Jeremy Bonderman (0-0, -.--) vs. Jose Contreras (0-5, 8.19), 8:11 p.m. EST
After winning the first half of today's doubleheader, 5-4, the Tigers attempt to take two from the White Sox. If you didn't already hear the news, Ryan Perry was optioned to Toledo after this afternoon's game to make way for Jeremy Bonderman. With three relievers used in Game 1, let's hope that's not a move that comes back to hurt the Tigers this evening. (Though Bobby Seay threw only six pitches, and Fernando Rodney only eight.)
We get our first look tonight at the new, lower-octane Bondo, who will try to get by with less velocity but perhaps more finesse. Will he be a right-handed he employs the change-up he used frequently in his minor league rehab. In 15 career starts against the White Sox, Bondo has a 5-9 record and 4.40 ERA. At U.S. Cellular Field, he's 2-4 with a 4.69 ERA in seven appearances.? Not exactly, but it'll be interesting to see how often (and how well)
has been in the minors for the past month after losing his job in the White Sox's starting rotation. Before he was sent down, Contreras was brutal in six starts, one of which was a loss to the . In five starts with Triple-A Charlotte, however, he posted a 3-1 record and 2.70 ERA, with 27 strikeouts and 16 walks in 33.2 innings. So did Contreras figure something out in the minors or did he benefit from the Triple-A competition?
Curtis Granderson moves back down to the fifth spot for this game, with Josh Anderson batting leadoff and playing left field. Miguel Cabrera is the designated hitter, with Ryan Raburn starting at first base. Magglio Ordonez gets a rest, with Clete Thomas taking over in right field.
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