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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2008-08-30

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2008-08-30
--RHP Zach Miner turned in another successful outing against Kansas City, allowing the Royals only a solo home run in the second inning in his six innings of work. Miner now has given up just the one run in three outings covering 19 innings against Kansas City. Miner's curve and slider were in and out but he kept the ball down except for the ball hit for a home run.

--C Brandon Inge reminded his followers why he's such an excellent third baseman. Inge began two double plays from third after being switched to that position in the top of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, he short-hopped a high chopper down the line with runners at first and third and turned a 5-4-3 double play. He ranged in front of the shortstop in the eighth for another double play.

--DH Gary Sheffield snapped an 0-for-18 string with a ground RBI single to left while Detroit was scoring six times in the fifth inning. Sheffield went down and got a low pitch and hit a sharp grounder in the hole to left. His confidence appears to be going in and out and his strikeouts will exceed his walks for only the fourth season in his career.

--CF Curtis Granderson took over the league lead in triples with his 11th of the season. Granderson ripped an inside fastball to right-center to drive in two runs with one out in the fifth.

--RHP Freddy Garcia impressed Detroit manager Jim Leyland with his only outing for Class AAA Toledo. "I saw exactly what I expected," Leyland said. "I saw a guy that's coming back. He definitely knows what he's doing. He threw some balls 86 (mph); he threw some balls 88, 89. He had a good curveball, good split -- a know-how guy." Garcia made only 11 starts last year for Philadelphia before having to undergo shoulder surgery. It seems likely Detroit would want to see Garcia pitch even limited innings for them but there may be other issues involved. "We have not made a final decision on that yet," Leyland said. "We're discussing some options, but there's been nothing cemented along those lines. We have some ideas, which I don't care to share right now, but that has definitely not been decided for sure. I saw some things I liked, for sure, but the guy's pitched five innings. The arm was free. There (were) no restrictions or anything." He worked three scoreless innings for Toledo Thursday night with two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. "I felt pretty good for my second outing in almost a year," Garcia said. "I could throw my off-speed pitches. I feel great. Hopefully, everything will keep going well. I proved I can pitch."

--1B Miguel Cabrera suffered a wrenched left shoulder in the second inning when he tried to field a wild throw up the line by SS Edgar Renteria and make a sweep tag on DH Billy Butler of Kansas City in the same motion. Cabrera was pointing to the shoulder as he stayed in the game and then showing it to trainer Kevin Rand between innings. He remained in the game until being removed after batting in the fifth. It was described as a mild left pectoral strain. C Brandon Inge went to third when Cabrera came out with 3B Jeff Larish switching to first and C Dane Sardinha coming in for his first action in a week.

--3B Carlos Guillen remained out of the lineup Friday, his back still bothering him. Guillen reported his back isn't a whole lot better than it was in the middle of the week when he had to stop playing. There was no estimate for his return.

--3B Jeff Larish continued as the replacement for 3B Carlos Guillen, although he shifted over to first base after the first half of the sixth inning when 1B Miguel Cabrera went out to rest a wrenched left shoulder. Larish made a slick play in the early innings, stabbing a sharp grounder and turning it into a force-out at second. He also had a two-run single to right in the six-run fifth as he continued to drive in runs in limited opportunities.

--OF Matt Joyce was scratched from the original starting lineup when he reported with what were described as flu-like symptoms. He was replaced by LF Marcus Thames. Joyce remained with the team on the bench.

--LHP Dontrelle Willis has returned to Detroit to be with the Tigers and likely will be activated Monday when rosters will expand, however it's likely he won't pitch. Manager Jim Leyland said Willis will throw a simulated game on Tuesday but likely not see any game action until 2009, though he will be available throughout September. "There's no rush to get him out there," Leyland said. "He will rejoin the team, and we talked about maybe an instruction league and everything, but it's been decided that he'd like to work with (pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez), which we're all for. There's some open mindedness as far as possibly pitching winter ball somewhere. That's not anything etched in stone, that's just Dontrelle open minded to it. But that part hasn't been solidified in any way, shape or form." "Actually, just having good workouts every day is a priority for me," Willis said. "If you win those battles, then hopefully I can get to that point. (Good starts are) not really a concern of mine. I just want to throw well every time I get on the mound and stay consistent."

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Consecutive 100-RBI seasons by Miguel Cabrera after his 28th home run of the season Aug. 23 accounted for his 100th run driven in of the season. The 25-year-old didn't make it to the century mark in RBIs his rookie season of 2003 because he was brought up midway through the year but has driven in 100 every year since.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll probably have to do some changes in the off-season. I've got right around 1,000 big league innings, and at some point you've got to adjust. I'm not getting any younger (he'll turn 31 on Sept. 3), and I have to start thinking about how the body changes and tailor something that is going to work for me. I have to do everything I possibly can to maintain what I'm capable of going out there and doing. We're going to look into that. I might have less (muscular) flexibility than anyone on the team." -- LHP Nate Robertson, reflecting on the disappointing season that saw him removed from the rotation last week.

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