I really like the look. Especially when the bat lifted quickly off the shoulders, and Magglio rounded the bases minus the hair flopping. Ordonez put his first home run in the seats since April, and added his first extra base hit since the Pittsburgh series. Is he completely back? Who knows. It was good to see that patented Magglio swing though. Hopefully he can multiply the performance, just like Ryan Raburn suggests:
"“I think Maggs needed that more than anybody,” said Ryan Raburn, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. We couldn’t be happier for him, and hopefully, he can continue to do what he’s doing.”"
Armando Galarraga got his first win since April, though it wasn’t pretty. Jake Fox homered early in the ball game for the Cubs, but it wasn’t enough. Ryan Raburn continues to hold a hot bat, going 3/4 with 2 RBIs. I have to imagine that Rayburn will be the starting left fielder heading into the Juice Box this weekend. We will have a preview coming up later today.
News and Notes:
–While Magglio puts his hair up on Ebay to sell, manager Jim Leyland is a bit jealous. In fact, he is so jealous he might just bid his way to owning five years of hard work, where Magglio grew arguably the best hair in all of baseball.
"“I was so jealous. I told him I wish I would’ve been there. I would’ve picked up those curls and I would’ve made it into a toupee if I could’ve. He’s got beautiful hair. I’m jealous.”"
That’s why you have to love the skipper.
–Fernando Rodney picked up his sixteenth save in sixteen opportunities in 2009. Rodney stranded a runner on second and struck out all three batters in the ninth. Brandon Lyon continues to pitch well, He shut down the side in the eighth, alongside Bobby Seay’s perfect seventh.
–The Tigers have signed Giovany Soto! Ok, not the slumping Cubs catcher, but a left handed pitcher out of Puerto Rico. The Tigers took him in the 21st round of this year’s draft. The Tigers have also come to terms with Edwin Gomez. The Shortstop is quick on his feet, with an open stance, and a solid baseball frame that he can build up. Gomez has the size, and his defensive ability is pretty strong at this level, but he could be moved eventually to a different position.