May 12th, 2012

Saturday: Tigers at Athletics

Austin Jackson, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn both get days off in the middle of a long stretch of games. For Peralta, though, it’s the second day off in three games. It’s not believed to be a health concern, more of a matchup concern, with Peralta 1-for-21 off Brandon McCarthy. Raburn, however, supposedly had his back lock up on him last night, the byproduct of a dive he made Thursday. He’s taking batting practice today, but you can see him stretching his back.

The A’s had to make some adjustments to their lineup after both Yoenis Cespedes and Kila Ka’aihue were scratched.

Don’t be surprised if this ends up being a pitchers duel, not just because of the pitchers but also the field. The odd start time, 5:05 out here, is similar to the start times the Tigers had for the ALCS games here back in 2006, and shadows were a problem. Also, the way the field is lined up, the sun could be a factor for outfielders.

TIGERS

  1. Don Kelly, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Brennan Boesch, RF
  8. Ramon Santiago, SS
  9. Danny Worth, 2B

P: Doug Fister

ATHLETICS

  1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  2. Daric Barton, 1B
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Jonny Gomes, DH
  5. Seth Smith, LF
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Kurt Suzuki, C
  8. Eric Sogard, SS
  9. Collin Cowgill, CF

P: Brandon McCarthy

Inge-sanity in quotes

Lots of reactions from both clubhouse to Brandon Inge’s last couple nights against his old team. Here’s a sampling, bolding by me:

Inge on this stretch: “The way I was last year and early this year, it seemed like when I got good wood on the ball, it went right at somebody. There is a flip side, that things usually should balance out. I know things don’t go like this all the time, so you do the best you can to stay level-headed. It’s a crazy game. Ups and downs.”

Inge on new hitting coach Chili Davis: “I don’t like thinking about my mechanics whatsoever. I just like to get in the box, feel comfortable and let my batting practice and everything I’ve worked on take over in the game. He’s been great about that. He’s basically let me go. A good bit of information here and there just to keep me on track but more so on approach than anything else. That’s what I like. He and I mix well.”

Inge on facing old teammates: “It’s such a mixed emotional feeling, it’s hard to explain. I want to do well and I want to hit the ball. Every time I get in the box, my mindset is to take a good swing and basically smash the ball, hammer the ball somewhere. But right after it’s done, it’s like, ‘Man, these are my buddies I just messed up a little bit.’ … I’m happy because I’m having fun.”

Tigers manager Jim Leyland: “We threw him a lot of strikes, and he’s really swinging well right now. He’s got a second wind and it’s a good thing obviously for him. He’s swinging the bat as good as I’ve seen him swing it for a while. We probably didn’t expand the zone enough, but he’s in a pretty good groove right now.”

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird: “We figured he’d be locked in this series. I mean, he’s a competitor. He got released by this organization and he feels like he has something to prove. That’s the nature of the game. He’s a competitor. We left some pitches out over the middle of the plate and he didn’t miss.”

Tigers infielder Danny Worth: “He’s swinging well. He’s hitting balls hard both sides of the field. He’s looking good up there.”

A’s outfielder Josh Reddick: “What else can he do? He’s been great. I don’t know what the guys across the way were thinking when they let him go, but we’re happy to have him here and happy to have him swinging the bat like he is.”

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