On Saturday, Tom Gage of the
Detroit News posted the Detroit Tigers opening day lineup. I won’t
rehash what was said in the article, but I have placed a link to the
original article at the end of this post.
There aren’t any surprises here. Finally, the lineup is no longer
conjecture, it is fact, and according to Jim Leyland — “safe to print”
(which probably means it will change prior to April 5th).
DETROIT TIGERS OPENING DAY LINEUP
In addition to the lineup making news, Dave Dombrowski confirmed that
there is plenty of interest from the other ball clubs in Tigers
From the beginning, I have thought that Jeremy Bonderman and Nate
Robertson could be used as trade bait if they were to show improvement
this spring, which both pitchers have done. It is also possible that
there is interest in Dontrelle Willis. The final two spots on the roster
have not been filled. Maybe this has something to do with that.
Also, there have been rumors that the Tigers were uncomfortable with
Scott Sizemore at second, and might be looking to upgrade. Not so, at
least for now. (tigers.com)
A MESSY ONE
The Detroit Tigers faced the New York Yankees in Tampa this
afternoon. Max Scherzer was supposed to start the game, but because of
the impending rain, Jim Leyland put Michigan State star Jon Kibler in to
start. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it out of the first inning.
Facing only seven batters, Kibler gave up three hits, three walks,
and six runs.
Undoubtedly, he would have preferred to watch his alma mater play
basketball. This afternoon, MSU beat Tennessee, 70-69 in the Midwest
During the game there was some confusion, and a few laughs, over an
incorrect call by the umpires. With Yankees pinch runner Eduardo Nunez
at first base, Robinson Cano hit the ball to left-center. It appeared
Jackson caught the ball, and one of the umpires called Cano out. That is
where the confusion began. Nunez rounded second, and was headed toward
third. Cano stopped at second. Then thinking that the ball was caught,
Nunez raced back to first. At one point, Cano and Nunez were together at
second base. I was listening to Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and
Suzyn Waldman (WCBS), who referred to the play as “daffy.” (See it
here — yankees.com)
Things began to get uglier as the game played on, and prior to the
game being called, Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck sent out these
Not gonna lie, this game is now a mess. #Tigers just left
the field a minute ago before umps call for tarp. Leyland yelling at
said he did not call #Tigers off field.
“It looked to me like [Scherzer] slipped a little bit, and I got real
nervous,” he said.
The misery ended in the bottom of the fourth with the Yankees ahead,
LEYLAND IS “THRILLED” TO MEET GERE
Before the start of today’s game, Jim Leyland had a chance to meet
Richard Gere, attending the today with his wife, actress Carey Lowell,
and their son, Homer.
(Jim Leyland Finalizes Tigers Opening Day Lineup — The