Game 1: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
When: 1:05 p.m.
Where: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Fla.
Media: WXYT, 1270 AM / 97.1 FM in Detroit
Chad Gaudin P
With most of Florida hit by drenching rain Friday, including Lakeland, the Tigers game with the Phillies was cancelled. (As reported by BYB's woman on the scene, Alli) The rotation, such as it is at this point of the spring, has been thown into a bit of disarray. Bonderman was supposed to start Friday, he will now pitch in relief against the evil empire, with Robertson following.
But let's not forget Dontrelle Willis, who gets the start. The D-Train has had a surpringly solid spring (if still more than a little wild) in his attempt to come back from an anxiety disorder (or as some claim, Steve Blass Disease).
The game with the Yankees is expected to have most of the Tigers' projected Tigers starting lineup on the field (to be expected, with the game being broadcast in Detroit on the Tigers radio network).
The player to watch this afternoon is Brandon Inge, who sees his first game action of the spring. After having surgery on both knees this past off season, the Tigers have brought Inge along slowly. Today we finally get to see the results of Inge's coninuing rehab.
Note from Big Al: When I wrote this at 1 a.m., I didn't know at the time Leyland was going to be batting Sizemore 1st (Only thing I can think of is he wants Sinzemore to get an extra AB) Austin Jackson 3rd (He's not going to learn to lead off batting 3rd!) and Clete Thomas 5th (whywhywhy?). So much for "projected starting lineup." Then again, with the Marlboro Man's driving need to have bizarre batting orders, I guess I should have expected it. At least the Cult should be happy! Oh, that noise you heard? That was my head exploding after seeing another of Leyland's nonsensical batting orders.)