May 8th, 2008

Day off for Renteria

He gets a much-needed rest tonight with Ramon Santiago starting in his place. It’s something Jim Leyland says he might a little more often now to keep Renteria fresh. Gary Sheffield is off as scheduled, with Matt Joyce back in the field in left. Marcus Thames gets the first of what should be at least two straight games.

Here’s the Tigers lineup:

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

For the Red Sox:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. J.D. Drew, RF
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Coco Crisp, CF
  9. Julio Lugo, SS

Raburn as pinch-runner

So why pinch-run for somebody who just legged out an infield hit? Leyland said after the game that he had discussed it with Gene Lamont earlier. The thinking was that Raburn is a little faster, but also more experienced. He was less likely to be tentative, Leyland said, and Lamont knows him better and could feel more confident sending him around.

As for why Renteria wasn’t bunting to get the runner over to second, Leyland said he didn’t want to play for the tie, not with Boston’s offense and with limited options remaining in the Tigers bullpen. Todd Jones would not have come out for the 10th had the game gone to extras.