October 6th, 2009

Tigers get bulletin board material

There’s a bulletin board on the inside of the door to the visiting clubhouse at the Metrodome. On most days, that’s where the lineup goes. Tuesday, that’s where the Tigers had two clips of the quote Twins speedster Denard Span gave to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

“I don’t want to say they’ve choked,” Span said. “But, yeah, they have choked. They’ve choked a little bit, but they have the opportunity to not choke, I guess.”

A yellow highlight marker ran through it, just in case anybody still might’ve missed it.

That’s not to say the Tigers deny they were in the driver’s seat. To some, they still are. But a team needing a spark before Sunday might’ve gotten another one.

Game 163: Tigers at Twins

Though speculation was rampant whether Miguel Cabrera would play, he’s in the lineup in his usual spot. He actually looked pretty relaxed after talking with reporters real briefly once the clubhouse opened.

As Jim Leyland had suggested, he put Ryan Raburn in the starting lineup for this tiebreaker game, batting him sixth and starting him in left field. Carlos Guillen is still in the lineup, but he’s the DH. Aubrey Huff is a pinch-hitter for this one.

Though Raburn’s bat would’ve been tough to sit for this one, especially against a pitcher (Scott Baker) who gives up a higher average to right-handed hitters than left-handed ones. It’s his first start against a righty since August.


  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  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: Scott Baker