Wednesday, April 22, 2009

News and notes

The Detroit Free Press pointed out that after last night's 4-3 loss in LA, the Tigers are 1-2 in games decided in the seventh inning or later --- and Brandon Lyon has the decision in each.

Marcus Thames was placed on the 15-day DL because of a muscle injury suffered during batting practice on Tuesday. Ryan Raburn was called up to take his spot.

GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that the Tigs have no intentions of trading Miguel Cabrera, as speculated by ESPN talking heads. Dombrowski said the rumor was "absurd" and he was "upset" by the speculation. He added, "There's nothing that can happen this year that would make us think about trading Miguel Cabrera."

Not much talk about when Jeremy Bonderman might return to the rotation. I don't view this silence as a positive.

Dontrelle Willis gave up 2 ER on 8 H in 7 IP for Class-A Lakeland. He walked zero, which is a good sign. He threw 58 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

Detroit's batting this year: .279/.359/.432 (.792 OPS) with 72 R, 50 BB, 83 K, 98 LOB.
Detroit's batting last year: .251/.329/.368 (.697 OPS) with 44 R, 48 BB, 77 K, 97 LOB.

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