Tag:Fernando Rodney
Posted on: July 27, 2008 4:58 pm

Jones out as Tiger closer

The Tigers, still hanging onto their chances in the American League Central, have changed closers. Manager Jim Leyland has pulled the job from veteran Todd Jones and handed it to Fernando Rodney.

Rodney pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of the Tigers' 6-4 Sunday afternoon win over the White Sox. It wasn't technically a save situation, because Rodney entered with a 6-2 lead, but Leyland sent him out to the mound in the ninth when it was already 6-4.

"I'm going to give Rodney a shot," Leyland said. "Right now, the quality of (Jones') pitches, and the location of the pitches, is not good enough."

In his last 12 appearances, Jones has converted just four of seven save opportunities, and he has an 8.71 ERA in that span with a .400 opponents batting average.

Joel Zumaya will be the setup man, assuming he can stay healthy. Zumaya had some soreness in his right triceps last week in Kansas City, and the same problem forced him out of the game Sunday. But the Tigers don't believe it's serious.

Posted on: June 15, 2008 5:50 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2008 11:02 pm

Tigers, Padres still have a chance

Last Tuesday, the Tigers were 11 games out, and already thinking they might have to be July sellers. Six days later, they're six games out, and looking dangerous.

"Everybody was burying us, and they should have," manager Jim Leyland said after today's 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

They're not buried, and neither are the Padres, who despite losing two of three over the weekend in Cleveland, have had a similar revival in the NL West. Once 12 1/2 games out, the Padres have already cut it to 6 1/2.

The Tigers added Fernando Rodney to the rotation Sunday, should add Joel Zumaya on Thursday and could add Gary Sheffield next week. The Padres just got Jake Peavy back from the disabled list and brought top prospect Chase Headley to the majors. They should eventually get Chris Young back from the disabled list, too.

Just another reminder of how long the season is, and how quickly things can change. For another reminder, check out something Joel Sherman pointed out in his New York Post column today: A year ago today, the National League division leaders were the Mets, Brewers and Dodgers, and the Padres led the wild-card race. Not one of those four teams made the playoffs.

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