Friday, February 29, 2008

Pitching sharp again

The Tigers improved to 2-0 in Grapefruit League action as their pitchers limited Toronto to 4 hits. Three of the base knocks were allowed by Macay McBride. On the hitting side, Curtis Granderson hit his first homer of the spring and drove in 2. Magglio Ordonez had two hits and also 2 ribbies.

One of the pitchers who saw action yesterday was Armando Galarraga. The Tigers picked him up from Texas via trade. He's a 26-year-old, 6-foot-4 righty. From what I've read, he's got potential but was hampered by injuries (Tommy John surgery in 2002). He was acquired by Texas in 2005 as part of the deal that sent Alfonso Soriano to Washington. Baseball America suggests he could be a No. 5 starter someday.

He appeared in 3 games for Texas last season and had a 6.23 ERA in 8.2 innings. He's 24-25 with a 4.11 ERA in 116 games (98 starts) in the minors. He seems to have decent strikeout numbers, but walks too many. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Toledo.

Galarraga is not related to the "Big Cat," Andres Galarraga. There goes my plan to label him the "Kiddy Cat."

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