Sunday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

When we left manager Jim Leyland early Sunday morning, he was toying with the idea of starting Danny Worth at second base for this game. A few hours later, he followed through on it, putting Worth at second and batting him ninth.

Worth didn’t know he was starting when he got into the clubhouse.

“I don’t even know where the lineup is,” Worth said.

It will be a day with three rookies in the Tigers lineup, but not the reigning AL Rookie of the Month. Austin Jackson is getting a rare day off, replaced in center by Don Kelly and at leadoff by Johnny Damon. Ramon Santiago will bat second.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  3. J.D. Drew, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Bill Hall, 2B
  9. Jonathan Van Every, CF

P: John Lackey

8 Comments

Not sure why JL wouldn’t DH Boesch today considering he has a groing issue.
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Nice AB by Avila. After looking at 2 strikes he was able to work Lackey real hard.

That’s taking advantage. A lucky break on the Damon single and Ramon follows it up with a powrful HR.
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Nice to see G-Man get some cushion to work with as he is pitching very well thus far.

G-Man was solid today. Very encouraging. Came right back from a shaky start in the 1st to take control of the batters’ box. No nibbling and good results. A contribution from him bodes well.
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Very strange to see Bondo come in for relief. I figured Ni couuld throw a few or Thomas.
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Worth looks like he is not in awe. Likes going after that 1st pitch which in this game is not a bad idea. Why wait to get behind in the count when you are raw rookie?

Well well well – What a great homestand so far. Armando was real good. And today they did it mostly without Boesch and Cabrera. Nice win. GO TIGERS

Well it looked last night, behind 6-1, that the Tigers were going to lay down for this series. They stole that game and won this one going away, taking another series. Last night had to take the air right out of Boston. This Tiger team has established itself as a team that WILL come back, and that fact has to begin to play on the minds of opposing teams. Kind of a self fulfilling prophesy. On the other hand Minnesota has blown some leads late this year.
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Santiago both today and yesterday is showing signs of what he can do when given a legitimate chance with no pressure to prove himself. He’s earned the right to be a starter. I couldn’t be happier for him. I think I root harder for him than any other Tiger. If I was to take a stab at why he has been overlooked for so long, it would be that he is one of those guys that is so quiet and soft spoken that he’s almost invisible, figuratively speaking. He just never sold himself. That’s my theory anyway.
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Last night he doesn’t even know how to milk the walk-off walk, and stands at home plate wanting to congratulate Magglio for scoring. It was funny. I think he’s one of the very few Tiger players who approaches all his at bats with the attitude of “what do you want me to try to do for you in this AB?” rather than just swinging away and hoping something good happens. It’s an unselfish attitude and a somewhat reserved one, which is exactly what makes him so invisible. So today, out of the blue, he smashes one of his unexpected HR’s (against Lackey) to virtually put the game away. I love it. That’s what I love about baseball.
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It’s been mentioned that we have a weak order after #5 but I don’t think it’s that bad really. I don’t consider Ramon a weak AB, and given that he is a switch hitter there is no reason why he should not be the starter from now until he proves he can’t handle the job. Now, should Carlos be able to manage 2nd base (I agreed with you a few days ago Aklos- and then we see Carlos taking in 2B FP…whoa…what du ya know), now we’re talking 2 spots left in the order. I think Brandon does an adequate job hitting. I don’t consider him a deficit anyway, and his fielding legitimately offsets that. Are there better hitting 3basemen? Oh yeah. But he is one of the best defensively….today’s 60 ft. backhand DP flip to second….
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So we have one weak spot in the order at catcher. And that only offensively at this point. Not sure there are any answers to this one. Maybe split the time evenly between Avila and Laird and hope one of them gets going. I favor Avila because he’s a LHB and has some power. He’s showing signs of coming around.
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This team has the makings of some great chemistry. One day, we see some glaring deficiencies, the next day they look like contenders. But they are comebackers by established reputation now. They have blown very few late.
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Great game today. G-man pitched a strong game. Bondo comes in and gets 2 quick outs and how about Ni? What a job he did getting the K after loading the bases! That showed courage and focus right there. JL did well keeping him in.
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Magglio is getting to be a very hard out again. If all this stuff keeps up this team might never look back. I agree there are still a lot of questions, but as long as one aspect of their game or another covers every day they seem to come up with the right answers.
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They really need to take at least one against the White Sox before going back on the road. 2 would be perfect. Go Tigers!

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Yeah I have to agree that this team is funny in that sometimes I think they really are a good team and could contend with anybody. Then the next game (like Friday and the first 6 innings Saturday) I’ll think they are a mess with bad starting pitching and sloppy defense. Just goes to show that JL is right to say you’re only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher.

I still think if the starters get it going they could go on a hot streak and string a bunch of wins together. I have to say though so far this has been an exciting season and you have to like the characters on this team with Valverde and the mohawks etc.

Great week of baseball all in all, we won some real clutch games and fun to see another team do something crazy like walk in a walk off. Ramon deserves to be our everyday shortstop in my opinion, he fields as well as Adam and hits better plus is a switch hitter. Everett can lay down a bunt and be smart, but I think Ramon is even smarter and I always feel confident he will do something, even hit into an out if he will advance a runner somewhere.

White Sox – time for Miggy to redeem himself from last year!!!

Loved the DP with the basket throw from Inge to 2nd base. Was it Danny at 2nd? Anyway, he was sure-handed, got out of the way of the runner and threw to Cabrera for a great DP.

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