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Game 162: Tigers at Orioles, 1:35 p.m.


Current Series

Orioles win the series 3-0

Thu 09/30 Postponed
Fri 10/01 WP: Chris Tillman (2 - 5)
LP: Jeremy Bonderman (8 - 10)
6 - 10 loss
Fri 10/01 WP: Jeremy Guthrie (11 - 14)
SV: Koji Uehara
LP: Rick Porcello (10 - 12)
1 - 2 loss
Sat 10/02 WP: Brian Matusz (10 - 12)
SV: Koji Uehara
LP: Armando Galarraga (4 - 9)
1 - 2 loss

Detroit Tigers
@ Baltimore Orioles

Sunday, Oct 3, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Phil Coke vs Brad Bergesen

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Phil Coke

#40 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-1

210

L

L

Jul 19, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Phil Coke 7-5 73 0 0 0 2 2 63.0 62 27 25 2 25 51 3.57 1.38


vs.


Brad Bergesen

#35 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles

6-2

210

L

R

Sep 25, 1985



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Brad Bergesen 8-11 29 27 2 0 0 0 163.0 189 101 91 25 51 77 5.02 1.47


One-hundred sixty-one down, one to go. It's actually amazing how fast this season passed by. Maybe it was because the team was not in the playoff hunt since August. The games lacked the narrative tension, the days lacked for nervous tension while you waited for 7 p.m. to roll around. Maybe we didn't give our full focus at all times. Sure we enjoyed the baseball, watched as the rookies proved they could do OK at this major league baseball thing after all. It was fun. It was stress free. But it was not the same.

Phil Coke takes the mound for Detroit in what is a bullpen start. Also, it is apparently an indication of what direction manager Jim Leyland hopes the team goes next year. He told the media today he expects Coke will be in the rotation in 2011. A bit premature to be naming rotations, I have to think. But that's Leyland for you. Still I'm not reading too much into it. The Tigers are known to say things in October or November that don't come to fruition next April. Coke is still going to have to earn this, and I suspect they would still like to keep him in the bullpen and find another lefty starter. This at least gives them a little backup and negotiating power, hopefully.

In other news, Leyland identified "RBI bat" and bullpen help as the biggest needs for the Tigers this offseason. Sounds pretty accurate to me.

One game to go. And then no Tigers baseball until next February when pitchers and catchers head to Florida and rouse us from a winter slumber. So enjoy it. Go Tigers.