August 25th, 2008

Postgame updates

Francis Beltran was designated for assignment to make room for Chris Lambert on the 25-man roster. If Beltran clears waivers, he has the option to accept or decline a Minor League assignment. He is not sure which route he would choose on that.

Carlos Guillen is still listed as day-to-day with lower back spasms, but manager Jim Leyland said after the game that they could sit him a few days since it’s a recurrence.

“I suspect we’re going to have to take a look at that,” Leyland said, though he cautioned that didn’t mean it would necessitate a DL stint.

Nothing new on Thames. He’s day-to-day with a cramp in his left cramp.

As for why there was no sacrifice bunt or ground ball to the right side from Polanco with two on and nobody out in the third, it’s not a move that Leyland likes to do early in games, especially games where it looks like scoring won’t be low.

“Obviously, Polly’s been one of our hottest hitters and one of our best hitters,” Leyland said. “It’s pretty early to think about moving the runners over. You almost figure there were going to be runs scored on both sides tonight.”

Willis out after one inning

UPDATE @ 10pm: Hens manager Larry Parrish told reporters after the game that Willis had tightness in his left forearm. Not sure if that was a lingering issue or something that came up during the game. Willis did not speak to reporters afterwards.

Monday: Tigers vs. Indians

You know it’s getting towards the final weeks of the season when the sun bounces off the left-field seats in a way that lets off some nasty glare … or at least, that’s how I know it’s getting late in the season. But that’s just me. I suppose the drop in comments on the blog would be another clue, of course.

Gary Sheffield hits fifth ahead of Carlos Guillen for the first time since the day Guillen came back from that pinched nerve in his lower back last homestand. The left-handed starter likely makes a difference in that regard, reducing the need to mix in a switch-hitter in the middle of the order.

TIGERS (64-66)

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

INDIANS (62-67)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, LF
  3. Ben Francisco, RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
  6. Ryan Garko, 1B
  7. Kelly Shoppach, 1B
  8. Andy Marte, 3B
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B