Notes: Leyland patient with 'pen
After extended effort, closer Jones may get extra rest
CLEVELAND -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland talked after Thursday night's loss here about trying to steady the ship. For the moment on the pitching side, they have to ride it out.
"Our pitching is in a little bit of disarray," Leyland said after Saturday's 9-5 win. "We've got to get that straightened out. When we get it straightened out, we're OK. It's way too early to get too excited. It's not going to be long before we have Kenny [Rogers] back, and hopefully we're going to [Fernando] Rodney back, and we'll get things back in order a little bit."
There isn't much the Tigers can do until next week, when Rodney is eligible to come off the disabled list. Other than giving Todd Jones and Wilfredo Ledezma Saturday night off after their extensive work Friday night, the rest of the bullpen was available.
Jones had Saturday off after throwing 46 pitches on Friday night, the most he has thrown in an outing since making his only Major League start for Colorado on June 7, 2003. It's not clear yet whether he'll be available Sunday.
A year ago, when Jones gave up four runs without retiring a batter in an eighth-inning appearance at Toronto, he said that he slept just like a baby that night, waking up crying every two hours. This time, he slept a little better.
"You just have to deal with it," Jones said. "Just have to deal with it and move on."
Leyland had no plans for a specific closer Saturday, instead playing it according to the situation.
Rodney, meanwhile, has one more throwing session scheduled Sunday. If he gets through that throwing well and without pain, as he did on Thursday, then he's expected to be activated in time for Tuesday's series opener at Texas.
Rodney said he felt good enough throwing on Thursday that he expects to be ready Tuesday. Leyland said he'll only be activated if he's fully healthy.
"We will shortly be back in sync with some adjustments made here, and then we'll take our chances," Leyland said. "I really like our team here. We scored 11 runs [Friday]. Things just aren't working real well right now."
As for using Jones in the eighth inning Friday night, Leyland said the combination of three days off for Jones plus the idea that Jones could get a quick out to end the eighth were reasons for it.
"I don't like to do it," Leyland said, "but I certainly think it was the thing to do. I mean, if you have Rodney and [Joel] Zumaya, now maybe you wouldn't be doing it. That's just the way it is."
More facts on Friday's loss: According to baseball-reference.com, the 11 runs were the most scored by the Tigers in defeat since May 8, 2004, when the Tigers scored eight runs in the top half of the fifth and gave up 10 runs in the bottom half en route to a 16-15 loss at Texas. Friday was the 14th time in the past 50 years that Detroit has scored at least 11 runs and lost.
Jones' seven hits allowed set a career high in relief, and his four runs allowed were the second-most of his career as a reliever, trailing a six-run outburst over two-thirds of an inning on June 4, 2002 for Colorado.
Guillen, Inge likely out until Texas: Shortstop Carlos Guillen and third baseman Brandon Inge were out again Saturday and likely won't return to action until the Texas series. In Guillen's case, Leyland said he won't play Sunday and won't return until he's at full strength with his strained groin. There's no set timetable on Inge, who will be playing through a fracture in his left big toe when he does return.
That '70s jersey: The Tigers joined in the Indians' celebration of '70s weekend at Jacobs Field with a rare throwback night. They donned jerseys reminiscent of their 1977 road greys, featuring the block-letter "DETROIT" on the front and blue, white and orange stripes on the sleeves and pants, as well as retro hats with white trim around the orange English 'D'.
Players didn't seem to mind them, though they seemed different with pajama-style pants that didn't include belt loops.
"As long as they don't fall down while I'm running, I'll be all right," Curtis Granderson said before the game.
Downtown lowdown: Between the Tigers-Indians game Saturday evening and the Pistons and Cavs playing Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals across the street at Quicken Loans Arena later Saturday night, downtown Cleveland had plenty of fans on both sides of the streets as early as Saturday afternoon. It was enough that players noticed on their way to the ballpark.
"I talked to a lot of people beforehand," Granderson said. "I said it's going to be crazy down here tonight. Hopefully, both of us, the Tigers and Pistons, can get a win so we don't have to deal with the celebrations from both sides just getting back to the hotel or trying to get something to eat.
"But it is exciting. I like it. I like the fact that both cities are close together and both sides are showing support for both sports. It seems to be done in a really good way."
Coming up: The Tigers and Indians finish their four-game series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Jacobs Field. Jeremy Bonderman (4-0, 3.34) will try to extend his winning streak to five starts when he takes the mound opposite struggling Jeremy Sowers (1-5, 6.29).
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.