April 15th, 2012
Brandon Inge is the DH today, Jim Leyland explained, because Ryan Raburn is in right field to give Brennan Boesch a day off and get another right-handed bat in the lineup against lefty Chris Sale. He’s not going to DH Ryan Raburn or Delmon Young, because all the outfielders on the bench are left-handed hitters. He’s not going to DH Ramon Santiago because he wants the flexibility to shift Santiago somewhere around the infield in case of an injury.
If it’s really that big of a deal to you, look at it this way: If the White Sox go to a right-handed reliever in the late innings, having Inge at DH gives Detroit more flexibility to pinch-hit for him.
For the record, Inge had one other start at DH in his career. That was April 30, 2002, and the opposing pitcher was former Royals lefty Chris George. Inge batted eighth and went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Tigers bullpen is pretty close to full strength today. Collin Balester isn’t available because he filled innings after Adam Wilk’s injury Saturday. Also shelved is Daniel Schlereth, who pitched in each of the first two games of the series.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Ramon Santiago, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Delmon Young, LF
- Ryan Raburn, RF
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Brandon Inge, DH
- Gerald Laird, C
P: Rick Porcello
- Alejandro De Aza, CF
- Brent Morel, 3B
- Adam Dunn, 1B
- Paul Konerko, DH
- A.J. Pierzynski, C
- Alexei Ramirez, SS
- Kosuke Fukudome, RF
- Dayan Viciedo, LF
- Eduardo Escobar, 2B
P: Chris Sale
Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price will miss the next four games, or the rest of this road trip, with what the team called general health concerns.
Price’s broadcast partner, Dan Dickerson, said Sunday morning that Price seemed to have caught the same virus that has been going through the Tigers clubhouse over the last week or so.
“He was wiped out,” Dickerson said. “He wanted to do [the game]. He did the manager’s show and then he went up [to the booth] and he was wiped out.”
Price will travel back to Detroit and rest. He’ll rejoin the Tigers back home later in the week.
The 70-year-old Price, a fixture on Tigers broadcasts between radio and television for two decades, underwent cancer treatments over the offseason, including oral chemotherapy. He lost about 40 pounds, he said in Spring Training, but felt good enough to be a part of Spring Training broadcasts on the Tigers radio network.
This is the Tigers’ first road trip of the season.
“You have to give him all the credit in the world,” Dickerson said. “He’s been doing this all along, never complained. He’s been incredible to be in the booth every day with what he’s been going through.”
Former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry will join the team Monday in Kansas City and work all three games there with Dan Dickerson.