May 10th, 2011

Tuesday: Tigers at Twins

Back to work for me at Target Field, where the trees are gone from center field and the scoreboard space is more numerous thanks to a new video board in right field and something called the Twins Tower.

Lineup is out today, and it probably is worth mentioning one particular decision. Though Jim Leyland sits right-handed hitter Ryan Raburn and plays left-handed slugger Brennan Boesch against Twins lefty Francisco Liriano, their histories against Liriano are different than you might expect. Raburn is 4-for-15 with a home run off Liriano, but Boesch is 3-for-6. Small sample size? Perhaps, but I suppose we’ll find out.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF (10-for-26, 2 HRs off Liriano)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-20, 2 HRs off Liriano)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brennan Boesch, LF
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Alex Avila, C
P: Rick Porcello
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Matt Tolbert, SS
  3. Jason Kubel, DH
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Danny Valencia, 3B
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Rene Tosoni, LF
  8. Luke Hughes, 2B
  9. Drew Butera, C
P: Francisco Liriano