July 28th, 2009

Magglio starts again, Laird gets a rest

Jim Leyland isn’t saying that his Magglio Ordonez-Clete Thomas platoon is over, but it basically sounds like he’s taking Ordonez’s situation on a day-to-day basis.

“I think he’s swinging the bat freely right now,” Leyland said, “so I’m going to play him for another day. I think he gives us the best chance tonight.”

That’s how Leyland is filling out his lineup these days with the guys he has. Of course, Leyland also has said several times that he’ll really like a lineup going into a game and then watch it fail to produce, such as last night.

Gerald Laird, meanwhile, is getting a day out of the lineup, presumably to get some rest. Odd, though, that it would come in the middle of the series, rather than using the getaway day to essentially get him 48 hours of rest. Perhaps Leyland wants Laird to get a shot at Kevin Millwood at Scott Feldman Wednesday, since he has caught him.

By the way, the Tigers did not alter their lineup at all based on the Rangers’ pitching change from Vicente Padilla to Doug Mathis for tonight.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Clete Thomas, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Ramon Santiago, 3B
  9. Dusty Ryan, C

P: Luke French

RANGERS

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

P: Doug Mathis

I’ll be on the, what do you call it, tweedledee, or tweedledum, or whatever, @beckjason. I kid.

Tigers won't face Vicente Padilla

The Tigers won't get to face starter Vicente Padilla, who's healthy but still weak from bout with swine flu, according to a Rangers spokesperson. RHP Doug Mathis will start in Padilla's place.

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