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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08
--RHP Armando Galarraga had trouble spotting his pitches in the first inning Thursday, and by the time he recovered, it was all over. Galarraga didn't have much bite to his slider, his sinker was staying up too often and his cut fastball didn't run as it usually dues. The result was a five-run Chicago first inning, and the White Sox wound up with a 6-0 victory. Galarraga's slider had much better tilt later, but it was too late by then. It was the third straight start a team showed much more patience, letting Galarraga's pitches run out of the strike zone until he had to come in and take a chance on making a mistake. He has not won any of those games.

--RHP Ryan Perry is working double duty in his first full year of pro ball. Perry is throwing on some of his days off as Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp works on his mechanics in an effort to get his fastball into the strike zone more often and to turn his slider into an effective second pitch. Perry worked two scoreless innings Thursday, and the first thing that stood out was his fastball, which clocked in the 93-95 mph range rather than the 96-98 where it usually sits. Taking something off the fastball usually results in better control, but in Perry's case it could be it's slower because he's throwing so often. The second item that stood out about Perry's outing Thursday was a sharp-breaking slider. Perry followed up a handful of fastballs with a two-strike slider for a strikeout and got the third out of the eighth on the next pitch, another sharp slider. "He got his feet wet a little more," manager Jim Leyland said.

--RHP Rick Porcello took advantage of some between-starts brushing up Tuesday night and worked a strong seven innings to win his second major league game. Porcello showed much more finesse with his curve, kept his sinker down in the zone and worked in an occasional changeup to keep Minnesota hitters off stride. He got easy groundballs as Detroit turned three double plays and weak flyouts. Porcello threw 87 pitches.

--C Matt Treanor's bad news is likely good news for C Dane Sardinha. Treanor, backup to C Gerald Laird, underwent surgery last week to remove a bone spur from his right hip, and the reserve probably will miss the rest of the season. Detroit brought Sardinha up to take Treanor's place on the roster and is now the primary backup to Laird. Manager Jim Leyland likes Sardinha's game despite the fact he isn't much of a hitter.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Career grand slams for SS Adam Everett after hitting a home run with the bases loaded Saturday against Cleveland. Everett's only other slam came for Houston against Cincinnati on July 9, 2003.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I can't stand the Yankees, man, and I'm going to go right after them. There are little things about them I can't stand. They're just the Yankees." -- RHP Joel Zumaya, returning from the disabled list to work two scoreless innings against the Yankees on April 29, his third game of the season.

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