April 10th, 2008

Liriano back in Detroit?

It at least appears to be a possibility with the Twins rained out today at Chicago. What had been an opening in Minnesota’s rotation on Sunday is now pushed back to Tuesday’s series finale against the Tigers at Comerica Park. That doesn’t make the decision any easier on Liriano, who has struggled in two minor-league starts.

If Liriano does start on Tuesday, it would be at the place where he made one of his final starts in 2006 before being shut down and diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow.

Thursday: Tigers at Red Sox

The lineup gets shuffled a little bit with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Brandon Inge is up in the leadoff spot thanks to his history of hitting knucklers, including 6-for-22 with two home runs lifetime off of Wakefield. Renteria remains in the seven spot after his key RBIs last night.

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

For the Red Sox:

  1. Julio Lugo, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. J.D. Drew, RF
  7. Coco Crisp, CF
  8. Sean Casey, 1B
  9. Kevin Cash, C

All of the relievers are available, though it’ll be interesting to see if and how Leyland uses Bobby Seay tonight with the White Sox and Jim Thome looming this weekend. That’s the caution he has to consider with only one lefty in the bullpen, but it’s a situation he hopes to rectify in the next few weeks with a second southpaw. Considering Toledo now has Clay Rapada, Aaron Fultz and Casey Fossum, they have choices.  Leyland would also like to get back to a seven-man bullpen, so those two moves would mean two right-handers being sent back or dropped.

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