Wednesday: Tigers at Orioles

Miguel Cabrera and Jose Valverde both say they’re feeling better, and Justin Verlander is still on track to make his start, so it appears the stomach bug that was bothering this club the past couple days has passed.

As for the lineup, Brennan Boesch is back in the sixth spot, with Ryan Raburn on the bench. Manager Jim Leyland said this afternoon that Raburn will be back in the lineup for Thursday’s series finale. Victor Martinez will catch that game, so Boesch and Raburn will both be in the lineup.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Felix Pie, LF
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

P: Brad Bergesen


Bet Ryan is thrilled to know he is playing tomorrow. That will mean he has started three of six being 3/31; 3/4 & 7/4.
Me thinks SOC speak again with forked tongue.

I’m sick of it already. Didn’t take long. All that talk about Raburn needing to get steady playing time, out the window. And you could play both guys easily but there are other favorites involved.

We all know how JL is going to manage this team. We all know what he says about any player is to be taken with a grain of salt. We all know he will be dismissive of fans and media. And we all know it will take an alien abduction to keep Inge out of his lineups.
If this team plays anywhere near 500 ball, he will get his contract renewed.

Avila is showing the reason why a lot of folks like him. He is very calm at the plate and has a nice short stroke even with 2 strikes. Let’s hope the confidence level rises and impacts his defense, which we have seen last year, can be very good. He’s got a great arm and is pretty quick out of the hole on squibbers.

JV looks very tough tonight. How can anyone hit a 97 MPH fastball, and 87 MPH “change” and a 77 MPH Uncle Charlie?

Actually getting to watch this game. JV, as good as he is and can be, often surprises me with his pitch selection. There is still that part of him that wants to go for the big K and use the big arm to do it. Not sure why he did not show Lee (who he struck out BTW) or Vladdy the curve. That pitch was devastasting tonight. I thought it was the pitch to throw against Blad but he trided to get it by him and it cost him a run.

I guess we will get to see what Justin has left in the tank. No way they take him out for the 7th
Too bad he tends to make mistakes that get taken advantage of.

Great job Justin and let’s give a little credit to AA tonight too.

Missed Raburn’s double but kudos to the guy for coming in cold after being disrespected by his manager and come out swinging. Not real sure about bringing him in for defensive purposes though.
Anyway, I am really surprised that JL is not following a “formula” here by bringing in Benoit for the 8th. This early in the season, the game JV pitched –4 run lead–I sure would have.

You run the risk of having him throw too much too sonn and also to tire and get hit and aruin an otherwise spectaculra effort. JL=dumb on this move—even if it does work out.

Leyland looks like a genius. Still don’t agree with it.
We get to see Caspar’s 1st AB this inning. I think this guy is going to be a very good ballplayer.

That’s more like it!

This was the first game I’ve been able to watch Dan. NY blackout plus weekday games don’t mesh with my work schedule. Good game tonight. I hope AJ can get it going offensively. AA made a statement tonight. This is a positive he can feed off of.
Can we please see Ryan play in two straight games? That would be an important bit of evidence that he might indeed be the starting LFer.

Fun game to watch, wish I could have been there. Good to see Avila step it up, as I nearly had him on the bench. And so far, Victor is hitting better as a DH than as a catcher.
With the stuff Verlander had tonight, and with three perfect innings in the books, I wasn’t going anywhere. That guy is a no-hitter waiting to happen. It never gets old, watching JV pitch.
With Boesch no longer walking on water, I hope to see more of Raburn. It’s my opinion that Ryan will be more consistently productive while Boesch has hot streaks. Maggs was stroking as of old tonight, and that was another guy I was watching closely, only because of his age.
Penny will have to be on his game tomorrow night because that Baltimore club has some hitters. There has been talk of Coke returning to the pen while Oliver joins the rotation. Just talk, but if Penny can’t hold down his spot, it will have to remain just talk.
Early (very early) pivotal game tomorrow. A 3-3 road trip to New York and Baltimore would be a successful one.

Let’s not all go crazy. Verlander was wonderful. The Orioles pitcher, not so hot. Let’s see how we do against a better pitcher. I hope the better pitcher tomorrow is Penny, although, that doesn’t always guarantee a win, if the hitters don’t hit. The guy who was supposed to pitch tonight for the Orioles is in the hospital. I just can’t get myself too geeked up until I see some consistency. That includes the lineup, also.

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