June 22nd, 2010

Tuesday (back to work): Tigers at Mets

By now, you’ve probably heard the pitching move: Andy Oliver will make his big league debut Friday at Atlanta. Until then, the Tigers will have an eight-man bullpen with Jay Sborz, whom manager Jim Leyland said will be sent down after Thursday’s game to make room on the roster for Oliver.

As for tonight, you’ll notice the new No. 2 hitter, at least for tonight. With no DH slot, Johnny Damon out of the lineup and rookie Danny Worth at short, Gerald Laird gets the start in the two spot. It’s basically a situation where Jim Leyland doesn’t want to tinker with his lineup, at least with Guillen in the six spot and Brandon Inge batting seventh. And he didn’t want to put the rookie Worth up near the top at this point.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Laird, C
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Worth, SS
  9. Verlander, P


  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Angel Pagan, CF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. Jonathon Niese, P