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Just South Of 20

Curtis Granderson returned tonight and all hell broke loose.  The Tigers picked up nineteen runs and they did it on fourteen hits and ten walks.  Carlo Guillen had a team high five RBIs and three hits and hopefully that puts him out of his little slump.  Ramon Santiago probably had the oddest stat line.  He was the only starter who didn’t pick up a hit but he drove in two and he scored three times.  Curtis Granderson went two for four with two walks, two RBIs and three runs.  Not a bad season debut for the centerfielder.  It’s nice to have you back Curtis.

It’s hard to believe the Rangers were up 5-0 in this 19-6 blowout.  Kenny Rogers had a rough start and he gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings before the pen did a fine job.  Clay Rapada threw 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball and he improved to 2-0 while Aquilino Lopez continued his fine season with three shutout frames.  His ERA now sits at 0.52.  Jason Grilli closed it out with a shutout ninth.

Jeremy Bonderman will try to help the Tigers win their fourth straight.  The Rangers have Scott Feldman taking the mound in the 1 pm start.  Expect some lineup craziness with the Tigers having this long game and then having to turn around tomorrow with an afternoon game.

Here’s a thought to ponder. With Kenny struggling and Gallaraga pitching well, what will happen when Willis comes back from the DL (assuming he can pitch well). Do they immediately send down Gallaraga, or might we see Rogers go to the bullpen? He could really solve some problems there. His age appears to have finally caught up with him. Maybe he can still do well if it’s only for a couple innings at a time.

Posted by Scott Eckersley on April 23rd, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Not sure he will do well for only a couple of innings…he was in trouble from the first inning on last night. When Willis is ready and if Gallaraga is still doing well I could see them sending Kenny to the DL to work on things.

Posted by Ryan on April 24th, 2008 at 10:59 am

The P.G. (Post Granderson) era has begun!

Posted by Deaner on April 24th, 2008 at 11:10 am

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