Thursday: Tigers at Orioles

UPDATE: Luke Scott took batting practice Thursday and returned to the Orioles lineup, batting fifth. Suffice to say, that’ll be an adjustment for the Tigers.

Ramon Santiago gets the start at shortstop instead of second. Jim Leyland gives Magglio Ordonez the night off ahead of Opening Day on Friday. Ryan Raburn starts in left field for the first time this series. Jhonny Peralta gets a regular day off, as does Brandon Inge in favor of Don Kelly at third.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Don Kelly, 3B
  7. Ryan Raburn, LF
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Brad Penny


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

P: Chris Tillman


Are we in 2012 already?? Looks like the OC started with resting Maggs and thought what the heck, I might as well keep going.
Can’t call him stubborn tonight with that lineup.

Maggs got his stroke back last night so he gets a night off. That’s how it goes. Who foresaw Boesch getting more PT than nearly everyone else?
We need to steal this series from the Orioles and get away Scott-free.

Don’t like this lineup at all. The first two guys aren’t hitting at all right now?

Almost got away!!
They could be hitting worse – Manny, Joyce and Damon are all with 1 hit apiece and under .06 for the Rays.

So Scott is playing now? Ruined a perfectly good pun.

Apparently, Penny’s first inning was a fluke! Second inning is more like it. Has anyone else noticed that Avila used to be good at throwing out runners and he has not been good this year and struggled in spring training as well! Laird!

Home plate ump pissing me off!

3rd inning Brad got robbed on pitches that should of been called strikes that weren’t that really stretched out that inning?? And doesn’t it seem as though Tillman is getting a generous strike zone? Yes I m whining!

Why don’t they just put up a big television screen so the umps can look up and make the right call.

So far, this has been a pretty good game. The Tigers just have to score runs and have a good defense when Penny is pitching.

Our pitchers stink! Leyland made a very poor pen decisions! Congratulations to all!

I will reiterate that that our pitching staff REALLY STINKS! Going to be hard to win many games with this pen!

We still have a chance but it doesn’t look rosy. Bad pen decisions, I’d have to agree. A fine game until we got to the 6th. The team looked really in sync. Then, poof.

Feeling all warm and fuzzy about going to the game tomorrow! Not!

A really good BP could have saved this game for us.

I’ve laid low all winter, and through the first week of the season. I’ve read all the comments for the past five months. Tonight has made me realize that Brad “Penniless” is not an American League pitcher. You would have been no worse off with Bonderman as the # five in what appears to be a suspect starting rotation at best. We might have to fast track the youngsters again. The team looks lethargic tonight. Maybe coming home will change the luck.

Yikes. All the glowing no problem, everything is peachy, reports from Leyland on Penny. Reminds me of how cool everything was last year with Dontrelle. How Leyland had never seen him look so good, that he was awesome etc.
I just don’t believe anything he says anymore. He comes off as some true grit persona but he is the biggest BSer I have seen managing this ball team ever.
Brad Thomas on your roster is another word for “not having other options”. We have heard so much crap about our bullpen over the years, Ledezma, Bazardo, Cruceta, Bautista, Farnsworth, Miner, none of these guys have ever been solutions.
I have predicted that Thomas will go, Coke will end up back in the pen and Oliver will be called up. That might happen pretty darn soon.
Raburn has had a rough night–I wonder why? Something to do with having a manager/puppeteer jackin’ you around?
Tige fans simply deserve better than Leyland.Of that I have no doubt. I know a lot of guys like playing for him but he doesn’t win, and he doesn’t make his guys winners. Bottom line.

Watching on TV, you could actually see the lost look on Raburn’s face during his ABs. The thing is, Boesch has to play if he keeps hitting like that, and Raburn will hit, we know, if he plays everyday. So what to do? All I can come up with is to play Brennan till he cools off then plug in Raburn for a stretch. Trying to fit them both in may not work. And I wonder why Casper Wells was brought north. Maybe we need 8 men in the bullpen?

This club came north with some holes and everybody, media, fans, and management, knew about them. Unfortunately, those holes are being exploited so far. We hit and score runs just fine but we’ve given up what, 41 runs? In six games? I don’t think Leyland’s bullpen choices were bad tonight, I think the choices for who is in the bullpen were bad. The rotation could be strong or it could be weak, and the defensive play has been just short of abysmal.
It’s early and things can change but at this point, it’s hard to be very optimistic. We’ll see.

I think Casper was brought up to play CF if AJ struggles with the high fastball and looks like he might break modern day K records again. I think AJ is a gem. But he should not be pressured into handling the leadoff assignment for a MLB team. That is too much to ask of him at this stage and again, this is a JLism. He hurt Granderson with the role and he is doing the same with Austin. Funny thing is, even when these guys get on they really aren’t encouraged to run anyway.

Watched the whole game last night for the first time this season, what a bummer to have it turn into a mess near the end. Too bad, it was nice to see some good hitting by our guys, but too bad with guys on 2nd and 3rd in that 8th inning they couldn’t get them in, would have made it a better shot for them. Yikes, the pitching was bad that 7th inning.

Pouring like crazy in Toledo this morning, not sure when it is supposed to subside but looking forward to having the afternoon off and catching some of opening day on tv if the game happens.

Starting to worry about Brad Penny. He did have a significant injury last year and he has not looked good in his first two starts. Andy Oliver gave up 2 runs in 6 innings last night in AAA.
And why bring in your long relievers in a 1 run game in the 7th? Schlereth and Winehardt were available. Then Benoit in the 8th and Valverde in the 9th.

Interesting, was Weinhardt there already?
I have never been able to understand Brad Thomas on a championship caliber MLB roster. I have yet to see the advantage of Enrique Gonzalez yet too.
Even JL cannot be so obtuse so as not to see what everyone else so clearly does.
Very interesting debut in AA for Jacob Turner. No runs, 9 Ks in 6 innings. I think he gave up 2 hits and walked a guy.
Something to llok forward too when the dog days bite us.

I expected Schlereth to start the 7th myself. In the postgamer, I seem to remember JL saying that Thomas and Gonzalez needed work, which would sound like another flimsy excuse. Either that or the guy is again managing his team but not the game at hand. I suppose he assumes Thomas will get the job done, but many of us fans assume otherwise. The holes in the pen have been pointed out many times over the winter.
I’m intrigued with Villarreal. High energy guy with heat and a sharp breaking ball. If he can control it. He seems to have a reliever’s personna.

Yes Rich–I remember seeing that too (re Thomas and Gonzalez). Made me cringe on the spot. Comment about managing the team over managing a game is very accurate.

I didn’t mind Thomas so much, he really did a decent job most of the time last year, he just didn’t do it last night unfortunately. Gonzales was the weak decision to me, frankly I probably would of had Villarial go back out. But alas it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback?!?!?!
Weather stinks here. Going to the game, frankly not looking forward to sitting in this weather. It is maybe at least supposed to stop raining a little later. But who knows, Mother Nature is a nasty women, raining on our day!

Aye, but she’s a nasty woman, that Mother Nature! 🙂
I thought of Villarreal going back out too but figured a good inning was good for him. And like I said, I expected Schlereth. I wonder if Roberts being a switch hitter turned the decision to Thomas instead? You know, if JL were to say things like that, he’d come across better. I always feel like I’m being talked down to.

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