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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30
--RHP Justin Verlander may think he has to be Detroit's staff ace, but his manager says that isn't so. "He's not supposed to be the guy," Leyland said after Verlander recorded his first win in three decisions. "He just has to be Justin Verlander. He disagrees with me, though. He's so (much the) focus that everybody acts like he's been pitching terrible all year and all of a sudden pitched a good game. He pitched two great games. He's not supposed to be 'the guy.' Just be Justin Verlander. We don't need him to be 'the guy.' He doesn't have to carry that. He disagrees with me, but that's my point. That's why I disagree with him. A lot of it's not his fault, because his first couple years, the expectations (grew), and rightfully so. It's not the media's fault. But every time he doesn't pitch good, it's like the end of the world. It's not the end of the world. He's pitched three out of five good games."

--2B Placido Polanco finished April with 10 doubles, three shy of the club record for the month since records began being kept on a consistent basis in 1954. "He's got the right approach to the game," manager Jim Leyland said. "He takes a personal challenge with the pitcher each at-bat. I really believe that. It's overused, the ultimate professional, but if you watch Polanco, he's like an old shoe. He does the same thing every single day. He's real comfortable. He prepares every day, takes his groundballs. He works the same. He goes through his routine. He gets ready to hit. He presents himself with a challenge to the pitcher each day. So even when he's struggling, you feel good about him, because you know that if anybody can flare one into right or get a runner over to third, it's him. He never gives in."

BY THE NUMBERS: 17 -- Base hits, all singles, by RF Magglio Ordonez this season before he finally collected his first extra-base hit of the season, a solo home run in the ninth inning April 25 at Kansas City.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We told him after the first inning, particularly in the second inning, that you just can't keep pumping it up here because that don't work. So he started using some other things effectively and then your fastball is that much better because his fastball is very good with a lot of late movement. I take a real positive from his standpoint out of this game." -- Manager Jim Leyland on the adjustments made by rookie RHP Rick Porcello in his April 24 start at Kansas City. Porcello took his second loss but retired 10 in a row after giving up three runs on a pair of home runs in the first two innings.

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