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Off Day

The Rookie

The Tigers get a day off today, and it looks like it’s good timing because their pitching staff needs some recovery time.  Justin Verlander was the latest hurler to get rocked.  He lasted just two innings and while the four runs he gave up were bad, it was the four walks that’s pretty troubling.  Fortunately, the pen came through and the Tigers escaped with a 7-4 win.  Scott Williamson bounced back with two shutout innings while Juan Ricon had another great outing when he allowed just one hit in two shutout frames.

Gary Sheffield brought his big bat to the game.  He belted two home runs and drove in three to lead the Tigers.  Wilkin Ramirez belted a solo shot and he scored twice while Gerald Laird was a perfect two for two.

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The Tigers got a small bite of the injury bug.  Marcus Thames and Matt Treanor are both day to day.  That’ll give guys like Avila and “pick your minor league outfielder” a chance for some additional playing time.

John Sickels came out with a sleeper/breakout AL Central prospect piece and Tigers farmhand Brandon Douglas was his pick for the Tigers. 

Edwin Jackson gets the start tomorrow against the Mets and the Tigers will go up against a familiar face.  The Mets will start Freddy Garcia.  Unfortunately, no radio coverage for this one.  The final game of the first round of the WBC classic is tonight.  Cuba takes on Mexico and while both teams have moved on, this is the seeding game.  the US playes their next game on Saturday night when they take on Puerto Rico.

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