June 16th, 2008

Thames' homer streak

At four games, it’s tied for the fifth-longest streak for a Tiger. Willie Horton homered in five straight games in 1969, along with Vic Wertz (1950), Hank Greenberg (1940) and Rudy York (1937). Thames is the 18th Tiger since ’56 to homer in four straight games, the last one being Magglio Ordonez two years ago.

It’s also just the fourth home run Lincecum has allowed in more than 90 innings this season.

Thames in left, Renteria rests

Indeed, Marcus Thames gets the start in left field against the right-hander Tim Lincecum, who has served up just three home runs over 90 2/3 innings so far this season. Edgar Renteria gets a day off before the Tigers face back-to-back left-handed starters Tuesday and Wednesday. He’s batting .340 (16-for-47) against lefties this year, compared to .258 (49-for-190) versus righties. He’s also one of the few Tigers to see Jonathan Sanchez (1-for-2, double, two RBIs), and he’s 4-for-8 lifetime off Zito — though all of those at-bats against Zito came when he was pitching for Oakland. It also gets another left-handed bat in the lineup against Lincecum, not that it makes much difference (.228 vs. RH bats this year, .234 vs. LH batters).

Fernando Rodney is available in the bullpen, though Jim Leyland said before the game that he’d like to ease him in with an outing before throwing him into setup duty in a close situation.

TIGERS (32-37)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Hollimon, SS
  9. Verlander, P (he had a bat in his hands in the clubhouse before the game)

GIANTS (30-40)

  1. Fred Lewis, LF
  2. Ray Durham, 2B
  3. Randy Winn, RF
  4. Bengie Molina, C
  5. Aaron Rowand, CF
  6. John Bowker, 1B
  7. Rich Aurilia, 3B
  8. Omar Vizquel, SS
  9. Tim Lincecum, P