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Leyland "flabbergasted" by Sheff comments

Jim Leyland took a look at the story in Sunday’s Boston Globe in which Gary Sheffield expressed his frustration about DH-ing and described his role as “platooning,” and in Leyland’s words, he was “totally caught off guard” by it. The DH role, Leyalnd emphasized, was something they agreed upon before trading for him in November 2006. They tried playing Sheffield in the outfield earlier this summer, and it didn’t work. Leyland also pointed out that Sheffield isn’t exactly platooning, having played the vast majority of the games in which he’s been available. Look for more about that on the site.

Also, Marcus Thames underwent an MRI exam this afternoon to check out his shoulder. Todd Jones threw in the bullpen today and said he’ll be ready to come off the DL on Friday when he’s eligible to be activated.

Lineups …

TIGERS (58-59)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Joyce, LF
  7. Sheffield, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C

BLUE JAYS (59-59)

  1. Joe Inglett, 2B
  2. Marco Scutaro, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, RF
  4. Vernon Wells, CF
  5. Matt Stairs, DH
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Adam Lind, LF
  8. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  9. John McDonald, SS

Sheff hits 7th, Guillen stays in 3rd slot

I’m assuming you’re aware by now about Gary Sheffield being activated. He’s batting 7th today and will probably remain there for the time being. Jim Leyland said he likes the idea of putting him in a lower-profile role for now.

Here’s the rest of the lineups:

TIGERS (36-39)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Sheffield, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Rodriguez, C

CARDINALS (44-33)

  1. Brian Barton, LF
  2. Aaron Miles, 2B
  3. Ryan Ludwick, RF
  4. Troy Glaus, 3B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Nick Stavinoha, DH
  8. Adam Kennedy, 1B
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS

Sheff to DL, Larish called up

The Tigers placed Gary Sheffield on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Jeff Larish will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Toledo and be out here in time for Wednesday’s strain game (sorry, all these injury stories are getting to me). Carlos Guillen is DH-ing today. According to the manager, he has a case of hemorrhoids (no, I’m not kidding) that has been limiting his mobility for the last several days.

Out of the frying pan …

EggPan.jpgIt’s a cloudless day in Phoenix, and the roof is closed. It’s that hot — mid-90s already and headed above 100. So they’re playing indoor baseball today. But hey, it’s a dry heat, right?

After looking at Gary Sheffield’s stats against Randy Johnson (6-for-39, 1 HR, 7 BB, 10 K’s), Jim Leyland thought better of starting him today. He’ll have had three days off by the time the Tigers are back in action Tuesday against Seattle, but Leyland plans on DHing him all three games there. Granderson’s off, too. This is not the lefty the Tigers want him to try to hit, especially the way he’s been going the last couple weeks.

The other interesting thing is Renteria batting third. He hasn’t done that at all this season, but he did a little of that the previous couple seasons in Atlanta. Interestingly, he’s hit in all nine lineup spots in his career, though his 21 plate appearances in the nine spot came as a pinch-hitter.

So it’s:

  1. Rodriguez, C
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Renteria, SS
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Raburn, CF
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Robertson, P

For Arizona:

  1. Chris Young, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Conor Jackson, 1B
  5. Eric Byrnes, LF
  6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  7. Chris Burke, 2B
  8. Miguel Montero, C
  9. Randy Johnson, P

From the Valley of the Sun

The talk is that the roof will be open tonight because of postgame fireworks, as opposed to any in-game fireworks. I don’t know this place well enough to know what effect that should have. In fact, I’ve never been here before. The way Bonderman works, though, I doubt it should have much effect. If he’s on, he’ll be good. If he’s not, there won’t be much to keep the ball in the park.

As far as the lineup, you might remember Jim Leyland saying he was going to start Gary Sheffield in LF once this series. That is tonight, and he might end up starting on Sunday, too. His shoulder still isn’t feeling that well for a strong throw, but they’re going to take their chances. The reasoning has more to do with Dan Haren, whose effectiveness against left-handed hitters convinced Leyland that this wasn’t the game to start Matt Joyce in left.

The full Tigers lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, LF
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Guillen, 3B
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Bonderman, P

And for the Diamondbacks:

  1. Chris Young, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  4. Conor Jackson, 1B
  5. Justin Upton, RF
  6. Chris Snyder, C
  7. Eric Byrnes, LF
  8. Augie Ojeda, 3B
  9. Dan Haren, P

Sheff's out of the outfield

Gary Sheffield’s outfield work isn’t over, but it’s going to be drastically cut back. Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday he’s worried about Sheff’s shoulder, as well as his throwing arm, and he doesn’t think playing him in the field a lot is going to help.

“The one thing I do know,” Leyland said, “is that with the physical conditions and trying to get the bat going, the longer I think about it, it doesn’t make sense [to play him in the field all the time]. … He DH’ed fine last year when he was healthy.”

Matt Joyce, Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn will be mixed into the outfield now, but Leyland said he’ll play Sheffield out there once this weekend at Arizona.

Joyce is starting in left tonight. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Joyce, LF
  7. Thames, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Rodriguez, C

For the Royals:

  1. David DeJesus, LF
  2. Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
  3. Alex Gordon, 3B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Billy Butler, 1B
  6. Mark Teahen, RF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. T.J. Pena, SS
  9. Joey Gathright, CF

Joyce at DH, Sheff back in left

I know, on the surface, having Matt Joyce at DH while Gary Sheffield in left looks crazy. But Leyland wanted to give Sheffield three straight days in the field before a day off, and he wanted to put Magglio back in right. That left Joyce as the DH for tonight, assuming they play.

Right now, it looks like they’ll wait it out. The radar looks like it should clear before too late in the evening. Since this is the only time the Red Sox are in town, and they travel to Minnesota after Thursday’s game, they have plenty of motivation to try to get it in.

Here’s the Tigers lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, LF
  7. Joyce, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Rodriguez, C

And for the Red Sox:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Jed Lowrie, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. Kevin Youklilis, 1B
  7. J.D. Drew, RF
  8. Jason Varitek, C
  9. Julio Lugo, SS

To go over the changes

  1. Jacque Jones designated for assignment.
  2. Matt Joyce called up from Toledo and is in RF.
  3. Sheffield is batting sixth and playing in LF, the latter per his request.
  4. Carlos Guillen will hit third.
  5. Magglio is still batting cleanup, but is DHing again today and will probably do that part-time while splitting time in RF.

Got all that? OK, here’s the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, DH
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, LF
  7. Joyce, RF
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Rodriguez, C

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