May 13th, 2008

Joyce DHs again

Checking in from Kauffman Stadium, where the ballpark improvements are already started to get noticed, none moreso than the huge — I mean, massively huge — new video board in center field. It doesn’t have the crown on it like the old one did, but given how big it is, maybe they couldn’t build a crown large enough to put on top of it. Hopefully the sight of it on the broadcast does it justice, because looking out at it beyond center field from the press box behind home plate, I get that feeling like I’m sitting too close to the TV at home.

With Sheff in left and Magglio in right, the task of DH falls again upon young Matt Joyce, who will bat seventh.

Here’s the lineup the Tigers throw out against Zack Greinke:

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

And for the Royals, who will throw four left-handed hitters into the lineup against Nate Robertson:

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
  3. Alex Gordon, 3B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Billy Butler, 1B
  6. Mark Teahen, RF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Tony Pena, SS
  9. Joey Gathright, CF

5.2 innings, five runs for Dontrelle

I was traveling to Kansas City tonight and didn’t have a chance to follow Willis’ rehab start except to look at the boxscore. The numbers weren’t good — five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings at Charlotte. Three of those runs and four hits came in the sixth, suggesting he might have run out of gas. He walked three, but one was intentional. He gave up a pair of solo homers in the second inning before Charlotte rallied with singles and doubles in the sixth. On the positive side, he was efficient, falling one out shy of six innings with 79 pitches thrown, though just 46 went for strikes.

How much does it mean? Dunno. He has at least one more start for the Hens coming, of course, so a solid outing Saturday will make this one moot.