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Blogging the Detroit Tigers versus Philadelphia Phillies – 3/1/07

Check back throughout the afternoon as I’ll be providing details on the game as they happen.  Game time is less then an hour away and Jamie Moyer will get the start for the Phillies.

***UPDATE 1***

Interesting lineup.  Ivan Rodriguez is leading off.  I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this through out the season, especially against left handed hitters.

***UPDATE 2***

Maroth had a solid first inning.  Curtis Granderson robbed Jimmy Rollins of a single to lead things off then Maroth gave up a single but he then got a ground out double play to end the inning.  Jamie Moyer is the kind of pitcher who gave the Tigers fits last year (i.e. slow throwing lefty).  It’d be nice if we pushed him out of here early.

***UPDATE 3***

Tigers went down relatively easily.  Gary Sheffield ended up reaching base on Brian Daubach’s fielding error at first base but the two out error didn’t come back to haunt the Phillies.

***UPDATE 4***

Another easy inning for Maroth.  He walked one but other then that, he cruised through the second inning. 

***UPDATE 5***

The Tigers got on the board in the second inning.  Sean Casey started things up with a double and he later scored on Curtis Granderson’s sac. fly.  Craig Monroe’s singled moved Casey from second to third.  Tigers 1, Phillies 0.

***UPDATE 6***

Gary Sheffield just took Jamie Moyer deep with a three run shot to make it 4-0.  He took Moyer to eight pitches.  This is what we picked Shef up for.  He also knocked Jamie Moyer out of the game. Still nobody out.

Justin Verlander got into a jam in the top half of the third but he pitched out of it.  This could turn out to be a long game.  We’re already an hour into and we’re not even close to finished with the third inning.

***UPDATE 7***

Tankersley was roughed up in the fourth inning.  He gave up a homerun to Greg Dobbs and the Phillies cut the Tigers’ lead in half.  Tigers 4, Phillies 2 in the top of the fifth.

Spoke too soon.  Another double off of Tankersley by former Tiger Karim Garcia and it’s now 4-3.  Former Tiger Randal Simon was also in the Phillies lineup today.

***UPDATE 8***

The Phillies just took a 5-4 lead after scoring two runs off of pitching prospect Eulogio de la Cruz.  It’s been a tough inning for the pitching prospect here in the sixth and it’s not over yet.

***UPDATE 9***

Errors have cost the Phillies. The Tigers just took the lead back when Placido Polanco’s grounder was misplayed.  Then Timo Perez added an insurance run with an RBI infield single.  Tigers 7, Phillies 5.

***UPDATE 10***

Alright, I was asleep at the wheel.  I got a phone call and missed some of the action.  The Phillies tied it in the top of the seventh and then the Tigers took the lead back and they’re now up 9-7 in the bottom of the seventh.  The last run scored on a wild pitch.

***UPDATE 11***

The Tigers pulled out the win 9-7.  The last two innings were pretty quiet. Joel Zumaya struck out two in the eighth and Fernando Rodney gave up one hit in a shutout ninth.  Tomorrow the Tigers take on the Astros at 1:05.

[…] Brian Borowski of TigerBlog fame was blogging the Tigers-Phillies game today and reported that Ivan Rodriguez was batting leadoff — a scenario he expects to be repeated during the season against left-handers. What’s this? A perennial No. 3 hitter batting at the top of the order? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Let’s face it: I-Rod’s power has been in decline the past couple of years, and while he’s not exactly a stolen base threat, he certainly won’t clog up the basepaths either. But the most sensible reason he’d make a good choice is his .385 OBP vs. southpaws — far and away the best figure on the Tigers last year. It’s conceivable Rodriguez will score 90 runs assuming Detroit sticks with this plan, so make adjustments accordingly to his value in 5×5 leagues. […]

Posted by RotoRob » Archive » Fantasy Notes: I-Rod as a Lead-off Man? on March 1st, 2007 at 12:26 pm

[…] The Detroit Tigers got off to a 4-0 lead over the Phillies after 3 innings as newly acquired Gary Sheffield rocketed a 3 run shot off of Phillies starter lefthander Jamie Moyer who Brian of TigerBlog says “is the kind of pitcher who gave the Tigers fits last year (i.e. slow throwing lefty).”  Moyers gave up 4 runs in his 2 innings of work. […]

Posted by Blogging Baseball » Phillies Lose See-Saw Spring Training Opener to Detroit Tigers on March 1st, 2007 at 4:53 pm

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