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Clete Thomas recalled, Don Kelly designated

As manager Jim Leyland said after Tuesday’s game, they’re kind of trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Thomas, who has heated up with the Hens.

“He’s done pretty well,” Leyland said. “He’s still going to have his moments. He’s a young player, but he’s an aggressive young player.”

Magglio back in lineup, Kelly bats cleanup

It’s a little different lineup for the getaway day, but not extremely so. Considering Magglio Ordonez is 3-for-6 lifetime off Twins starter Nick Blackburn, and considering Ordonez is coming off his HR and double Saturday, he’s in the lineup as the designated hitter. Marcus Thames, 0-for-7 off Blackburn, gets the day off. Don Kelly is batting cleanup.

As for the bullpen, it’s short. Really short. Zumaya and Dolsi aren’t available, getting another day of rest after their outings Friday night. Leyland also wants to give Brandon Lyon and Bobby Seay a day off after they pitched the last couple days. That leaves Fu-Te Ni, Zach Miner and Fernando Rodney, with starter Luke French also available on his side-session day.


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

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Brendan Harris, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Joe Crede, 3B
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Nick Blackburn

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.


  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


  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

Thomas optioned to Toledo, Kelly coming up

The Tigers announced after the game that they’re optioning OF Clete Thomas to Triple-A Toledo and purchasing the contract of Don Kelly from the Hens to take his place in Pittsburgh.

Thomas started out as a spark for the Tigers after joining the team in early May, but he was batting under .200 since May 16, including 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday. His grand slam last Sunday was one of just three hits for him in 29 June at-bats.

“Thomas has to work on shortening his swing,” manager Jim Leyland said. “This is not a punishment. This is a player that we love.”

Kelly, meanwhile, has been a versatile piece for the Mud Hens. He’s batting .341 for Toledo with three homers, 22 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 17 tries. Moreover, he has added center field to his defensive acument, allowing him to play around the outfield as well as the infield.

“He’s come back and really done well,” Leyland said. “You like to reward people who do well.”

Kelly will join the team in Pittsburgh, which is fitting since he was born and raised in nearby Butler, Pa.