May 25th, 2011

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Rays

Brandon Inge is out of the lineup for a second straight day, but not apparently for health reasons. I don’t think it’s a longer-term move so much as it’s an effort to get him away for a couple days and try out something different around the top of the order. Left-handed hitters are 17-for-46 (.370) off Andy Sonnanstine this year, compared with 11-for-50 (.220) from right-handed batters.

Jim Leyland talked this morning before the lineup was posted. Here’s what he said about Inge and Don Kelly yesterday:

“I’m looking to try to find some more combinations, keep guys sharp by playing them, and find some combinations to get a little more offense.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Scott Sizemore, 2B

P: Brad Penny

RAYS

  1. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Johnny Damon, DH
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Matt Joyce, RF
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

P: Andy Sonnanstine

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