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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-25

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-25
--RHP Ryan Perry is not likely to be sent down Saturday when Detroit activates RHP Joel Zumaya from the disabled list. Perry worked two-thirds of an inning and did not allow a run. Perry has, in fact, allowed just one run in his seven appearances this season and from the way Manager Jim Leyland is using him it would seem he's being groomed for use in critical situations later this season.

--1B Miguel Cabrera is not yet a finished product defensively. Evidence of that surfaced Thursday and Friday, when he made mistakes in the field he won't be making in a couple of years. Friday night he made an ill-advised throw to home with runners on second and third and one out. The throw, likely late anyway, was wild and both runners scored. The night before Cabrera stretched in an attempt to get a desperate throw from 3B Brandon Inge -- which he should have stayed upright for and come off the bag because Inge was making a throw he probably should not have attempted following a diving stop. The throw sailed by Cabrera and let in a run. But Cabrera has athletic ability defensively; like the play he made Thursday when he dove to his right for a ground ball, then raised up on one knee and made a toss to RHP Edwin Jackson covering.

--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.

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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