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Jim Leyland speaks: Batting order changes coming, bullpen issues

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 02: Jim Leyland manager of the Detroit Tigers looks on while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on May 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. New York won the game 5-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 02: Jim Leyland manager of the Detroit Tigers looks on while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on May 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. New York won the game 5-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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When it rains, it pours.

With Brad Penny starting tonight, get ready for a long dose of BYB "favorite" Brad Thomas.

Why? Bullpen trouble.

Via John Lowe of the Freep:

Four relievers are not available for tonight's game against New York: Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Ryan Perry and Brayan Villarreal. Starter Phil Coke is available in the bullpen.

What's with Benoit? Supposedly he's being given time off to "regroup." Obviously, getting hit hard in recent appearances has everything to do with Benoit's need to gather himself.

But wait...there's more from the Marlboro Man!

For those of you (or should I say, almost everyone who has been watching the Tigers flail about at the plate) who have been calling for Jim Leyland to move the visibly struggling Magglio Ordonez down in the lineup, your wish is soon to be granted. But be careful what you wish for...

Magglio Ordonez likely will drop to No. 6 in the batting order, one behind Martinez, and Brennan Boesch will move up to the No. 3 spot for the foreseeable future, Leyland said.

Boesch? He's 3-35 in his last eight games. Well, at least it isn't Don Kelly.

If you then connect the dots, expect Victor Martinez, all but guaranteed to come off the DL Wednesday, to bat behind Miguel Cabrera. There's some much needed good news...