August 21st, 2007

Leyland on taking out Jurrjens

Here it is, so the emails can stop:

"He hung a few breaking balls earlier that they popped up. Some of those balls that were going to the outfield that they hit pretty high were hanging breaking balls. That’s the only reason I made the move. I didn’t want them to hang one to Garko and get a two-run homer. So that was the reason I went to Zumaya.

"It’s pretty hard to take a guy out who’s got a one-hitter going, but Garko just missed one before off of him. He had done his job for the night. That’s a potent lineup, and to hold that lineup with all those left-handed hitters in there, and good hitters from the right side, what more can you ask from the kid? I don’t think you could leave him out there any longer even though, like I said, it’s tough to take a guy out who’s got a one-hitter."

Never would I have imagined getting emails complaining about Leyland putting in Zumaya. That says something about how well Jurrjens pitched.

Miller to start Friday

Durbin moves to the bullpen. Since they’ll wait until Friday to make the roster move, that means the Tigers have an eight-man bullpen for this series.

Anyway, here’s the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Guillen, SS
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Casey, 1B
  8. Thames, LF
  9. Raburn, 3B

Leyland cautioned that he wasn’t punishing Inge (or benching him, for that matter). He’s just giving him a day or two to clear his head. "We need Brandon Inge, no question about it," Leyland said. "He isn’t in jail."