September 4th, 2008

Day off for Sheff

Jim Leyland hadn’t had a chance to check with Gary Sheffield on his shoulder when he made out the lineup Thursday morning, but with a day game after a long night game and a trip to Minnesota following, the skipper decided a day off was in order regardless. It also allows him to give Magglio a day at DH.

Fernando Rodney is available to work the ninth again for a third straight day if needed.

On a side note, Leyland noted that Dusty Ryan will probably get his first Major League start at catcher Sunday at Minnesota. Word is, and confirmed, that Ryan hit the Charlie Gehringer statue beyond the outfield on a batting practice swing Tuesday.

Not as exciting as the other news going on downtown, but hey, that’s not my beat. That said, there were more than a few players watching what was going on with Detroit’s mayor this morning on television.

TIGERS (67-72)

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

ANGELS (84-54)

  1. Gary Matthews Jr., RF
  2. Robb Quinlan, 3B
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Torii Hunter, CF
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Brandon Wood, SS
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B