Results tagged ‘ Curtis Granderson ’

Wednesday: Tigers at Angels

After thinking it over, manager Jim Leyland opted to start Curtis Granderson Wednesday against Angels left-hander Joe Saunders. He’s on a hot streak in a ballpark where he hits very well (8 HRs in 20 career games at Angel Stadium) and where the ball can fly on day games, so it’s as good of a situation as any for him. On the other hand, while Aubrey Huff is 8-for-18 lifetime off Saunders, he’s in an 0-for-13 skid and a 1-for-16 road trip.

One factor to keep in mind today: It’s hot. Really hot. As mentioned, the ball usually carries well in day games here anyway, so that’s a factor. The Tigers had a note up in the clubhouse to drink plenty of water.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Thames, DH
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Edwin Jackson

ANGELS

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF
  3. Torii Hunter, CF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
  7. Erick Aybar, SS
  8. Mike Napoli, C
  9. Gary Matthews Jr., LF

P: Joe Saunders

Granderson sits, Polanco leads off

Wilkin Ramirez isn’t walking through the clubhouse doors today, so if the Tigers were going to give Curtis Granderson a day off today as planned, they were going to have to use somebody here. That somebody ended up being Placido Polanco, who’s batting leadoff for the first time since the season finale in 2007. Leyland confirmed he also plans on giving Granderson a second day off Friday at Oakland.

TIGERS

  1. Placido Polanco, 2B
  2. Marcus Thames, DH
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Clete Thomas, CF
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Jarrod Washburn

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Mike Sweeney, DH
  5. Russell Branyan, 1B
  6. Kenji Johjima, C
  7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  8. Jack Wilson, SS
  9. Michael Saunders, LF

P: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Granderson could sit next couple days

Though Curtis Granderson’s bat has been a concern off and on for much of the season, it’s clear that it’s a particular concern for manager Jim Leyland now. Granderson’s 0-for-4, two-strikeout game extended his hitless streak to 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts, bringing his batting average for the season back down to .254, its low point since the end of May.

Leyland came to his defense after the game, pointing out that he’s taking extra batting practice every day now, including the last couple days since Monday’s off-day. So far, it hasn’t quite clicked, and Leyland sounded like a manager who thinks his leadoff hitter and offensive catalyst might be pressing.

“I’m thinking about getting him out of there tomorrow against the left-hander,” Leyland said, referring to Mariners lefty starter Ryan Rowland-Smith. “I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’ll probably get him a day off, maybe two days off.”

The second day off, if it happens, would be against another left-handed starter with Oakland’s
Gio Gonzalez slated to pitch Friday’s series opener out west.

The last time Leyland gave Granderson a day off, the Tigers called up Wilkin Ramirez from Triple-A Toledo for a day and started the right-handed hitting prospect in left to help pull it off. He probably doesn’t have that luxury this time, and it’s hard to see him sitting Granderson without starting another left-handed hitter in his place, whether it’s Clete Thomas in the outfield or Aubrey Huff at DH.

Granderson rests, as expected

Jim Leyland talked Wednesday about resting Curtis Granderson against Cleveland lefty Cliff Lee for Friday’s series opener, and he’s following through on that. Ryan Raburn will lead off, while Josh Anderson — the lone left-handed hitter in the lineup tonight — plays center and bats ninth. Magglio is back in the lineup against the lefty starter.

TIGERS

  1. Raburn, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. Thames, DH
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Ordonez, RF
  7. Laird, C
  8. Everett, SS
  9. Anderson, CF

P: Jackson

INDIANS

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  2. Grady Sizemore, CF
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  7. Ryan Garko, RF
  8. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

P: Cliff Lee

Verlander, Jackson, Granderson get all-star nods, Inge in final vote

The Tigers are back to having a pack at the All-Star Game. This time, it’ll be the young core of the team.

Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson, whose dominant pitching has been a big reason for Detroit’s lead atop the American League Central, will join center fielder and leadoff man Curtis Granderson at the Midsummer Classic July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It marks the second time in three years that the Tigers have had as many as three players in the All-Star Game.

All three were selected by player balloting, which took place last week.

The Tigers have a chance at a fourth with Brandon Inge, who’s one of five candidates in the Final Vote. Balloting is now underway at MLB.com. He’ll be vying against former Tigers teammate Carlos Pena, Ian Kinsler, Chone Figgins and Adam Lind.

Granderson leading off, Kelly bats third

The days of Curtis Granderson batting fifth might well be over for a while. Jim Leyland said this afternoon that he will not bat Josh Anderson leadoff again.

“Some guys just feel comfortable and know what to do in that situation,” Leyland said. “Some guys got a knack for that. Some guys don’t.”

Anderson, despite his speed, does not, according to Leyland. Curtis Granderson does. And since Leyland said he does not have any other guys he considers leadoff hitters, the days of Granderson batting fifth appear to be over for now. However, Leyland said he thinks Granderson has made the transition to being able to hit fifth if the Tigers needed him there.

As for the third spot, that belongs to Don Kelly tonight. Leyland said he didn’t really know where to hit him, so he put him in the spot where he would’ve batted Clete Thomas if he were here.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Kelly, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ordonez, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Porcello, P

PIRATES

  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Nyjer Morgan, LF
  3. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
  4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  5. Andy LaRoche, 3B
  6. Brandon Moss, RF
  7. Jason Jaramillo, C
  8. Jack Wilson, SS
  9. Ian Snell, P

Anderson leads off again

If you find yourself getting twisted between Granderson and Anderson atop the Tigers lineup, you’re not alone. The lineup sheet posted outside the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium this morning started out kind of like this: 1. GrAnderson.

That said, Granderson and Anderson are the only two left-handed bats in the lineup today against Kyle Davies. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas both have the day off. Thomas, in particular, has been playing a lot. Magglio Ordonez is the DH, while Ryan Raburn gets the start in right field, batting eighth.

TIGERS

  1. Anderson, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Granderson, CF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Raburn, RF
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS

  1. Mitch Maier, CF
  2. David DeJesus, LF
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Jose Guillen, RF
  5. Mike Jacobs, DH
  6. Mark Teahen, 3B
  7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  8. John Buck, C
  9. Luis Hernandez, SS

P: Kyle Davies

Different look up top

A day after the top third of Detroit’s lineup went 0-for-12 with two balls hit out of the infield, the Tigers did a little shifting for a day. Placido Polanco was already set to get the day off, so Ramon Santiago both plays and hits second. Josh Anderson is batting leadoff for the first time in two weeks.

Jim Leyland said Sunday morning that Granderson seems like he’s not getting in a good position to hit, instead getting caught in between. But as Leyland pointed out, Granderson can get back to hitting well in a hurry.

“He’s always been kind of a streaky guy,” Leyland said. “But we have to get him going, no question.”

TIGERS

  1. Anderson, LF
  2. Santiago, 2B
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Granderson, CF
  6. Ordonez, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Everett, SS
  9. Sardinha, C

P: Dontrelle Willis

ROCKIES

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  3. Todd Helton, 1B
  4. Matt Murton, LF
  5. Ryan Spilborghs, RF
  6. Garrett Atkins, DH
  7. Yorvit Torrealba, C
  8. Clint Barmes, 2B
  9. Ian Stewart, 3B

P: Jason Hammel

MC Hammer at Friday's game

MC Hammer, aka Stanley Burrell, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Friday’s Tigers-A’s game. He’s also taking in pregame batting practice as Curtis Granderson’s guest. No, it’s not ’90s night at Comerica Park. Just figured it was worth a mention.

Postscript on Granderson's catch

Curtis Granderson said he saw the replay of his highlight catch on television last night while he was flipping through the channels on his way to the Lakers-Rockets game. He’s usually a Nick at Nite viewer at night when he gets back to the hotel, he said, because it helps him get to sleep.

“I like Fresh Prince and the Cosby Show, even Roseanne,” Granderson said. “I go through my phases with Roseanne.”

Progressive Field, he said, is a pretty decent park in which to see the ball. The only challenge he cites is that the light towers are so high up. But then, he has to admit that he likes going to a lot of ballparks in other towns, largely because of how much less territory he has to cover compared to at home.

“I love going on the road,” he said. “Every other ballpark seems so much smaller. Even Texas, as big as it is, you feel like you can just cover more ground because of the fact that it’s in the South. The grass is that warm-weather grass, so they keep it cut low. It’s almost like running on a track. You can gain more speed.”

For a combination of conditions, he said Angel Stadium is up there among his favorites. As for Progressive Field, he said, “This is a good one.”

Outfield coach Andy Van Slyke said Otis Nixon’s catch of one of his drives in ’91 ranks as the best he’s seen. He also ranks Granderson’s catch from two years above this one.

“Curtis had a great catch,” Van Slyke said. “It was a great catch under the circumstances. But what Otis Nixon did was one story above.”

Van Slyke, like Leyland and everyone else, didn’t think Sizemore’s fly ball would carry that far.

“I didn’t think it was going out,” he said. “And it didn’t.”

Van Slyke said he does try to challenge Granderson with some fly balls at the fence to give him some practice during BP, including Friday night. That said, Van Slyke added, “Joel [Zumaya] actually made some better catches than he did.”

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