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Open Thread: 7/27/05 Tigers @ Mariners

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The Tigers (50-50) take on the M's (43-56) for the third and final time in this series tonight. Mike Maroth (8-10) will get the start for the Tigers, facing off against another lefty in the veteran Jamie Moyer (8-3). Moyer is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA for July coming into this game. Maroth is coming off a win versus division rival Minnesota.

The game can be seen on FSN Detroit and heard on WXYT 1270. This will be the first televised game of this series.

In some important news to note for tonight's game, Placido Polanco will be making his return to the Tigers team after a short stint on the DL due to a leg injury suffered in the Tampa Bay series prior to the all star break. I couldn't find any of the major newspapers or the official site covering this story, but here is a snippet of an article from TigersTalk.com covering the news:

Tigers activated 2B Placido Polanco from the 15 day DL and sent down OF Curtis Granderson to Triple-A Toledo. Polanco has not played since the All-Star break with a hamstring injury.

So Curtis Granderson, who we all fell in love with after his first couple of successful games, is a Mud Hen once again.

Update [2005-7-27 19:59:0 by Mark]:Tom Gage from his Detroit News weblog has also stated this move for the Tigers:

From Seattle - just done, Polanco activated, Granderson optioned to Toledo. Surprised?