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Saturday: Tigers vs. Angels

UPDATE: Angels lineup has changed. MLB suspended Torii Hunter four games for last night’s incident, and Hunter decided not to appeal.

As Jim Leyland said he would do, Brennan Boesch and Johnny Damon are sitting against wild left-hander Scott Kazmir. Ramon Santiago gets his first start at shortstop since Brandon Inge came off the DL, while Jhonny Peralta gets a game at DH. Jeff Frazier starts in left field, batting seventh.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Raburn, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Frazier, LF
  8. Laird, C
  9. Rhymes, 2B

P: Jeremy Bonderman

ANGELS

  1. Bobby Abreu, LF
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Torii Hunter, RF Hideki Matsui, DH
  5. Hideki Matsui, DH Maicer Izturis, 2B
  6. Maicer Izturis, 2B Juan Rivera, RF
  7. Mike Napoli, 1B
  8. Bobby Wilson, C
  9. Peter Bourjos, CF

P: Scott Kazmir

Tigers shuffle batting order for weekend

Jim Leyland said mainly trying to “change things up” and try to get something going by switching up his batting order. The way they’ve been hitting lately, he figures, it’s worth trying something.

The revamped order switches up slumping rookie Brennan Boesch from fifth to second. Instead of trying to protect Miguel Cabrera in the lineup, Boesch will be trying to set the table for him. Jhonny Peralta moves up from sixth to fifth. Johnny Damon moves from third to sixth where he hasn’t hit in the order since 1999. Ryan Raburn slots into the third spot.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Boesch, RF
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, SS
  6. Damon, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Rhymes, 2B
P: Justin Verlander
ANGELS
  1. Bobby Abreu, LF
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Torii Hunter, RF
  5. Hideki Matsui, DH
  6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
  7. Howie Kendrick, 1B
  8. Bobby Wilson, C
  9. Peter Bourjos, CF
P: Jered Weaver
ANGELS

Damon scratched from lineup

Johnny Damon’s reunion with Fenway fans in a Tigers uniform will have to wait. The former Red Sox star turned Detroit outfielder was scratched from Friday’s series opener with what the team called upper back spasms.

Damon was scheduled to return to left field, the area he manned for years before going to the Yankees, and bat third in the Tigers lineup. However, he was pulled just after batting practice. He’s considered day-to-day.

Damon’s return meant no day off for slumping off Brennan Boesch, whom manager Jim Leyland was hoping to sit for a night against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. Instead, not only was Boesch back in the lineup, he hit third. It marks the first time he has hit anywhere but fifth this year in a Tigers uniform.

That switch in itself might take a little pressure off of him. The Rays intentionally walked Cabrera to pitch to Boesch the previous three nights at Tampa Bay. All three situations came with runners at first and second in a one-run game in the seventh inning. Rays relievers retired Boesch all three times.

Boesch wins AL Rookie of the Month again

It’s a second straight Rookie of the Month award for Boesch, and the third straight award for the Tigers when factoring in Austin Jackson winning the award in April.

Boesch actually had stronger numbers in June than when he won the award in May. For June, the 25-year-old batted .337 with eight home runs, four doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs, Add in 10 walks, and he posted a 1.025 OPS.

That would’ve earned him consideration for AL Player of the Month honors, but it was definitely enough to take the rookie recognition again. The only other AL rookie to get a vote was Indians catcher Carlos Santana.

He’s off to a pretty good start on July honors as well. He entered Tuesday batting 7-for-13 so far in July, and his four-walk game Monday against the Orioles was the first by a Tigers rookie since Steve Boros in 1961.

Friday: Tigers at Braves

The puzzle of squeezing four outfielders into three outfield spots is a little clearer now thanks to the way Brennan Boesch is hitting lately. Jim Leyland said today that Boesch will play all three games here against the Braves this weekend. Austin Jackson, Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez will catch three games each. Jackson is out tonight. Not sure which game Damon or Ordonez will have off, but the key point is that Boesch is playing all three.

“I just think I’d be pretty foolish to take him out right now,” Leyland said. “I try to make it common sense when it’s all said and done, and I thought this makes sense.”

But as he also pointed out, “Our club pays a pretty big price for Interleague on the road.”

TIGERS

  1. Damon, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Oliver, P

BRAVES

  1. Martin Prado, 2B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Troy Glaus, 1B
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS
  7. Omar Infante, LF
  8. Melky Cabrera, CF
  9. Kris Medlen, P

Wednesday: Jackson sits vs. Mets

It isn’t a strained back this time, but the strain of four Tigers outfielders and three lineup spots that’s apparently keeping Jackson out of the lineup tonight. He says his back feels fine, and Jim Leyland doesn’t doubt it, but he hinted last night that Brennan Boesch is hitting too well right now to take out of the lineup.

Johnny Damon is back in the lineup, batting leadoff and playing in left. Ramon Santiago is the No. 2 hitter tonight, with Alex Avila behind the plate.
TIGERS
  1. Damon, LF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Bonderman, P
METS
  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Angel Pagan, CF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Henry Blanco, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. R.A. Dickey, P

Boesch wins AL Rookie of the Month

For the second straight month, a Tiger has won the AL Rookie of the Month award. This time, it’s Brennan Boesch, whose torrid start turned what was supposed to be a brief call-up as an injury replacement into a starting job in the big leagues ahead of schedule.

Boesch led all Major League rookies with a .345 average (29-for-84), three home runs and 15 RBIs. He hit safely in 13 of his first 14 May contests, including a four-hit game May 15 against the Red Sox at Comerica Park and a 2-for-3, three-RBI game May 10 against the Yankees.
Boesch follows up Austin Jackson, who won the award in April. They’re the first pair of teammates to win the award in the first two months since Red Sox teammates Hideki Okajima and Dustin Pedroia in 2007.

Friday: Tigers at Dodgers

Back on the beat after a couple days off. Already heard the vacation jokes, thanks.

Speaking of days off, the squeeze of four Tigers outfielders and just three spots shakes out with Johnny Damon as the odd man out tonight. Brennan Boesch is in left field. Magglio Ordonez is in right. He said his ankle feels fine now. Still isn’t completely sure what caused it. Manager Jim Leyland said Damon will definitely be in the lineup Saturday. Not sure who won’t be.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Worth, 2B
  9. Willis, P

DODGERS

  1. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  2. Ronnie Belliard, 1B
  3. Manny Ramirez, LF
  4. Matt Kemp, CF
  5. Casey Blake, 3B
  6. Reed Johnson, RF
  7. Nick Green, 2B
  8. A.J. Ellis, C
  9. Chad Billingsley, P

Boesch doing well after injury

Talked this morning with outfielder Brennan Boesch, whos doing better than one might expect after taking a fly ball just above his eye Tuesday against Florida Southern. His eye is still swollen a little and definitely red, but he says he can see fine. He hopes to be cleared to play tomorrow, when the Tigers have a B game and a regular game against the Astros. Good news.

Leyland raving about prospects

What began as a drizzly morning here in Lakeland ended up a sun-soaked and warm afternoon, probably the first real sunscreen type of day since spring training began. Very good day for the Tigers to have their first full-squad workout, and manager Jim Leyland’s mood reflected it.

After one full-squad workout — and probably more important, one day of batting practice — Leyland was raving about the prospects the Tigers have coming up in the system.
“I can tell, we’ve got a lot of talent in this camp, down low [in the system] and up high. I mean, it was an eye-opener out there today.”

  • “There’s a lot of prospects, probably the most prospects I’ve ever had in a camp.”

  • “I can assure you that these guys will be in Detroit someday, a lot of them. I don’t know where I’ll be [at that time], but they will be.”

  • “There’s guys hitting balls over trees, way over trees. … When you have veterans doing double-takes to watch a kid hit, that’s usually a pretty good measuring stick.”

Leyland didn’t want to mention prospects by name when he was talking about this, but one can surmise that he was talking about, Ryan Strieby, Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells, among others. Wells reported to camp in noticeably strong shape after spending most of the winter working out with Strieby in Arizona at the API training facility. He almost looks like he’s got a linebacker’s build playing outfield.

What does this mean for Detroit? For now, probably nothing. Unless Wells makes a run and takes the CF job from Austin Jackson in camp, most of the hitting talent will be opening in Toledo, which has the chance for a really nice offense if you add in a healthy Jeff Larish and maybe Alex Avila. But keep it in mind as the summer unwinds and the Tigers get closer to next offseason, when Dombrowski suggested the Tigers will make more “adjustments.”

Anyway, on to some notes …

  • Speaking of youngsters, Scott Sizemore did everything that every other infielder did on the first formal workout for position players. He’s still coming along with the ankle, but it isn’t limiting what he can do. No definitive word yet over whether he’ll be able to start at second when games begin in a week, but it’s looking upbeat. “He needs to get at-bats,” Leyland said. “He needs to play second base this spring a lot.”
  • The Tigers designated Casey Fien for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on the 40-man roster, but Fien isn’t leaving camp just yet. He’s just going across the street. Though he’s technically in limbo until he’s either claimed on waivers, traded or outrighted, he can work out at the Tigers’ minor league facility across the street. The team has invited and encouraged him to do so.
  • In addition to talking with Carlos Guillen about his role, Leyland said he talked with Johnny Damon about his situation and whether he feels more comfortable batting leadoff or hitting second. Damon said he’s fine either way, but that they involve two different approaches. He doesn’t hit for as high of an average or reach base to the same percentage hitting second compared to leadoff, but he can do some other things in his game.
  • Leyland didn’t really want to talk about Ryan Raburn’s situation this morning after just discussing Guillen, but he said in the afternoon that Raburn will work out in the infield as well as the outfield now that full-squad workouts are underway. That’s a change from the offseason, when Leyland said he wanted Raburn to focus on being an outfielder. Raburn and Don Kelly are probably going to see work at basically every position but shortstop, catcher and pitcher this spring.
  • Strieby, by the way, is going to see time at both 1B and OF this spring. He’ll most likely be an outfielder in Toledo as he tries to make the transition away from Miguel Cabrera’s position and into a spot where he could actually see some playing time in Detroit.
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