Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Magglio starts for the third straight game at DH. Will Rhymes is back in at second and batting second, with Ryan Raburn batting sixth in left field.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Brennan Boesch, RF
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B
P: Brad Penny
  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, RF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Adam Dunn, DH
  6. Alex Rios, CF
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Brent Morel, 3B
P: Edwin Jackson


Rich, Leyland only starts runners when he has a 5 run lead. So unless they blow a big lead he’ll never have a runner thrown out in a loss.

Jackson will eat Inge alive (no Kelly). Probably the same with Austin (no Kelly) and Peralta (no Santiago).
This is gonna be a very tough game to win.

Definitely a “surprise me” win. Good job, guys.
I was blacked out so I’ll look at some of it later tonight.

Nice!! Lots of hitting and pretty darn good pitching. The perfect game for me, no stress! Lots of fun to watch!

9 hits and 7 RBI’s from the bottom 4.
And the lumbering giant more than earned his keep on the mound.

It looks like Brad was a pincher this afternoon. And it also looked like a penny saved was a penny earned. Well, enough of my shallow thoughts. At least tonight he isn’t penniless. It would have been nice to hear Hawk choke on his words today.
Nice win for the old English D.


The key thing today was Penny getting all those ground balls and 1st pitch strikes. Neat.
I must saty that I would definitley disagree on the ruling that gave Morel a hit. In my mind a 3rd baseman is required to be able to make a backhand stab waist high and get off a true throw to 1st. It would havel been a good play had Inge made it, but it was still an error. Inge has had a lot of trouble getting his throws on target this year. Yes it is a long throw but that’s why Abner Doubleday created the diamond. It is not something that should be an aberration to get a throw on target from behind the bag at 3rd.
Part of my opinion is obviously biased as I feel Inge is overrated as a 3rd baseman (at this point in his career). I feel the media has perpetuated the management ideal of Brandon as a super gifted defensive wizard which justifies not having to do anything about upgrading at 3B.
Excuse my typos, (I know they must be there). Had some margueritas today and the Baja sun has rendered my eyes useless when transitioning from outdoors to laptop screen.
Great victory. Nice to see Maggs get his 1st Ribbie and AJ contribute offensively and get through a game without striking out.

I held of commenting on Inge’s throws knowing you would cover it Dan. You picked it early that his arm doesn’t have the strength for a 3B.
Have we ever had a 5 horse race for Central?

BTW, if the Tigers felt they needed to call up a LHB CF—it would be Dirks (not on the 40 man), not Clete. Dirks is hitting , Thomas is not.
Sizemore continues to hit consistently.

Inge’s arm doesn’t have the strength for 3rdbase? Wow……..are you kidding?
I just watched the replay so here’s my take. On the scoring decision, I think they call that a hit everytime. It’s only controversial because of circumstances. I can’t conceive of a fielder being given an error on that type of play. If it’s an error on the throw, it’s just as easily an error on Cabrera for not digging out a routine one-hop throw to first. If Miguel had caught the ball before attempting the tag, he possibly gets the runner. And I’m not blaming Inge or Cabrera for not completing the play. It’s just a tough play.
It’s not like Penny would have thrown nine hitless innings anyway. No way.

Thanks for the reasonable analysis Rich!


What a great game today. Penny was terrific today in front of the home town crowd. We’ve been spoiled by 2 “fairly” significantly easy games… least not having to hide my eyes or biting fingernails. I thought Brandon muffed the throw. We looked great and the Sox looked awful.
Not worried about Magglio at all. He’ll heat up. I hated seeing Edwin traded to the Diamondbacks. He looked good in the Old English D.

Knew I was on a hiding to nothing with that post.
No question Inge is in top 3 athletic MLB 3B going around, and he often gets away throws without properly setting himself making plays out of nothing.
Inge set himself this afternoon and his throw came up well short, landing close to the infield edge. To me, his throwing power has dropped and have to wonder whether his knees or something else is not quite right.

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