September 24th, 2011

Saturday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Wilson Betemit is getting one more day. Jim Leyland said he’s going to go through all the drills today, including side-to-side movement, and then start Sunday if he’s ready. They don’t sound particularly worried, but as mentioned, the time is winding down.

With Betemit out, Don Kelly will get his fourth start at third base in the Tigers’ last six games.

One start that was planned is Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Raburn against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. Ordonez is 7-for-13 with a home run off Guthrie. Raburn is 5-for-12 against him. Whether they would start against a right-hander in the Division Series, I don’t know, but the matchups here all but demanded it. Ordonez, in particular, could be an interesting call for the postseason given his experience.

Verlander, of course, is trying to become the first pitcher to 25 wins since Bob Welch in 1990. But Jeremy Guthrie is trying to avoid becoming the first 18-game loser since Daniel Cabrera in 2007, also with Baltimore. Guthrie also lost 17 in 2009. The last AL pitcher other than Guthrie to lose 17 in a season? That’s none other than Justin Verlander back in 2008. He’s 61-23 since then.

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. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  9. Don Kelly, 3B

P: Justin Verlander

ORIOLES

  1. Matt Angle, LF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  8. Chris Davis, 3B
  9. Robert Andino, 2B

P: Jeremy Guthrie

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