We'll find out soon enough whether Jim Leyland's clubhouse rampage (I'm sure he would love seeing it described that way) kick-started some urgency into these Detroit Tigers. They're only back home for a quickie two-game series, but taking two from the Minnesota Twins here would make up some ground in the AL Central.
And what better way to begin a series than by putting your winningest starting pitcher on the mound? Never mind that Jeremy Bonderman is the only Detroit starter with a win. Then there's the whole problem with the Tigers having just two wins for the season. Semantics!
Nick Blackburn has only allowed three runs over the 12 innings he's pitched so far. He's given up 12 hits in those two starts, but has also struck out 11 batters. When Blackburn faced the Tigers in Detroit last September, however, they smacked him around for six runs and seven hits in just two innings.
So much for Carlos Guillen sitting out a few games for that strained hamstring. He's back in the lineup tonight at first base. Placido Polanco will also return to his usual spot after getting yesterday off because of a sore back. And Brandon Inge gets a break after having to catch. Starting lineups will be posted in the comments.
Twinkie Town provides your SB Nation opposing view for this two-game series.