September 1st, 2009

Huff back in lineup against Carrasco

When Jim Leyland talked after yesterday’s loss, he was
really thinking about resting the slumping Aubrey Huff for a day or two. On
Tuesday, he thought better of it and put Huff in his starting lineup tonight for
the Major League debut of Carlos Carrasco. Part of Leyland’s thinking was that
Huff will sit Wednesday anyway against lefty Aaron Laffey.

That said, Huff is batting sixth in the lineup instead of
fifth. Leyland moved Magglio Ordonez ahead of him for the evening, with Carlos
Guillen batting third.

“I’m hoping he’s getting hot,” Leyland said of
Guillen. “That’s my hope.”

TIGERS

1.      
Curtis Granderson, CF

2.      
Placido Polanco, 2B

3.      
Carlos Guillen, LF

4.      
Miguel Cabrera, 1B

5.      
Magglio Ordonez, RF

6.      
Aubrey Huff, DH

7.      
Brandon Inge, 3B

8.      
Gerald Laird, C

9.      
Adam Everett, SS

SP: Edwin Jackson

INDIANS

1.      
Grady Sizemore, CF

2.      
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

3.      
Shin-Soo Choo, DH

4.      
Jhonny Peralta, 3B

5.      
Luis Valbuena, 2B

6.      
Matt LaPorta, RF

7.      
Andy Marte, 1B

8.      
Kelly Shoppach, C

9.      
Michael Brantley, LF (just called up)

SP: Carlos Carrasco (also just called up)

Robertson set for Thursday

Manager Jim Leyland announced today that Nate Robertson
indeed will start Thursday, as expected. That slot was listed as TBA as
recently as this morning.

Robertson threw a side session yesterday in preparation for
that report, and with Armando Galarraga starting Friday for Triple-A Toledo and
Eddie Bonine ticketed for relief work, there weren’t really any other internal
options except maybe Zach Miner.

Robertson threw 70 pitches his last time out, so if you
expand that out by 10-15 pitches — which teams usually do with pitchers during
rehab assignments — that would put Robertson’s pitch count around 80-85
pitches.

“I hope he can throw 80-85,” manager Jim Leyland
said, “but that will depend on the results. We have some extra ammo now
[with three September call-ups in the bullpen].”

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