September 9th, 2011

First pitch estimate: 7:55

The downpour that soaked Comerica Park for almost an hour has passed, and Brad Penny is starting to warm up. First pitch between Tigers and Twins is estimated for 7:55 p.m. ET. Looks like scattered rain, but nothing nearly as bad from here on out.

Friday: Tigers vs. Twins

Pretty much a standard lineup for the Tigers tonight. Magglio Ordonez is in because of his track record against the Twins.

Interesting comments this afternoon from manager Jim Leyland about Brad Penny. Leyland said he had talked to Penny about picking up the pace on the mound. He meant it from a standpoint of helping Penny pitch better, not necessarily keeping the defense on their toes.

“I talked to him in Cleveland about maybe picking up the pace a little bit to see if it helps,” Leyland said. “If it doesn’t work, it’ll be my fault. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, because I don’t know once a guy gets out there if he can do it. But I think sometimes the longer you take before you throw it again, sometimes you outthink yourself. Get it back, look in for the sign and throw it.

“Now, is it going to be that rapid of a pace? I can’t swear to that. But hopefully it’ll be a little quicker than it’s been. I don’t know if it’s going to help. We need him to pitch good tonight. If he has to take all day to pitch good, that’s fine with me.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Brad Penny

TWINS

  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jason Kubel, DH
  5. Danny Valencia, 3B
  6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
  7. Joe Benson, RF
  8. Rene Tosoni, LF
  9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS

P: Kevin Slowey

Tigers place Boesch on 15-day disabled list

The Tigers took care of the roster part of Brennan Boesch’s season-ending thumb surgery by placing the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

The move is a formality, but an important one. It makes no difference for the regular-season roster, since rosters are expanded for September and they don’t need the extra room. For the postseason roster, however, it might allow them to carry a player they otherwise couldn’t. Though players usually have to be on the 25-man roster or DL on Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason, teams can fill spots left open by players on the DL. Anyone who’s on the 40-man roster as of Aug. 31 can fill those spots, even if they’re not with the team until September (think Andy Dirks, for example).

The Tigers already had two potential spots with Joel Zumaya and Brad Thomas on the DL with season-ending injuries. Boesch makes it three.

Boesch underwent surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He’s expected to be ready in time for the start of Spring Training, but won’t be ready for the postseason no matter how far the Tigers might advance.

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