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Magglio starts again, Laird gets a rest

Jim Leyland isn’t saying that his Magglio Ordonez-Clete Thomas platoon is over, but it basically sounds like he’s taking Ordonez’s situation on a day-to-day basis.

“I think he’s swinging the bat freely right now,” Leyland said, “so I’m going to play him for another day. I think he gives us the best chance tonight.”

That’s how Leyland is filling out his lineup these days with the guys he has. Of course, Leyland also has said several times that he’ll really like a lineup going into a game and then watch it fail to produce, such as last night.

Gerald Laird, meanwhile, is getting a day out of the lineup, presumably to get some rest. Odd, though, that it would come in the middle of the series, rather than using the getaway day to essentially get him 48 hours of rest. Perhaps Leyland wants Laird to get a shot at Kevin Millwood at Scott Feldman Wednesday, since he has caught him.

By the way, the Tigers did not alter their lineup at all based on the Rangers’ pitching change from Vicente Padilla to Doug Mathis for tonight.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Clete Thomas, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Ramon Santiago, 3B
  9. Dusty Ryan, C

P: Luke French

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, 3B
  3. Marlon Byrd, LF
  4. Nelson Cruz, RF
  5. Hank Blalock, 1B
  6. Andruw Jones, DH
  7. Josh Hamilton, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS

P: Doug Mathis

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Thursday: Tigers vs. Cubs

Dusty Ryan gets the start with Armando Galarraga on the mound.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

CUBS

  1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  2. Ryan Theriot, SS
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Micah Hoffpauir, RF
  5. Jake Fox, DH
  6. Mike Fontenot, 3B
  7. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
  8. Koyie Hill, C
  9. Andres Blanco, 2B

P: Ted Lilly

Tigers call up Dusty Ryan

The Tigers brought up some catching help Friday, at least for the moment, by recalling Dusty Ryan from Triple-A Toledo.

Ryan temporarily fills the roster spot that opened Thursday, when Detroit placed Dontrelle Willis on the 15-day disabled list. Alfredo Figaro will be promoted from Double-A Erie to start Saturday for the Tigers, but will have to be added to the roster before Saturday’s game.

Ryan spent most of last September as the Tigers’ everyday catcher, batting .318 with two homers and seven RBIs in 15 games, but went back to prospect status once Detroit traded for Gerald Laird at last December’s Winter Meetings. He got off to a slow start in Spring Training and then into the season at Triple-A Toledo, batting .156 in April with 13 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. He rebounded to hit .309 in May with four homers and 12 RBIs.

For the year, the 24-year-old Ryan is hitting .259 with seven homers and 23 RBIs.

Ryan’s recent performance raised speculation that he could be promoted to back up Laird in Detroit, where Dane Sardinha’s hitting struggles left him out of the starting lineup while the Tigers played six Interleague road games without a designated hitter at Pittsburgh and St. Louis. For Friday, at least, they’ll go with three catchers

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