March 8th, 2009

Leyland: Players decide who wins jobs

The best quote from manager Jim Leyland on the performance was his first: “That’s an ugly Spring Training game. Real ugly.”

“It doesn’t matter where you play or at what level you play. You give yourself no chance if you walk [that many] guys in a Major League game. That’s just uncalled for, in my opinion. That’s uncalled for at any level, and that pretty much sums up today. No one in particular. Everybody had their part, I guess.”

That was about the extent of the evaluations. His point was that he’s going to keep sending guys out there with a chance to win a job and watch how they react.

“We’re doing what we said we were going to do: Here it is. Go show us what you can do,” Leyland said. “Guys come in trying to make the club, whether it be bullpen, fifth starter, extra player, whatever. Show us what you can do. Everybody’s certainly getting opportunities. It’s just a matter of going out, taking the bull by the horns and winning a job. You don’t win jobs for anybody when you walk [that many] people in a ballgame. It’s tough to win jobs like that. We had that problem all last year with too many walks.”

“I’ve said it many times, I think we’ve got plenty of equipment in this camp to do that. I can’t control the results. I look at the results, but I can’t control them. That’s up to the player or the pitcher. So we’ll keep putting them out there.”

Bonderman throws off mound

Not a whole lot of positives out of the game today, but there was a positive off the back mounds, where Jeremy Bonderman threw a side session without any issues Sunday.

“He felt great today,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Bonderman makes this a more encouraging day.”

Leyland said he hopes to have an idea by Monday night’s game against the Marlins what the next step is. I would be surprised if he isn’t back in a game sometime this week, though it might be more towards the end of the week with an off-day coming up Thursday.

The Yanks are coming

Busy this morning helping out on the A-Rod story, but now back on Tigers, who may or may not have Dontrelle pitching today. He has a stomach virus that’s going around the team, and he wasn’t sounding very strong when I talked with him briefly this morning.

If he can’t go, that’s a few innings to fill, and on a day when the Tigers gave some of their pitchers extra innings in an intersquad game on the back fields, where Jon Kibler threw three innings.

On a brighter note, Gerald Laird is back in the lineup at catcher.

Twitter page is up and going. Here are the lineups …

TIGERS

  1. Everett, SS
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Thames, LF
  5. Larish, 1B
  6. Clevlen, RF
  7. Laird, C
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Gomez, RF

PITCHING: Nate Robertson, Dontrelle Willis (maybe), Fernando Rodney, others

YANKEES

  1. Melky Cabrera, CF
  2. Johnny Damon, LF
  3. Nick Swisher, 1B
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH
  5. Xavier Nady, RF
  6. Cody Ransom, 3B
  7. Jose Molina, C
  8. Angel Berroa, SS
  9. Doug Bernie, 2B

PITCHING: A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Brian Bruney, Andrew Brackman, Eric Hacker

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