Ordonez sits, Granderson bats 5th

Manager Jim Leyland followed through with his plans to get in as many left-handed bats as he could against Fausto Carmona. That means Jeff Larish getting a day at first base, Miguel Cabrera a day at designated hitter, and Magglio Ordonez a day out of the lineup. Josh Anderson will lead off for the second time this week, with Curtis Granderson hitting fifth.

“Carmona, that’s a tough ticket whyen you’re going good, let alone when you’re struggling,” Leyland said.

Adam Everett is also sitting in favor of Ramon Santiago, but it isn’t for his health. He said Luis Valbuena’s hard but clean side got him in his left ankle, the one he sprained in Spring Training, but it didn’t do much damage. If he didn’t have the ankle taped because of the sprain, it would’ve easily been worse.

Don’t be surprised to see the Tigers on the run again if they get guys on base, especially Anderson, Thomas and Granderson. Victor Martinez is back behind the plate, where he has thrown out one out of 10 would-be basestealers so far this season.


  1. Anderson, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, DH
  5. Granderson, CF
  6. Larish, 1B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Edwin Jackson


  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  5. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  6. David Dellucci, DH
  7. Ryan Garko, 1B
  8. Ben Francisco, LF
  9. Luis Valbuena, 2B

P: Fausto Carmona

By the way, it’s really windy and cooling off in Cleveland. The flags suggest the breeze is either coming from left or blowing left ro right.

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