Wednesday: Tigers vs. Twins

The big change in the lineup is on the Twins, who are without Justin Morneau tonight and most likely Thursday after he left Tuesday’s game with back issues. The shuffle essentially means both Delmon Young and Jim Thome are in the lineup at left field and DH, respectively.

On the Tigers side, Jim Leyland is giving Ryan Raburn another start at second in place of Scott Sizemore. It isn’t a matter of his miscue last night, but just part of Leyland being wary of Sizemore’s surgically repaired ankle. He still thinks the ankle is bothering Sizemore, though not nearly enough to be a major factor.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Jason Kubel, RF
  7. Delmon Young, LF
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Luke Hughes, 3B (Major League debut)

P: Scott Baker

13 Comments

At least that’s the reason he gives for not starting Sizemore. He may also want to get Raburn back in there so he doesn’t have to fester over that dropped flyball from last night.
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I did get that minute and found that play, so thanks for everyone’s help on that. It was the Bermuda Triangle for a fact. Funny, it looked different on the Twins’ broadcast, which I was watching because it was in HD.
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So let’s see if we can get this one then break the Curse of Pavano tomorrow.
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–Rich

I don’t think Casper Wells or Will Rhymes would make a bit of difference. I’m starting to think Leland has lost this team just like he did in ’08.

Tigers have no succession plan for 3B, SS, LF and Catcher. Avila needs to be sent down to Toledo to gain experience. He looks terrible at the plate this year. We need to trade for a 3B prospect, Everett is a rental and we never got the LF we needed in the off-season, we got Damon for offense (DH) not defense, at least NOT a long term player. Whatever happened to player development in Detroit?

Jim

Wow, one innings and back in it- who is going to pitch the remaining 5?
No choice but hope Thomas keeps us in it for another 2 innings.

Pretty evident which the better team is.
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Span just murders us. What a nice hit with 2 strikes on him.
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Wonder if the Tigers would dare to call up Will Rhymes at all.
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Casper Wells is hitting very well right now, with power.
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Figaro pitched shutout ball yesterday.

Boy is Avila ever going bad. He had 4 straight fastballs to tee off on.
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That man left on 3rd problem has raised its ugly head this year again.

Well, at least tonight Inge is able to move the runner over from second to third. In the end, though, it does no good because two straight batters can’t get Brennan Boesch home.

How can Rod and Mario defend against this error? The guy dropped the ball transferring it to his hand. You think Carlos wouldn’t have been called out.

Because the Twins have only made 2 errors this season is the reasoning. Just like Poly used to get the benefit of the doubt on I don’t know how many plays because he had gone so many consecutive innings without an error. Well, too bad, that Minnie’s 3rd error of the season. Now, we better score with this piece of luck.

I’ve got my rally cap on!

Fabulous confidence booster, apart from the sorry state of the starters and catchers.
Maybe this Tig team should just forfeit the first few innings so they can come from behind.

Tigers have done a nice job developing players lately, I don’t know what the complaints about. We spent a decade with bringing up AA players. We have a good system now, especially with pitching.

To respond to the question – C prospect is Avila. Toughest position to draft. You may think he is up too early, but a young left handed hitting catcher is gold.
LF – We are STOCKED with outfielders, Boesch, Thomas, Larish, Strieby, Wells. We have so many OF, our 5 tool one had to go back to AA.
SS – I like Ciarcio. Fields is well regarded. Dlugach has turned it around lately.
3B – I agree.

I’ll say one thing for this team so far: they sure can put some big innings together.
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I was in a bad mood before the game even started because of work related stuff, and the early innings didn’t help matters. I had no problem accepting the break on the Span play in center. It’s about time we got one, as I’m sure the Twins have had plenty in their hot start.
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Good work by Thomas and Coke. Brad may have saved the day. Austin Jackson, at 23, is already one fine big league centerfielder.
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If you’re Denard Span or Ron Gardenhire, do you go over to the umpires dressing room after last night’s game and apologize to that umpire? I don’t think I do after that performance. Was it classy, or kiss up wimpy? I never apologized to an umpire in my entire life.
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Good night for Brennan Boesch, impressive. I was also impressed with his use of the term “old adage” in his postgame comments. :-)
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–Rich

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