May 25th, 2012

Friday: Tigers at Twins

I’m off this weekend, flying to Boston on Sunday ahead of the Memorial Day afternoon opener, but the Tigers lineup is out for tonight’s opener at Minnesota. Though Jim Leyland said Thursday he wasn’t sure if he’d be throwing Ryan Raburn into the starting lineup right away, the Tigers’ struggles to get much production at second base might have forced his hand. Raburn’s in the lineup, the only change being that he’s batting ninth.

TIGERS

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Drew Smyly

Did Chris Perez take a shot at the Tigers?

Considering Chris Perez has already been in headlines for things he has said about the Indians not getting the respect they deserve, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he brought the Tigers into it after the Indians had just swept them. A reporter asked him after Thursday’s Cleveland win whether this sweep should get the Indians more national attention, and that’s where he fired his final pitch:

“I hope so. I don’t think we care. We’re not like flipping on ESPN to see if we’re leading off SportsCenter. We don’t care. They do their thing. They cover the Yankees and the Red Sox and how bad the Angels are. We’re doing our own thing. They’ll eventually turn. I saw a couple articles. We’re starting to get some love. It’s just we don’t have the star power. You look over there and you’ve got Cabrera and Fielder and Verlander and Valverde. But that doesn’t win baseball games. Good teams win baseball games.

On the one hand, it’s a pretty good line. But when you look at where the Tigers are right now compared with the expectations built up, you’ve gotta believe he isn’t the only one thinking this. The fact that it came from Chris Perez makes it a headline.

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