Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tigers on the move

Detroit announced Miguel Cabrera is moving from 3B to 1B and Carlos Guillen is moving from 1B to 3B. Neither player was having a good season in the field, so this might help. It could definitely help Cabrera so he won't have to worry as much about playing defensively. He must have felt some pressure taking over for a defensive wiz at 3B.

Curtis Granderson could be in the lineup soon -- maybe tonight. Placido Polanco could return as well. Just 21 games into the campaign and only Magglio Ordonez and Edgar Renteria have played every contest this year.

The Tigers bullpen could get a boost soon. Francisco Cruceta, who was long delayed in getting to the U.S. because of visa trouble, tossed 3 scoreless, hitless innings for Triple-A Toledo last night. He struck out 6.

Denny Bautista (0.96 ERA) has been solid in the pen. Aquilino Lopez has an ERA of 0.63, but has allowed 6 of 14 inherited runners to score, a tad on the high side.

Justin Verlander pitched better last night, but still doesn't seem to be his old self.

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