August 5th, 2008

Closer by committee?

Joel Zumaya is back and available. Moreover, if the Tigers have a lead heading into the ninth inning, manager Jim Leyland indicated that Zumaya would close it out.

Asked if Fernando Rodney is still the closer, Leyland said, “Sometimes.” Other times, he said, it could be Zumaya or it could be Kyle Farnsworth.

Essentially, it’s like a closer by committee. But that’s not really much different than what Leyland was talking about last week, when he also mentioned that Zumaya could get some opportunities before his arm soreness prompted Leyland to rest him Saturday and Sunday.


We’ve got them early today. No big changes except maybe Ryan Raburn, who’s 5-for-12 off of White Sox starter Gavin Floyd.

TIGERS (55-56)

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

WHITE SOX (61-49)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jermaine Dye, RF
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. Ken Griffey Jr., CF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  9. Juan Uribe, 3B