Rays sting Tigers

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Carl Crawford, leaps onto the wall with fans trying to catch a home run ball by Detroit Tigers Marcus Thames in the fourth inning of the spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Monday, March 3. Thames got a three run homer. (Nice ad, eh?)



Tigers drop game to Devil Rays

Two in a row? Oh well, it’s only Spring Training.
The Tigers fell 10-9, but showed off their offense once again. I guess I may have jinxed the team when I boasted about the team’s 1.80 ERA.
The important news was Bonderman pitched well in his three innings. He allowed two hits, but struck out three. Thames had a nice bomb (pictures above) as well.

MONDAY’S STUD (s): I’m giving the nod to both Bonderman and Thames (who also added two singles and three RBI). Again, Bondo was solid, let’s just hope it stays that way.


Today’s tilt

Bondo will make his second start today at 1 p.m. against the Devil Rays in the team’s 6th Spring Training game.

Hopefully he’ll pitch better than his first outing where he gave up 2 runs on four hits.

Jake McGee is scheduled on the hill for the Rays.

One note: Through five games of Grapefruit League action, the Tigers have posted a 1.80 ERA.

Tigers lose first spring game

AP— Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, left, sits in the dugout while outfielder Gary Sheffield practices his swing during a Grapefruit League spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, March 2 in Winter Haven, Fla.

Tigers drop first game of spring to Tribe

The Gambler was on the bump and Sheff made his debut, but as the old sports cliche goes: You can’t win ’em all.

The Tigers fell short 3-1 to the Indians, losing their first game of Spring Training. After five games the Tigers are 3-1-1.

Rogers was pretty solid in two innings, only allowing two hits and a walk. Sheff, however, went 0 for 3.

Matt Mantei gave up two runs in the fourth that proved the difference.

Sunday’s Stud: Let’s go with the Old Man. Two innings and only three base runners for Rogers is pretty good.

Today’s Tilt

The Tigers will take on the Indians again today — let’s hope there’s a winner this time.

On Saturday the two went to 10 innings and left with a tie. After 4 games, the Tigers are 3-0-1. Kinda hockey-like, eh?

Old Man River, otherwise known as Kenny Rogers, is expected on the bump, and from all indications, Shefffield will be playing, too.

Below is a quality photo from the Detroit News, via the AP, of Brent Clevian in action Saturday against the Tribe. Oh, and today’s game is at 1 p.m.



D-train’s first game


AP photo via the Detroit News

It was decent for Dontrelle on Saturday afternoon in his Tigers debut. In two innings he struck out one, gave up one run and a few hits — not too bad for a start.

As for the game, it was tie. What, I didn’t know Cleveland had a hockey team. There’s no ties in baseball. Well, in Spring Training there is, I guess.

Also, it looks like Sheffield will be in action Sunday.

A good start to Spring


  Tigers get to see Dontrelle today, but yesterday, fans got to see this.

AP Photo

Toronto Blue Jays fans crowd
Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla., for their baseball spring training game
against the Detroit Tigers, in this image made with a fisheye lens on
Friday, Feb. 29.

Today’s Tilt

Yeap, it’s the Tigers vs. the Indians.

We better get used to this, since it may be down to these two for the Central Division come September.

Even more, Dontrelle is taking the hill today.

If we’re lucky, we’ll get two innings at best. Either way, it should be interesting. Also, it looks like Granderson will get today off. Ryan Rayburn should step in.

First pitch should be delivered around 1:15 p.m.