Saturday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Ironically (or maybe not ironic at all), the one Tiger with more than five at-bats against Jon Lester is Johnny Damon, the one Tigers regular who’s sitting tonight. He’s 7-for-24 off Lester. However, I’d expect he was giving some Tigers rookies (there are four of them in the lineup tonight) some pregame ideas on how to approach Lester.

One of those rookies is Casper Wells, who will get his first Major League at-bat in the first inning against Lester. He’s batting second and playing left field in Damon’s place. And yes, he’s still wearing number 57.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Wells, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Dontrelle Willis


  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. J.D. Drew, RF
  8. Bill Hall, LF
  9. Darnell McDonald, CF

P: Jon Lester


I don’t expect things are going to get much better for Willis , either this game or realistically, this season (and career).
We are sure not likely to creep back into this game vs Lester with the netherworld lineup in.
Lots of very significant shortcomings on this ball club.

Funny how there are some teams we just don’t match up very well with at all. Boston, certainly KC, often Chicago. And then we can beat the Yanks or the Angels. Go figure.
Boy what I’d give to have Beltre.

All I can say is that Carlos Guillen better stay healthy and play the rest of the season at 2B, because Sizemore has shown me nothing at all.

Everett watches 3 straight strikes go by, all of which looked pretty good. Did I just see that?

Everett watches 3 straight strikes go by, all of which looked pretty good. Did I just see that?

And the bottom of the lineup fails to deliver once again. Except for Santiago who just had some bad luck–heads up play by Boesch on 3rd.

But our 3-4-5 hitters are on fire!

Wow, what is Leyland thinking? he lets Everett face Papelbon when he has Kelly and Damon on the bench?
What a gloroious opportunity and what do you expect with Laird in that situation. And yes Inge doubled but should he not have been bunting?
No way Everett should be allowed to hit in that situation. Sorry–He is a sub .200 hitter for good reason—double in the early innings notwithstanding.
Impressive how Bosesch keeps delivering and impressive how this team comes back from seemingingly insurmountable defecits. Sure be nice to to walk off in the 9th.

Ciriaco and anyone in the farm system not named Boesch for Hanley Ramirez.

Why not Kelly for Everet?
Or Damon?

I am really pleased that Magglio has found his stroke once again. He faded a little but not for long.
If we can get AJ on base next inning and JL doesn’t run him he should be drawn and quartered.
I should be happy about tying this one up but god, I can’t get over Laird and Leyland.

Laird is just impotent offensively.
Damon has to do better at the plate. He was right on the one pitch but shouldn’t have been handcuffed on the next one
Can our 3-4-5 guys do it again?

If we’re talking about Everett hitting in the 8th, it was the correct move. Santiago had already entered the game as a PHer for Sizemore. If Damon (0-13 vs Papelbon) replaces Everett, we have no shortstop. Further, Papelbon could/would have walked Damon to pitch to Jackson, which would have been another mismatch. That inning keyed on Laird’s pitiful cluelessness on how to hit a sac fly. Holding Damon back allowed him to be inserted later for Wells, although Johnny missed a couple of chances to end the game later. I was with JL all the way on that one.
When it got to be 6-1 Boston, I tuned out for awhile. It’s Saturday night, my wife is able to stay up with me, I didn’t want to waste it on another easy loss to Boston, so we watched something else for awhile. I hope that personal info didn’t break the blog etiquette rule. When we returned, the score was 6-4. I said at that point that this team scraps if nothing else. I think that comes from Leyland so Jim, your biggest critic is giving you big time props tonight.
I think Dontrelle is still okay. He suffered from missing that start. Tonight Rod Allen also noticed he didn’t look right, similar to what I saw in his first two innings in Minnesota. One thing I would have done differently than JL is bringing back Willis for the 4th. I wouldn’t have done it. Dontrelle was finished after the 3rd.
A win is a win is a win is a win. I’ll take it. I don’t know why Rod Allen said we didn’t deserve it. We absolutely deserved it. Missed popups, failed sac flies, strikeouts and all. There’s something to be said for never giving up.

Kelly could have played 2nd and Santiago short.
Everett can’t hit. It worked out in the end but there is no way I let the bases full of Tigers die on the vine with everett up

Dont forget that Everett hit that double earlier in the game. Until about the 5th or 6th inning he had the only hit. Impotent bat or not.
Rich I didn’t understand why Rod said that either we deserved to win it just as much as they did. We just did our hitting late and they did theirs in the first few innings. So stuff it ROD (just kidding)

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