August 24th, 2009

Monday: Magglio bats third

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you who submitted your thoughts on what the Tigers meant to Detroit and to Michigan in these times. The responses, and the thought put into them, have really been amazing. The story is scheduled to run on Wednesday. I can’t get all the responses into there, unfortunately, and some really good ones probably won’t fit in and still hit the story length I have, but I hope you like the ones that do run. Even those that haven’t made it have prompted the kind of thought that I believe makes the story better.

Now, onto the game. Magglio Ordonez is batting third tonight, part of manager Jim Leyland’s effort to shuffle the order a bit and get some offense going. Part of the thought process is that if Magglio is going to hit well but not for much power, might as well try to get him on base ahead of their bigger hitters. He’s also 5-for-8 lifetime off Jered Weaver.

Leyland said he also planned to talk with Brandon Inge today and try to figure out what they can do to get him going again.

“I want him in there,” Leyland said, “but you have to try something.”

Inge said the prolotherapy they tried a week ago has been working, that his knee feels better. Now, he said, it’s a matter of getting his timing back at the plate. “I’ve been swinging without my legs for basically the last 2 1/2 months,” he said.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

ANGELS

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF
  3. Torii Hunter, CF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Juan Rivera, LF
  6. Kendry Morales, 1B
  7. Maicer Izturis, 2B
  8. Mike Napoli, C
  9. Erick Aybar, SS

P: Jered Weaver

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