July 3rd, 2009

Magglio sits opener vs. Twins

Considering Kevin Slowey’s pitching splits — a .349 average and .933 OPS allowed to left-handed hitters, compared to .266 and .728 from the right side — Jim Leyland could be expected to try to get in as many left-handed hitters as he could. This time, he did so while sitting Magglio Ordonez, whose struggles against left-handed pitchers during the Oakland didn’t make a matchup against right-handers look promising tonight.

Ordonez was here early in the afternoon for extra hitting work on the field. We’ll see if he returns to the lineup Saturday to face Francisco Liriano, against whom he’s 6-for-17 for his career.

TIGERS

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

P: Luke French

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, LF
  2. Brendan Harris, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  6. Joe Crede, 3B
  7. Delmon Young, DH
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Kevin Slowey

Inge, Verlander win Tigers Player/Pitcher of Month

Brandon Inge and Justin Verlander were voted the Tigers Player and Pitcher of the Month for June, the Tigers announced Friday. Inge batted .287 for June with six home runs and 19 RBIs, including a couple critical shots. Pitching honors were a tougher, with no Tiger winning more than two games, but Verlander paired his 2-1 record with a 2.91 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 34 innings.

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