October 4th, 2009

Sunday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Carlos Guillen will get the start against a left-handed pitcher that he has wanted for a while. He’s the DH today against White Sox southpaw John Danks, with Marcus Thames on the bench. Other than that, it’s the regular Tigers lineup against a lefty.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, DH
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jermaine Dye, RF
  5. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  6. Alex Rios, CF
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Ramon Castro, C
  9. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

P: John Danks

Cabrera struggling, bruised, down stretch

Jason Beck / MLB.com

While the Tigers’ offensive struggles over the last three games aren’t a complete mystery, given Detroit’s troubles scoring runs off and on all season, the struggles of Miguel Cabrera are mysterious. Not only did he go 0-for-4 in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox, he didn’t get the ball out of the infield, including a double play to end the eighth inning after the Tigers scored their only run of the game.

Cabrera is now 0-for-11 since his first-inning single off Scott Baker Thursday, and the fact that the Tigers have scored four runs over that span isn’t a coincidence. He has had just two longer hitless streaks this season, and he talked after Friday’s game about needing to put his struggles behind him and focus on hitting Freddy Garcia.

FSN Detroit’s broadcast Saturday night showed Cabrera with bruising on the left side of his face. Cabrera was not around for comment after the game, and others were put in an awkward position when asked about it.

“I didn’t see it, to be honest with you,” manager Jim Leyland said.

Likewise, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said through a team spokesperson that he had not seen Cabrera.

As for the struggles at the plate, it’s also a mystery.

“I don’t know what’s going on there,” shortstop Adam Everett said. “I’m sure he’ll come out ready to play tomorrow.”

Said third baseman Brandon Inge: “He’s obviously going to be pitched well. He’s a great hitter. It’s hard to speak for him, but I don’t know. It’s kind of strange, because that double play to end the inning, he kind of hit it good. He just hit it down into the ground. If he lifts that ball, oh boy, we have a whole different ballgame going.” 

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