The Tigers got four homers from their big cats, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, but took a hit as well. Doug Fister left the game in the fourth inning with a left costrochondral strain (he hurts in his ribs), placing the Detroit pitcher on the DL. Joining the Tigers will be Brayan Villarreal, a young arm who has a fan in Jim Leyland and impressed the team in spring training.
Villarreal is a reliever, though, so look for Duane “Look Out” Below to get the next two starts. [MLB]
Liam Hendricks, Twins starter, missed his start and may not be able to fly home with the team as he remains in a Baltimore hospital with a case of food poisoning. [FoxSports]
In a story that makes you wonder if he’s really going to get suspended… Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop his appeal of a five-day suspension handed to him for deliberately throwing at Troy Tulowitski in a spring training game. The team backed his original appeal to get Ubaldo a start, and then pulled it because an off day in the schedule means that Jimenez can miss five days but not miss a turn in the rotation.
Maybe the league can extend his suspension to at least seven days so that he misses that turn. [ESPN]
Keeping with the expectations given to Ozzie Guillen, Guillen is apologizing for telling a Time Magazine reporter, “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother(expletive) is still there.” Guillen, no stranger to putting his foot in his mouth, admitted that when he first read it he thought he was going to get in trouble for it.
Guillen later explained that his respect for Castro has nothing to do with Castro’s politics or human rights history. “The reason I say I admire him,” says Guillen,”is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet.”
You have to like how Ozzie is trying to appeal to the large Cuban community that supports the Marlins. [FoxSports]
Best wishes go out to Bob Uecker and his family. Uecker’s son, Steve, died of Valley Fever – it happens when a fungus that enters the body through the lungs – one day short of his 53rd birthday on Friday. [MLB]
Those celebrating with cake, cards, and remembrances on this Easter Sunday include:
(1878) Clarence “Pop” Foster
(1915) Kirby Higbe
(1934) Turk Ferrell
(1943) John Hiller
(1946) Jim “Catfish” Hunter
(1954) Gary Carter
(1973) Alex Gonzalez
(1979) Jeremy Guthrie
(1983) Chris Ianetta
(1986) Carlos Santana
(1986) Felix Hernandez
(1987) Jeremy Hellickson
(1987) Yonder Alonso
This might be the best pitching rotation of any birthday date… And, they’d be pitching to The Kid. I’ll take my chances with this group.
My niece, Kayla, is also celebrating a birthday today… Happy Birthday to the little girl who was the first grandchild for my parents!