Detroit Tigers, 24-28, 6 games behind Chicago. Day-to-Day injuries: 3.
Alex Avila was scratched from tonights lineup with right hamstring tightness. Gerald Laird is out with hamstring issues. Suddenly the move to bring up Omir Santos looks prescient.
Ramon Santiago will go into tonight’s game as the only position player available on the Tiger bench.
Stat of the Day: Detroit and Minnesota are tied for the AL lead in grounding into double plays with 56 each. Not surprisingly, the Twins also lead the league in ground ball to fly ball ratio (1.09). Surprisingly, the Tigers have one of the league’s lowest ratios (0.74). So they really aren’t hitting the ball on the ground–but they are making it count when they do.
Tonight’s Player of the Pre-game: Don Kelly. The Donkey will do his best to not clown it up at his weakest position, while keeping his fingers crossed for the health of Omir Santos–Don Kelly is now the only backup catcher on the team (which means he will not be pinch-hit for or otherwise replaced).
Tonight’s Day-to-Day-to-Day Lineup: