It remains to be seen how much of Detroit's regular lineup manager Jim Leyland will use to try to get to him. Carlos Guillen was hit by a Matt Guerrier pitch in his right shoulder in the ninth inning on Saturday, though he stayed in the game. Ivan Rodriguez, heating up at the plate this series, hasn't rested since the first game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Rangers. Magglio Ordonez and his sore heel were last out of the starting lineup Sept. 5, but Ordonez had a game at DH earlier this week.
The game will be the first half of a two-sport, two-city, Minnesota-Detroit doubleheader Sunday. While this game is ending, the Vikings and Lions will be playing their NFC North showdown in Detroit at Ford Field, across the street from Comerica Park.
DET: RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-1, 3.15 ERA)
As long as Jurrjens felt fine after his five innings of one-run ball on Tuesday night in his return from the disabled list, he was going to be in Detroit's depleted rotation down the stretch. The choice for Leyland was to have him face the Twins, who haven't seen him yet, rather than the Indians for the third time in about a month. The Rangers hadn't seen him before, and he cooled off their red-hot offense on Tuesday with a change of speeds and several broken bats.
MIN: RHP Scott Baker (9-7, 4.17 ERA)
Baker allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win against the Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Baker came within three outs of a perfect game in a start against the Royals on Aug. 31 and finished with a complete-game one-hitter, allowing 10 hits and one walk, but yielding three runs or fewer for the eighth time in nine starts.
Player to watch
Curtis Granderson is 3-for-7 with two doubles off of Bonser.
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Official game notes
Monday: Tigers (Kenny Rogers, 3-2, 4.50) at Indians (Paul Byrd, 15-6, 4.34), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Tigers (Justin Verlander, 17-5, 3.47) at Indians (Jake Westbrook, 5-9, 4.38), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Tigers (TBD) at Indians (C.C. Sabathia, 17-7, 3.21), 12:05 p.m. ET