July 5th, 2009

Verlander, Jackson, Granderson get all-star nods, Inge in final vote

The Tigers are back to having a pack at the All-Star Game. This time, it’ll be the young core of the team.

Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson, whose dominant pitching has been a big reason for Detroit’s lead atop the American League Central, will join center fielder and leadoff man Curtis Granderson at the Midsummer Classic July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It marks the second time in three years that the Tigers have had as many as three players in the All-Star Game.

All three were selected by player balloting, which took place last week.

The Tigers have a chance at a fourth with Brandon Inge, who’s one of five candidates in the Final Vote. Balloting is now underway at MLB.com. He’ll be vying against former Tigers teammate Carlos Pena, Ian Kinsler, Chone Figgins and Adam Lind.

Magglio back in lineup, Kelly bats cleanup

It’s a little different lineup for the getaway day, but not extremely so. Considering Magglio Ordonez is 3-for-6 lifetime off Twins starter Nick Blackburn, and considering Ordonez is coming off his HR and double Saturday, he’s in the lineup as the designated hitter. Marcus Thames, 0-for-7 off Blackburn, gets the day off. Don Kelly is batting cleanup.

As for the bullpen, it’s short. Really short. Zumaya and Dolsi aren’t available, getting another day of rest after their outings Friday night. Leyland also wants to give Brandon Lyon and Bobby Seay a day off after they pitched the last couple days. That leaves Fu-Te Ni, Zach Miner and Fernando Rodney, with starter Luke French also available on his side-session day.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS

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

P: Nick Blackburn

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