August 6th, 2008

Raburn leads off

Curtis Granderson gets the rare day off, helped no doubt by the fact that he’s 0-for-9 with three strikeouts against John Danks. He hasn’t been out of the starting lineup since June 15 against the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Brandon Inge gets a regular day off, something Leyland seems to be cautious about while Inge gets back into the swing of catching every day.

TIGERS (55-57)

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

WHITE SOX (62-49)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Nick Swisher, CF
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jermaine Dye, RF
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  8. Toby Hall, C
  9. Juan Uribe, 3B

P.S. — Neither Joel Zumaya nor Fernando Rodney will be pitching tonight. At this point, back-to-back outings isn’t really much of an option for Zumaya while the Tigers try not to risk more shoulder soreness. Leyland would like to avoid using Farnsworth after he pitched three of the past four days, but that might not be possible.