Results tagged ‘ Detroit Tigers ’

7/4 To hit or not to hit

The Cubs did take batting practice on Sunday but shortened the session.

“I let the hitting coach decide today if we wanted to hit or not,” Lou Piniella said. “I think he’s cut it down some. I’ve always subscribed to that theory that at times, less is more. Just relax. let your ability take over and play.”

The Cubs did not hit prior to Saturday’s game, but part of the reason was the early start time. They won, although they also stranded 17 baserunners.

“When I managed in Seattle, we used to go to Detroit and take batting practice and we used to hit balls over the roof and I had [Ken Griffey Jr.], and [Jay] Buehner and Edgar [Martinez] and we’d hit balls over the roof, and I couldn’t wait for the game to start and we’d lose 5-2 with three infield singles. So, we decided get on the bus at 5:15, 5:30 and go to the ballpark and not take any batting practice and go play, and we scored nine or 10 runs.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/25 Trade winds

There was a rumor circulating Saturday that the Tigers were interested in Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. Problem is, the person who posted the rumor didn’t ask anyone from the Cubs. That didn’t seem to stop others from taking that rumor and saying it was true.

It’s not true, Cubs officials say, and, fact is, the GMs of the two teams have not talked at all about Bradley or anyone else in recent days.

Bradley, who hit his first career pinch-hit homer in the eighth of the Cubs’ 5-3 win over the Reds, was asked about the speculation postgame.

“I don’t pay attention to rumors,” he said. “I’m one of those guys who is multi-talented and can do a lot of things, so I’m not surprised. It’s just a rumor.”

— Carrie Muskat