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For the third straight game, the Tigers had a big first inning. They put five runs on the board in the first for Jeremy Bonderman, and the way he’s been throwing, that should be more then enough (Tigers added a run in the fourth. The first inning was capped off with Brandon Inge’s three run homerun. And just for Dan, Dmitri Young singled and scored on Inge’s homerun.
Humberto Sanchez was pulled from his start for Toledo today because of a sore elbow. This was announced shortly after reports came out indicating that the White Sox were about to get Alfonso Soriano for a deal that centered around Brandon McCarthy. There was speculation that the Tigers pulled Sanchez out because they were about to pull the trigger on a deal, but Joe Falls seemed to think that nothing was up when he talked on the radio this afternoon.
The White Sox did pick up Mike MacDougal in a trade with the Royals. MacDougal is a hard thrower and the White Sox are doing all they can to have as many good arms in the pen heading into the latter part of the season.
And speaking of the Mud Hens and Sanchez, at this time last year, I would put the Tiger game on the TV, mute it and listen to either the Mud Hens or Seawolves. This year, the Tigers have my complete attention and I haven’t listened to a minor league game since April. I have made sure I stop by the Detroit Tigers Weblog for his daily Minor League Wrap to make sure I know what’s going on.
Bonderman just gave up a solo shot so it’s 6-1. The Twins and White Sox are scoreless, and I heard that the Twins reshuffled their rotation so they’ll have both Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano throwing against us this weekend. Talk about respect.
Dmitri Young just hit a solo shot to make it 7-1 in the fifth.
The Indians touched up Bonderman for three runs in the fifth inning. After throwing 93 pitches, Leyland put Jamie Walker in there. Hopefully those two innings Zumaya pitched yesterday in garbage time doesn’t come back to haunt the Tigers. Hopefully Walker will throw two, then we’ll have Rodney for one or two depending on the lead at the time.
The Indians scored one in the seventh, but the Tigers answered and scored on in the eight on Pudge Rodriguez’s RBI single. And they have guys on first and second with only one out so hopefully they can put this game away. And the Twins look like they’re going to top the White Sox, so if the Tigers hold on, they’ll pick up another game.
Carlos Guillen singled with two outs to give the Tigers a four run lead. Dmitri Young struck out to end the inning. 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.