had a nice game and he went four for four with three runs and an RBI.

Verlander improved to 10-4 with seven shutout innings.  He gave up five hits and three walks and he struck out seven.  Zach Miner was the lone Tiger to give up a run while Bobby Seay threw a shutout inning of relief and his numbers look better and better.  Ditto for Fu-Te Ni, who got the final two outs of the game for Detroit.

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The White Sox lost so the Tigers lead at the break is three and a half games (four in the loss column).  The Tigers kick off the second half in New York against the Yankees so it’s not going to get any easier.  Hopefully the break will do the Tigers some good and I’m looking forward to seeing the four Tigers play on Tuesday.  The Futures game is on right now because of a rain delay.  Scott Sizemore is the Tigers rep. and he’s one for two with a run.

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Edwin Jackson Picks Up Seventh Win With Seven Solid Frames

It’s hard to say that any Tiger has been more consistent then Edwin Jackson.  Even more so then Justin Verlander.  The last time he gave up more then three runs was back on May 26 and two of those were unearned.  And only twice has he given up more then four in a start and both of those were way back in the earlier parts of the season.  Only once has his ERA popped above 3.00 and only once has he given up more then seven hits.  Even his walk rate has been a considerable improvement over the past couple of years.

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Tonight, he outdueled Cliff Lee to pick up his seventh win.  He gave up just a run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.  Bobby Seay pitched a shutout eighth and he got out of a jam and while Fernando Rodney loaded up the bases (two walks and an error), he pitched out of it and got Grady Sizemore to ground out to third base.

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Marcus Thames belted a big two run homer in the eighth and while those runs weren’t needed, they might have had Rodney not gotten out of that ninth inning jam.  Josh Anderson drove in a pair with and Gerald Laird doubled, drove in a run and scored.

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The White Sox are losing to the Twins but it’s a one run game.  Still at least one of those two teams are going to lose ground.  Tomorrow. it’ll be Carl Pavano going up against Armando Galarraga.

Also, congratulations to Brandon Inge for getting voted into the All Star game.  He was definitely deserving and he’ll even play in the All Star game.  What was interesting was former Tiger Carlos Pena didn’t get the nod and he’ll be the first person since Mickey Tettleton (who was a Tiger at the time) to not make the All Star Game while leading the league in home runs.  Tettleton had 24 home runs in the first half in 1993.


More good news.  Carlos Guillen is supposed to start a rehab assignment over the weekend.  I haven’t found out where he’s ended up but the speculation was with Toledo at least to start.  It’ll be interesting to see how he comes along.

Luke French Wins First Major League Game In Rubber Game Against Royals

Luke French has had a pretty unspectacular minor league career to date.  He’s moved up the ladder, one level at a time, the past four seasons and while his 35-43 career record doesn’t do him justice because he has a 3.88 ERA, he also has just 446 strikeouts in 675 career innings.  He’s been a workhorse and he’s thrown as many as 170 innings (last year for Erie) in a season but his best season to date was this year when he sported a 2.98 ERA to go with his 72 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings with the Hens.  Maybe he’s a late bloomer (he’ll turn 24 in September) and that explains what he’s done for the Tigers this season.

Tonight, he was nothing short of exceptional.  He threw six shutout innings before he finally got tagged for a solo home run in the seventh.  in the end, he picked up his first big league win and he gave up just six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.  That brings his ERA down to 1.93 (just fourteen innings over two starts and a relief appearance) on the season.  We don’t need him to pitch like this every night, but if he can do a solid enough job the rest of the way, the Tigers may have filled their fifth starter hole.

One last note on French, he was the Tigers eighth round pick in the 2004 draft.  No other player picked in the 2004 draft, outside of Justin Verlander, has gotten any time at the big league level. 

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Fu-Te Ni and Fernando Rodney both threw shutout innings and Brandon Lyon struck out the final two batters in the eighth inning. For Rodney, it was his nineteenth save of the season.

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On the hitting side, the Tigers did all of their damage in the first two innings.  Marcus Thames drove home Curtis Granderson on a ground out and then Placido Polanco scored on a Clete Thomas single in the first inning.  Ramon Santiago then drove Josh Anderson home with a sac. fly in the second.  Polanco went two for four with a run.  Gerald Laird also had a couple of singles.

The White Sox are winning so the Tigers lead will probably sit at two heading into their night off tomorrow.  Next up are the Indians and we have a really good matchup in the opener.  Edwin Jackson gets his final start before the All Star break and he’ll go head to head against Cliff Lee.

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Placido Polanco Drives In Four In Tigers Win

The Tigers snapped their three game winning streak last night in a game that saw Justin Verlander struggle at times but still, he struck out eleven guys.  He loaded up the bases in the second and David DeJesus cleared them with a double and while that lead was shortlived, it wasn’t until the fifth inning when the Tigers scored four that they took the lead back.  Still, it was good for his ninth win despite the fact that Verlander’s ERA has gone up in each of his last three starts.

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Joel Zumaya got a chance to redeem himself and he got out of a big jam in the eighth inning.  Ditto for Fernando Rodney, who shut out the Royals in the ninth for his eighteenth save of the season.  In all, Tiger pitching racked up fifteen strikeouts.

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Placido Polanco had a big game.  He went three for five with a home run, four RBIs and two runs.  Marcus Thames belted a three run blast and Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the board with a solo shot.

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Bullpen Struggles In Tigers Loss to Royals

The Tigers lost their third straight tonight as they opened up their three game series against the Royals.  It’s too bad because Armando Galarraga pitched his guts out.  He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  He pitched so good, he almost got his ERA under 5.00.  The bad news is, for as good as he pitched, he didn’t get the win because the pen game up three runs in two innings.  Joel Zumaya gave up the lead in the eighth when he gave up two runs and while the hitters bailed him out by tying the game in the ninth on an RBI double by Ryan Raburn, Fernando Rodney gave up a solo blast in the top of the ninth to Mike Jacobs and that proved to be the game winner.

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Ryan Raburn led the way with an RBI double and a solo home run.  He ow has six home runs on the season and he has an .840 OPS in limited time.  Marcus Thames also went yard with a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Tomorrow, Justin Verlander gets to try to stop the damage.  Bruce Chen throws for the Royals.  The Twins and White Sox were off so the Tigers now have a razor slim game and a half lead in the Central.

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The Tigers reached the midway point of their season this afternoon after losing their rubber game with the Twins.  44-37 isn’t bad and while their lead is a bit smaller at two games, they’re still in first place.  If you’re a half glass full kind of guy, the Tigers have played a ton of games on the road in the first half and with a home heavy schedule and 23-11 record at Comerica Park, you’d hope the Tigers will be able to keep up their first place ways.

Brandon Inge accounted for the only two Tigers runs in their 6-2 loss. He belted home run number 19 and his All Star hopes depend on the internet vote this year.  Justin Verlander, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson are in already.  Curtis Granderson was the only hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.  He also stole his 15th base of the season so he’s right on pace for 30/30, which is something no Tiger has been able to do.

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Rick Porcello is starting to struggle.  He gave up six runs in four frames and his ERA is now above 4.00.  He hasn’t won in his last three starts and he hasn’t been really good since June 12, 2009 when he gave up a run in seven innings.  Fu-Te Ni and Zach Miner both threw a pair of shutout innings to keep the game within reach but the Tigers couldn’t get anything going at the plate.

Next up are the Royals.  Game one has Gil Meche taking on Armando Galarraga.  Armando is coming off his best start in a long so you hope he’ll be able to build on that.

Twin Blasts Cost Justin Verlander His Ninth Win

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The Tigers lost their rubber game this afternoon against the Athletics despite having their ace, Justin Verlander, on the mound.  He was given a quick one run lead but he gave up a pair of blasts to Jack Cust and Jason Giambi in what would eventually be a 5-1 loss.  He needed 102 pitches to get through six innings but one bright spot was he struck out six and walked just one.  Brandon Lyon gave up a run in the eight to account for the rest of the damage.

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The Twins won already this afternoon so the Tigers’ lead is now just three games.  They get a day off before taking on the Twins for a three game series beginning Friday.  Game one has Lucas French making his first career start while ten game winner Kevin Slowey throws for the Twins.

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