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Game 28: Tigers (12-15) at Yankees (14-14)

BREAKING NEWS: Jason Grilli has been traded to the Colorado Rockies for a minor league reliever. Francisco Cruceta has been called up from Triple-A Toledo and will join the Tigers tomorrow. You can read more here.

Jeremy Bonderman (1-2, 4.28) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.23)

After Kenny Rogers pulled himself together last night, is it asking too much for Jeremy Bonderman to do the same thing tonight? Bondo hasn't exactly been Stinko, but he hasn't exactly been great, either. His last start was particularly concerning because he couldn't even make it out of the fifth inning against the worst team in baseball. By that point, he'd already thrown 110 pitches, and only 56 of those for strikes. Maybe he just didn't have it that night. Or maybe he needs to trust his stuff more. Perhaps we'll get some answers tonight, though the Yankees don't figure to let him off the hook.

Andy Pettitte was rocked by the Indians his last time out, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings. He was good in his three previous starts, however, so maybe he also just had a bad night against a powerful lineup. (Apparently, he was fighting the flu.) Pettitte faced the Tigers once last season, and he looked great, giving up just one run over eight innings.

Alex Rodriguez went on the 15-day disabled list today, so the Tigers won't be seeing him in this series. It doesn't look like we'll be seeing Chris Stewart behind the plate again, however, as Jose Molina is back in the Yankees' lineup.

Short Hops:

  • Dontrelle Willis' bullpen session went well yesterday, so he's set to begin a minor league rehab assignment. The D-Train will probably stop Friday in Toledo.
  • No All-Star ballot snub for Curtis Granderson this year. "Dirty Curty," as Zappatista has tagged him, is ready to receive your votes.
  • readers voted Comerica Park the fourth best ballpark in the majors. I have to say, I agree with the top choice. (via The Spot Starters)
  • Over at The Daily Fungo, John Milton shares his Yankee Stadium memories, one of which was so close to being historic.