May 16th, 2008

From the Valley of the Sun

The talk is that the roof will be open tonight because of postgame fireworks, as opposed to any in-game fireworks. I don’t know this place well enough to know what effect that should have. In fact, I’ve never been here before. The way Bonderman works, though, I doubt it should have much effect. If he’s on, he’ll be good. If he’s not, there won’t be much to keep the ball in the park.

As far as the lineup, you might remember Jim Leyland saying he was going to start Gary Sheffield in LF once this series. That is tonight, and he might end up starting on Sunday, too. His shoulder still isn’t feeling that well for a strong throw, but they’re going to take their chances. The reasoning has more to do with Dan Haren, whose effectiveness against left-handed hitters convinced Leyland that this wasn’t the game to start Matt Joyce in left.

The full Tigers lineup:

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

And for the Diamondbacks:

  1. Chris Young, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  4. Conor Jackson, 1B
  5. Justin Upton, RF
  6. Chris Snyder, C
  7. Eric Byrnes, LF
  8. Augie Ojeda, 3B
  9. Dan Haren, P