Wednesday: Tigers vs. Yankees

Jim Leyland’s plan to shuffle his lineup gets his first run today, despite Magglio’s two-hit game last night. Ordonez bats sixth, with Brennan Boesch up to third in front of Miguel Cabrera.

So why not bat Cabrera third if they’re going to drop Magglio, you ask? The point Jim Leyland made when asked about that debate Tuesday is that he still wants the best shot possible of getting men on base in front of him. Boesch gives him a little better shot. If things were really desperate and Leyland wanted to get Cabrera a better chance at an extra at-bat above all else, he hinted, he might do it.


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


Can you all say SOC? If things get desperate? This order would be ok with me if #2 led off and #1 was last. Go Scotty!

This looks better on paper, at least. Of course, anytime Raburn isn’t in the lineup it looks better. Let’s see how it works, but please Jim, give it more than 1 game before you go back to your standard lineup!

I suspect Raburn is going into a R-L platoon. While it’s true that hitting all over MLB is down, Ryan has to hit more to make up for his defense, unfortunately.
That lineup up there should hit as well as any other, no reason not to. Let’s start doing it.

Peralta at 3rd
Santiago at SS
Magglio to DL

Welcome back Maggs!!
Miggs is hitting 500 for RISP.

Magglio, oh ee oh. Oh, ye of little faith!

Go Maggs!

I’m glad that, barring a trade, we won’t see Garcia anymore this season. Good aggressive pitching from Scherzer; in fact, you could probably count Yankee wins and losses by their game times. A lot shorter the last two nights. And if Villarreal wants to call Alburquerque “Avatar”, I’m on board with that. NY got hit with a lot of nasty stuff tonight.
I would like to see us cash in on more of those scoring opportunities. As I said earlier, even one more hit with RISP would get us to 5 or 6 runs, and you usually win with that total. It was very nice to see Maggs turn on one finally. It looked similar (on TV) to the one I saw him hit in spring training. I like the lineup; Boesch gives some speed in front of those Cabby extras. Ordonez has no problem hitting sixth, so keep it.

The Boesch slide was a useless risk,Martinez must have been there telling him the ball was cut and to not slide. Fundamentals.
If Avila had been injured in the 8th by the foul tip who would have played ?. Martinez was out of the game to play tommorrow at noon.And Kelly was already on the field. Only Santiago remained in the bench.

JKL, interesting question. Am guessing Santiago would take the place of wherever Kelly was so he could catch. I am guessing he was in the outfield and that wouldn’t be the ideal but would probably have to happen.

Nice to see Maggs homerun swing – that must have felt terrific for him. Nice job Max to keep those guys to so few hits, although I was rooting for him to come back out in the 9th for a complete game shutout.

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