September 6th, 2009

Galarraga out, Robertson in

ST. PETERSBURG – After Sunday’s come-from-behind 5-3 win,
Jim Leyland’s starting rotation shrunk from six to five.

Coming off a Saturday outing when he gave up six runs in
just 2 1/3 innings of work, the Tigers’ skipper announced that Armando
Galarraga was going to be used out of the bullpen and Nate Robertson would continue
to be a starter.

Sunday starter Edwin Jackson will be given an extra day of
rest and start on Saturday, and Robertson will go in the series opener against
the Blue Jays on Friday.

How long Robertson will go on as the starter is still
unknown, but Leyland isn’t looking at it as a one-shot deal.

“I am thinking Galarraga is out of the rotation and maybe
Nate can go on,” Leyland said. “I’m hoping [Robertson is] pretty fresh, and
that can be big for us. But I’m not going to start Galarraga at this time.”

Galarraga, battling some right elbow inflammation, was
originally slated to start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday but started in the big
leagues on Saturday so Jarrod Washburn could rest his balky left knee.

Leyland said prior to Sunday’s game that he didn’t think
anything was physically wrong with Galarraga, but after he gave up four hits
and three walks and threw 54 pitches before even getting out of the third, he
knew it was time to make a change.

“I just don’t think things are totally right,” Leyland said.
“At this juncture, I’m not planning on starting him – at this juncture. But
saying that, maybe a little more rest, we can tinker around in the bullpen a
little bit there, depending on Washburn. We’ve still got some things up in the
air, so I can’t set anything in stone, but my intention right now is not to
start him.”

– Alden Gonzalez

Tigers at The Trop, Game 3

ST. PETERSBURG — By winning the first two games of this series, the Tigers moved to 4-2 against the Rays this season, which guarantees they’d win a season series against them for the first time since 2006. 

After Armando Galarraga’s struggles on Saturday night (six runs in 2 1/3 innings), manager Jim Leyland said he’d talk to the young righty and his coaching staff to see what the next step is. With Nate Robertson making two good starts for Detroit recently, Galarraga could find himself out of a rotation spot — which looks like it will fall on Saturday against the Twins.
We’ll find out more soon, I’m sure. 
On to the lineups, which have Ramon Santiago back in there after a two-hit night — this time taking Placido Polanco’s place at second base. 
Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF
Santiago, 2B
Carlos Guillen, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Aubrey Huff, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Gerald Laird, C
Adam Everett, SS
SP: Edwin Jackson (RH)
Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Dioner Navarro, C
Fernando Perez, CF
SP: Wade Davis (RH)
UPDATE (2:03 P.M. ET): 
* Fernando Rodney will indeed not be available to close tonight. He’s fine, but Leyland would rather take advantage of Monday’s off-day and give him three days of rest. Jeremy Bonderman will be off, too. 
* Alex Avila’s two-run homer against James Shields in the seventh inning on Saturday was an absolute moon shoot to right field, one that bounced off the catwalk that sits just above the JumboTron beyond the right-field seats. He’s the second player to hit a home run off what’s called the “C-ring” this season, with the other being Evan Longoria on April 30. “That was a bomb,” an impressed Leyland said.
– Alden Gonzalez
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