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Sunday: Tigers at Red Sox

Too many ins and outs to sum up in a paragraph or two, so here’s your rundown of who is and isn’t available for the Tigers today:

  • Johnny Damon is out of the lineup again today, but he said this morning that his back is getting better. He was going to try some swings in the cage this morning to see if he can play today.
  • Turns out Danny Worth also is ailing. He has a heel that he injured stepping hard on the bag trying to beat out a hit Friday night. He was not available Saturday, manager Jim Leyland revealed, meaning that the only player the Tigers had available on the bench was catcher Alex Avila. “If one of the infielders got hurt,” Leyland said, “I was screwed.” Worth said he can play today if needed.
  • Ryan Raburn was back in the clubhouse Sunday after spending Saturday back in Florida for his grandfather’s funeral. He’s starting in left field.
  • The bullpen today is without Jose Valverde, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry. They do not have Bonderman available in relief anymore, not with his start coming up Tuesday. Everybody else is available. Not only do none of the four available relievers have any saves this year, they don’t have any saves in their Major League careers. I have no idea what they’ll do in a save situation, so don’t ask me.
That pretty much covers it. Here are the lineups.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Frazier, DH
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
RED SOX
  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. J.D. Drew, RF
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. Ryan Kalish, LF
  8. Jed Lowrie, 2B
  9. Eric Patterson, CF
P: Clay Buchholz

Saturday: Tigers at Red Sox

Tigers are taking batting practice as I blog, and as of now, nothing seems to be stirring as far as trades. That could change on a moment’s notice, though.

The bigger concern for the Tigers today is their positional situation. Johnny Damon said coming in today that his back felt the same as yesterday, which is to say it feels terrible. He’s not in the lineup, but neither is Ryan Raburn, who is in Florida today for a funeral following the passing of his grandfather. He’s expected back tomorrow.

The result is that not only are the Tigers heavy on rookies, they’re light on number of healthy players. Their top third of the lineup today is comprised of rookies, and their bench is down to two players, one of whom is the backup catcher Alex Avila.

“We’re scrambling for a lineup today, let alone being able to protect somebody,” Leyland said.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. J.D. Drew, RF
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. Bill Hall, 2B
  8. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  9. Darnell McDonald, CF

P: Daisuke Matsuzaka

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.

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

Thursday: Tigers at Mets

The way Brennan Boesch and Magglio Ordonez are hitting, it’s becoming clear that the outfield mix this week is likely to leave either Austin Jackson or Johnny Damon out of the lineup when they don’t have a DH. On Thursday, it’s Damon on the bench for the second time this series. Ryan Raburn gets the start at second base with Carlos Guillen getting a scheduled day off. Guillen supposedly felt a little tightness in his hamstring after Wednesday’s loss, but there’s no indication that it’s a big deal.

The other question for Thursday involves whether there’s anything to the notion that facing a nasty knuckleball pitcher can mess up a hitter for the next couple days. Manager Jim Leyland doesn’t buy it.

“Guys always say they worry about stuff like that,” Leyland said. “I don’t really buy that stuff. I think that’s just good talk.”

TIGERS

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

METS

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Jesus Feliciano, 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. Hisanori Takahashi, 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

When outfielders, infielders collide …

By Monday morning, most of the Tigers had seen the play from Sunday night’s Rangers-Twins game, where Denard Span and Orlando Hudson collided in shallow center field and banged knees. Span eventually got up OK, but Hudson was undergoing tests Monday. It’s the kind of play more than a few Tigers have encountered.

Without that kind of play, Magglio Ordonez might never have become a Tiger. His collision forced him to undergo knee surgery and arguably led the White Sox to let him walk as a free agent. Johnny Damon has been injured on a play like that. Carlos Guillen has been involved in those types of plays. Ex-Tiger Placido Polanco was involved in one too.
“There’s so many balls that dump in there,” Damon said, “and both guys are trying to get it.”
 Said Guillen: “You have to keep it simple. You have to communicate.”

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

Sunday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

When we left manager Jim Leyland early Sunday morning, he was toying with the idea of starting Danny Worth at second base for this game. A few hours later, he followed through on it, putting Worth at second and batting him ninth.

Worth didn’t know he was starting when he got into the clubhouse.

“I don’t even know where the lineup is,” Worth said.

It will be a day with three rookies in the Tigers lineup, but not the reigning AL Rookie of the Month. Austin Jackson is getting a rare day off, replaced in center by Don Kelly and at leadoff by Johnny Damon. Ramon Santiago will bat second.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  3. J.D. Drew, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Bill Hall, 2B
  9. Jonathan Van Every, CF

P: John Lackey

Saturday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Ironically (or maybe not ironic at all), the one Tiger with more than five at-bats against Jon Lester is Johnny Damon, the one Tigers regular who’s sitting tonight. He’s 7-for-24 off Lester. However, I’d expect he was giving some Tigers rookies (there are four of them in the lineup tonight) some pregame ideas on how to approach Lester.

One of those rookies is Casper Wells, who will get his first Major League at-bat in the first inning against Lester. He’s batting second and playing left field in Damon’s place. And yes, he’s still wearing number 57.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Wells, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Dontrelle Willis

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. J.D. Drew, RF
  8. Bill Hall, LF
  9. Darnell McDonald, CF

P: Jon Lester

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