Things were low-key Thursday, when the Tigers met the Athletics at the McAfee Coliseum to begin a seven game home stand for the A’s.
Al is actually short for Alberto, for Alburquerque is from the Dominican Republic, and was signed by Detroit in 2006 as a free agent.
As a minor leaguer, the right-hander is a hard thrower with 199 strikeouts over 178.1 innings, which shows he can be dominant, but the 172 hits suggest that though Alburquerque is around the plate, sometimes his movement is lacking. Alberto made his major league debut a day later--on Friday--tossing two scoreless innings, whiffing three.
As for the rest of the game, Gio Gonzalez did hold the Tigers scoreless, but in some satanic fashion, going six innings, striking out six, and walking six. In all the much vaunted Oakland pitchers struggled, allowing 11 walks over nine innings, while the offense did pretty much the same, amassing an offense of four hits (and nothing else).
Should, however, Conor Jackson be available in your free agent pool, take a look. After an awful spring (.176, with 12 hits over 68 at-bats) Jackson is hitting .292 over 24 at-bats and seven games this year. Take a look if you have an outfield hole (and, note Jackson has played third this year, and might get a few games in at first).