September 28th, 2009

Tigers, Twins washed out

A line of showers and storms stretching across the state of Michigan washed out Monday’s opener of the Tigers’ critical series against the Twins at Comerica Park.

The postponed game will be made up Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. First pitch for the opener will be at 12:05 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly-scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest. Tickets for Monday’s game will only be honored for the Tuesday afternoon game, while tickets for Tuesday’s game will be good for the night game only.

Monday’s original starters, Rick Porcello and Nick Blackburn, will pitch the opener. Justin Verlander and Brian Duensing will face each other in the nightcap as originally scheduled.

The twin-bill adds another subplot to a four-game set that is expected to go a long way towards deciding the winner of the American League Central.

Now that Porcello’s start has been pushed back a day, it raises intrigue as to what the Tigers might do with their rotation for his next turn. Porcello would’ve been on track to start Saturday against the White Sox, but he would now have to start that on short rest, a difficult situation for a 20-year-old rookie whose innings workload has been closely watched all year.

The Tigers could conceivably start Justin Verlander on three days’ rest if need be, but they had put him on track to pitch the regular-season finale if need be.

Monday: Tigers vs. Twins

It’s windy, wet and gloomy in Detroit tonight, and the best hope is that the wet part lets up. It very well might, because these clouds look like they’re heading east in a hurry. With the ’84 reunion tonight and no desire on either team’s part to have a makeup doubleheader in such a key series, I’m guessing they wait a while to get this game in if they have to. They might not have to do that, though.

The only real change in the Tigers lineup is the flip of Gerald Laird and Brandon Inge to seventh and eighth in the order, respectively. Clete Thomas is 6-for-12 off Nick Blackburn, but he doesn’t get the start over Magglio, who’s pretty good off Blackburn himself at 4-for-10. Inge is 1-for-11.

TIGERS

  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. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, SS
  4. Jason Kubel, RF
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Nick Blackburn

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