August 6th, 2009

Avila starts Thursday, Friday

Manager Jim Leyland said Thursday morning that his plan with Alex Avila to use him catching Rick Porcello and Armando Galarraga for now. That means Avila will catch Friday night as well as his start today.

Magglio Ordonez also gets another start in right field. One gets the feeling that as long as Ordonez is showing signs of hitting — he’s 4-for-8 over his last two games, and batting .324 (11-for-34) in his last nine games — he’s probably going to be in the lineup until he cools off, whatever the financial implications. That said, keep in mind that Ordonez is a ways away from his contract option vesting, so the fact that he’s playing now doesn’t mean he’ll be playing a lot later if he isn’t hitting well.

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. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ORIOLES

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nolan Reimold, LF
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Aubrey Huff, 1B
  5. Ty Wigginton, 3B
  6. Luke Scott, DH
  7. Matt Wieters, C
  8. Felix Pie, CF
  9. Robert Andino, SS

P: David Hernandez

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