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Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day rest for a couple of Tigers

Not much time to let the weekend's sweep of the White Sox sink in, for the Tigers, as they had to be right back at it early Monday, after playing on Sunday Night Baseball the evening before.

"Tony La Russa called me last night and told me to enjoy the moment, because you don’t get long. After a nice series like that, you don’t do anything but go home and go to bed, come back and make out another lineup, get ready to play again. You don’t get long to savor a nice series, because it was. But it’s over. Whether we won it or lost it, it’s over with. Now you get ready for Cleveland," manager Jim Leyland said.

"It’s a grueling schedule, mentally. But it’s also stimulating, because you’re in a pennant race."

The skipper gave a couple of regulars the holiday off on Monday, giving Austin Jackson a rest against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber, rewarding Quintin Berry with a spot start in center instead.

"The old thing about you don’t get long to enjoy them, and you don’t have to wait long to play again. Last night was a pretty draining night. That’s why I played Berry in center field today. Give him a game. Give Jackson a little blow. One thing I like about it, you know (Brennan) Boesch is good, (Andy) Dirks is fresh, Alex (Avila) is fresh. I like that," Leyland said.

"I gave (Jackson) a blow today. I think it’s good. Get somebody fresh out there, who’s hungry, who’s done a good job for us. I don’t want Berry to be the forgotten soul here; he’s done a good job. And if you pick your spot ... "

He also said that Jose Valverde, tied for the Major League Baseball lead in games finished (54), would have the day off, after pitching in all three wins over the Chicago White Sox this weekend.

"It's a well-deserved day off," Leyland said. "He’s a trouper. Pretty darned good.

"We’ve got eight relievers, plus a starter, so if that’s not enough, it’s going to be a long day."

Quintin Berry, CF
Andy Dirks, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Omar Infante, 2B

Anibal Sanchez, RHP (2-4, 5.29 ERA)

Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Michael Brantley, CF
Russ Canzler, DH
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Ezequiel Carrera, LF
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Lou Marson, C

Corey Kluber, RHP (0-3, 5.16 ERA)


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