June 30th, 2010

Verlander meets Tom Seaver

The Tigers had three rough days in New York last week. Justin Verlander had a particularly rough outing in the series opener last Tuesday, but he might’ve gained something from a meeting with Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. The point was to get Verlander to look at a lineup and determine where his outs are.

“Not to give too much credit to good hitters,” Verlander said. “That’s basically what I got out of it. Believe in yourself. Don’t try to overthink stuff.”

Jim Leyland talked before the game about looking down a lineup and determining where your outs are, which hitters are going to be tougher battles than others, and formulating a game plan that way. That seemed to be one of the points Leyland wants Verlander to gather, not that he’s usually one who lacks for confidence.

Ni optioned to Toledo

The much-pondered question of what the Tigers would do with Fu-Te Ni got an answer Wednesday afternoon, when he was optioned to Triple-A Toledo postgame. No return move was immediately announced, but the first candidate you probably thought of isn’t the guy. Leyland said Ryan Perry would not be the guy coming up.

“Perry’s going to pitch there until he’s right,” Leyland said, admitting with that he’s not down there on rehab simply to show he’s healthy.
“There’s nothing wrong with Perry’s health,” Leyland said. “Right now, there’s something wrong with his control. He’s rusty.”

Wednesday: Tigers at Twins

It’s the end of the nine-game, nine-day, three-city road trip, closing out with a noon local time game, but there’s a good number of Tigers taking part in the optional batting practice, Brennan Boesch among them. 

Magglio is in the lineup, but at DH. Leyland’s trying to take it easy on him for a day. Santiago gets his first day off in almost a week after five straight games started. He’ll get two days off before Friday’s series opener against the M’s.

By the way, if Avila had been catching today, the Tigers would have five rookies in the field, including the pitcher.

The Twins line up four left-handed hitters against Andy Oliver, but Joe Mauer isn’t one of them.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS
P: Andy Oliver
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. Nick Punto, SS
  9. Drew Butera, C
P: Kevin Slowey