September 16th, 2011

A new level of scoreboard watching for the Tigers

For the most part, Jim Leyland has tried to steer clear of questions about the postseason or about clinching a spot in it. They’ve put themselves in a good position, he would say, but that’s all. On Friday, he said more than once that they have to find a way to get to 1.

Still, he was a little more open about their situation Friday. And when a reporter asked him if it would mean more to win their way in tonight rather than counting on a Indians loss, Leyland showed no difference. However they get it done, they get it done.

“If they happen to flash up Minnesota 8, Cleveland 2 [on the scoreboard], that wouldn’t bother me,” Leyland said. “We have to get to one somehow.”

Leyland admits they’re checking the scores, which isn’t hard to do given the out-of-town scoreboard posted on the right-field wall here at Oakland Coliseum. But, he cautions, he doesn’t take their attention away from the task at hand.

Tonight’s Twins-Indians tilt just started as I write this point. The Tigers-A’s game begins a couple hours later, so they could have a fair idea before Austin Jackson leads off the game. We shall see.

Friday: Tigers at Athletics

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 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: Doug Fister

ATHLETICS

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

P: Trevor Cahill

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