Wednesday: Tigers at Red Sox

The big advantage of having three catchers on the 25-man roster is that if you have a good-hitting catcher, you can use him as a designated hitters on days when he’s not behind the plate and still have a catcher on the bench. When Detroit called up Omir Santos this morning, you had to wonder if Alex Avila might get a game or two at DH. You probably weren’t thinking about Gerald Laird there.

This will be Laird’s first start at DH as a Tiger. He started four games at DH with the Rangers in 2008.

Danny Worth starts in the second spot because, well, there isn’t really an obvious alternative without putting back-to-back left-handed bats atop the order. Look for Worth to get more starts than a simple lefty-righty platoon.

Andy Dirks gets a day off to rest a sore Achilles heel.


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

P: Drew Smyly


  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Mike Aviles, SS
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Marlon Byrd, CF
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Jon Lester


When I learned of Victor’s injury, I knew the season was shot. It’s coming to pass. This lineup against Lester,can’t win. Boston’s left handed hitters will bang the Monster if Smyly pitches them outside.

Feel free to edit!
Areas of concern other than who is playing 2nd:
How to hit opposing starting pitchers
how to bunt/when to bunt
how to get a run home from 3rd with nobody out
how to swing the bat with 2 strikes and the base loaded
how not to swing at the 1st pitch when losing
how to run
how to go from 1st to 3rd
how to field
how to turn a DP
how to cover cover first
how to handle the other guys’ running game (Avila is off)
who to pitch in relief (though I think that area is actually getting better)
how to pitch with an 0-2 count
how to make a lineup
who to call up from Toledo

Somebody wants G Money.

DOK – I think you are on to something.

So take your hottest player out of the line-up and bat an unproven in the 2nd spot.

Appearently Dirks has a sore Achilles and they are not playing him tonight.

G money only has 2 swings and misses all year maybe they have a REAL hitting coach in st louis

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