Wednesday: Tigers vs. Athletics

When Duane Below takes the mound tonight against the A’s, he’ll become just the third Michigan-born pitcher to make a start for the Tigers in the last 10 years. Jason Grilli was the last, making a couple starts near the end of 2005. Before that, there was Andy Van Hekken, best remembered for shutting out Cleveland in his Major League debut on Sept. 3, 2002. He made four more starts for the Tigers that September and hasn’t seen the big leagues since. He’s still trying, though, for the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he’s averaging about a strikeout an inning.

Grilli, coincidentally, just signed a contract with the Pirates, where he’ll be part of their pitching staff for the stretch run.

As for the Tigers lineup, Jhonny Peralta gets the night off, thanks likely in no small part to his 1-for-18, six-strikeout track record off A’s starter Brandon McCarthy. Brandon Inge is also off after his rough series opener, replaced by Don Kelly. Victor Martinez is 7-for-17 off McCarthy with four doubles, a home run and four RBIs. Left-handed batters are hitting .296 off McCarthy this year, compared with .259 for right-handers.

On Oakland’s side, Scott Sizemore remains out as expected after taking a pitch off his jaw Tuesday night. A lot of juggling going on from there.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Carlos Guillen, 2B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Duane Below


  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Cliff Pennington, SS
  3. Josh Willingham, LF
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH
  5. Conor Jackson, 3B
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C
  7. David DeJesus, RF
  8. Landon Powell, 1B
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B

P: Brandon McCarthy


I’m a big fan of this lineup because JL didn’t rest Guillen and Peralta at the same time. Duane gunna need some run support -> and if Ajax and Maggs and Guillen play like last night, he’s gunna get a bunch!

good looking line up, help the kid out guys, not everyone can have a stellar first outing!

Who will go to make space for Benemit?

If Wells made space for Furbush, who go for Below?

Hey Roy—Adam Wilk was sent down with Casper.

And now is between Inge and Santiago to make space for Benemit?
Kelly is the third catcher and Raburn is OK.

Santiago can play SS. Nobody else can do it

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