Friday, June 12, 2009

News, notes and random thoughts

Jim Leyland returns to Pittsburgh. Looks for his initials carved in Pirates dugout, along with a pack of Marlboros left behind from 1996.

Red Wings vs. Penguins in Game 7 of NHL Stanley Cup finals tonight. Tigers vs. Pirates. I believe this is the first time since 1971 (Montreal vs. Chicago) that the cities involved in the Stanley Cup final also met on the baseball diamond during the series.

Dontrelle Willis gets to hit on Sunday. Now we'll see why the Tigers acquired this guy.

Six of Detroit's last eight games have been decided by a run. The Tigers won five.

Detroit took 3 of 5 in Chicago; can't expect better. Mostly feared worse.

The Tigers cannot solve Gavin Floyd. He's 5-0 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 starts vs. Detroit. His career ERA is 4.97. Go figure.

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