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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-14

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-14
--SS Ramon Santiago found himself sixth in the batting order Monday, the result of some lineup shuffling by manager Jim Leyland when C Gerald Laird became ill and had to be scratched from the starting lineup. Santiago responded with a three-hit game that included a three-run home run to right -- and was robbed of a potential two-run triple by CF Dewayne Wise in the fifth. Santiago was giving SS Adam Everett a rest and likely will sub for 2B Placido Polanco before Detroit goes on a West Coast road trip after Wednesday's game.

--RHP Zach Miner apparently had trouble gripping the ball in the 37-degree weather Monday at Comerica Park because he continually had trouble putting his pitches where he wanted. Miner was charged with eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, including three home runs. He couldn't get the ball down where he needs to pitch in order to be effective, and when he did throw strikes, too many were in the fat part of the hitting zone. Miner's breaking pitches had no bite most of the time and were too high for comfort. "Zach just had a tough day," manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously both starting pitchers had trouble with the ball, gripping it. When your starting pitcher gives up eight runs, you're going to get beat most times."

--RHP Juan Rincon struggled some with his control Monday but made pitches when he had to and worked three scoreless innings for Detroit. He gave up four runs in his first two outings but struck out five in his three innings Monday, allowing two hits and walking two. His slider showed better bite than previously and was low in the strike zone. Rincon also showed the 90 mph fastball he needs to set up his breaking pitch.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Games in which slugging 1B Miguel Cabrera played before striking out for the first time this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have family members out of work. So I know what it's like. You hope they understand you have a great appreciation of what they're going through and that things will get turned around. We're always supposed to give our best effort, whether people are working or not working, whether times are tough or not. That's what we do for a living. But you like to perk them up a little bit. There's a silver lining in the clouds when you have a sports team doing well. People can get away for a few hours and forget their frustrations." -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland, speaking on opening day in Detroit on the tough economic times in Michigan and around the country.

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Added: April 14, 2009

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