September 17th, 2009

Thursday: Tigers vs. Greinke (and Royals)

The abundance of left-handed starters facing the Tigers left Carlos Guillen with just eight plate appearances over the last week. He gets back into the starting lineup today against Zack Greinke. He was talking about maybe trying to hit right-handed during batting practice today, but I’m not sure what good it would do.

Don Kelly, meanwhile, earns his first start since July 5. He’s in right field, batting seventh.


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

P: Edwin Jackson


  1. Willie Bloomquist, RF
  2. Mitch Maier, LF
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Mike Jacobs, DH
  5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  6. Miguel Olivo, C
  7. Alex Gordon, 3B
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Josh Anderson, CF

P: Zack Greinke

Robertson throws side, good for Sunday

Looks like Nate Robertson is good to go for the Tigers Sunday at the Metrodome. He threw a side session this morning, didn’t show any obvious problems and said afterwards he’s all good.

The Tigers wanted to see Robertson “air it out,” as Jim Leyland said, to see how his injury reacted. That seemed to be the problem with Washburn and his knee, which seemed to hold up fine when he threw on the side but swelled up when he got to game intensity.

Text of Ernie's speech

Thank you, folks. Thank you very much. We don’t want to be penalized now for delay of the game. But I do want to express my feelings here.

It’s a wonderful night for me. I really feel lucky to be here, and I want to thank you for that warm welcome. I want to express my deep appreciation to Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers for that video salute and also for the many great things they’ve done for me and my family throughout my career here with the Tigers. In my almost 92 years on this Earth, the good Lord has blessed me with a great journey, and the blessed part of that journey is that it’s going to end here in the great state of Michigan.

I deeply appreciate the people of Michigan. I love their grit. I love the way they face life. I love the family values they have. And you Tiger fans are the greatest fans of all, no question about that. And I certainly want to thank you from the depth of my heart for your devotion, your support, your loyalty and your love. Thank you very much, and God bless you.