DETROIT -- Because the Tigers have Monday off, manager Jim Leyland was cautious with two of his big sluggers in Sunday's matinee against the Pirates. The skipper held second baseman Carlos Guillen and outfielder Magglio Ordonez out of the starting lineup, hoping to give them back-to-back days off.
But Guillen entered the game in the ninth inning to pinch-hit for rookie Danny Worth with the Tigers trailing by a run. He led off the inning with a base hit to shallow right field and came around to score on a three-run homer by Miguel Cabrera.
"Carlos got the big pinch-hit there to start the inning for us," Leyland said. "That helped. We were able to take advantage"
Guillen was out of the starting lineup on Sunday because of cramping in his right calf he experienced for the duration of Saturday's game. But it didn't stop him from slugging a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to propel the Tigers to a 4-3 win.
Ordonez sat for the sixth straight game with soreness in his right oblique. Ordonez said he was feeling much better on Sunday, but Leyland opted to give him an extra day to recover from the pesky injury. Ordonez took full batting practice on Sunday and expects to play on Tuesday, when the Tigers open a three-game set against the Nationals.
"I don't know positively, but I'm going to say that Magglio will play Tuesday," Leyland said. "I can't swear to that, but I think he will."