September 2007

No Bonderman for Tuesday after all

He was feeling some general soreness — not elbow soreness, but general soreness — after his bullpen session yesterday, so he won’t start. Yorman Bazardo will start Tuesday instead.

Ordonez, Granderson rest

It’s more like a Sunday lineup today. Ordonez’s right heel is sore again, so he gets a day. Granderson also gets a day of rest before the final week, as does Ivan Rodriguez. The result is a start for Raburn in right field and a chance to watch Maybin at least one more time in center.

  1. Maybin, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Raburn, RF
  4. Guillen, DH
  5. Thames, LF
  6. Hessman, 1B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Rabelo, C
  9. Santiago, SS

Bonderman for Tuesday

He threw what Leyland called a "really good" bullpen session Saturday. As long as his arm feels fine Sunday, he’s good to go.

Casey starts again

In fact, it’s the same lineup as last night.

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

Pudge set to tie Carter

He’s in the lineup tonight for what would be his 2,055th game caught, tying him with Gary Carter for third on the all-time list. The next two guys on the list are a ways away — Bob Boone is second at 2,225, and Carlton Fisk is the all-time leader at 2,226.

In other news, look for either Yorman Bazardo or Jeremy Bonderman on the mound next Tuesday against Minnesota, which is currently listed as TBA.  Bonderman will throw off a mound in the next day or two, but even if he feels fine, that’s no guarantee he’ll start. The Tigers still have to decide whether it’s worth it to have him go out on a high note.

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

Second start in a week for Thames

He started part of that day-night doubleheader last Tuesday and then Saturday against Johan Santana at the Metrodome, but he’d barely played otherwise. But he’s 4-for-10 with a double, homer and five RBIs off of Westbrook, compared to 1-for-5 for Timo Perez. He’ll probably start again Wednesday afternoon against Sabathia, so that might get him going.

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

For what it’s worth, it was still a loose clubhouse today before the game, but that’s as much about a team with nothing to lose at this point as whether or not the team still has a chance. But in any case, they still seem to be enjoying themselves, and last night’s collapse shouldn’t have any lingering effect. Zumaya isn’t available after working three straight games, and Miner’s off, too.

Regular lineup, progress for Bondo

It’s a regular-filled lineup this series. The only debate seemed to be Casey at first or Santiago at shortstop, and with Casey 3-for-21 off of Byrd, Leyland went with the Guillen/Santiago pairing.

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

On the injury front, Jeremy Bonderman played catch today for the first time in about a week and was surprised to feel pain-free. It wasn’t a long session, but he stretched out his arm with some longer tosses to test out the arm and still felt fine. He’ll throw again tomorrow, and if he still feels good, he’ll start throwing off a mound. It at least raises the possibility that he could pitch in another game by season’s end. Even if that doesn’t happen, staying pain-free puts him on track for a healthy return next year and no recurring problems.

This is Sunday, right?

If you wanted more regulars playing on Sunday, you’ve got it. The only change is Carlos Guillen starting at first base after taking that pitch off of his shoulder last night.

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

Clevlen gets start

He’ll be playing in CF and hitting against Santana, whom he has hit for a double and triple in seven at-bats. However, the other five at-bats were strikeouts. Granderson, 0-for-12 with six strikeouts against Santana for his career, gets the day off.

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

Greetings from the Dome

Where for late summer, it’s cold … lows in the 30s with wind type of cold. Even indoors in the Metrodome, it’s kind of chilly, but nothing like what it’ll be like on such nights here in a few years when the outdoor stadium is done. Say what you will about indoor baseball, but for a city where the in-season climate can range from wintry weather to around 100 and back to cold over the course of a season, it serves a purpose sometimes. The folks here are used to the weather and will welcome baseball in the elements, but visiting players aren’t so enthusiastic.

Anyway, here’s the lineup:

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