August 6th, 2010

Tigers shuffle batting order for weekend

Jim Leyland said mainly trying to “change things up” and try to get something going by switching up his batting order. The way they’ve been hitting lately, he figures, it’s worth trying something.

The revamped order switches up slumping rookie Brennan Boesch from fifth to second. Instead of trying to protect Miguel Cabrera in the lineup, Boesch will be trying to set the table for him. Jhonny Peralta moves up from sixth to fifth. Johnny Damon moves from third to sixth where he hasn’t hit in the order since 1999. Ryan Raburn slots into the third spot.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Boesch, RF
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, SS
  6. Damon, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Rhymes, 2B
P: Justin Verlander
  1. Bobby Abreu, LF
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Torii Hunter, RF
  5. Hideki Matsui, DH
  6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
  7. Howie Kendrick, 1B
  8. Bobby Wilson, C
  9. Peter Bourjos, CF
P: Jered Weaver

Chadd, Rojas, Pleis promoted

The Tigers announced a few moves in their player development and scouting departments today:
  • After six years of running the Tigers’ draft efforts, David Chadd is being promoted to vice president of amateur scouting as well as special assistant to the general manager. He’ll still oversee the Tigers’ draft efforts but also take on some other responsibilities during the year, which he was already doing to some degree. He did some pro scouting for the Tigers this summer.
  • Scott Pleis, who had been a national crosschecker, takes over the role of amateur scouting director. He’ll handle the day-to-day amateur scouting work and draft prep while reporting to Chadd.
  • Mike Rojas will fill the player development director role that had been open for the past couple months since the Tigers and Glenn Ezell parted ways. Rojas had been the minor league field coordinator since the start of the 2008 season, but has been with the organization in some capacity or another since 2004.