It's a Sunday Afternoon in … Detroit
OK, so it’s not quite a Sunday afternoon in New York, but I don’t dislike Detroit as much as many of my cohorts on the beat. I have relatives here in a nice suburban town called West Bloomfield, so it’s always nice to catch up with them and get some good eats and hang out with my cousin.
As for today’s big rubber match. The Red Sox will rest a couple of regulars. Mike Lowell and Mark Loretta are both out of the lineup and not surprising when you consider the day game after the night game and the fact that both players are battling nagging injuries.
Youkilis will hit second and play third base. J.T. Snow is batting seventh and playing first and Alex Cora is No. 9 at second base. Aside from that, it’s a regular lineup.
By the way, count Curt Schilling among those who has enormous respect for what the Yankees are doing with all their injuries. The ace pointed out the Yankees have as much payroll injured or on the DL as many teams do on their entire active roster, which is also why Schilling thinks that Torre is a runaway for AL Manager of the Year at this stage. It’s hard to argue that right now.
In other news, the reason Keith Foulke hasn’t been used this weekend is because his back has been acting up a little. If you recall, Foulke battles back woes every year at some point, so this is nothing alarming.
Tough loss last night. Was I the only one having Deja Vu when Ortiz stepped to the plate with a chance to be a hero against Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning? One of the most dramatic moments in Ortiz’s run to the MVP last year (well, what should have been his run to the MVP until the vote came out in favor of A-Rod) was when he went deep off Rodney to tie a game with one out in the ninth. Ortiz then belted a three-run shot in the 10th. Alas, this time he hit a medium-range flyball to center.
Anyway, let’s see what Clement has today. It should be very, very interesting. And the Tigers have a kid in righty Zach Miner making his Major League debut. Those are always fun to watch.