Wednesday: Tigers at Royals

It took until Game 2 this season for manager Jim Leyland to want to ward off questions about his day-to-day lineups, probably because he didn’t want to answer a bunch of questions about his changes for the second game. His past history shows that he usually tries to get in all of his position players within the first few games.

In the case of Alex Avila, that means he’s catching today. He’ll have Gerald Laird catching Dontrelle tomorrow and Rick Porcello for the home opener on Friday, so if he was going to get Avila a game within the first four days, now was the time.

“If I’m not going to catch him, I shouldn’t have brought him,” Leyland said. “I’m going to play everybody. That’s what a team’s all about, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Likewise, Leyland said Ryan Raburn will start at second base on Thursday, but said it doesn’t mean anything about Scott Sizemore’s status. He’s going to watch Sizemore and third baseman Brandon Inge and try to get them rest.

“We’re going to need them all,” Leyland said, “and I’m going to play them all.”


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Max Scherzer


  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Billy Butler, 1B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Jose Guillen, DH
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Jason Kendall, C
  9. Chris Getz, 2B

P: Luke Hochevar


I don’t have any problem with that. Jim’s got a fairly strong and very versatile bench and should use it freely. Everybody, including veterans supposedly getting a day off, should be ready to play everyday.
Tonight is one of those rare occasions when it’s better to be a long distance fan. Those of us outside Tiger territory can tune into the KC feed for the first two hours. Someday maybe there will be no such thing as blackouts. We can only hope. I’ll have to remember tonight’s game when I’m complaining about Fox stealing a Tigers-Twins game later in the season and preventing me from seeing it.

I love Leyland’s philosophy early in the season. If they’re here, let em play, don’t let them sit on the bench and get rusty.

Where I think he screws up is using that philosophy ALL season. There are times when you’re in a playoff race late that you just can’t afford to bench your starters. I think sometimes he over manages and lets the backups play at critical times in the season. There’s a reason they’re backups. Play your starters when it matters most.

JL seems to be ahead of the curve this year managing player issues. I find it strange players seemed to be hearing it at spring training relayed thru the media but at least it is better than nothing.
I will scream though every time he pulls Damon or Maggs for defensive subs when the game is still in the balance. Apart from losing the potential AB, defensive subs have to quickly get into sync with the game and invariably overplay situations, similarly with many young pinch runners.

I’m listening on MLB audio. Sounds like Scherzer was having a problem throwing strikes the first inning. Let’s hope he gets himself together.

Very strange thing just happened. Was listening to Dan and Jim broadcast and for a few seconds there was no sound and now I’m hearing KC broadcaster’s instead. I sure wish we’d get some runs.

Wow–Scherzer made some great pitches to DeJesus under extreme pressure after Inge blew an easy DP ball. Kudos to Max.
p.s. Unhappy with, but not “bashing” Inge

I’m kind of surprised that Damon was first ball swinging there in the 6th. Jackson on first with none out, I’d think we’d be looking for a good count to start the runner. 1-0, 2-1, something like that. On a raw night like this, one run is huge.
Max looks good.

Yep. Surprised a bit with that too.
Who will hit the 1st dinger of the year for the Tigs? Will it come tonight?
Sure would look good.
My vote goes to Sizemore.

Sure hope Max doesn’t become the next guy in the rotation the hitters have trouble scoring for.
Weather is a factor tonight but the guys have to play some small ball here and steal one.

Sizemore has no hits yet, but he’s drawing walks and doesn’t look overmatched. Good vote.
Did anyone notice that Inge cost Scherzer a shot at a no-no on that play? Not that he would have gotten it, but………….

From what I have seen from Sizemore so far I am very optimistic. He has been composed and disciplined. Nice bunt. Ruined my HR theory, but it was the right play for JL to call.
This will be a tough one to lose.

Don’t know how it’s going to end, but isn’t it great to see Brooky make on the field in a Tiger uniform?

Impressed still with Sizemore—he gets on. AJ had one of the worst ABs possible there in the 10th. Ahead 2-0 and then swung at 3 balls to strand a guy on 3rd. Ouch. Rookie label was all over that AB.
What a fortuitious AB by MCab. Can’t get much closer to the wire than that.

Opps, supposed to be “back” on the field

11th now–Let’s see if the boys from Venezuela can win one for us here. Feels like a big game even though there are 160 left!

Maybe 161 games left🙂

I Miss Rodney already!

Paying for not bunting with Binge

Yikes!! Valverde actually sucked.
Sizemore made a horrible play after all the positives I made about him earlier.
Royals baserunning there could have given us a break as Ankiel made a big mistake after rounding 2nd but the nonchalance by Sizemore allowed Bloomquist to score.
Callaspo seems to like Tiger pitching.
Valverde still has 74 saves to accomplish.

What a buzz kill – crap a blown save already. A few missed opportunities. For starters right before Cabrera hit his homer Ordonez should of been on base that ump completely screwed him over there. Jackson had a really bad at bat when Sizemore was on third. Cabrera for the hero he was in the ninth really screwed up in the 11th trying to steal 3rd BIG mistake, took what could of been a big inning into a run which may of turned out to be the difference. Valverde – hopefully we don’t see too much more of that.
Scherzer was good – although here in Detroit we didn’t see any of his pitching. Seemed like a lot of impatient at bats by the Tigers hitter when Hochever was on the mound.
I’ve got a headache.

Yeah, blown save, horrible play by Sizemore, Jackson’s AB, Cabrera trying to steal third, Inge and Laird taking poor situational approaches late killed our chances.
There were also super clutch hits from Cabrera and Guillen, an excellent AB from Santiago, and excellent pitching for ten innings, a good play by Kelly on the game winner.
And it’s nearly midnight and Mickey York is yelling his fool head off. I had to run in there and turn the TV down. Jerk. The audio director needs to set a York volume on his mixer.
Okay, back at ’em tomorrow. D-Train time.

I agree on seeing Brookens again – looks a might bit older and grayer, but brings back great memories – I will miss seeing Andy there, but for nostalgic reasons I am loving Tom being there.

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