October 2nd, 2009

Friday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Let’s be honest: If Jake Peavy, this batting order might well be irrelevant. But for what it’s worth, it’s pretty much the same lineup that the Tigers had against Peavy last Friday, except with Laird catching rather than Avila because Jackson is pitching for Detroit. The hope, obviously, is that having seen Peavy once will at least let hitters know what to expect.


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

P: Edwin Jackson


  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

P: Jake Peavy

HP: Tim Tschida
1B: Mark Carlson
2B: Jeff Nelson
3B: Bob Davidson

Bonderman, Mac suspended, Mijares only fined

Suspensions and fines just came down from Thursday’s hijinks between the Twins and Tigers, and the only suspensions are on the Tigers side. Jeremy Bonderman received three games, which he immediately decided to appeal. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who was acting manager when Bonderman hit Delmon Young with a ninth-inning pitch, was suspended one game, even though he wasn’t thrown out of the game. He can’t appeal, so he’s out for tonight’s game. Bonderman was fined $1500, McClendon $1000, and manager Jim Leyland (ejected earlier in the game) and catcher Gerald Laird (ejected along with Bonderman) were fined $500 each.

Jose Mijares, whom the Twins and Tigers blamed for escalating matters when he threw behind Adam Everett in the eighth, was fined but not suspended.

Former Tiger Bobby Higginson was not at the park and was neither fined nor suspended.

Postscript on Mauer and signs

Forgot about this in all the hubbub of yesterday’s game, but Gerald Laird said after the game that he did indeed go online and take a look at the video accusing Twins All-Star catcher and MVP candidate Joe Mauer stealing signs, just to see how legit it was after another reporter asked him about it.

“I looked at it,” Laird said. “It didn’t look like that big of a deal. We watched [Jason] Kubel’s at-bat that at-bat, and it didn’t look like he was really on that many pitches. It was just one of the things that was said, and we took a look at it.”

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe the Twins steal signs, of course. But he doesn’t think that was a video catching them in the act.

“It’s part of the game,” Laird said. “It happens everywhere.”