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PostSubject: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:05 pm

Miner to start Monday in Kansas City
Back from Toledo, fifth starter will need to mix his pitches
By Jason Beck / MLB.com

BALTIMORE -- Zach Miner came to the rescue for the Tigers' rotation two summers ago. Detroit is hoping he can do the same now.

After leaving the fifth starter's slot open leading into the All-Star break, Detroit is making a change. Miner, not Eddie Bonine, will join the rotation and start at Kansas City on Monday night.

The game will mark Miner's first start for Detroit since he made a spot appearance at Boston in April last season. Longer-term, it'll be his first real stint in the rotation since he filled in for Mike Maroth in the summer of 2006. Miner's success then played an unsung role in the Tigers' run towards the playoffs.

Given the Tigers' efforts to fill the back end of the rotation, there's little that's understated about their need for some stability there now.

The Tigers optioned Miner to Triple-A Toledo earlier this month with a 3-3 record, 4.23 ERA and six holds out of the Detroit bullpen. He moved into the Mud Hens rotation, but manager Jim Leyland said at the time that he was not being considered as a starting candidate barring an emergency. The idea, Leyland explained, was to get Miner to mix his pitches better instead of trying to overthrow his fastball, a habit that had cost him at times as a reliever as he tried to hit the mid-90s on the radar gun.

Miner made one relief appearance and two starts for the Hens. The 26-year-old right-hander tossed four scoreless innings July 8 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Indianapolis hit him for four earned runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings last Sunday, but he racked up seven strikeouts in the process.

His promotion comes at the expense of Bonine, whose stint in the rotation lasted five outings. He had back-to-back quality starts June 20 and 27 against the Padres and Rockies, allowing three earned runs over 15 combined innings, but American League hitting proved tougher for the righty. He gave up two earned runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings July 2 at Minnesota, then Cleveland knocked him out after 3 2/3 innings with five runs scored on nine hits a week ago.

The Tigers optioned Bonine to Double-A Erie after that July 9 start under the idea to give him some work during the All-Star break, and give the Tigers an extra hitter while they didn't need the fifth starter. Though Leyland indicated Bonine was the leading candidate to return, those plans weren't firm.


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PostSubject: Re: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:06 pm

Champagne Yay2 YAY! PARTY! applaud clap


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PostSubject: Re: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:46 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:37 pm

bobrob2004 wrote:
Champagne Yay2 YAY! PARTY! applaud clap

What he said!

Over/under 26.5 K's for Miner?


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PostSubject: Re: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:07 pm

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
HEY HEY!!

I'm so excited.

Yay2 YAY!

ZACHARY CHARLES!!
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PostSubject: Re: Miner to start Monday in Kansas City   Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:31 pm

Yay Zach!

Who is going down to make room for him? I didn't see it in the article or did I just skim over it?
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