Detroit Tigers: This is the first time since 1985 the
Tigers have won their first three games to open the
season. "There's no question we're a better team,"
manager Alan Trammell told Tom Gage of the Detroit
News. "This is fun." Last year, the Tigers didn't win
their third game until April 26, and it put them at
Minnesota Twins: It wasn't supposed to be like this.
Less than two games into the season, the best catching
prospect of recent memory is on the disabled list and
could be out a month. Joe Mauer is going to need knee
surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus and could
miss a month of the season, reports Jim Souhan of the
What long-term impact might this have on his career?
Twins trainer Jim Kahmann noted that, "Some people
have one episode and that's it, and they have no other
problems. Other people, it's a continual problem with
the knee. For catchers, because they're squatting,
this is a concern." What is more, backup catcher Matt
LeCroy was placed on the 15-day disabled list late
last night after straining his ribs. Rob Bowen was
recalled from Double A to back up Henry Blanco, who
has to be wondering if he's next among fallen Twins
catchers. The news just keep getting worse for the
Twins. They are monitoring the condition of Torii
Hunter's trained hamstring with an eye on putting him
on the disabled list as well.