September 24th, 2008

Wednesday: Sardinha starts at catcher

Today is a day to rest Dusty Ryan, who basically has caught every game since the start of last week’s series at Texas. Originally, Jim Leyland was thinking of starting Brandon Inge behind the plate and resting Ryan. Instead, he’ll start Dane Sardinha, who hasn’t played at all since August 31.

In other news, look for Freddy Garcia to pitch Monday’s makeup game at Chicago if it needs to be played. And yes, Garcia is a little intrigued by the chance of facing his old squad with a chance to knock them out of the playoffs or at least force a tiebreaker.

TIGERS (71-85)

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

ROYALS (72-86)

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Esteban German, LF
  3. Mike Aviles, 2B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Ryan Shealy, 1B
  6. Alex Gordon, 3B
  7. John Buck, C
  8. T.J. Pena, SS
  9. Mitch Maier, RF