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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Teams: Detroit Tigers (66-68) @ Kansas City Royals (56-77)
Pitchers: Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) v. Zack Greinke (8-11)
Time: 8:10PM
Stations: TV – FS-D HD (Detroit), FSKC-HD (Kansas City), Radio – WXYT 97.1 FM / 1270 AM (Detroit), KCSP 610 AM

The Tigers are coming off a long night (13 innings), while the Royals are coming off a day of rest (they lost their last game 4-3 to Texas two days ago).  Statistically, it looks like a series with Kansas City is just what the Tigers need to boost themselves over .500.  However, Kansas has won 56 games against someone.  Therefore, the Tigers cannot sit back assuming they already have this series in the bag.

Source(s): MLB Game Day Preview

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A Mess of a Tigers Update (Hanta Yo)

One of these days you will get a post from me about a game I actually got a chance to watch.  Today was supposed to be that day, but I totally forgot it was an afternoon game until 2 outs left in the 9th.

I’m going to do something a little different.  I’m going to include some links from last night’s game, and some comments from today’s extra innings.  However, I’m going to skip the pregame post for today.

Yesterday’s game:
Tigers 9, Royals 1
*MLB.com’s Wrap

Today’s game:
*The funny thing about sports are games/series like this one: two blow out games and the last one goes to extra innings.
*I agree that Aviles was out.  However, I do question why it seems that so many umps want to make the call themselves.  Is it a pride thing?  Or do they honestly think they know without a doubt what the correct call is?
*Oh how I hate “bloop singles”.  Three guys going after the ball and no one can get to it.  Oh well, it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen.  At least everyone was aware of where the ball was and where each other were.  At least there are two outs, and it’s only the top of the 10th.
*The moments I’m glad I’m not a baseball catcher are many and close together.  One such is what just happened: the ball takes a weird bounce (it was ruled a wild pitch) and goes to the backstop.
*I’m a little nervous that with two outs and two on, Figaro has gone 2-0 on Pena.  Thanks to a foul, it’s now 2-1.
*Figaro just did what I wish more pitchers would do: he didn’t have an eloquent finish to his pitch, so when Pena hit the ball back up the center, Figaro was able to catch it and throw it to Cabrera for the final out of the inning.  If it had been up to Rhymes to field that ball, Pena would have been safe most likely.
*Maybe my hearing is deceiving me, but it sounded like a fan was saying “Let’s go Dodgers”.  Okay, it was my hearing, because I heard the same man say, “Let’s go Tigers”.
*The rule about foul balls not counting as strikes after the second strike is one I like when the Tigers are batting and dislike when anyone else is batting.
*Two outs, Rhymes on second, and Humber is intentionally walking Cabrera.  The stadium started booing (can you tell they’re in Detroit?)  Here’s to hoping Boesch does something, because to win all the Tigers need is for Rhymes to come home.
*Boesch’s at bat in the 10th: 1 ball.  Flyout to Maier.  On to the 11th.
*Barehanded plays, when successful, are a work of art; and seem to hold an “old school” feeling of backyard ball.
*1 out, 2 on, 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th.  The question is: What is G-Money (Laird) going to do about it?  The answer is: Hit in to a double play.  On to the 12th.
*I just saw my first Red Wings commercial of the season :).
*Raburn ran out to third base foul territory (from left field) to catch a ball.  Fans in the area were patting him on the back.  I wonder if he was wondering why people were touching him, or if he was okay with it.
*And a 1 out homerun makes it 4-3 in the top of the 12th.
*And a 1-2-3 inning, ends the game, leaving the Tigers without a sweep.  Oh well, at least they won the series, and they’ve begun to win at home again.  You can’t have them all, I suppose.

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Tigers Pregame

1 game down, 2 more to go.  Game 2 is tonight.

Game Date: 8/24/2010

Game Time: 7:05 PM ET

Team Match Up: Kansas City Royals (53-72) @ Detroit Tigers (62-63)

Pitching Match Up: Kyle Davies (6-7) v. Rick Porcello (5-11)

Where to Watch/Listen: TV – FSKC HD (Kansas City), FS-D HD (Detroit).  Radio – KCSP 610 (Kansas City), WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (Detroit).

Both starting pitchers today have worse records than those who started yesterday.  Both teams are coming off a huge Detroit victory.  Which, of course, means this game is going to go one of two ways: 1) The Tigers will have momentum from last night’s win and will use that to their advantage and begin with a strong start and continue that throughout the game and come off with another win.  or 2) The Royals will have motivation from the lost, and will fight back using that to their advantage, and receiving a win.  The thing is, both scenarios are based on how both teams do.  If the Tigers have the momentum and the Royals have their tails between their legs, it’s an easy Detroit victory.  If the Royals have the momentum and the Tigers brush them off as an easy team to beat, it’s an easy Kansas City victory.  But what if both teams have momentum?  Then what?  The only solution there is a close score with no clear winner (despite what the final score says).    Here’s to hoping for another great game.

Source(s): MLB Preview

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Sports: Detroit Tigers

Game Date: 8/23/2010

Game Time: 7:05 PM ET

Team Match Up: Kansas City Royals (53-72) @ Detroit Tigers (61-63)

Pitching Match Up: Bruce Chen (8-6) v. Jeremy Bonderman (6-9)

Where to Watch/Listen: TV – FSKC HD (Kansas City), FS-D HD (Detroit).  Radio – KCSP 610 (Kansas City), WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (Detroit).

The Tigers are coming off a three game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.  Kansas City is fighting with the Indians for the last place in the division.  Statistically, this game should be relatively easy for the Tigers.  Yes, maybe Chen’s record is a bit better than Bonderman’s at the moment, but pitchers records never tell the complete story.  A starting pitcher’s record will never show how he did in every game he has played.  It seems as though the Tigers are getting the short end of the stick as of late in umpiring, however that’s not reason enough for their record.  Two more wins, and they will have a .500 record.  I still believe they are better than their record leads on.  However, one cannot forget that Kansas City has earned 53 wins, and not by beating up on weaker teams.  One of the biggest mistakes made in sports is to write off a game as an easy win.  I tend to watch the regular season in a fairly skeptic way, so all I will say is that game should be a good one, and the Tigers should not be written off just yet.

Source(s): MLB preview

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