Not as righty-heavy as expected vs. Millwood

When last night’s game ended, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was thinking about loading his lineup with right-handed hitters for today’s meeting with Kevin Millwood due to the splits — .283 avg with a .773 OPS against right-handed bats, .194 with a .591 OPS vs. lefty bats. Well, Leyland backed off that idea after looking further back before 2007 and seeing the splits not that vast. Plus, the right-handed hitters who have hurt him this year have generally been pretty good — Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera, Frankin Gutierrez, Carlos Quentin among them. Thus, you get your usual assortment of left-handed hitters in the lineup today.

Also back in the lineup today is Dane Sardinha, catching for the first time since he injured his finger last Wednesday at Minnesota. Leyland said on a local morning show today that he might play Sardinha a little more than he has been, because he worries he’s been wearing down Gerald Laird with the amount of playing time he’s been getting. So that’ll be an interesting situation to watch in the days ahead.


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

P: Edwin Jackson


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. David Murphy, LF
  3. Michael Young, 3B
  4. Hank Blalock, DH
  5. Marlon Byrd, CF
  6. Nelson Cruz, RF
  7. Chris Davis, 1B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS

P: Kevin Millwood


Well, Jackson doesn’t seem sharp so far, but it appears that Clete has brought his “A” game on all levels.

Jackson has made a remarkable recovery in this game. His fastball was simply wild early in the game. By the seventh, he hit 98 and 99 mph on back-to-back strikeouts and staying out of a lot of deep counts. The fact that he worked into the eighth in this game is impressive, let alone doing so with the lead in a low-scoring game.

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