Larish in left

This is the first start in the outfield for Jeff Larish, who has been starting mostly at first base this spring. It’ll be an interesting day for him, a sun-drenched sky with nary a cloud, and a little breezy.

“What’s the difference? Let’s see what he can do,” manager Jim Leyland said before the game.

It should definitely be an interesting OF alignment, with Ryan Raburn in right and Casper Wells in center.

The Twitter page is up and going again. Running late, so here’s the rest of the lineups:


  1. Raburn, RF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Hessman, 1B
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Larish, LF
  7. Wells, CF
  8. Treanor, C
  9. Sizemore, 2B


  1. Eric Bruntlett, SS
  2. Greg Dobbs, DH
  3. Geoff Jenkins, LF
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. John Mayberry Jr., RF
  6. Jayson Werth, CF
  7. Mike Cervenak, 3B
  8. Jason Donald, 2B
  9. Lou Marson, C


Top of 2nd–“The Art of Pitchng” count now at 3. Will give final tally at end of game.
Still have a month to go before they go north but I am thinking that JL would not be making a mistake if he went with Larish AND Thomas. (Providing Clete’s arm is good).
I would not be surprised to see Clevlen, Hessman, Raburn or even Thames end up in a trade. I think Raburn may have an option left though.

Raburn does have an option left. The rest do not. Thomas making the roster will depend a ton on how soon he’s throwing and how he looks doing it.

I see Curtis Granderson is not even going to be in the starting lineup for the USA in the World Baseball Classic. I think if he’s not going to play he should come back to the Tigers and be in their lineup. They could sure use him. These last few games it seems the Tigers can’t get anything going.

Raburn almost had his final option used up last year when he was sent down, but he was quickly recalled when Willis hyperextended his knee and went on the DL. A player has to be at least 20 days in the minors to use up the option, but Raburn was recalled in a week and stayed up the rest of the year. But still, Leyland has never, ever, had less than two backup middle infielders on the roster. JL is under the illusion that Raburn can play the infield at second and third. Unless he has an epiphany or Thames is traded, or there’s an injury opening another spot, that leaves Larish, Clevlen, and Hessman out in the cold, and Raburn in. Not what I’d do, but that’s how JL has done things since forever. He even had Omar Infante, Neifi, and Santiago on the bench in the world series.

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