Tigers' Magglio Ordonez notches 2,000th career hit

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magglio ordonez swinging.jpgWith a single off Carl Pavano on Thursday, Magglio Ordonez because the 19th active major leaguer and the sixth native of Venezuela to reach 2,000 career hits.
The active list:
1. Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,775
2. Derek Jeter – 2,773
3. Ivan Rodriguez – 2,735
4. Omar Vizquel – 2,706
5. Alex Rodriguez – 2,551
6. Manny Ramirez – 2,511
7. Garret Anderson – 2,506
8. Johnny Damon – 2,450
9. Chipper Jones – 2,420
10. Vladimir Guerrero – 2,277
11. Edgar Renteria – 2,209
12. Todd Helton – 2,153
13. Jim Thome – 2,149
14. Bobby Abreu – 2,139
15. Miguel Tejada – 2,133
16. Jason Kendall – 2,106
17. Ichiro Suzuki – 2,060
18. Mark Grudzielanek – 2,017
19. Magglio Ordonez – 2,001
The only other player with much chance of reaching the plateau this year is Jim Edmonds, who is currently at 1,898. Luis Castillo (1,848), Orlando Cabrera (1,837), Carlos Lee (1,831), Scott Rolen (1,826) and Albert Pujols (1,745) should all get there in 2011.
At age 36, Ordonez is quite a long shot to reach 3,000 career hits. However, both he and Abreu do have a chance of overtaking Vizquel to become the all-time hits leader from Venezuela:
1. Omar Vizquel – 2,706
2. Luis Aparicio – 2,677
3. Andres Galarraga – 2,333
4. Dave Concepcion – 2,326
5. Bobby Abreu – 2,136
6. Magglio Ordonez – 2,001
7. Ozzie Guillen – 1,764
8. Manny Trillo – 1,562
9. Cesar Tovar – 1,546
10. Edgardo Alfonzo – 1,532
Ordonez also had a shot at reaching 300 homers this year, as he’s currently 19 away. At 399, Galarraga is the all-time home run leader from Venezuela. Ordonez is second place on that list, though his Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera is at 214 and charging fast.

Tigers release Francisco Rodriguez

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Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.

The Red Sox sign Jhonny Peralta

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The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.

Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.

This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.