Tigers will bring back Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski

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In case there was any doubt, Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the Tigers will bring back manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski for the 2011 season.

The Tigers were 10 games above .500 at this year’s All-Star break and just one game behind the Twins for first place in the American League Central.  Now they’re two games under .500 with a nine-game deficit in the AL Central and barely a hint of hope of making the postseason.  Still, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch likes what the club has going.

“(This season) is very disappointing, “Ilitch told the Free Press on Friday, “(but) I’m staying
with Dave and I’m staying with our manager. I feel that we’re going to
move forward.”

Seems like the right move.  If Rick Porcello manages to bounce back next season and Miguel Cabrera continues to rake, there’s reason for optimism in Detroit.  Brennan Boesch looks like a nice, young player and 23-year-old Austin Jackson has played admirably in his first big league season.  Of course, there are question marks.  Will Johnny Damon be brought back?  And how about Magglio Ordonez?  It should be an interesting winter.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.