Tuesday in Detroit
Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 6:18 pm ET
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Anderson, CF; Gar on the mound.
Granderson, CF; Polanco, 2B; IRod, C; Ord, RF; Guillen, SS; Thames, LF; Infante, DH; Shelton, 1B; Inge, 3B. Robertson on the hill.
Ozzie Before the Game
Said there is pressure on booth teams. For Detroit, this is their chance to extend their lead and prove to people who might doubt them that they are for real. For us, the pressure is that we not let the Tigers get any further ahead.
He stressed that we need to have better pitching. We went through a streak like this last year in August and rebounded. Hopefully, what we have just gone through is our streak for 2006. He is going to take it game by game but we need to be better.
Ozzie also said it was important for the team to maintain its intensity, and he thought the combination of New York followed by Detroit would make that happen. Tonight will tell.
Ozzie felt like we played well enough to win on Friday and Sunday, and just were beaten (if only for a clutch hit or two in each game). Saturday he called the "ugliest" White Sox game since he became manager.
KW in the Dugout
Kenny Williams said before the game that right now, things were quiet on the trade front. "You have to find someone to dance with …", he said.
Both Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi were roughed up even before BP started tonight. Gooch took a ricochet in the batting cage off his lip, and Pods stepped onto the field only to take a Juan Uribe throw off the back of his head. Both appeared to be fine and took regular batting practice.
Pods might need a bigger cap size if he has a welt on the back of his head. Can you imagine if Uribe was throwing the ball as hard as he could?
They expect all three games to be sellouts here. It will be interesting to hear how loud this place will be when it is full. I saw a few Sox fans in the crowd pregame, but with a mid week series, you have to figure it will be a predominantly pro Tigers crowd.
Despite not playing well this weekend, Sox fan turnout in New York was stunning. Chants of "Let’s Go White Sox" echoed around Yankee Stadium several times over the weekend. That is a first time in my experience.
Guys laid low here or played golf yesterday, enjoying the offday before gearing up for this series.