A few links on this fine Monday morning to get your day started.
Jeremy Bonderman got the win in his first rehabilitation start with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday. Bondo went 7 innings, only giving up two runs on 6 hits. Apparently his velocity was only in the mid-80s though. He’ll need to get back up to speed before he makes it back to the Tigers’ rotation. The camo jersey in that picture is awful. (via Billfer)
The Tigers will be without another veteran this week as Magglio Ordóñez will miss the Texas series because his wife is having surgery. Speaking of missing veterans, Carlos Guillen has begun hitting off a tee to rehab his injured shoulder. (via Billfer)
Stan Fischler is a hack, and a bad one at that. Zdeno Chara? Seriously? If Chara had even half of Lidstrom’s accolades I’d overlook the East Coast Bias. I’d go further, but the commenters on that article have it pretty well covered.
Not Detroit-related, but Angels pitcher John Lackey was ejected after throwing two pitches in his first start this season. Tigers fans may remember a 2005 game in which Nate Robertson was ejected after just one pitch.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Curtis Granderson is now blogging for Big League Stew this season, after providing some insight for ESPN the last couple of years. I’m happy he made the switch, as I’m a big fan of ‘Duk’s work at BLS. Plus, ESPN and Google Reader don’t get along very well.
Bob at Detroit4Lyfe wonders if Armando Galarraga is the odd-man out when Bonderman gets his call up to The Show. Kurt also provides some analysis on Galarraga’s troubles. I’m not sure about the “Cy-arraga” nickname though.
DesigNate Robertson takes an interesting stance on the Tigers’ injuries so far this season. Thankfully, the Tigers’ young guns have stepped up to keep Detroit atop the AL Central, gaining some valuable experience in the process.
Apparently, the Denver Nuggets almost settled for Jamaal Tinsley before they struck gold in the Chauncey Billups trade. Unfortunately, Joe D was mesmerized bythat crossover. Great article by Mark Kiszla, I especially like the description of the Nuggets’ front office as a “rowdy frat house.” (via Detroit Bad Boys)
I hate bringing up any and all things Anaheim, but this made me laugh. Apparently Rachel Paris was cheering in the press box (a big no-no), but really Bob? Don’t be like this guy.
Paul Millsap in a Pistons uniform? It’s a possibility. The Scores Report takes a look at which NBA teams have cap space this summer. I’d rather have Millsap than Boozer to be honest, but I think the Jazz are leaning the same way. (via Ball Don’t Lie)
If there’s anything I missed, let me know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org.