Game 2011.66: Rays at Tigers
Well, after a forgettable performance to close the Seattle series, we are still sort of tied for first with Cleveland. As it so happens, there are only two American League games scheduled for today, the Cleveland and Detroit games, so all eyes will be upon the Tigers.
Just kidding–Cleveland plays the Yankees, and Derek Jeter might get a hit or something.
The big news is that after a month away, Magglio Ordonez has returned from the Toledo mud, and will be stepping into that 6th spot in the lineup reserved for right fielders. Ordonez hit a home run in his last start for the Mudhens Saturday, so hopefully this portends a return of at least a bit of his customary power.
According to the official Tiger twitter, Magglio wants to walk up to the plate to a Motown song, but is looking for suggestions. Detroit Tigers (official_tigers) on Twitter. Anything but Tears of a Clown!
And guess who the roster sacrifice for Magglio was. Enrique Gonzalez! We currently have a bullpen with no Enrique, and no Brad Thomas. It’s a nice feeling.
Phil Coke takes the mound tonight as Detroit tries to complete a delayed sweep of the last Rays series. The Rays counter with Relatively Unknown Guy (Alex Cobb), who historically tends to give the Tigers problems.
Oh, and just for fun, how about a 104-yr old Tiger fan
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Magglio Ordonez
He’s back. Is he Magglio? Singglio? Mendozlio?
Today’s Surgically Repaired Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Don Kelly 3B
- Brennan Boesch LF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Maggio Ordonez RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila DH
- Ryan Raburn 2B