MINNEAPOLIS -- After being scratched from Monday's lineup due to soreness in his side, Magglio Ordonez started in right field for the Tigers on Tuesday against the Twins.Ordonez said the pain in his side was caused by a virus he has been dealing with since last week. He said the illness caused aches and pains in his body that made him unable to play in the series opener in Minnesota. "I feel better today, I'm fine today," Ordonez said. "When you're sick, you're body aches." The outfielder said the virus caused him to have a sore throat that left him barely able to speak on Monday and a fever. He came down with the illness last week when the Tigers were in New York. He went 3-for-20 in the three-game series against the Mets and said he was feeling the effects of the virus at the plate. Manager Jim Leyland waited until just a couple hours before the game to put his outfielder in the lineup, but was pleased to hear Ordonez felt much better and the Tigers could stop worrying about a potential injury to his side.
Boesch makes right decision on fly ball
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brennan Boesch sprinted up to shallow right field in the sixth inning of Monday's game to try to snag a fly ball.However, as he neared he knew he could only do one of two things to record an out on the play -- either lay out into a full-extension dive, or let the ball drop and hope he catches the runner on the basepaths. Luckily, his decision to let the ball drop turned out to be a good one. "It was one of those split-second decisions," Boesch said. "Those things haven't always worked, but it did for me last night." Twins' outfielder Delmon Young was on first base when the ball was hit and cautiously started running to second, thinking he would have to tag up anyway once the ball was caught. However, once the ball dropped Young was caught in the middle of two bases with the ball laying in shallow right field. Boesch was able to make the throw to second and get Young out despite not have catching the ball. "A tremendous play," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "There's no runner in baseball that wouldn't be in the same situation unless they just took off and just gambled. That's one of the toughest plays there is for any runner in baseball. You can't do anything about that, it was [a good] play." Boesch admitted he could've caught the ball, but wasn't really concerned about it considering he got the out anyway. He added he was satisfied with his decision as it allowed him to be a factor on not only the offense, but defensively as well. "You win games by the little things," he said. "You want to contribute in more than one facet of the game and you just try to make as many plays as you can. And that's satisfying."
With Monday's game against the Twins marking the 75th game of the season, rookies Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson have made names for themselves. The duo is the first pair of rookies to hit better than .300 in a Major League team's first 75 games of the season, with Boesch hitting .335 and Jackson .310 entering play Tuesday. They are the first rookie pair to do so since Ken Walters and Pancho Herrera did it for the Phillies during the 1960 season. ... Magglio Ordonez has been hot against the Twins since joining the Tigers in 2005. In 83 games against the Twins entering Tuesday's contest, he hit .348 with 28 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Porcello, Perry struggle at Toledo on Tuesday
MINNEAPOLIS -- What was expected to be a big night for the Tigers' pitching staff at Triple-A Toledo ended up producing some disappointing results. Both Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry struggled for the Mud Hens against Gwinnett on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field.
Porcello, making his second start for the Hens since being optioned out of Detroit, gave up five runs on 10 hits in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He produced 10 ground-ball outs compared with one in the air. Porcello reportedly threw a heavy dose of sliders, likely by plan, as he tried to nail down that third pitch in his arsenal.
Perry followed his roommate to begin the seventh and battled his command in his second rehab appearance, throwing just 16 of his 36 pitches for strikes. He gave up an unearned run on two walks and a well-hit double over his 1 2/3 innings.
Perry's outing took on extra importance in light of Joel Zumaya's season-ending injury. Perry has been on the disabled list for about three weeks with bicipital tendinitis in his right shoulder, but is believed to be healthy as he builds up his arm strength in game conditions again.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Jocelyn Syrstad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.