June 14th, 2011

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Indians

Magglio Ordonez is not in the starting lineup. Andy Dirks gets the start in left field, as Jim Leyland tries to get him out of his June skid, with Brennan Boesch shifting over to right. I’m guessing this is part of Jim Leyland’s plan for mixing in four outfielders among three spots. I’m also guessing he won’t say much at all about it.

Leyland said that he plans on playing Ordonez in the other two games of this series. He chose this one to rest him in part to get another left-handed bat (Dirks) in the lineup against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, who’s allowing a .194 average to right-handed hitters.


  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. Alex Avila, C
  8. Ramon Santiago, SS
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Grady Sizemore, DH
  2. Carlos Santana, C
  3. Michael Brantley, CF
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  7. Travis Buck, LF
  8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

P: Justin Masterson