Tuesday: Tigers at Astros

Jim Leyland said last Friday that he might look for a game this week to trot out something resembling his Opening Day lineup, most likely against a left-handed pitcher. The Astros have Wandy Rodriguez on the mound today, but with Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young out, the Tigers don’t really have anything you’d project as a batting order for April 5.

Interestingly, though, Ryan Raburn gets what I think is his first outfield start of the spring. Brandon Inge starts at second, with Danny Worth at third.

“One thing I like about our team, it’s versatile,” Leyland said. “So I’m going to get Delmon off his feet once in a while. I’m going to get Prince off his feet once in a while, Cabrera off his feet, Jhonny Peralta I might DH one day, get him off his feet. That versatility on our team is one thing that I like. Raburn’s flexible, Donnie Kelly’s flexible.

“So if you’re asking me does this team you might see Ryan Raburn in left field this year, you will Ryan Raburn in left field in some scenario. I don’t know what the scenario will be — maybe during the course of a game making a switch and putting him in left. So we figured it was about time to give him a game or two out there.”


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Jhonny Peralta, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Ryan Raburn, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Brandon Inge, 2B
  8. Ramon Santiago, SS
  9. Danny Worth, 3B

P: Andy Oliver


  1. J.B. Shuck, CF
  2. Jed Lowrie, SS
  3. Brian Bogusevic, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Chris Snyder, DH
  7. Matt Downs, LF
  8. Jason Castro, C
  9. Jose Altuve, 2B

P: Wandy Rodriguez


inge better get some hits off this lefty on the mound today. Wonder if there is any updates on Delmon yet…..

Gameday shows Smyly starting today

corrections, Gameday shows Oliver but MLB/Tigers.com scoreboard shows Smyly

on another note, Vlad is working out for the Indians down in the DR. #sadface

I’m listening to the Houston radio feed. They are interviewing Leland.

Boesch does not seem vulnerable to a lot of LHP. That’s really good to see.
If Inge does NOT make this team, I sure don’t want to hear, from him, that he wasn’t given a chance. I expect we would hear more about always having to prove himself, hitting the ball really well but right at people etc.etc.

and there goes Inge hittin the lefty! hahah


OMG! They are raking.

I hope we get to see a video of these HR’s. How long has it been since a Tiger had an inside the park HR. Seems like Grandy did it once, but I can’t quite recall.

u get MLBgameday? highlights there

Wow! They are all raking. 5-4.,

Does Oliver seem to have trouble working out of the stretch? If I remember correctly his last outing he was okay along as there wasn’t anybody on base! Second inning seemed to be the same today!

Not sure Oliver is the answer

I’ve seen Jackson this spring go up there swinging early and often and it pays off for him. I hope he remembers to keep doing it. If he strikes out swinging I have no problem with that. And I just sounded like Leyland.
Not sure I should comment on a game I’m not seeing, but I get the impression Oliver is not a very good pitcher. Actually, I’ve had that impression for some time now.

He may need another year or two in the minors. He’s awful holding runners and with guys on base. He has a strong arm but not strong enough for 2012 evidently.

Nothing wrong with his arm……………

Problem for Oliver – I’m not sure his arm is as good as Casey Crosby’s. I was hoping he would pull it together but unless there is something untold in the numbers, he looks Toledo bound. So it is Below v. Smyly.

Pretty disappointing outing and day, den though it is just spring training.

yea oliver has had problems working out of the stretch…

They can take Below north to work out of the pen until the 5th starter turn finally rolls around.

Look at a guy’s face on the mound. We have had guys that have been awful with facial expressions and body language. You can read failure in the faces of Zumaya, Rodney, Bonderman, Oliver, Penny—to name a few. Oliver has a dynamite arm but he lacks self confidence, aggressiveness and determination.
It will be interesting tomorrow for sure.

Anybody else feel Maggs would have been a much better all-around fit for Oakland than Manny? Plus the fact that he would be available right away for the first 1/3 of the season.

Manny is pitiful and turned himself into a joke. Magglio is a class act.

Magglio might, actually, play a better R/LF too

Oakland continues to demonstrate that they have the worst front office in baseball. Somebody should make a movie about them…………

NiceRich. Very funny!

Did anyone see the game? I was wondering if Inge remembered to touch 1st after he got a base hit. I know it’s been a while since he’s gotten that far.

“It’s still coming around,” Inge recently said. “The line drives are good because those will turn into home runs.

“I hit one (last week) that was an absolute rocket to the left fielder. If I hit that one up in the air, it’s going way out.”

C’mon Brandon—you are in the BIG leagues after all. You sound like you’re in High School

Like I say, he should remain quiet and go about his business. The thing is, I spent two weeks watching the Tigers and Inge played in most of those games. I didn’t see anything that resembled hitting, despite the spin we’re getting from Jim right now. It appears he’s concentrating on avoiding Ks and his easy swing leads to soft grounders and flyballs with the occasional liner to left. If they want to take him north because of his contract, say so, but don’t give us a line of BS. This has Mr. Ilitch written all over it. If so, what else can Mr. Dave and Jim do?

if this stuff is because of Mr. I……then whatever I’m over it.

Boy did that come from nowhere watching the Mariners open against the A’s.
Pennington apparently led the A’s offense in 2011 hitting 264. Surely they would salivate at the thought of acquiring Inge.

Delmon coming back to the lineup thursday FYI

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