May 12th, 2010

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Yankees, Game 2

Don Kelly gets the start at third base to give Brandon Inge some rest. Jim Leyland said in the morning he’d been thinking about it, but he decided to go with him.

As for the bullpen, it’s in a little better shape than it was at the start of the day. Leyland said he plans to give Joel Zumaya the entire day off, but he could come back with Perry for a batter or two or Jose Valverde in a save situation.

Some of the bullpen is also newly-mohawked. Joel Zumaya and Ryan Perry were in the clubhouse between games sporting them — not like Johnny Damon, either. They were clean-shaven on the sides, as was Phil Coke and Alex Avila.


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

SP: Jeremy Bonderman


  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Brett Gardner, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Marcus Thames, LF
  8. Francisco Cervelli, C
  9. Ramiro Pena, DH

SP: Phil Hughes

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Yankees, Game 1

While Wednesday morning’s move to recall Alfredo Figaro gives the Tigers an extra reliever for Wednesday, it leaves the Tigers short a position player. They have three players on the bench, and one of them is the second catcher, so manager Jim Leyland has a little less flexibility to rest guys for the day-night doubleheader.

“You want to take care of everybody, but in this situation you can’t,” Leyland said.
With that in mind, here’s how Leyland was talking about working it out:
  • Scott Sizemore will not start the day game, but he will start the night game. Leyland said the cold weather sometimes affects Sizemore’s surgically repaired left ankle. With Raburn sent down, Ramon Santiago is left to start at second today.
  • Magglio Ordonez and Johnny Damon will each play both games, but they’ll alternate in the DH slot. Magglio will DH the first game and start in RF tonight. Damon will start the day game in left field and DH tonight.
  • Gerald Laird will catch Rick Porcello in the day game. Alex Avila will catch Jeremy Bonderman in the nightcap.
Got all that? Ok, here’s the full lineup for the day game …
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Santiago, 2B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS
P: Rick Porcello
  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Brett Gardner, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, DH
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Nick Swisher, RF
  8. Randy Winn, LF
  9. Ramiro Pena, 3B
P: Javier Vazquez

Figaro to Tigers bullpen, Raburn to Toledo

The overtaxed Tigers bullpen and Detroit’s strenuous early-season schedule finally forced a roster move Wednesday morning. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo, with utilityman Ryan Raburn heading back to the Hens to make room.

It isn’t a move manager Jim Leyland wanted to make, but with two games Wednesday, another potential bullpen start looming Sunday and no off-day in sight until May 24, he had to do it.
“It’s a matter where we were short on pitching,” Leyland said.
Figaro was scheduled to start for the Mud Hens in the next few days. No word on who will take his spot.
Raburn was off to a rough start to be sure. However, the fact that he had a minor-league option left played a huge role. Don Kelly, by contrast, would’ve needed to pass through waivers and be outrighted.
“Hopefully this will be a very short stint for Raburn down there,” Leyland said.
Unless there’s a DL move, Raburn has to stay down on the farm at least 10 days. He can’t be recalled until next Saturday, when the Tigers are in Los Angeles, the midpoint of their seven-game, eight-day West Coast trip.
Beyond the bullpen consideration, too, there’s the matter of Leyland finding a starter for Sunday. Because Tuesday’s rainout pushed back Rick Porcello’s start by a day, he would have to start on three days’ rest to go Sunday, and Leyland isn’t going to do that. Nor will he likely to do that for Jeremy Bonderman.
That would leave Leyland’s options at another bullpen start or calling up somebody. Leyland brushed off the question Wednesday morning, indicating that the decision hasn’t been made.
“It’s too far in advance to make any sort of decision on stuff like that,” Leyland said. “We talked about it at length last night.”