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Ivan Rodriguez


Rodriguez said there is no link between Sunday's eighth-inning ejection and the Tigers' struggles this weekend. He is hitless in his last 16 at-bats after going 0-for-12 during the three-game sweep by the White Sox. "It was not out of frustration at all because we lost all three games," Rodriguez said.


Rodriguez was ejected in the eighth inning during the Detroit Tigers' game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after arguing with the home plate umpire over strike calls.


Detroit's Rodriguez was selected to his 13th All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting catcher for the American League. Rodriguez is batting .298 with seven homers and 38 RBIs this season.


Rodriguez left Friday night's 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with a left wrist injury. The 34-year-old Detroit catcher was hurt when he was hit by a foul tip. X-rays were negative and his status is day-to-day.


Rodriguez went 5-for-5 with a homer, three doubles and five RBIs Wednesday, sparking the Detroit Tigers to a 14-3 victory and two-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers' catcher hit one of five homers by the Tigers. He stroked a two-run shot off Royals starter Joe Mays in the fifth inning to give Detroit a 6-0 lead. He also had an RBI double in a three-run first.


Rodriguez still is bothered by his sore left calf, and it's starting to look as though the Tigers' catcher may not play again in 2005. It's possible that Rodriguez will finish the season at .278 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 128 games.


Once again Rodriguez wasn't in the Detroit lineup against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers' catcher hasn't played since Monday because of a strained calf muscle. He tested the calf by doing some running before Thursday's contest, and he wasn't ready to return. Rodriguez remains day-to-day.


Rodriguez left Detroit's win over Los Angeles Thursday during the fifth inning. The Tigers' catcher departed with a right hamstring injury. Vance Wilson replaced him behind the plate.


Rodriguez is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup this Friday when they face the Toronto Blue Jays. IRod has appeared in just one game since August 8, when he began serving a four-game suspension.


Rodriguez is bothered by a sore left hip flexor, and the Tigers' catcher wasn't in the lineup for Detroit's 7-6 come-from-behind win over Boston on Monday. While manager Alan Trammell says I-Rod could be back on the field Tuesday night against the Red Sox, consider the veteran catcher day-to-day.


The Detroit Tigers will get Rodriguez back from his four-game suspension Friday, when they begin a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. I-Rod is hitting .293 with nine home runs and 41 RBI in 97 games this season.


As expected, Rodriguez began serving his four-game suspension Monday. He will be back in the Detroit lineup Friday, when the Tigers travel to Kansas City.


Over the weekend, Rodriguez told reporters that he intended to drop the appeal of his four-game suspension and begin serving his time on Monday. He would sit out Detroit's entire four-game set in Toronto against the Blue Jays.


Rodriguez has been suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in a game against the Oakland A's last week. After being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, the Tigers' catcher got into a heated exchange with umpire Ted Barrett, making contact with his shoulder and mask. Upon his return to the dugout, Rodriguez proceded to toss a bag of balls and shin guards onto the field.


Although his jammed left pinkie finger was still a bit sore, Rodriguez was back in the Tigers' lineup for both Saturday and Sunday's games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The catcher, who suffered the injury sliding into home plate on Wednesday and missed a couple of days, went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI in the pair of contests.

Although his jammed left pinkie finger was still a bit sore, Rodriguez was back in the Tigers' lineup for both Saturday's and Sunday's games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The catcher, who suffered the injury sliding into home plate on Wednesday and missed a couple of days, went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI in the pair of contests.


Rodriguez missed his second straight game when he sat out of the Tigers matchup with the Devil Rays on Friday night. The star catcher jammed his left pinky finger while sliding into a base on Wednesday. X-Rays were negative, but it is unlikely that he'll play the rest of the weekend.


X-rays on Rodriguez's finger proved negative, but it is unlikely that he'll play Friday against the Devil Rays. He could be ready to go before the weekend is over, however.


Rodriguez left Detroit's 7-3 win over Cleveland Wednesday with a jammed little finger on his left hand. He suffered the injury while sliding as a baserunner. The Tigers' catcher is day-to-day and may not play much over the final days of the first half. He is a .290 hitter on the season, with five homers and 30 RBI in 72 games.


In Detroit's 8-2 loss to Texas on Tuesday, Rodriguez was struck by a ninth-inning foul tip at the bottom of the thumb in the area near the palm. After the game, the Tigers' catcher said he has a fracture in his right hand, but expects to continue playing despite the injury. He said X-rays revealed the fracture.


Rodriguez took a Garret Anderson foul ball off his left big toe during the first inning of Detroit's loss to the Angels Sunday. By the third inning, the pain in the toe forced the Detroit catcher to leave the game. Vance Wilson entered the game to replace him.

X-rays after the game verified that nothing was broken. The Tigers are off on Monday, and Rodriguez said he expects to be ready to play when Detroit hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday.


Rodriguez had to leave Detroit's win over Baltimore on Monday because of back stiffness. As a precaution, manager Alan Trammell kept the Tigers' catcher on the bench for the series finale on Tuesday. Rodriguez was itchy to play on Tuesday, so Trammell may relent when the Tigers host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Rodriguez is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak in which he has hit .368 (14-for-38) with seven runs scored and six RBI. Detroit's catcher had turned it up a notch in his last three games, going 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a homer and five RBI. If Pudge plays against the White Sox on Wednesday, both he and Sox third baseman Joe Crede will have 10-game streaks on the line.