April 24th, 2008

Guillen out, Inge catching

Just when the Tigers were getting close to their full lineup, down goes Carlos Guillen. He was barely able to walk into the clubhouse this morning, manager Jim Leyland said, after that foul ball off the side of his right knee last night. He won’t dress for the game today. Because Cabrera is moving to first base and Brandon Inge is giving Pudge a day off at catcher today, Ryan Raburn is starting at third.

“We just can’t catch a break,” Leyland said.

On the Gary Sheffield front, he had another cortisone shot in his right shoulder, this time in the front of it. He was still feeling soreness in the shoulder getting the shot two days ago.

Meanwhile, they’ll be facing Jason Jennings after all. You may remember that Jennings was the Rangers’ originally scheduled starter for this game, but was moved back a couple days in favor of Scott Feldman. Well, the Rangers decided late last night to start Jennings today again.

Here’s the Tigers lineup he’ll be facing:

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

And the Rangers, who present a slew of left-handed hitters for Jeremy Bonderman today:

  1. Frank Catalanotto, LF
  2. Michael Young, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, RF
  4. Hank Blalock, 3B
  5. Jason Botts, DH
  6. David Murphy, CF
  7. Adam Melhuse, C
  8. Ben Broussard, 1B
  9. Ramon Vazquez, 2B

On a side note, it’s a happy 40th birthday for Todd Jones.