July 29th, 2010

Peralta here, Frazier up, Larish and Sizemore down

By now you already know Jhonny Peralta was in uniform soon after first pitch at Tropicana Field, and Scott Sizemore was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room. After the game came word that the Tigers swapped bench bats, designating Jeff Larish for assignment and purchasing the contract of Jeff Frazier from the Mud Hens.

Frazier is batting .273 in Toledo with 32 doubles, 23 home runs and 68 RBIs in 104 games. Eight of those home runs have come in July, including a two-homer game Wednesday against Pawtucket. It’s a good story for Frazier, a former Tigers draft pick who left and came back via trade a few years ago and was hoping his numbers to get him a call-up this season, as John Wagner chronicled in The Blade this morning.

The big plus for Frazier that helped get him the call is the fact that he’s a right-handed power bat. With Damon and Boesch and Kelly, the Tigers had enough left-handed bats available in the outfield, but kind of a shortage from the right side now that Raburn is pretty much playing close to every day. Detroit will face left-hander Jon Lester Friday night and then is on track to fellow lefties John Danks and Mark Buehrle next week.

Larish was out of minor league options actually has an option left, so they had didn’t have to designate him. If he passes through waivers, the Tigers will be able to outright him to Toledo.

Thursday: Tigers at Rays

Manager Jim Leyland was theoretically waiting to see if Jhonny Peralta could get to Tropicana Field in time for Thursday’s matinee. Realistically, though, he would’ve had no time to stretch pregame. Eventually, Leyland wrote out his starting lineup without him and without Sizemore. Thus, with lefty David Price on the mound, Danny Worth starts at third base.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Laird, C
  8. Rhymes, 2B
  9. Worth, 3B

P: Rick Porcello

RAYS

  1. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Carlos Pena, 1B
  5. Matt Joyce, RF
  6. Willy Aybar, DH
  7. Reid Brigniac, SS
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Gabe Kapler, CF

P: David Price

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