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April 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Tigers-Mariners game thread

Hey folks … good to be with you tonight. You don’t get Mantle or Maris as usual — Baker or Stone — but Phil Linz. (I think I not only just dated myself, I mixed eras). I’m one of a cast of pinch-hitters you’ll occasionally see covering the M’s, and I’ll try to remember to call Don Wakamatsu a manager, not a coach, and Jack Zduriencik a
I’ve been dragged, kicking and screaming only a little, into the electronic age. Believe it or not, this is my first blog of any kind.So be nice, at least for a couple of innings.
Nice evening out for a ball game, although it’ll get chilly. No news there. This should be an interesting pitching matchup, with Justin Verlander going for Detroit and Felix Hernandez for Seattle. Verlander has puzzled the Tigers a little, following his 18-6/3.66 year in 2007 with last year’s 11-17 and 4.84, and he has struggled in two starts in ’09, with an 0-1 record, 9.35 ERA and six walks in 8 2/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Hernandez followed his excellent first start in Minneapolis (8 innings, 5 hits, one earned run) with the one in Oakland last Saturday, in which he only last five innings, allowing five runs.
Detroit has been something of a thorn in the side of AL West teams. Since the start of the ’07 season, Detroit has hit .284 against this division, which leads all AL teams, and has a .362 on-base percentage against them. And Verlander is 13-6 in his career against the AL West, with a 2.84 ERA, and that includes a 6-1 mark and 2.91 ERA all-time against the M’s.

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