Results tagged ‘ Marcus Thames ’

Thames in left, Renteria rests

Indeed, Marcus Thames gets the start in left field against the right-hander Tim Lincecum, who has served up just three home runs over 90 2/3 innings so far this season. Edgar Renteria gets a day off before the Tigers face back-to-back left-handed starters Tuesday and Wednesday. He’s batting .340 (16-for-47) against lefties this year, compared to .258 (49-for-190) versus righties. He’s also one of the few Tigers to see Jonathan Sanchez (1-for-2, double, two RBIs), and he’s 4-for-8 lifetime off Zito — though all of those at-bats against Zito came when he was pitching for Oakland. It also gets another left-handed bat in the lineup against Lincecum, not that it makes much difference (.228 vs. RH bats this year, .234 vs. LH batters).

Fernando Rodney is available in the bullpen, though Jim Leyland said before the game that he’d like to ease him in with an outing before throwing him into setup duty in a close situation.

TIGERS (32-37)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Hollimon, SS
  9. Verlander, P (he had a bat in his hands in the clubhouse before the game)

GIANTS (30-40)

  1. Fred Lewis, LF
  2. Ray Durham, 2B
  3. Randy Winn, RF
  4. Bengie Molina, C
  5. Aaron Rowand, CF
  6. John Bowker, 1B
  7. Rich Aurilia, 3B
  8. Omar Vizquel, SS
  9. Tim Lincecum, P

Cabrera moves to sixth spot, pitching shift coming

The only immediate change to come out of Leyland’s brainstorming session Thursday was Miguel Cabrera’s move from fifth to sixth in the batting order. Marcus Thames gets the fifth slot as Leyland tries to ride the hot bat, but even if he cools off, that might not move up Cabrera. Inge is catching tonight, but Leyland said that Pudge will catch the day games Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a pitching move coming, but Leyland wouldn’t yet get into what it is. Given Dontrelle Willis’ situation, it might well moving a current starter into a relief role and slotting Willis (who hasn’t pitched since last Friday) back in. Leyland also said they have to start preparing for guys coming back off the DL. That includes Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya, who are set to be sent out on minor-league rehab assignments in the next few days.


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

Granderson to play against lefties

He’s in the lineup tonight against Joe Saunders, and Jim Leyland says he’s going to play him against all but the really nasty lefties for the near term.

“He’s a catalyst for us,” Leyland said. “We’ve got to get him going.”

Granderson has said several times over the last few years that facing a left-handed pitcher can get him going at the plate once he faces right-handers again, because it forces him to concentrate more and stay on the ball, getting him out of a mode where he might be pulling everything. Leyland openly wonders whether Granderson’s injured hand is hurting, but Granderson says he’s fine.

For this trip, it only looks like one more lefty starter awaits after tonight. The Mariners changed their rotation and pulled lefty Jarrod Washburn for the weekend series. Felix Hernandez will now pitch Saturday, with Miguel Batista going Sunday. Once the Tigers get to Oakland next week, Dave Eveland is on schedule to face them.

The other adjustment is that Marcus Thames will be starting regularly in left for a little while.

“Marcus has earned his shot over the last couple years,” Leyland said. “Let’s see what he can do.”

Leyland talked about DHing Guillen, but he decided in the end to give him the night off coupled with Thursday’s off-day in hopes of getting him well for Seattle.

Here’s the full lineup:

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

For the Angels, who will give Vladimir Guerrero the night off:

  1. Reggie Willits, LF
  2. Maicer Izturis, SS
  3. Garret Anderson, DH
  4. Torii Hunter, CF
  5. Gary Matthews Jr., RF
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Brandon Wood, 3B
  9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B