Tiger Notes: Larish finding Swing, Facing the 161 Million Dollar man


Moving in can really be a pain sometimes. Especially with the WBC and Spring Training underway. But hey, I’m here now and starting to get back on track. Here is the latest surrounding our Detroit Tigers.

World Baseball Classic

-Tigers fans hoping to catch Chinese Taipei pitcher Fu-Te Ni pitch against Korea, were let down this morning at around 4:15 A.M. The Taipei squad faces elimination tonight, when they take on a much improved Chinese club. 

-Curtis Granderson and Team USA will take on a really tough Canada team tomorrow at 2 PM ET. Canada is led by division foe Justin Morneau, Russell Martin and Joey Votto. Canada beat the U.S. in 2006, 8-6.

-Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Armando Galarraga, and Carlos Guillen will take on Italy at 8 PM EST on Saturday. This is a good draw for Venezuela. Felix Hernandez will start most likely for Venezuela. It seems that Carlos Guillen could play anywhere. Melvin Mora will be at third, while Gregor Blanco, Endy Chavez, Bobby Abreu, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillien fill the outfield.

Spring Training Notes:

Jeff Larish is finding his swing: Jeff Larish hit two dingers off the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Larish has displayed a bit more power this spring, and a lot of the credit has to go to hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. The two have been working on getting Larish’s body in a better position. Larish isn’t a lock to make the team, but if he impresses, The Tigers could possibly make him a starter at third if Brandon Inge’s offense doesn’t come around.

Lynn Henning believes Porcello should be a starter in 09: Henning believes that, “every time a 20-year-old with Porcello’s rare talent takes the mound, you can see the Tigers collectively take comfort in the fact he’s pitching. Interesting. I wouldn’t mind this at all, especially with Zach Miner around to fill in if he struggles early. I have yet to catch Porcello, but look forward to seeing him later in the Spring. 


Single-game Tigers tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. You can get them at Tigers.com or the Tigers ticket hotline.