July 3rd, 2012

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Jhonny Peralta is just 5-for-26 lifetime off Nick Blackburn. He sits in favor of Ramon Santiago, 7-for-22 against Blackburn, and Ryan Raburn.

TIGERS

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

P: Duane Below

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Ben Revere, RF
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. Justin Morneau, 1B
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  7. Ryan Doumit, DH
  8. Brian Dozier, SS
  9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

P: Nick Blackburn

Tigers designate Matt Young for assignment

The Tigers had one more move Tuesday afternoon to complete their roster shuffle in the wake of Max Scherzer’s scratch from Tuesday night’s start. Detroit designated for assignment the contract of outfielder/second baseman Matt Young, who spent a stretch with the big club last month before being sent back to Triple-A Toledo.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Darin Downs, whose contract was purchased from the Mud Hens as an extra reliever tonight.

If Young clears waivers in the coming days, the Tigers can outright his contract to Toledo. He’s batting .251 (50-for-199) with 11 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs and 13 steals with the Mud Hens this year, though 53 walks bump his on-base percentage to .410.

Scherzer scratched, Below making spot start

Max Scherzer is back from the memorial service for his brother that he attended Sunday. However, he is not back to health. Thus, he will not be starting Tuesday as scheduled, and Duane Below will make a spot start in his place.

Here’s what happened: Scherzer was doing his day-after-start running Friday on the track at Tropicana Field when he felt tightness in his hamstring (not sure which). He was leaving Saturday to go home, so the Tigers left it alone until he returned. He threw Monday and still felt it, so team officials decided not to risk making it worse. He’s expected to start on turn Sunday to close out the first half.

Below hasn’t pitched since June 27, so he’s fresh. However, he hasn’t been stretched out lately. That outing in Texas lasted 41 pitches over 2 2/3 innings. He’ll also be pitching in some serious heat, judging by the forecast.

Between those factors and a bullpen that had to eat innings with Doug Fister chased after four-plus innings, the Tigers are adding two relievers. Right-hander Jose Ortega is being recalled from Triple-A Toledo, and the Tigers will purchase left-hander Darin Downs’ contract from there as well.

To make room, the Tigers optioned out reliever Luis Marte, who threw 50 pitches Monday in relief of Fister and wouldn’t have been available for at least a couple days, and infielder Danny Worth, who hasn’t started a game since June 15. The Tigers will remove a minor-league player from their 40-man roster Tuesday to create a spot for Downs.

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