Cabrera back in lineup, Inge rests

Miguel Cabrera isn’t exactly back to full health in his left hand, but he’s good enough to swing a bat, so he’s back in the lineup at first base. We’ll see if he can swing with authority, which Cabrera said yesterday was a concern.

Meanwhile, Brandon Inge is getting a day off.

“I need to get him away from it,” Leyland said. “He’s hurting. That’s just the way it is.”

It isn’t that Inge has necessarily aggravated his left knee tendinitis, but it’s bothering him. Because of that, Leyland expects he’s going to give Inge a day off now and then for the rest of the season. But also, when Leyland has said in the past that he needs to get a player “away from it,” it usually means that they’re pressing.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Josh Reddick, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Jason Bay, LF
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Nick Green, SS
  9. Chris Woodward, 2B

P: Clay Buchholz


I wish JL would “get away from it” too.
This was bound to hapen as Inge is getting to be very non-productive and it seems to be regressive right now.
I figured they should just put him on the DL to get right again.

already a bad start. Justin better buck up.

this hasn’t started well so far. Justin had better buck up.

Even KC can get runs off of Pavano. Still wonder why he stymies our hitters.

Appears that the only we may win this is to have JV pitch a shutout. Just an anemic offense right now. You go down that line-up and nobody, including Miggy, really scares you. So, you don’t have the ability to string anything together and heaven forbid if you get to the nine hole with AE there. He’s very close to an automatic out right now. A pitchers slot.

Second HBP. Surprised benches haven’t cleared.

Come on Fernando.

An uneventful save. Way to go Rodney and after not pitching for a while. Nice Job JV was on and it looks as though he and Raburn were the heros today.

JV was certainly our ace today and came through when we needed it. No drama in the ninth with Rodney. Nice insurance homer by Rayburn. Now I can go home and watch it for real.
Rich, now if they start the electronic ball and strike calls, I guess they will need to give the pitchers polygraphs to see the intent on inside pitches. I am still mad about Porcello’s ejection and suspension. Part of his suspension was for throwing at Victor, not it Cabrera had not been hit that would of been a pitch to move him off the plate.
Avila has looked good at the plate and behind it. He has blocked pitches much better than the previous two Erie game I saw earlier this year. Not knock on him at all, but if you watch Laird when a batter is hit, he moves toward the pitcher right away. I think he would of been make a good tackle. But then again, Watson would of then suspended Laird and Porcello. My last comment on this.
Great win today.

Unbelievable job by JV today. He will throw another no-hitter in his career. Good to see Fernando have an easy inning as well but it sure would be nice to get the offense going sometime soon to make it easier on the pitching staff.

KC always plays tough in Detroit so that will be a test this weekend. Good to be out of Boston though.

Terrific comeback by the Tigers after 3 lousy games. Verlander had enough, Rodney actually had a 1-2-3 inning, and surprisingly Raburn was the hitting hero with a homerun and a lucky line-hopper that Lowell could not throw to first in time with Cabrera scoring from 3rd after his double was misplayed by the RF. Before the series started, someone here mentioned how tired the Red Sox bullpen was from the 4-game beating in NY. I didn’t see any evidence of that at all. It was the Tiger bullpen that looked tired and was beat up by the BoSox. Need I mention Lambert, Miner, and Dolsi? Now they need a better effort from Washburn and Jackson against KC. Wouldn’t hurt to have one from Galarraga too.

Wow, Verlander. The Stopper, the Ace. Boston’s Dennis Eckersley was really impressed. That’s one job of pitching right there. And a nice save for Rodney, too.
There are people who say that even if we make the postseason, we have no chance. Today was an example of why we would have a chance. In the opening best of 5, you’ve got JV pitching two games with Jackson, Washburn and Porcello in the other three. You can knock off one of the big boys and move on, then anything can happen. It’s ALL pitching in the playoffs.
With better umpiring and better bullpen use, we were that close to taking three games in Boston. The umpires killed us on Tuesday (and missed the call on the pickoff today), and then there’s Monday. Not to belabor the point, but JL was all bent out of shape about using up his bullpen in this series and made bad decisions because of it. As it turned out, our best reliever, Lyon, didn’t appear in any of the games. This is what I’m talking about when I say get the game that’s there to win and let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. In that regard, I have a huge difference with JL in managerial philosophy.
Speaking of Lyon, he’s a free agent at the end of the year too. You better get him into some games or he’ll have no interest in re-signing here. You could end up losing both he and Rodney. Oh I forgot. Zumaya will be back………….

Pleasantly surprised with the win today. JV and Rodney were sensational. At least it shut up Boston for 1 day, but I suppose they are happy they won 3 out of 4. It still grinds me. Wish Boston had to come to Detroit for another series. Can you imagine the reception KY would get. Well, I have to let that go and be glad we got a sensational performance from Verlander. Sure did need that!

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