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Postseason roster, rotation getting a few hints

Jim Leyland isn’t close to determining his postseason roster or rotation, he said Tuesday. But he laid a few hints towards the formation of it.

  • Jacob Turner will start Thursday’s series opener against Baltimore. Doug Fister will be pushed up tomorrow night to piggyback Max Scherzer’s start here in Kansas City. Leyland didn’t explain it, but he didn’t have to: Five days from Wednesday is next Monday, and five days from that is Saturday, the date for Game 2 of the AL Division Series. By moving up Fister, Leyland gives himself the option of starting Fister in Game 2 on regular rest.
  • Leyland said he’s “95 percent sure we will have an extra player, because we will have 11 pitchers.” The Tigers need just four starters for the postseason, not five. That spot that would normally go to a starter can go to either a reliever or a position player. Leyland all but confirmed it’s a position player.
  • Leyland said he doesn’t think Victor Martinez will catch a game again this regular season. Combine this bullet point with the one above, and Omir Santos’ chances of making the postseason roster as a backup catcher look better than they did last week.
  • No idea yet whether Carlos Guillen will be ready for the postseason. Guillen said today he’s feeling a little better, but it’s still very sore, and he still can’t so much as hit. He’s believed to be another candidate for that final spot, but Leyland confirmed that if Guillen can’t play in a regular season game the rest of the way, he won’t be on the Division Series roster.
  • Al Alburquerque is slated to pitch in relief tonight. If that goes all right, he should be good to go for the playoffs.
  • Leyland confirmed what he had already strongly suggested: Justin Verlander will be set up to pitch Game 1 and Game 5 in the Division Series.

Sunday: Tigers at Athletics

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Carlos Guillen, 2B
  8. Andy Dirks, RF
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Justin Verlander

ATHLETICS

  1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  2. Scott Sizemore, 3B
  3. Coco Crisp, CF
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. David DeJesus, RF
  6. Chris Carter, DH
  7. Brandon Allen, 1B
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C
  9. Eric Sogard, SS

P: Guillermo Moscoso

Saturday: Tigers at Athletics

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both went to Jim Leyland in the midst of last night’s celebration and said they wanted to be in the lineup Saturday. And they are. Alex Avila is not, though he didn’t ask off. Omir Santos gets the start behind the plate, while Danny Worth gets his first start at second since he was recalled from Toledo.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Danny Worth, 2B
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Rick Porcello

ATHLETICS

  1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  2. Coco Crisp, CF
  3. Hideki Matsui, DH
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. David DeJesus, RF
  6. Cliff Pennington, SS
  7. Brandon Allen, 1B
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C
  9. Scott Sizemore, 3B

P: Gio Gonzalez

 

Friday: Tigers at Athletics

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Doug Fister

ATHLETICS

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  3. Hideki Matsui, LF
  4. Josh Willingham, DH
  5. David DeJesus, RF
  6. Cliff Pennington, SS
  7. Brandon Allen, 1B
  8. Landon Powell, C
  9. Eric Sogard, 3B

P: Trevor Cahill

Wednesday: Tigers at White Sox

A little different lineup today for the Tigers against Dylan Axelrod in his first Major League start. With no track record against Axelrod, Jim Leyland is using the day to get guys some rest. Resting Avila, he said, was a “no-brainer.” He wanted to get Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson a day off at some point in this stretch, and he wanted to get Carlos Guillen a game.

“I told Alex to treat himself like a king today,” Leyland said.

Think of it this way: Once the Tigers clinch, you’d be asking Leyland to rest some guys anyway. This is a little head start.

Leyland also said this morning that he’s hoping to get Miguel Cabrera a game off soon.

TIGERS

  1. Andy Dirks, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, SS
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Carlos Guillen, 2B
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Don Kelly, RF
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Brad Penny

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Paul Konerko, 1B
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  5. Dayan Viciedo, DH
  6. Alex Rios, CF
  7. Alejandro De Aza, RF
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Dylan Axelrod

Tuesday: Tigers at White Sox

Pick and choose your Tigers second baseman with good numbers off Gavin Floyd. Ryan Raburn (12-for-32), Ramon Santiago (4-for-15, 2 HRs) and Will Rhymes (3-for-4) all have them. But keep in mind two factors: Lefties are batting .276 off Floyd this season compared to .220 from righties, and Jim Leyland wants to start Ramon Santiago on Wednesday with Brad Penny on the mound. Add in the fact that Leyland was looking for a spot to get Rhymes a start, and today was the day. He’ll bat second, where he began the season.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  9. Andy Dirks, RF

P: Justin Verlander

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, DH
  4. Dayan Viciedo, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, CF
  6. Alejandro De Aza, RF
  7. Tyler Flowers, C
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Gavin Floyd

Monday: Tigers at White Sox

If this lineup looks familiar to the last lineup the Tigers put up against the White Sox, it’s because with the exception of second base, it’s the same lineup they put up against Danks last time at Comerica Park. We’ll see if it yields similar results. The White Sox have brought back Carlos Quentin from the disabled list, but reportedly he is not in their starting lineup.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Paul Konerko, 1B
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  5. Dayan Viciedo, RF
  6. Alex Rios, DH
  7. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: John Danks

Sunday: Tigers vs. Twins

As expected, Omir Santos is catching, giving Alex Avila what has turned out to be a much-needed break. It will be Santos’ first game at Comerica Park.

The Twins, as if their injuries haven’t been enough, now have a flu bug going through their clubhouse. Danny Valencia was a late scratch.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Doug Fister

TWINS

  1. Jason Repko, RF
  2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Luke Hughes, 3B
  5. Chris Parmelee, 1B
  6. Joe Benson, CF
  7. Rene Tosoni, LF
  8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Scott Diamond

Friday: Tigers vs. Twins

Pretty much a standard lineup for the Tigers tonight. Magglio Ordonez is in because of his track record against the Twins.

Interesting comments this afternoon from manager Jim Leyland about Brad Penny. Leyland said he had talked to Penny about picking up the pace on the mound. He meant it from a standpoint of helping Penny pitch better, not necessarily keeping the defense on their toes.

“I talked to him in Cleveland about maybe picking up the pace a little bit to see if it helps,” Leyland said. “If it doesn’t work, it’ll be my fault. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, because I don’t know once a guy gets out there if he can do it. But I think sometimes the longer you take before you throw it again, sometimes you outthink yourself. Get it back, look in for the sign and throw it.

“Now, is it going to be that rapid of a pace? I can’t swear to that. But hopefully it’ll be a little quicker than it’s been. I don’t know if it’s going to help. We need him to pitch good tonight. If he has to take all day to pitch good, that’s fine with me.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Brad Penny

TWINS

  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jason Kubel, DH
  5. Danny Valencia, 3B
  6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
  7. Joe Benson, RF
  8. Rene Tosoni, LF
  9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS

P: Kevin Slowey

Tuesday: Tigers at Indians

Don Kelly gets the start at third base against Fausto Carmona. No real history between the two (0-for-2), but plenty of history between Carmona and Wilson Betemit (2-for-13) and Brandon Inge (6-for-29, 6 K’s).

On the Tribe side, Jason Kipnis returns to the lineup just in time to load up the lineup with six lefties and two switch-hitters against Rick Porcello. Kipnis went 3-for-3 with a homer against Porcello last month. Carlos Santana is 6-for-11 with three homers against him.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  8. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Fausto Carmona

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