August 28th, 2009

Tigers' advice for Saturday: Get here early

If you’re heading downtown for Saturday’s Tigers game against the Rays at 4pm, your best shot is to get here early. The Lions are hosting the Colts across the street at Ford Field at 1pm, so the Tigers are encouraging fans to arrive by 3pm to avoid fans leaving the Lions game. It’s a preseason game, so fans might leave early, but it’s also the third preseason game, when teams usually play their starters the longest, giving fans reason to stick around.

Friday: Tigers vs. Rays

Magglio Ordonez is 7-for-14 off Rays starter Matt Garza, so he’s back in the lineup in right field, batting just in front of Cabrera. The one other intriguing note was Gerald Laird catching Rick Porcello instead of Alex Avila, even against the right-handed starter.

Actually, the other intriguing note was the weather, since it’s going to be raining here for a while. We’ll see what impact that has on the game, but it’s eventually going to clear, so we’ll be playing tonight. Whether or not it’s delayed remains to be seen.


  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Aubrey Huff, DH
  6. Carlos Guillen, LF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Jason Bartlett, SS
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Carlos Pena, 1B
  5. Pat Burrell, DH
  6. Manny Aybar, 2B
  7. Gregg Zaun, C
  8. Gabe Gross, RF
  9. B.J. Upton, CF

P: Matt Garza