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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-23

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-23
--RHP Justin Verlander was plagued by the big inning twice Wednesday night as he continues to struggle to put his sometimes dominating skills together on a consistent basis. "We're trying to avoid the one inning where things kind of snowball a little bit," pitching coach Rick Knapp said before Verlander allowed three runs in the first on a home run and three runs in the fifth. The Los Angeles Angels wisely slapped Verlander's outside fastballs to the opposite field and jumped on his fastballs down the middle of the plate. He seems to be getting too many pitches in the heart of the plate. Foul balls and two 30-pitch innings combined to push his pitch count to 100 and force him from the game after the fifth inning.

--SS Adam Everett returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night after missing nearly a week of action. He missed most of last week with a severe case of the flu, and INF Ramon Santiago drove in 11 runs in his absence, drawing the start Tuesday night even though Everett was ready to play. Santiago went hitless Tuesday, however, so Everett returned to action and contributed a bloop RBI single behind shortstop in the seventh. He showed his defensive value with a backhand flip to second to start a double play in the seventh.

--C Matt Treanor has a shot at becoming rookie RHP Rick Porcello's personal catcher. Treanor, still looking for his first hit of the season in 11 at-bats, has caught both of the 20-year-old's major league starts. The first was a no-decision but Sunday Porcello earned his first win with seven innings of five-hit ball, retiring the last 14 he faced. Treanor most often catches day games after night contests to give regular C Gerald Laird a rest but if he and Porcello continue to work well together it just might be that Manager Jim Leyland will keep the combination going. Leyland managed the late RHP Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych when he was trying to make a comeback in the minors and remembers that another low-hit backup catcher, Bruce Kimm, caught every one of Fidrych's starts as he was going 19-9 in 1976.

BY THE NUMBERS: 179 -- Career home run totals of both Hank Aaron and 1B Miguel Cabrera on their 26th birthdays. Cabrera turned 26 on April 18.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I had a great career. Some people call it a year; I call it a career. My career is still going on. Because of writers and fans, that's why." -- Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych, 54, who suffocated to death April 13 when his clothing got caught in an auxiliary drive shaft while he was working under his 10-wheel dump truck, in a 2001 interview. Fidrych went 19-9 and was Rookie of the Year for the Tigers in 1976 but won just 10 more games due to what later was diagnosed as a torn rotator cuff.

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