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OK, so his first outing didn’t go so well. He thought he had escaped the team that gave him no run support, but the joke’s on him! The Tigers only give the ILLUSION of run support, so long as nobody looks at them too closely. Ha ha! What japery!
Of course when you give up six runs in 5.1 innings, the support of your hitters isn’t really your main problem. It was a little worrying to see a guy who gave up three homers in all of July give up two in one game (in Comerica!), but it was his first game with a new team, he’s playing baseball that matters for the first time in a while, he really wants Edwin Jackson to think he’s a cool dude, I understand. We can cut him some slack and see how it goes in his next few starts.
In other news,
–Casey The Fiend Fien was sent back down and Wilkin Ramirez was called up. He hit leadoff against the left-handed Brian Matusz while Granderson got some rest, and went 0-for-3. Oh well.
–Immediately after this game Wilkin was bounced from the big league roster, this time along with Dusty Ryan. Chris Lambert and Alex Avila were called up. Lambert, as we know, is a reliever, and Avila is a catcher. Interesting. I assume the removal of the extra outfielder means that Carlos Guillen is close to ready to take up his nominal position in left again.
–Bobby Seay participated in a chat over at the mothership today, which I don’t particularly recommend reading because the only thing he revealed is that he’s incredibly boring. Figured I’d mention it anyways.
–Bondo and Nate were supposed to pitch for Toledo tonight as they skid on down along the greasy, filthy rails of injury rehab. I haven’t seen anything on their respective outings yet, but presumably if someone’s arm fell off, we would have heard.
–Losing to the Orioles at home. Sigh.