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Tigers Spring Comes to a Close Today

The Tigers wrap up their spring season this afternoon in an encore against the Brewers at Miller Park.  It’ll be a fun day because you’ll get the Tigers at 2 pm then shortly thereafter, MSU plays for a chance to be in National Championship game.  My son has a birthday party to go to so I’ll be working while I watch/listen.   Dontrelle Willis and Rick Porcello get their final tune up games today and Dave Bush will throw for the Brewers.  Overall, it wasn’t a bad spring and the Tigers sit at 18-11 near the top of the Grapefruit League standings.  Hopefully some of that translates into some success when the games really counts.

And if you’re on the fence about MLB.TV, you can watch/listen to everything for free this weekend.  Unfortunately, the Tigers aren’t on but there’s several other games at each of the time slots. 

Max Scherzer had a rough second inning in which he gave up three runs but overall it wasn’t too shabby of a start.  He threw six and he struck out four and walked two.  Brad Thomas and Jose Valverde each threw a shutout inning each.  The Tigers scored both of their runs on solo shots.  Austin Jackson went yard in the first and then Brandon Inge hit his third of the spring in the second frame.  Both Jackson and Inge had two hits a piece and Jackson finished with an impressive .353 spring batting average.

I was surprised to see the Tigers game isn’t on until 4 pm on Monday.  I’m not complaining because I have some things to do early in the afternoon.  Opening day is always fun because you can start watching baseball at 1 pm and it usually doesn’t stop until late into the night.  At least I’ll have the games to keep me company because it’s probably going to be a late night working.

I never got back to the Robertson trade either.  It looks like the Tigers are paying at least some (probably most) of Robertson’s 2010 salary.  I’ve always liked Robertson. He’s one of the few (if not only) Tigers who lived in the area during the offseason and I’ve always had a thing for mediocre lefties on the Tigers being a southpaw myself.  Plus he’s been with the team since the dog days.  He came over to Detroit in the Mike Redman trade in 2002 and he’s one of the few Tigers left from that infamous 2003 team.  The only guys left now are Brandon Inge, Jeremy Bonderman and Ramon Santiago and even Santiago was gone for a couple of years.

In return, the Tigers got a decent left hander but Voss is already 23 so we’ll see.  Last year he struck out 46 in 49 2/3 innings  He was picked in the eighth round of the 2007 draft and ironically, the only player in the eighth round of that draft to see major league action is another Tiger, Dan Schlereth.  He turned down his chance to play for the A”s that year and he went back into the 2008 draft where he was picked in the first round by the Diamondbacks. 

Anyway, the real games start soon. Have a nice Easter everyone.

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