Friday: Tigers at White Sox

Jim Leyland was already thinking about giving Gary Sheffield the day off, then his injured finger swelled on the flight from Boston last night. Sheffield says he could’ve played, but there’s no reason to take a chance this early in the season. Thus, Clete Thomas gets the start in left and leads off, while Jacque Jones is the DH.

The lineup:

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

For the White Sox, who will try to score some runs in support of Jose Contreras:

  1. Carlos Quentin, LF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Jim Thome, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Joe Crede, 3B
  7. Brian Anderson, CF
  8. Juan Uribe, 2B
  9. Toby Hall, C

Only one left-handed bat in the lineup, but A.J. Pierzynski is available off the bench. That’s where having an extra lefty reliever could be handy. And as you probably heard by now, the Tigers now have that second lefty after calling up Clay Rapada from Toledo today. Yorman Bazardo was designated for assignment to make room. As a side note, Aaron Fultz — the other lefty reliever pitching at Triple-A Toledo — asked for and received his unconditional release following the Rapada move.

On the weather front, it’s dry and cool right now, and getting colder. Right now it looks like any showers will be scattered tonight before the weather gets progressively worse Saturday and into Saturday night. (Slushy accumulation? Yikes.)


thames should, IMO be the DH tonight……..
not wholeheartedly impressed as of this point with JJones….

oh and BTW, i think sheffs pride is hurting more than his fingertip.

Great team played game tonight in Chicago…I just hope the good luck continues, keep smacking those line drives- INGE and THOMAS! One other thought comes to mind: Please, Jim L and Dave D, don’t showcase C Thomas for a pitcher , especially like you did with Maybin, and Miller. Maybe Willis wasn’t such a steal after all. ?

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