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Sunday: Tigers vs. Indians

A couple days off for some regular Tigers today: Don Kelly starts in place of Johnny Damon in left field, while Ramon Santiago (8-for-15 career off Jake Westbrook) is at short.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  2. Grady Sizemore, CF
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  6. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  7. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  8. Lou Marson, C
  9. Michael Brantley, LF

P: Jake Westbrook

Tigers set Opening Day lineup

Kauffman Stadium.jpgThe lineup for Monday is now set. Gerald Laird will bat seventh, with rookie Scott Sizemore batting eighth, resolving the one remaining question. So the lineup against Zack Greinke will look like this:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Johnny Damon, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  9. Adam Everett, SS

Jim Leyland also said that he’ll make at least one adjustment for the second game of the season: Ramon Santiago will start at shortstop for that game Wednesday night against Luke Hochevar.

Leyland wants Bonderman to throw more splits

Yes, you’ve probably heard this before, but this time Jim Leyland has basically told Jeremy Bonderman that he needs the splitter as a third pitch if he’s going to be an effective pitcher.

“I talked to Bondo last night,” Leyland said Saturday morning. “With the equipment he has right now. I think he needs to become a three-pitch pitcher. He can’t pitch like he did before, throwing 95, 94 [mph]. He needs to use the three pitches to be effective. I think he can do that.”

That makes a difference how? Consider Bonderman’s comments after his first outing of the spring against the Blue Jays:

“I’ve got to throw it,” Bonderman said on March 3. “If I want to be any good,
I’ve got to take risks. I’m not going to go out there and just use what
I know works all the time. To be successful and have a full year, I
want that other pitch. If someone beats me out for the fifth spot,
fourth spot, whatever it is, then good for them.”

Now here are his comments four days later, after he was knocked out in the second inning:

“I don’t have a job,” Bonderman said. “Shoot, there’s five guys fighting for two jobs, maybe six guys. I don’t know exactly, but there’s enough guys fighting for them. [There’s] nothing in stone that it’s my spot. Until [Leyland] comes up to me and says, ‘It’s your job,’ I don’t think I have a job. Just because you’re under contract doesn’t mean anything. I haven’t played in two years. I just need to get more consistent and get ahead in the count.”

Now, if Bonderman is feeling like he has to get ahead in counts and fight for a job, how much is he going to focus on working on a third pitch?

That’s where Leyland’s remarks make a difference. Ideally, they’re reassurance.

“I think guys are trying what they think is their best shot to make the team,” Leyland said Saturday morning.

Other items of interest from Saturday:

  • If Ramon Santiago looked a little faster running out his triple on Saturday, there’s a reason. He spent a good amount of time in the offseason doing workouts designed to help his quickness, including instruction from a former Cuban track and field coach now living in the Dominican. He also has worked with new coach Tom Brookens on how to hit the bases on the inside and get around quicker. He thinks he can steal some bases if the team asks him, but more important, he feels he can go from first to third on more hits to set up easy RBI chances.
  • Leyland reiterated what he has said about young lefty Daniel Schlereth so far: Good stuff, but a little inconsistent. Then he added this: A person he respects from another organization said he felt Schlereth had the best left-hander he saw all year in 2009. Wouldn’t say who it was.
  • Robbie Weinhardt is still in camp, albeit a long shot by Leyland’s admission to make the roster. Still, Leyland believes he isn’t far off. “He’s a good breaking ball from being a Major League pitcher right now,” Leyland said. “He has a true big-time sinker, but he needs to do more with his breaking ball.”
  • Today was a quick day back at work after being off Thursday and Friday. I’ll be off again Sunday. Always fun to get a break hanging out and watching March Madness. It’s one of those few sporting events where you can talk about a banker, an IT guy and a garbageman walking into a sports bar and not have it be the start of a joke.

Spring opener: Sizemore sitting

The skies have cleared after an early-morning downpour here in Lakeland, so it looks like it’s game on for the Tigers’ Spring Training opener against Florida Southern. But the field is probably still wet enough — with the chance for more rain later today — that the Tigers are going to play it cautious with second baseman Scott Sizemore and his surgically repaired ankle.

Sizemore said his ankle is getting stronger, but admitted it was a little tender a couple days ago. Still, he said, it’s building in the right direction. It would be a surprise if he wasn’t in the lineup in the next few days.

Here’s the Tigers lineup:

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

P: Phil Coke

Thursday: Tigers vs. Twins

Placido Polanco gets a day off, while Jim Leyland plays the hot hand a bit with Ramon Santiago at second base today alongside Adam Everett. In that sense, Leyland is playing this like a regular day game after a night game, even though it has a chance to be a lot more than that.

Aubrey Huff again isn’t playing against a right-hander.


  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, LF
  6. Marcus Thames, DH
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Nate Robertson


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

P: Scott Baker

Fields takes batting practice at Comerica Park

Daniel Fields’ batting practice at Comerica Park Friday afternoon wasn’t an arrival. For him, it was more like a reunion.

Four years ago, he was a coach’s kid looking up to the players. Now he’s a Tigers prospect, selected in the sixth round of June’s First-Year Player Draft. At least sizewise, more than a few Tigers are looking up to him.

“Ramon Santiago, he played with my dad in the Minors,” Fields said, referring to Santiago’s time at West Michigan playing for Bruce Fields. “It’s been a while since I’d seen him, so I gave him a big old hug. Alex Avila, I met him a couple years ago. He actually played against my brother in the summer [leagues], and I met him back then. There were a couple other guys I’d seen when my dad was coaching here [as hitting coach]. It was good to see those guys again.”

It was at Comerica Park where his resume as a hitter began to grow, where he hit a ball over the fence as a 13-year-old taking batting practice with his father. He didn’t clear the fences Friday, but he took just a couple rounds. It was enough for one of those moments where it hits the younger Fields that he’s now a professional baseball player, a realization that first crossed his mind in the hours after his late-night signing just ahead of the deadline.

“My friends were at my house when everything was happening,” Fields said. “After everybody left, I kind of went upstairs and was sitting in my room thinking about it, and that’s when it hit me: I was a professional athlete.”

He had another moment soon afterwards in Lakeland, where his first memories date back about 10 years. He was an eight-year-old following around his dad, then working Spring Training as an instructor, when one of those Florida downpours opened up over the complex.

“Everybody ran to go into the cafeteria or the locker room,” the younger Fields recalled. “For some reason, I turned my back, and when I turned around, everybody was gone. I was just looking around like, ‘Where did everybody go?’ I ran into the minor league clubhouse, and nobody was in there. So I went out and I saw my mom. She was picking one of our family friends up and was taking him back home. I saw my mom, so I started running after the car, and then everybody got into the car and she left.

“I was running down the street and chasing the car. She goes off, and I didn’t know where the car was, so I was walking down the street, and the whole time I’m just crying.”

Suffice it to say, he knows his way around now. He’s certainly on the Tigers’ radar. He’ll be back in Lakeland shortly for the start of the fall instructional league, then return home for offseason workouts.

Tigers at The Trop, Game 3

ST. PETERSBURG — By winning the first two games of this series, the Tigers moved to 4-2 against the Rays this season, which guarantees they’d win a season series against them for the first time since 2006. 

After Armando Galarraga’s struggles on Saturday night (six runs in 2 1/3 innings), manager Jim Leyland said he’d talk to the young righty and his coaching staff to see what the next step is. With Nate Robertson making two good starts for Detroit recently, Galarraga could find himself out of a rotation spot — which looks like it will fall on Saturday against the Twins.
We’ll find out more soon, I’m sure. 
On to the lineups, which have Ramon Santiago back in there after a two-hit night — this time taking Placido Polanco’s place at second base. 
Curtis Granderson, CF
Santiago, 2B
Carlos Guillen, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Aubrey Huff, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Gerald Laird, C
Adam Everett, SS
SP: Edwin Jackson (RH)
Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Dioner Navarro, C
Fernando Perez, CF
SP: Wade Davis (RH)
UPDATE (2:03 P.M. ET): 
* Fernando Rodney will indeed not be available to close tonight. He’s fine, but Leyland would rather take advantage of Monday’s off-day and give him three days of rest. Jeremy Bonderman will be off, too. 
* Alex Avila’s two-run homer against James Shields in the seventh inning on Saturday was an absolute moon shoot to right field, one that bounced off the catwalk that sits just above the JumboTron beyond the right-field seats. He’s the second player to hit a home run off what’s called the “C-ring” this season, with the other being Evan Longoria on April 30. “That was a bomb,” an impressed Leyland said.
— Alden Gonzalez

Inge sits, looks to make changes

After much debating, Jim Leyland decided to give Brandon Inge the night off and pair it with Thursday’s scheduled off-day to give him two days of rest ahead of Friday’s series opener at Cleveland. He’s hoping it can make a difference in the pain that’s hounding Inge in the patella tendon around Inge’s left knee, though Inge isn’t so optimistic.

Inge talked Wednesday about using the night off to get away from the mental grind, then working a little with his swing to try to find a way to cut down on his pain without falling so much into bad habits. It might involve taking a two-strike approach throughout an at-bat and cutting down on the power, or keeping weight off of his front side in his stance.

“Mentally, I need to figure out how to go about this,” Inge said. “Everything’s kind of off right now because of the knee, so I’m going to have to make an adjustment.”

Ramon Santiago isn’t starting after taking that fol tip off his right shin, but he’s available if need be. Leyland might’ve started Santiago at second base and rested Placido Polanco otherwise, but he’ll instead look to rest Polanco at some point this weekend.


  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Carlos Guillen, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  6. Marcus Thames, LF
  7. Ryan Raburn, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Omar Vizquel, 2B
  2. Michael Young, 3B
  3. David Murphy, LF
  4. Marlon Byrd, CF
  5. Hank Blalock, 1B
  6. Andruw Jones, DH
  7. Josh Hamilton, RF
  8. Taylor Teagarden, C
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS

P: Scott Feldman

Santiago starts again, no Ramirez yet

When Ramon Santiago is hitting like this, sometimes you have to ride it out. That, plus the chance to give Adam Everett a day off coupled with Monday’s off-day, put Santiago in Tuesday’s lineup at shortstop. You might remember he started Sunday at second base for Placido Polanco.

Wilkin Ramirez is here, but he won’t be in tonight’s starting lineup against right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Look for him to be the DH Wednesday versus Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. That could be his only game action of this stint, but Leyland said he might start him Thursday against Kevin Millwood.


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

P: Dontrelle Willis


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

P: Brandon McCarthy

Guillen DHing, Santiago at SS, Laird scratched

Carlos Guillen said his sore Achilles tendon is feeling much better, but he’s going to DH today as a precaution. Jim Leyland said Guillen could be back out in left field Tuesday. Josh Anderson will play left today. Leyland said he wanted to get more left-handed hitters in the lineup against Gavin Floyd, which is partly why he chose today to start Ramon Santiago at short and give Adam Everett the day off.

Meanwhile, Gerald Laird was originally in the starting lineup but was scratched because he’s sick. Thus, Matt Treanor will make his second start of the year behind the plate.


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

P: Miner


  1. Brent Lillibridge, 2B
  2. Josh Fields, 3B
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Dewayne Wise, CF (former Toledo Mud Hen)

P: Gavin Floyd