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Open Thread: 8.16.06 vs. Detroit Tigers

Starting Pitchers

DET: Justin Verlander (14-5), 2.95 ERA, 1.21 WHIP.
BOS: David Wells (1-2), 6.23 ERA, 1.73 WHIP.

Starting Lineups


  1. Ivan Rodriguez, C
  2. Craig Monroe, LF
  3. Marcus Thames, DH
  4. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  5. Carlos Guillen, SS
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Sean Casey, 1B
  8. Brent Clevlen, CF
  9. Omar Infante, 2B
  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Mark Loretta, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Wily Mo Pena, RF
  8. Javy Lopez, C
  9. Alex Cora, SS
  • Gonzo is getting the night off to rest his somehwat ailing knee. Cora takes his place.
  • Francona estimates Trot's return to around September 1st. He's also checking on Foulke today and if he looks OK he should be activated on Friday.
  • Placido Polanco might miss the rest of the season for the Tigers. The injury sustained from his weird leap yesterday is severe.
  • Verlander doesn't like Sox much. Against the ChiSox this season, he has an insane 9.88 ERA. Let's hope his difficulty with socks also applies to red ones. If not, we might be in for a rough night since his ERA against the rest of the league is an equally insane, but at the other end of the spectrum, 2.20.