June 24th, 2010

Thursday: Tigers at Mets

The way Brennan Boesch and Magglio Ordonez are hitting, it’s becoming clear that the outfield mix this week is likely to leave either Austin Jackson or Johnny Damon out of the lineup when they don’t have a DH. On Thursday, it’s Damon on the bench for the second time this series. Ryan Raburn gets the start at second base with Carlos Guillen getting a scheduled day off. Guillen supposedly felt a little tightness in his hamstring after Wednesday’s loss, but there’s no indication that it’s a big deal.

The other question for Thursday involves whether there’s anything to the notion that facing a nasty knuckleball pitcher can mess up a hitter for the next couple days. Manager Jim Leyland doesn’t buy it.

“Guys always say they worry about stuff like that,” Leyland said. “I don’t really buy that stuff. I think that’s just good talk.”

TIGERS

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

METS

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Jesus Feliciano, CF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Henry Blanco, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. Hisanori Takahashi, P

Turner promoted to Lakeland

As the Grand Rapids Press reported last night, Tigers top pitching prospect Jacob Turner is getting bumped up a rung on the developmental ladder. Detroit has transferred his contract from low Class A West Michigan to high Class A Lakeland.

If this was part of the plan, it wasn’t evident. A month ago, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told the paper a month ago that there were “no immediate plans” to move Turner, that their current thought process was to leave him there. Dombrowski did caution, however, that the plans could change as the season moves on.

Turner’s performance apparently changed some plans, though it wasn’t particularly evident in the numbers. The 19-year-old gave up 10 earned runs on 31 hits over 28 innings in his last five starts, striking out 20 batters and walking five. After beginning the year on the disabled list, Turner went 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA as a Whitecap.

 

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