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

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Waiting in parking lot at the game raining too hard to even get out of car. Rain rain go away!

Or as the man said, tonight’s it’s Slowey vs Slower.

Big change from the last LHB lineup. 5 RHB and 4 of them to start the game.

These guys have been simply amazing lately.
Anybody else notice Inge scampering over to 3rd for a “FORCE-OUT”?

I am still wondering when he is going to speed up. Seriously, it takes forever and a day to get him going quickly. That is the major thing I do not like about his pitching style is that it takes forever and a day. If he could be more effective and get more people out I would be happier.

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