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Tigers Send Andrew Miller Down

The news Thursday was that the Tigers' Andrew Miller -- one day after he got knocked out in the first inning -- was removed from the major league roster until sometime in the September roster expansion. He was replaced by right-hander Virgil Vasquez, who will come up from Triple-A Toledo and start tonight in Oakland.

In Miller's past three starts, he has pitched nine innings total and allowed 17 earned runs. But no Detroit starting pitcher has been on the kind of hot streak that a contending club usually needs. The day's larger, season-long news was stated by manager Jim Leyland:

"What you're seeing this year is the importance of the presence of a veteran starting pitcher. Everybody wanted to talk last year about how important Kenny's presence was in the clubhouse. It was really not as important as the 17 games he won."

Via Detroit Free Press


Detroit's Decision On Pudge Will Be Difficult

The Tigers will have 10 days after the end of the World Series to decide if they wish to pick up a $13 million option on Ivan Rodriguez for 2008 or buy him out for $3 million and make him a free agent.

The call isn't an easy one for the Tigers -- today or in two months.

Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski refused Wednesday to get into the Rodriguez issue in even non-specific ways.

Asked if he could say anything about the situation with a little more than a month to go in the regular season, Dombrowski said: "I think you just answered your own question."

Via Detroit News


Tigers Get RHP Lambert From St. Louis

The Tigers acquired right-hander Chris Lambert from St. Louis on Thursday as the player to be named later completing the trade of left-hander Mike Maroth.

Lambert, who appeared in both Double-A and Triple-A in the Cardinals system this year, was assigned to Triple-A Toledo.

Via AP


Tigers Finally Place Sheffield On 15-Day DL

The Tigers finally have put designated hitter Gary Sheffield on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder, the team announced on Monday.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

The Tigers said last Wednesday that Sheffield would be out of the lineup indefinitely with the nagging injury he suffered last month in a collision with second baseman Placido Polanco.

Via Yahoo.com


Polanco's 2B Errorless Streak Lives

The official scorer who charged Detroit's Placido Polanco with an error in the first inning Friday of the Tigers', 11-inning victory over the Yankees has changed the call, giving new life to Polanco's record errorless streak for a second baseman, which stood at 148 games entering Saturday night.

Several Detroit-area media outlets reported Saturday that official scorer Ron Kleinfelter changed the call after meeting with the umpire crew, charging the error to Tigers first baseman Marcus Thames.

Via ESPN.com


Tigers Aug 2007 Archive

  • After Four Hour Delay, Tigers Win In 11th

    The Yankee-Tiger game was delayed just over four hours due to rain Friday night, with the first pitch throw at 11:06 p.

  • Tigers' Polanco Ends Second Baseman Streak At 147 Games

    Placido Polanco of the Tigers committed an error in the first inning Friday night against the Yankees, ending an errorless streak for a second baseman.

  • Tigers Trade Monroe To Cubs

    The Tigers have traded slumping OF Craig Monroe and cash to the Cubs for a player to be named later.

  • Sheffield Out Indefinitely With Shoulder Injury

    Tigers DH Gary Sheffield is out of the team's lineup indefinitely because of a nagging right shoulder injury, according to a report Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press web site.

  • Tigers Set To Recall Zumaya

    The Tigers will recall Joel Zumaya from his rehabilitation assignment to be active for Tuesday night's game against the Indians.

  • Rocket Wins Game Despite Maybin's First Homer

    Roger Clemens won in his return from a suspension and Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead homer that clanked off the foul pole, carrying the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over theTigers on Saturday.

  • Yankees Told To Stay Away From The Tigers

    A sign on the wall of the Yankees clubhouse warned players to avoid contact with the Tigers because of a nasty viral infection going around the visiting team.

  • Tigers Designate Monroe, Promote Maybin

    The Tigers designated slumping outfielder Craig Monroe for assignment Friday, a season after he helped them make a surprising run to the World Series.

  • Zumaya Getting Closer To Return

    If Joel Zumaya clears the last hurdle -- his third relief appearance for Toledo on Saturday -- he'll be activated for Tuesday night's game against the Indians at Comerica Park.

  • Sheffield Says Leyland Is "Real," Stands By Comments On Torre

    Back at Yankee Stadium, where all his brash talk has turned him into an unpopular foe, Gary Sheffield took a few more cuts at former manager Joe Torre.

  • A's Acquire Hannahan From Tigers

    The A's acquired infielder Jack Hannahan from the Tigers in a minor league trade, and Hannahan joined the big league team to help fill in while six-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez is injured.

  • Report: Tigers Sign First-Round Pick Rick Porcello For $7.28 Million

    The Tigers on Tuesday agreed to terms with righthander Rick Porcello, their 2007 first-round draft pick, according to a report on the Detroit News' web site.

  • Polanco Sets ML Record For Second Baseman

    Tigers 2B Placido Polanco played in his 144th consecutive errorless game on Monday night.

  • Errorless Polanco Ties 2B Record

    Tigers first baseman Sean Casey congratulated Placido Polanco after Detroit's victory on Sunday afternoon, and, at first, Polanco wasn't sure why.

  • Selig Fines Sheffield

    Gary Sheffield has been fined an undisclosed amount for his latest inflammatory diatribe, in which he said commissioner Bud Selig was lying about not knowing of a steroids problem in baseball in the '90s, the Daily News has learned.

  • Sheffield Set To Return For Tigers

    If all goes well for the Tigers, Gary Sheffield will be back in the lineup on Wednesday night and Marcus Thames on Thursday.

  • Leyland: We're In Chaos

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "we're in a little bit of chaos right know."

  • No Surgery For Sheff, But He'll Rest Awhile

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't sure how long Gary Sheffield will be out.

  • Tigers' Miller Hurt, Is Day-to-Day

    Pitcher Andrew Miller left Friday night's loss against Chicago with a mild left hamstring strain and is listed as day-to-day.

  • Neifi Perez Suspended For 80 Games

    Tigers' infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season.

  • Could Wilson Still Be Dealt To Detroit?

    The Pirates and Detroit continued discussions yesterday about a trade that would send Jack Wilson to the Tigers but, by all accounts, ran out of time in trying to determine how much of Wilson's contract -- he is owed $14.