Today is the styrofoam game of the three-game series as Max Scherzer eyes Detroit’s first victory and the Tigers try to keep the brooms in the closet. The Tigers have yet to win a game; then again, neither have the Twins, so there.
Big Don Kelly will be filling in for Magglio Ordonez in right field, although strangely enough, not batting in his spot in the lineup. That honor goes to Brennan Boesch, who yesterday became the first Tiger to strike out with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs. Ordonez was taken out of yesterday’s game with soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle, but it was cold yesterday and this sort of thing is to be expected and Leyland was planning to give him a day off soon anyway and there is nothing to worry about, really there isn’t.
Today will also see the 2011 debut of Victor Martinez behind the plate.
The Tigers face Phil Hughes, whom the Yankees drafted with a compensatory pick awarded to them when they lost Andy Pettitte to the Astros, before they got him back again. Hughes supposedly is featuring a new “slider-cutter” pitch which is different from his slider or his cutter. Let us know if you see one. Hughes also was the winning pitcher the last time the Yankees swept a series from Detroit.
Fun fact: Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson are tied for the team lead in leading off innings (5). At some point do they consider moving Cabrera up to the 3rd spot in the lineup?
Today’s sweep-busting Tiger lineup:
1 Jackson, CF
2 Santiago, 2B
3 Boesch, DH
4 Cabrera, 1B
5 Martinez, C
6 Raburn, LF
7 Kelly, RF
8 Peralta, SS
9 Inge, 3B