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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15
--No makeup date for Tuesday's rained out game between Detroit and Chicago was immediately announced. The Tigers and White Sox have common days off April 30, June 15 and June 22. They could also schedule a day-night doubleheader on one of Chicago's other two trips to Detroit this season, July 24-26 and the final weekend of the season, Oct. 2-4.

--RHP Joel Zumaya apparently was ill when he made his one-inning appearance Saturday for Class A Lakeland. Zumaya gave up two runs in a one-inning appearance but was throwing hard, had a good curve and retired the last three batters he faced. "The report was that he was coughing on the mound and was sick," manager Jim Leyland said. "But I heard nothing negative about how his arm felt."

--3B Brandon Inge collected the 100th home run of his career Sunday and played in his 1,000th major league game on Monday.

"I don't want to play anywhere else," Inge said. "I've never wanted to play anywhere else, and I don't think I will."

Inge made his major league debut when he caught Detroit's season opener in 2001. Although his batting statistics have gone up and down and his position switches have been many, Inge remains one of the most popular Tigers with fans.

He got a huge ovation when he took the field for this year's opener at Comerica Park on Friday.

"That was great -- it never ceases to amaze me how the fans are here on opening day," Inge said.

--Jim Leyland had fond memories of the late Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dating to the times he managed the pitcher in 1978, 1980 and 1981, when Fidrych was trying to come back from the knee and shoulder injuries that shortened his career.

"We drove to spring training in my van one year," Leyland said. "I drove up to Detroit from Toledo, picked him up, then drove him back to my house for the night.

"I remember how much he ate at breakfast the next morning. My mom kept fixing him eggs and the Bird kept eating them."

Fidrych made 27 starts for Leyland's Triple-A teams in 1980 and 1981. He made it back to the Tigers in 1980 and pitched his last complete game in the majors on Sept. 2, with Leyland and his mother in the stands.

"After the final out, he came over and handed the game ball not to me, but to my mother," Leyland said. "I couldn't believe it. She couldn't believe it. I've never forgotten it."

--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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