04/26/10 8:38 PM ET
Tigers adjusting to tight road schedule
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
"This has been ridiculous, to be honest with you," Leyland said.
Leyland knows that the Tigers aren't the only team to deal with getting to road or home cities at 6 a.m. And his five-minute monologue about the situation was about baseball in general, not just the Tigers.
The Tigers played a night game in Anaheim on Thursday night, left the West Coast and arrived in Texas and at their team hotel at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday morning. Twelve hours later they were on the field against the Rangers.
The Tigers and Rangers played an 8:05 p.m. game Monday night, meaning the Tigers were likely to get back to Detroit at 4 a.m. or so. The Tigers start a three-game series against Minnesota on Tuesday with the Twins having had Monday off.
Leyland made it clear he's not blaming the Angels or the Rangers. He just thinks that baseball needs to take a look at this type of scheduling.
"It's not good for Major League baseball," Leyland said. "No one
convinced me of that. I know teams need to make money. And I want them
too, I understand it. But you have to take care of your product
Boesch prepared for any position
ARLINGTON -- Brennan Boesch has been the designated hitter and played left and right field in his three games in the Major Leagues.
What's next, second base? Boesch won't know until Tuesday -- he was not in the starting lineup for Monday's series finale against the Rangers.
Of course, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound rookie won't play at second. But moving around in the outfield and being the DH hasn't bothered him at all, even though he did drop a fly ball in left field on Saturday night. He played right field in all of his Minor League games.
"I'll play wherever they put me in the lineup," Boesch said. "Wherever the skipper puts me I'll play. It's what I was prepared to do when I got the call."
Sizemore has better approach after off-day
ARLINGTON -- Rookie Scott Sizemore went 1-for-2 with a walk Sunday, the day after manager Jim Leyland did not have him in the starting lineup.
The day off came on the heels of a three-strikeout game in which Sizemore was pinch-hit for by Don Kelly. Sizemore isn't sure if the day off led to a better approach at the plate.
"For me, it's just each day, what happened in the game," Sizemore said. "You take a few things away from a game like that."
Sizemore was told that Leyland pinch-hit for him Saturday because he didn't want him to have a four-strikeout game.
"I didn't want a four-strikeout game either," Sizemore said. "But I still wanted to bat right there in the ninth inning. I don't think four strikeouts is different from three."
Shortstop Adam Everett (hamstring) was available in an emergency situation Monday. ... Right-handed reliever Zach Miner is ready to throw off a mound again. Minor is throwing back in extended Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla., and should be nearing a rehabilitation assignment soon. ... Left-hander Bobb Seay (left shoulder strain) is further behind Miner, Leyland said Monday. "It's a significantly longer process." ... Justin Verlander, who will start Tuesday's series opener against first-place Minnesota, was sent back to Detroit a day early. ... "[The Twins] are playing golf in Detroit and we're playing," Leyland said. "We'll be there to serve them breakfast."
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.