Dontrelle to rehab with Toledo

He threw a successful bullpen session today and is now set to resume his rehab assignment for the Mud Hens with a start Tuesday at Columbus. He’ll then rejoin the Tigers in Kansas City to work with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez before starting again for the Hens the following Sunday at Columbus. Where it goes from there isn’t clear yet, but take notice that Willis is starting on the same days as Armando Galarraga and you can figure out where he might slot in.

As for the lineup today, it’s all right-handers as expected against lefty Kei Igawa. Pudge returns to the leadoff spot, while Ryan Raburn bats ninth and plays center field. Here’s the full lineup:

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

For the Yankees:

  1. Melky Cabrera, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Hideki Matsui, LF
  5. Shelley Duncan, 1B
  6. Jason Giambi, DH
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Chad Moeller, C


well normally i’d complain a bit about pudge leading off, all we need is an 0-5 day from leadoff hitting… but… granderson’s had a few of those recently.
jason- is granderson’s hand bothering him?

Not that I know of. I think it’s more a matter of him struggling on breaking pitches inside. The Red Sox had a game plan on how to pitch him, and it worked to near perfection.

Well you had to know that JL would sit Granderson against the southpaw. Truth is he has a harder time with the ball breaking down and in on the fists as anything else. So The key for Curtis is not battling himself. This often happens when he starts to struggle and he starts to take 1st pitch fastball strikes.
It’s good to see plate discipline, but some guys cannot hit when they are behind in the count. Granderson can get that way and when he does he needs to hack at the first pitch fastball. Guys like Polanco and Ordonez can be more selective because they aren’t overly intimidated when they get 2 strikes.
Glad to see JL show some chutzpah and play Raburn ahead of Inge tonight.
I am gonna watch Sheffiled like a hawk. I think he is the nucleus of bad vibes on this team. If he isn’t physically able to anser the bell then JL needs to assert himself and do the right thing.
Interesting comment about Cabrera. I am a little ambivalent about it but it could be a valid point. I think he is just struggling because of the presumption of expectations he feels. If we traded for a guy that was willing to coast and just spend the money I would be more than bummed. I would feel betrayed.
It should be an honor to play MLB and though the whole process has been tainted by crass commercialization, corporate greed and personal aggrandization, the “real deal” ballplayer will be able to perform in spite of all that with a genuine spirit and love for the game. I think Cabrera has that essence about him and that he is underperforming because of the dynamics of the teammates around him and some self-imposed pressure.

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