Monday: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

Austin Jackson gets the night off after his two-strikeout eighth inning Sunday. Andy Dirks gets his first start in six days, and bats leadoff. Don Kely gets a start at third base and bats second.

“You don’t want to forget about him,” Jim Leyland said today. “I just want to give him a game.”

Reminder: Today’s game is at 6:05 p.m., not 7:05. The move was made with tonight’s fireworks downtown in mind. If you’re going to the game tonight and you’re reading this from home, you might want to pick up the pace.


  1. Andy Dirks, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  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. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Eric Thames, LF
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Aaron Hill, 2B
  6. Corey Patterson, DH
  7. Jose Molina, C
  8. Jayson Nix, 3B
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: Zach Stewart


Boesch back in the 3 hole after batting 2nd and 7th. ?. Still do not like the Sizemore trade. Coke in the pen and Furbush starts. Young has a very big contract and how many more years can he go. Don’t we have a 3rd sacker at Erie named Martinez? We are so close and the win yesterday had to help. Why does AJ always seem to let the first stike go by? Go Tigers! –Dave

AJax is right doing that. As a lead-off batter you must wait for a strike. he is there to be on base and made the pitcher work.Many times Tigers have wrong for going with the first pitch with men on bases. But for Miggy because he is paid for going to the bleachers not for being on base.
Soory for my english

Rugburn 0-2 last night – but who cares with a middle of the lineup like that! A Quality Start from Max and we should be fine.

“Quality start” are the key words in that sentence.

Let’s not get shut down by this Stewart kid tonight. We’re at a point in the season where a semi-modest win streak would put us several games up in the division.

I like some of the philosophy on this lineup change. Some. Raburn in the lineup borders on being unconscionable. Certainly insulting to the fans and other guys who can play the position. JL defines the SOC moniker with this repetitive mistake.
I am pleased to see that AJ is not going to be thrown out there everday, regardless.
He should be one of the guys who gives up playing time to make sure the bench guys get some action.
I am pleased to see the logic of playing Kelly.
We do have Martinez in Erie and Castellanos in A ball (Whitecaps). Martinez has made a lot of errors. This does happen in the minors as a result of youth, learning new positions and field conditions.
I still like the idea of Micheal Young. This guy brings a lot to the table besides clutch hitting. Former gold glover, character, experience, can play anywhere, and I mean anywhere, on the infield.

Another article from “Huge” in the GR press, “mlive”. The best part is reading all the comments. I heard Dave Bergman was in the broadcast booth. Go Max!

That article was absurd. That guy should leave the JL criticisms to those of us who have a basic understanding of baseball. That kind of garbage makes us all look like clueless idiots.

Eric Thames in the lineup for the Jays tonight. Scherzer has to be careful with the offspeed stuff to this kid. He hits that stuff.
Hopefully Max as an out pitch working tonight. He’s been missing that and often has given up 2 strike hits.

Max is teasing us tonight. I hope he can keep throwing like this. That 1st inning when he struck out the side, he was dominant.
The K of Thames was a treat to watch. I used to play a bit of fast-pitch after my baseball days and the best pitchers had a “drop” ball that was very difficult to hit.
The pitch he threw Thames (I’m not sure if it was a change of what) but it literally fell off the table. That pitch in that location is unhittable.

Strange inning. Can’t even begin to imagine what may have resulted had magglio’s soft liner eluded Hill. A 1 run inning could easily have been 3 or 4 even with fan favourite Ryan Raburn striking out again.
C’mon Leyland. Be real. For a guy who is supposed to respect the game of baseball playing Raburn is almost disrespectful.

Probably completwe the kiss of death but agree he looks sharp tonight.
So many of our runs have been scored by Peralta and Avila following Miggs and Victor.
Sure you play Maggs but put him after guys hitting 300 until he also starts delivering.

Raburn Strikes(out) again!

If VMart could take it back he probably would. Thing is with his lack of speed he would not have gone any furterh than 3rd anyway.
That’s OK, He’s been a gift and one of DD’s successes.

As a fairly intense Tiger fan I almost resent the fact that in all honesty, I hope that Raburn strikes out when he come up. I think I do, I mean I hope for better but I figure if he keeps screwing up rayally then JL will have to remove him from the mix.
He now flew out to CF, JL will interpret that as a sign he is “coming out”. It would have been better if he K’d.
I feel a bit embarraseed about this but somehow we have to get this guy out of the lineup.

Dan, your forgetting he played Inge for half a season on one leg and also Boesch with zero confidence ending up close to a basket case.

I don’t forget—or forgive very much!!!

No bunt?


Why is not Santiago batting?

We got away with a lot that inning. Bautista missing the catch, Raburn getting his bat on the ball and getting an important RBI.
Truth is Santiago should have been PHing. Absolutely. Raburn got lucky.
And Santiago is needed for defensive purposes anyway. No brainer and that;s why JL’s strategy workes wo well—he didn’t us his brain at all.

Great Victory but a lucky one.
IIf this was a playoff game would you be happy with the JL decison to bat Raburn?
Would you be happy with the defensive indifference allowing Hill to take 2nd and elimate the DP?
Would you be happy with Austin Jackson’s habit of never leaving his feet even though if he did we would have got an important out?

I like the victory but chalk this one up to more luck than you usually get. Even the 2 runs we scored in the 8th were lucky..
Kudos to Max for a well pitched game.. To Benoit for looking like he was in control of his situation.
VMart for coming though in the clutch again.
I don’t get Leyland and his insistence on sticking with Raburn.
I also think Dirks needs to be sent down. For his own sake. I know we can use his speed, his D and his LHB but he is not getting enough reps with Magglio back up and when he does they are easy outs.
Yes, I know, complain even whe they win.

It was good to see the SOC not holding back with his pitching going to Benoit without the lead.
Having watched quite a bit of the Indians, I will be amazed if they get even close to 80 wins by season end.
The Central division is just waiting for a team to show it’s worth.

It was certainly an entertaining game. I never had the feeling that we’d lose this one. When a team plays with confidence, it oozes from the TV like in that old Frank Zappa song (you young’ns won’t remember that). We’ve had three good starts in a row this time through the rotation. Sure would like to see more of that.
That play at firstbase was similar to one last Friday night in Chicago, White Sox-Nationals. In that one, the firstbase umpire made his call and the homeplate ump overturned it. Tonight, the firstbase ump didn’t make a call at all, so the homeplate ump made it. In both cases, the manager was ejected. In both cases, one of the managers was going to be ejected regardless of which way the call went. Pretty erratic umpiring on display. I’m a little surprised that Ryan Field seemed to think Leyland was going to talk about that play. For one thing, he can get in trouble with MLB. Also, I don’t think Jim is proud of those outbursts, even if it does get a big cheer from the home crowd. I thought he did fine on all counts.
Having fun right now, hey?

How stupid are baseball fans?

The All Star voting for DH:
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,974,918
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,428,833
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 810,672
Travis Hafner, Indians: 691,205
Johnny Damon, Rays: 672,529

It’s about as stupid for shortstop and Russel Martin of the Yanks is far ahead of the best catcher in the AL (Avila)

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