Magglio returns to lineup

There were some good reasons why Friday wasn’t the right time to bring Magglio Ordonez back to the lineup. Not swinging a bat for four days was one. Ubaldo Jimenez’s success against right-handed batters compared to lefty hitters was another, though it’s baffling why he doesn’t dominate lefties with the two-seamer he was unleashing inside on LH hitters Friday night. Plus, Ordonez was traveling earlier in the day Friday to return from his home in Florida, where his wife had surgery.

Today, obviously, is the day. Magglio’s batting fifth as the designated hitter, with Clete Thomas in right field and Ryan Raburn in left. Magglio had a very good session of batting practice Saturday, and he said today that he felt a lot more free and easy swinging the bat. He has some peace of mind now that he hasn’t had for a while.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

ROCKIES

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  3. Todd Helton, 1B
  4. Brad Hawpe, RF
  5. Chris Iannetta, C
  6. Seth Smith, LF
  7. Garrett Atkins, DH
  8. Ian Stewart, 3B
  9. Clint Barmes, 2B

P: Jason Marquis

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