Game 2012.48: Tigers at Red Sox

Detroit Tigers, 23-24, 3 games behind Cleveland, winning streak: 3 games.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

Ah yes, the Boston Red Sox.  Remember when the season started with a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox in Detroit? The Tigers scored 26 runs in 3-games, they pulled off a clutch 11-inning victory for the sweep, and Duane Below managed to rack up 2 of the 3 wins. The Tigers had a legendary offense that was going to just crush the opposition, and cruise to an easy Central title. Oh well.

Boston had problems of its own, but seems to have righted the ship somewhat, and both teams go into this series with identical records. Austin Jackson again will miss this series with his abdominal strain, so Detroit is hoping the Q-Berry magic continues.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:¬† Quintin Berry. Run, Quintin, Run!

Today’s What-Could-Be-More-Obvious-Than-Batting-Raburn-2nd Lineup:

  1. Quintin Berry CF
  2. Ryan Raburn RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Andy Dirks LF
  8. Gerald Laird C
  9. Danny Worth 2B


  1. Tigers Rule

    May 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Smokey has got to go and the sooner the better. Why move Dirksy to the 7 hole and move KBum up to the 2 hole. They had a great 1-2 setting the table for Miggy and Prince and Smokey’s crystal ball tells him to change a winning setup?

  2. Mark

    May 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Why would you bat Dirks 7th??? Why why why? I hope Raburn comes through but we all know what is probably going to happen…

  3. Andrew in Toronto

    May 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I thought I read elsewhere that the Dirks/Raburn switch had to do with Doubront being tough on lefties. But then I checked the stats and don’t see it. So …. ????

    • Coleman

      May 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Just because YOU checked the stats doesn’t mean that Leyland did.

  4. Coleman

    May 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Once again the umpires blow an obvious call.

  5. Andrew in Toronto

    May 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Detroit – 1
    Boston – 1
    Umpires – 1 and counting

  6. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Dullmon suddenly remembers that he is in a contract season, hits his 3rd homer of the season waay over the green monster in left.

  7. scott

    May 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm


  8. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Fister getting hit hard early and often 4-1all after two outs in the 1st and 2nd innings…damn!!

    • Andrew in Toronto

      May 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Correction: after 3 outs in the 2nd inning

    • Tigers Rule

      May 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      It looks like it’s going to be another one of those games ….. can our bats overcome?

  9. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Lamont, not to be left out of the Tigers’ coaching ejection list, gets tossed to start the top 3rd, then Leyland gets his second in <a week.

    • Vince in MN

      May 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Addition by subtraction. Lamont is deprived of chances to get runners thrown out and Leyland gets to watch the game on the tv monitor where maybe he will learn somehting.

      • Andrew in Toronto

        May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm


  10. Kevin in Dallas

    May 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    MLB Umpire chief should hold a weekly we blew it like the NFL does.

  11. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Tigers should flip all of the homke/visitors clubhouse calendars to August, so that K-burn thinks that it time to start hitting.

  12. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Ugh…Anyone heating up in the Tigers BP yet?

    • Coleman

      May 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      This could turn into a game where we see Don Kelly in the BP.

      • Andrew in Toronto

        May 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        Luckily Leyland did not slot Kelly in as DH, because he’d be ineligible to pitch then.

  13. Vince in MN

    May 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    If the weather is nice where you are, you may consider taking a hike, playing catch with the kids, reading a book, etc.

  14. DDL56

    May 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The “beef” of the Tigers’ order goes down 1-2-3 in the top 4th

    • Vince in MN

      May 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      On the good side, there were no GDPs from the masters of the GDP.

  15. Coleman

    May 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I think batting Raburn 2nd was just a simple misunderstanding. Dombrowski told Leyland that Raburn would be a good “table setter,” and Leyland didn’t understand that he meant he should spend the game setting up the post-game clubhouse buffet.

  16. Coleman

    May 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Babe Laird!

  17. Coleman

    May 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Raburn looking incredulous he is not getting the benefit of the doubt on the strike calls. A born table-setter.

    • Nickgouge

      May 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I continue to be dumbfounded at the continued use of Raburn–especially in the 2 hole!

  18. Chris in Texas

    May 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am hoping to go 4-3 in the next 7, so, i am not to worried about one game in Boston. Tommorow becomes a huge game, IMO. Raburn has 3 strikeouts and although, it appears no one is having a great day at the plate…batting him 2nd is ridiculously stupid..if you wanted to give dirks the day off, then I would understand, but, they were facing a lefty, who actually handles RHers better and Boesch has been heating up and Dirks is one of our better players. Under what circumstance would you ever bat Raburn 2nd? I guess we wanted a sure out in front of Cabrera and Fielder. What is the love affair w/ Raburn?

  19. jud

    May 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    lets take our hottest hitter and pencil him in the 7 spot. Now lets take the worst hitter in all of baseball and pencil him in the 2 least it can be said no one will ever wonder how Smokey could possibly lose 1600 games

    • Vince in MN

      May 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

      The only thing I have ever wondered about was how he won 1600 games.

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