June 27th, 2008

Leyland on Thames not starting

He’s going to be perfectly fine,” Leyland said, “but Marcus has been out of character a
little bit. All of a sudden, hitting a home run every day, coming home to the
home crowd, get a little jumpy. He got a little frustrated because he lost a
ball in the lights, which happens to everyday. I don’t care about it. Marcus
Thames is going to play a whole bunch, believe me. But all of a sudden, it’s a
little bit different. That’s why when people ask why you don’t play somebody
every day, you have to watch what you’re talking about.

“Marcus Thames is going to play a whole bunch. But
sometimes people play best when they’re in a comfort zone. He’s going to be
fine tomorrow. He’s fine right now. I talked with him yesterday [about the
ejection]. He knows that wasn’t him. [Umpire] Wally Bell knows that wasn’t him.
But all of a sudden, people expect you to hit a home run every time up. That’s
not fair
. This is a good lesson for Marcus to learn how to deal with some
stuff. And he’ll handle it beautifully. I would guess Marcus Thames will get
two hits tomorrow night. I don’t know if he’ll hit a homer, but I feel real
good with Marcus Thames up there.”

Hollimon, Thomas start again

Friday’s lineup is pretty much the same as yesterday, including Michael Hollimon at SS and Clete Thomas in LF. Jim Leyland said he was starting Thomas over Marcus Thames because Thames hasn’t looked like himself at the plate the last few games, that the run of homers might’ve gotten him out of sync. Leyland didn’t go into the reasons for not playing Edgar Renteria today, but Renteria said that he’s feeling fine, and Leyland said Renteria will be back in the lineup on Saturday, so it’s not an injury. Thames also is expected to start again on Saturday.

Here are the full lineups:

TIGERS (38-40)

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

ROCKIES (32-47)

  1. Willy Taveras, CF
  2. Scott Podsednik, DH
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Brad Hawpe, RF
  5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
  6. Jeff Baker, 1B
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  9. Clint Barmes, 2B