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PostSubject: Jeff Larish CAREER TRACKER   Jeff Larish CAREER TRACKER Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2009 8:35 pm

03/11/08 4:05 PM ET
Larish, Tigers rally past Tribe in 10
First baseman delivers clutch two-run single to break tie

By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com

TIGERS (ss) 4, INDIANS 2 (10 innings)
at Winter Haven, Fla.
Tuesday, March 11

Indians at the plate: Grady Sizemore has always had power that isn't typical of leadoff hitters, and he certainly showed it off in this installment of the battle for Polk County supremacy. Sizemore ripped two solo homers off Yorman Bazardo -- one in the first inning and another in the third.

Tigers at the plate: The Tigers were quiet until Dane Sardinha knocked home a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. They went on to load the bases that inning against Matt Ginter, but couldn't get anything else across. Jeff Larish added a sac fly in the eighth to tie the game, then hit the game-winning two-run single in the 10th.

Indians on the mound: Cliff Lee's bid to grab the last spot in the rotation was aided in his three-inning performance in which he allowed just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Lee got into a bases-loaded jam in the second, but he struck out Curtis Granderson looking at a curveball to end the threat. Closer Joe Borowski worked a scoreless fourth.

Tigers on the mound:
Bazardo left those balls up to Sizemore, and those were the only two runs he allowed in three innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out one. Denny Bautista pitched a pair of scoreless innings and looked sharp. He struck out four of the 13 batters he faced.

Grapefruit League records:
Indians 6-6-1; Tigers 8-5-1.

Indians up next: Staff ace C.C. Sabathia threw in an intrasquad game Tuesday to clear up Grapefruit League innings for guys like Brian Slocum. Slocum, slated for the Triple-A Buffalo rotation, will get the start Wednesday, when the Indians travel to Disney for a 7:05 p.m. ET game against right-hander Buddy Carlyle and the Braves. This will be one of four games the Tribe will play under the lights this spring.

Tigers up next:
The Tigers' full squad is back at home on Wednesday to take on the Astros at 1:05 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Kenny Rogers will make his third start of the spring opposite Woody Williams. Virgil Vasquez, Aquilino Lopez, Tim Byrdak and Preston Larrison are also scheduled to pitch for Detroit.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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05/29/08 2:40 AM ET
Larish to make big league debut
Detroit (22-31) at Seattle (20-34), Friday, 10:10 p.m. ET

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

ANAHEIM -- Jeff Larish's first taste of the Major Leagues is going to feel a little like one of his old Pac-10 Conference road trips, albeit in a little more stylish travel. It just took him a while to get there.

Larish's journey to California on Wednesday started with a drive from Toledo to Detroit Metro Airport to hop a flight. It included a homecoming, albeit a brief one, with a stopover in Phoenix. He traveled on from there to Anaheim, arrived in the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium in time for batting practice, then watched Wednesday's game from the dugout.

With a left-hander on the mound for the Angels, the lefty-hitting Larish wasn't going to be in the lineup. For that first big league at-bat, he had another trip coming -- this one all the way up the Pacific coast to Seattle.

Total travel: Nearly 3,000 miles. It might well be the longest path from Triple-A Toledo to the Tigers. It'll be worth all of it when he steps to the plate Friday night at Safeco Field.

"It's quite a lot," Larish said of the travel, "but I can't complain at all."

Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday that he plans on using Larish, a first baseman at Toledo, in all three games at Seattle this weekend -- most likely all at designated hitter. Not only does the 25-year-old slugger add another power bat to a Tigers lineup that has been surprisingly punchless for stretches this season, he adds a left-handed bat to a heavily right-handed lineup.

As for what effect Larish and another lefty bat could have on Detroit's struggling offense, Leyland was frank.

"If he can hit, it helps a lot," Leyland said. "If he can't, it doesn't mean much. He's getting an opportunity."

He had a big effect on the Mud Hens' fortunes so far this season. His 16 home runs ranked third in the International League, while his 43 RBIs ranked second. The left-handed hitter owns a .274 batting average on the year to go with a .589 slugging percentage and .989 OPS.

He can have an impact on the Tigers, but he won't be a cure-all. Though the Tigers busted out for six runs in Wednesday's series finale against the Angels, it only widened the difference between their performances against left-handed and right-handed starters. It's a big enough gap that the Mariners pushed back lefty Jarrod Washburn from Saturday's scheduled start to send out right-handers in all three games of this upcoming series.

Marcus Thames, who homered twice Wednesday off Angels lefty Joe Saunders and barely missed a third, will likely start throughout the series regardless in order to add some punch. But Leyland knows Thames and Larish can't make all the difference. Their regulars have to carry a good share of the load.

"When push comes to shove, they've got to do it," Leyland said.

For the time being, Larish will be glad to help out, even if he has to cross the country to do it.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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05/31/08 4:01 PM ET
Larish relishes first big league hit
Rookie also collects Major League RBI No. 1 in Friday win

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

SEATTLE -- Jeff Larish earned a call to the Major Leagues by putting up some of the best power numbers for a left-handed hitter at Triple-A Toledo. He racked up his first big league RBI and first big league hit Friday without getting the ball out of the infield, a point coach Andy Van Slyke ribbed him about once he got to first base.

"Of all things, right," Larish said with a smile. "Yeah, it works. I'll take it."


The RBI and the hit actually came on separate occasions.

Larish was arguably the one player to get cheated in Detroit's seven-run opening inning Friday. With three runs already in, runners at the corners and one out, Larish smacked a full-count delivery from Carlos Silva for a hard comebacker that knocked Silva over as he made the stop. Silva threw from his knees to retire Miguel Cabrera at second, but Larish had just enough speed to beat the throw to first, allowing Marcus Thames to score.

For someone who will never be known for his speed, Larish's legs avoided what would've been an inning-ending double play and allowed the Tigers to put up four extra runs.

"Anything I can do to contribute," he said.

After grounding out to short in the third inning, Larish hit a sharp ground ball that left second baseman Jose Lopez without a play once he tracked it down.

All this came with his family watching. His parents, Doug and Wendy, had flown up from his home in Tempe, Ariz., along with older brother Bryan and his fiancee, Julia Hunter.

He wasn't sure how he would feel as he stepped to the plate the first time in the big leagues. As it turned out, he felt a lot more nervous than his calm personality and calmer stance at the plate might've suggested.

"I think the toughest thing to do is just stay relaxed, trusting my ability," Larish said. "It's easy to get pretty excited out here, so you have to calm yourself a little bit."

He'll have a chance to settle in. He was back in the lineup on Saturday, and he's expected to do the same for Sunday's series finale. The Tigers are scheduled to face just one more left-handed starter the rest of the trip -- Oakland's Dana Eveland on Tuesday -- so Larish could have his share of at-bats by the time he sees Comerica Park next weekend.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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06/06/08 11:59 PM ET

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Verlander solid, but Tigers fall to Tribe
Solo homers by Inge, Larish account for Detroit's runs

DETROIT -- When the Tigers were swept out of Oakland earlier this week, manager Jim Leyland felt his hitters were swinging at some balls and looking at some strikes. Facing a pitcher who threw plenty of strikes didn't seem to help.

"I liked pitching against them when I was with Kansas City," Paul Byrd said after his work helped the Indians send the Tigers to a 4-2 loss. "Kansas City was a larger ballpark and this is a larger ballpark. This park's always been tailored to my advantage."

The bats the Tigers added in the offseason, and the youngsters the Tigers have added in recent weeks, didn't change Byrd's liking -- nor the results.

"He does a good job mixing his pitches and just trying to throw your timing," rookie Jeff Larish said. "I think it showed tonight."

Larish and Brandon Inge hit solo homers off Byrd to keep the Tigers close, one of them Larish's first Major League homer, but that was the extent of the Tigers' scoring. Byrd scattered four hits over seven innings without a walk, and needed just 80 pitches to do it -- 55 of them strikes. It was a classic Byrd outing, and it helped continue the Tigers' unexpected struggles that have lasted for much of the season.

The homers helped Detroit avoid adding to its Major League-leading shutout total of nine, but the Tigers' low-scoring games have been an equal. According to Bill James Online, Friday was their 24th game scoring two runs or less, topping the big leagues. Not surprisingly, they're winless in those games.

Eight of those games have come in Justin Verlander's starts, accounting for all but one of his American League-leading nine defeats.

"Obviously, we really haven't swung the bats," manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm seeing it, but I'm not necessarily believing it. That's the way it is. You just have to keep grinding and keep grinding, and hopefully one day it starts and doesn't start. It's almost like a mystery to me, to be honest with you, that we really haven't scored more runs or hit the ball with more consistency than we have.

"I'm totally shocked that we haven't done better offensively, and that's probably putting it mildly."

Byrd (3-5) retired 10 straight Tigers in between Carlos Guillen's first-inning single and Miguel Cabrera's double leading off the sixth. Making things tougher, his outs were efficient; he reached just one three-ball count in his seven innings, and Magglio Ordonez lined the full-count delivery to second base to end the opening inning.

Both home runs were on offspeed pitches left up in the zone. Inge lofted an 0-1 pitch deep to left leading off the bottom of the sixth for his fifth home run of the year. Byrd retired the side in order from there, then induced popouts from Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera to start the seventh before leaving a pitch up to Larish.

That's when Larish finally had a chance to flash the power that put him among the International League's best hitters at Triple-A Toledo. His drive to the depths of the gap in right-center cleared the out-of-town scoreboard and landed in the seats above.

"I believe it was a changeup, [he] just left it up in the zone," Larish said. "Obviously, results are a big part of this game, so when you have something like that to take the pressure off a little bit, it helps to do that. But it helps to do that anytime."

In this case, it helped bring the Tigers within striking distance, though Ryan Garko's homer off Denny Bautista leading off the eighth bumped the deficit back to two. Todd Jones' scoreless ninth kept it there, allowing Ordonez and Cabrera to step to the plate as the potential tying run following Carlos Guillen's one-out single.

Closer Joe Borowski induced Ordonez into a first-pitch flyout to right, then put Cabrera in an 0-2 count before sending him down swinging at a cutter to end the game.

Verlander (2-9) traded zeroes with Byrd for the first few innings, striking out five of the first 11 hitters he faced, before the Indians made him labor through the fourth. Five straight Indians reached base safely, including walks to Garko and David Dellucci to load the bases for Blake.

Verlander put Blake in an 0-2 hole but just missed the outside corner on his next pitch. Blake lined the next offering to left before Gutierrez did the same.

"He's certainly pitched some good ballgames this year," Leyland said. "He probably hasn't been himself on a consistent basis, but he's certainly pitched some very, very good ballgames. Tonight, I thought he was good for the most part. He was in and out a little bit at times."

When he's been in, the Tigers' offense has generally been out. Verlander has quality starts in four of his last five starts, but has a win, two losses and a no-decision to show for it.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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07/16/08 12:00 PM ET
Youth serves Tigers well in first half
Leyland happy with early returns, but wants stars to step up

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The Tigers began the season as the story of a team that mortgaged much of the farm to win now. Little more than halfway into this season, they still have a chance to win, in part because the farm wasn't as barren as it seemed to be.

Six of Detroit's top 10 prospects from Baseball America's 2007 rankings left the organization in the two offseason trades that brought in Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis and Edgar Renteria. The message going into this season was clear: If the Tigers are going to win, it's going to be on the strength of its big league roster and its star-studded cast.

That's still pretty much the case, and manager Jim Leyland admits they won't win without their big guys making major contributions. But they wouldn't have a chance if not for the young talent that came up during Detroit's injury-plagued struggles and showed they're better than advertised.

After all the deals shook out, Michael Hollimon, Jeff Larish and Matt Joyce were the fourth, fifth and seventh-ranked prospects this past offseason, but neither Clete Thomas nor Brent Clevlen was on the list. Armando Galarraga wasn't on the Tigers' top-30 list, let alone the top 10, having come over in a Minor League deal during the Winter Meetings. Eddie Bonine was at the back end of the rotation at Triple-A Toledo, not even on the 40-man roster.

All of them have been Major Leaguers this year, and all of them have made an important contribution at some point. And at various points, the Tigers have needed it. They're a healthier club now, but they'll still need help if they're to join the AL Central race for the stretch run.

"That's why it's called a team," Leyland said.

Perhaps no story was as surprising as Galarraga, himself an offseason acquisition who came over in a Minor League trade with the Texas Rangers. Given the depth of starting pitching in the Tigers system a year ago, he would've been overlooked when Detroit needed a fill-in starter a week into the season if Detroit still had Andrew Miller, Jair Jurrjens, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop.

Instead, with the Tigers short on insurance starters, Galarraga got the call when Willis hyperextended his right knee. Three months later, Galarraga holds a critical spot in Detroit's rotation after ace Justin Verlander and veteran stalwart Kenny Rogers.

"If you can throw more than one pitch for strikes," Leyland said, "you've got a chance."

The same philosophy goes for Bonine, who got the call to Detroit out of necessity after Willis' command problems landed him in Class A Lakeland and Jeremy Bonderman was shelved with a circulation problem in his shoulder.

Bonine's back-to-back quality starts against the Padres and Rockies played an underrated role in the Tigers' 16-3 run through the end of June, which vaulted them back within sight of the AL Central leaders.

Simply getting innings out of those two starters is a benefit for a team whose bullpen depth can shorten games on most nights. The fact that the two rookies delivered quality, efficient innings is a bonus.

Each time Detroit has had to deal with a positional issue, it has usually been able to reach into the farm system. Thomas made enough of an impression on Leyland filling in for injured Curtis Granderson that he stuck with the club once Granderson returned. A shot-in-the-dark decision to call up Joyce and release Jacque Jones in early May brought some left-handed punch to the lineup. Joyce was named the AL Player of the Week on Monday, and he remains on the Tigers roster with Magglio Ordonez's expected return from the DL on Thursday.

Add in Larish, who filled in for an injured Gary Sheffield, and Hollimon, brought up after Ramon Santiago separated his left shoulder, and the Tigers have found some previously elusive left-handed balance from within for what had been a heavily right-handed lineup.

Leyland doesn't believe in clubhouse chemistry, but he does believe the young group has brought energy that the team needed.

"You have four left-handed hitters," Leyland said, including the switch-hitting Hollimon, "and they might be able at some point in the not-too-distant future to make the jump. I'm not talking about tomorrow. I don't know about next year. But I'm talking about how I like what I see. I like it a lot."

It leaves the future looking significantly brighter for Detroit as it moves forward with this season and starts to consider its roster for 2009. Still, Leyland isn't going to look to his youngsters as go-to guys quite yet.

"The fact of the matter is," Leyland said, "other people have to step up."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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07/19/08 8:00 PM ET
Tigers give rookie Larish look at third
First baseman fills in at hot corner with Guillen out of lineup

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

BALTIMORE -- What might be Jeff Larish's last start as a Tiger for a while ended up being his first big league start at the hot corner.

With regular third baseman Carlos Guillen away from the team, manager Jim Leyland put Larish into the lineup at third base for his first time in his brief Major League career and the fourth time in his professional career.

The three other starts for Larish at third all came during Larish's recent stint at Triple-A Toledo. Leyland had brought up the idea when the Tigers optioned him back to Toledo last month, though he didn't request that the Mud Hens use him there. The idea was to increase Larish's versatility rather than limit him to just first base. The idea had some roots, since Larish played some third base at Arizona State before the Tigers drafted him in 2005.

Larish responded at the plate in his first at-bat on Saturday, driving a Daniel Cabrera fastball deep to right for his second home run of the season.

The Tigers brought up Larish a little more than a week ago as an extra position player for a stretch in which they didn't need a fifth starter. That fifth spot comes back around on Monday, when the Tigers will have to make a roster move to bring back Zach Miner.

Guillen remains back in Detroit, where his wife is hospitalized following complications stemming from the birth of their daughter 12 days ago.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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08/26/08 8:40 PM ET
Larish to practice third in AFL
Six Tigers' farmhands will head to Arizona to join Solar Sox

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Tigers prospect Jeff Larish is headed to the Arizona Fall League for the second consecutive year. This time, however, he appears to be headed for the hot corner.

The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday evening, including a half-dozen Tigers prospects to take part in the developmental league with the Mesa Solar Sox. Larish is the one Detroit player returning to the league, but he'll likely be doing so to get some work at third base rather than simply first.

The move is expected to increase his versatility and eliminate the biggest road block in his path to the big leagues -- a young, sweet-hitting first baseman in Detroit named Miguel Cabrera.

Larish played third base during part of his collegiate career at Arizona State, but until this year, his entire pro career had been as a first baseman. When Detroit called him up in May once Gary Sheffield landed on the disabled list, he was used almost exclusively as a designated hitter, with an occasional start at first.

The Tigers eventually optioned him back to Triple-A Toledo. Manager Jim Leyland said he would like to see Larish get some work at third base, at least during infield practice. He ended up starting nine games at third, starting the learning process that will continue this fall.

Larish entered Tuesday batting .250 in 102 games for the Hens with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs.

Another Detroit callup from this summer headed to Arizona is outfielder Clete Thomas, who opened the season with the Tigers when Curtis Granderson was on the DL and earned another call earlier this summer. He entered Tuesday batting .248 for Toledo with nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

Four other Detroit farmhands will join the Solar Sox pitching staff, including Toledo reliever Casey Fien, Double-A Erie's Rudy Darrow and Luis Marte along with Class A Lakeland's Zach Simons. Fien, who spent last year at low Class A West Michigan, started the season with a big jump as the closer at Double-A Erie, posting a 3-3 record with a 2.96 ERA and 12 saves, before stepping up to the Mud Hens. He's 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 11 Toledo appearances.

One Tigers slot on the team has yet to be announced.

The Arizona Fall League season begins on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 22 with the annual league championship game. Games take place Monday through Saturday.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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08/27/08 8:31 PM ET
Tigers option Lambert to recall Larish
Right-hander demoted after debut to make room for infielder

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- With Carlos Guillen out at least a few more days with lower back problems, the Tigers will give former first base prospect Jeff Larish a look at third. They used some roster maneuvers on Wednesday to make it work.

Detroit recalled Larish from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday afternoon, and he was in Wednesday's starting lineup at third, batting fifth. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned Chris Lambert back to Toledo after he took the loss in his Major League debut on Tuesday night.

Lambert's time with the Mud Hens, however, will be brief and uneventful -- his spot in the Tigers rotation comes up again next Tuesday, after rosters expand from 25 to 40 players. He'll be recalled then, when the Tigers don't have to send anyone down.

"I just don't think it's right to give a guy one start," Leyland said. "He did a good job down there [in Toledo]. He wasn't great [Tuesday], obviously, but we didn't help him much. I just think it would be hard not to give him at least another shot, to be honest with you."

Larish, meanwhile, will get at least a few shots at third this week. The Royals come to town this weekend with three right-handed pitchers slated to start, making the left-handed-hitting Larish the logical option.

The 25-year-old Larish played third base at various times during his collegiate career at Arizona State, but was exclusively a first baseman coming up through the Tigers farm system until this year. After his last stint with Detroit earlier this summer, he went back to Toledo with a suggestion by Leyland to get some work at third to increase his versatility.

Given Miguel Cabrera's presence in Detroit, Larish isn't likely to get much playing time at first in the Majors anytime soon. Almost all of his starts as a Tiger have been as a designated hitter. Larish made nine starts at third base at Toledo since he was sent back in July.

Reports on Larish suggest he can make the routine play at the hot corner, if not an occasional highlight play. He made a barehanded grab and throw Wednesday to retire Andy Marte on his sacrifice bunt.

"He was called up because our third baseman is out," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "and this is the time to take a look at him. And it's another left-handed bat, replacing a left-handed bat temporarily while Carlos is out. But I'm making it perfectly clear: Carlos Guillen is our third baseman. As soon as Carlos Guillen is healthy and ready to play, he'll be back at third base, and he will play however many games he can the rest of the way out."

When that will happen is unclear. Guillen underwent an MRI exam and CAT scan on his lower back on Wednesday morning, and he was diagnosed with inflammation. Team medical staff will try to quiet the inflammation, and then get him on a path back to playing again.

In other roster news, the team announced that right-handed reliever Francis Beltran cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Beltran was designated for assignment on Monday night to make room for Lambert on the roster, but because he had been designated earlier this season, he had the right to decline the assignment. Beltran wasn't sure on Monday what he would decide, but ultimately decided to accept.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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09/17/08 8:50 PM ET
Tigers evaluating young players
Joyce, Ryan and Larish getting big league opportunities

By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com

ARLINGTON -- Technically, they have spots on the Major League roster, but players like outfielder Matt Joyce, catcher Dusty Ryan and infielder Jeff Larish have not officially made the jump from prospect status to full-fledged big league player quite yet.

The final weeks of the season are important to the trio, because it gives them a chance to build a case for spots in the organization entering next Spring Training.

"I'm just trying to see if they have the capability of making adjustments and trying to project down the road what they would look like in a full season of Major League competition," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I think you also have to go on a track record. People get carried away when a guy comes up, and for a brief stint, he shows something. And that's wonderful and that's what we would like them to do, but at the same time, when a guy is hitting .250 in Double-A, that normally doesn't justify a promotion to the big leagues to play every day."

Joyce is hitting .269 and is sixth among American League rookies with 12 home runs. He hit .270 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 56 games for Triple-A Toledo. Larish is hitting .217 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 games for the Tigers. He hit .250 with 21 dingers and 64 RBIs at Toledo.

"I've never understood why people all of a sudden get carried away and they say this guy will do this or that. But based on what?" Leyland said. "What makes you think a guy that hit .250 in Double-A is going to come to the big leagues and hit .250? And since when is .250 such a great average?"

Ryan, who made his big league debut on Sept. 4, is hitting .267 entering Wednesday's action. He combined to hit .266 with 17 home runs, 63 RBIs and 58 runs scored in 102 games at Double-A and Triple-A.

"You don't want fans to think you are being negative, because I'm not, but I think you just have to let it play out and let nature take its course," Leyland said. "I think we are making a lot of progress with the young players that I really like. I want to emphasize that. But I'm not smart enough to tell you what Matt Joyce or Larish or Ryan will hit next year in the big leagues, if they are in the big leagues.

"I think we have to stay focused on the real task at hand, which is going to be for us to win and get where we want to be, it's going to be the [Magglio] Ordonezes, [Placido] Polancos, [Carlos] Guillens and the [Miguel] Cabreras," he added. "It's not going to be someone we sprinkle in right now. ... If the big boys don't do it, we are not going to the Promised Land, I can tell you that right now."

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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As a left-handed hitter, Jeff Larish has even more value to the Tigers
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10/08/08 4:15 PM ET
Arizona could open doors for Larish
If Tigers prospect can play first and third, he might stick

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Jeff Larish wasn't about to complain a week ago when the Tigers' season-ending makeup game against the White Sox extended his season by a day.

"It's another day I'm in the big leagues," he said.

Besides, Larish's season was already slated to last a little longer. How the slugging prospect takes to the next several weeks in the Arizona Fall League could help increase his time in the Majors next year.

When Larish made his Major League debut this past May as an injury fill-in for Gary Sheffield, he was an extra left-handed bat for a predominantly right-handed-hitting Tigers offense. With Miguel Cabrera playing every day at first base, however, Larish's time was almost entirely limited to starts at designated hitter. He played all of one inning at first base from the time he arrived until he was optioned back to Triple-A Toledo four weeks later.

Manager Jim Leyland openly discussed the idea of having Larish get some work at third base back in the Minors. Once Larish rejoined the Tigers in July and again in late August, the extra versatility earned him more frequent time in the starting lineup down the stretch, especially with Carlos Guillen out for September. The extra time, in turn, helped Larish relax and look more comfortable as a hitter. He finished with a .260 average, six doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games for the Tigers, striking out 34 times and walking seven.

Larish's second straight year in the Arizona Fall League is meant to continue that transition. He's expected to play a little at both corner infield spots for the Mesa Solar Sox, and he was the designated hitter for their opener Tuesday.

It should be a good test of the versatility Larish could need to crack the big league roster behind Cabrera and starting third baseman Brandon Inge. It's also the versatility the Tigers could use out of a left-handed hitter.

"If we felt like he was ready and felt like he could do it, would that be a possibility? Yeah," Leyland said. "A left-handed-hitting first baseman, left-handed-hitting third baseman, when both the [starting] first baseman and third baseman are right-handed hitters? Absolutely. But is he ready for that? I don't know. I can't answer that."

Larish can't completely answer that in the AFL, either. But he has the chance to frame the question going into Spring Training.

He was a regular third baseman during his college days at Arizona State, so the position isn't foreign to him. With his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, he projected in the pros at first base, which is what the Tigers intended when they surprisingly found him available in the fifth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

His league-leading 28 home runs and 101 RBIs at Double-A Erie earned him Tigers Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2007, and he followed that with 21 homers and 64 RBIs in 103 games for Toledo this year. With more work, he could provide the lefty power the Tigers have sought in some kind of role for the last few years, but the Tigers have to find a way to use him.

Using him at the hot corner down the stretch was a kick for him.

"I've loved every minute of it," Larish said a couple of weeks ago. "I enjoyed being over there, and never would've thought that I'd be playing third in the big leagues, that's for sure."

As fun as it has been, he still has a serious approach to it. As natural as third base feels to Larish at times, he's trying to make the reads and first reactions to give him an extra step. He made two errors in 12 games at third this season, but just as important will be how many ground balls he can reach in a position where quickness is key.

Leyland cautioned not to expect too much, but team officials hope to see enough to stick him at third on occasion. Considering Inge's record of durability at third, it might not be often, but it could be valuable for offensive punch.

"I think the big thing for me is just getting those game situations, getting that game experience," Larish said, "because my first reaction's a little bit slow right now, I feel. And [improving] just comes with getting that experience in a game. So it'll be good to just get there and get some more games under my belt."

Beyond that, Larish will try to take some of what he learned on hitting in his big league time and put it into practice with regular at-bats. Those plate appearances weren't frequent in Detroit, but the way he handled his time on the bench made an equal impression on Leyland.

"Larish has done nothing but put his nose to the grindstone," Leyland said as the season wound down. "I think he's been probably the most observant player we've had in the last few weeks, and I think it's paying off for him. I think he's got talent. I like him.

"I like what I've seen. I like guys that figure things out and are smart, and I think Jeff Larish is smart."

Larish's certainly smart enough to know that this could be a useful fall for him.

"I'm doing whatever I can to stay [in the Majors]," Larish said, "wherever they want to stick me, as long as I'm on the field, as long as I'm playing."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Jeff Larish hit .260 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games with the Tigers this season. (Tony Dejak/AP)

11/05/08 3:09 PM EST
Larish looking to impress in AFL
Tigers prospect testing versatility with bigs in sight

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Jeff Larish made a return trip to the Arizona Fall League this year in large part to expand his versatility as a fielder. With the schedule heading towards the home stretch, he's making his mark on the league with his bat.

With Tuesday's three-hit, three-run, two-RBI game for the Mesa Solar Sox, Detroit's slugging corner infield prospect pushed his AFL average over the .300 mark while continuing his charge up the league leaderboards. With an league-high 21 RBIs in 19 games entering Wednesday to go with 22 runs scored, second in the league, he's averaging a run and an RBI every contest and then some.

Much of that production has come in about half that many games. In the process, he's showing the hitting talent that made him Detroit's Minor League Player of the Year in 2007 before struggling off and on over the course of this year.

"He is hitting the ball well," said Tigers player development director Glenn Ezell, currently in Arizona to evaluate Detroit's talent. "It doesn't matter when in the count he's hitting."

The way he's hitting over the last two weeks, there isn't much of any situation to slow down his bat. After starting out slowly and trying to make consistent contact, he has been hitting just about everything solidly since late October.

A three-hit, four-RBI effort two weeks ago became the catalyst for his charge. Over a 10-game stretch through Tuesday, he has gone hitless just once and without an RBI another time. He has scored a run in each of his last 10 games and multiple runs in six of them. In a three-game stretch a week and a half ago, he went 7-for-12 with two doubles, two homers, seven runs scored, six RBIs and four walks.

Larish has shown his potential to heat up over stretches in his career. What has stood out about this tear is the consistent contact. After striking out eight times in his first nine games this fall, he has fanned just seven times in 10 games through Tuesday. He didn't strike out at all over that aforementioned 7-for-12 stretch.

It hasn't been an all-or-nothing approach. Though his three home runs are respectable, the bulk of his damage has come on doubles, somewhat like his September stint in Detroit. By comparison, he had more home runs than doubles in each of his last two Minor League seasons.

Ezell, who has watched Larish for his entire pro career, said his at-bats have simply been better. He has always been among the better prepared hitters in the system, and his ability to focus was something Tigers manager Jim Leyland pointed out in September. Now, the results are particularly consistent.

The fact that he's doing it against an upper echelon of young pitchers makes it more impressive. There's a comfort factor in his favor, staying close to home and going through the league for the second straight fall, but the level of competition adds to the challenge.

"This is not an easy league," Ezell said. "This is a league where the pitching's usually pretty good. You're facing pretty good pitching all the time. Anytime you do well in this siutaiton, I think it's a real building block for the future."

The more he hits like this, the more the Tigers could look for ways to get him into the lineup. That's where the other side of his fall league work could be useful.

Larish was originally slated to split his time between first and third base this fall, improving his chances of vying for a utility role in Detroit next spring. However, he spent the early part of the campaign playing mostly at first as an injury fill-in. He took ground balls at third during infield practice in the meantime while working with a cast of instructors. He's getting more time at third down the stretch.

"I think you have to play that position an awful lot to get comfortable," Ezell said. "It's a matter of each day, getting things done and getting stronger."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Larish working to make Tigers' roster
Left-handed power hitter ready to contribute at first and third base

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Jeff Larish feels like he's finally in a good position to hit. Whether he's in a good position to play on the Tigers roster is the next matter to decide.

As a left-handed power hitter, Larish is a precious commodity in Detroit. But he's also one they have to find a way to play, whether it's on the infield corners or as a pinch-hitter. Yet for someone who manager Jim Leyland has pegged in the thick of an impending camp battle for the final spot on the roster, Larish takes a decidedly calm approach. And that might end up being one of the best things going for him.

"I never thought there was a chance to be up in the big leagues last year with the group of guys that they had," Larish said during TigerFest last month. "But in my very brief time, I've learned that you never know what's going to happen. I try not to think about that stuff too much and just go about my business and control what I can control. That's great to be considered in that. It's an honor. But whether that happens, I guess that's up to me."

On the one hand, Larish is a decidedly laid-back personality. He wasn't overly excitable during his Detroit stints last season despite his surprising situation. He just quietly went about his business.

Part of the reason is a quiet confidence that seemingly refused to be overwhelmed. Larish believes he can play at this level, and he sees himself as a third baseman, with the ability to play first, as he tries to get the repetitions to shore up his play.

His work ethic and his preparation feed into his confidence. Instead of staying satisfied as a slugging first baseman, Larish has made the adjustments and done the drills to make himself into a potential utility player.

When Larish sat on the bench down the stretch last season, he unintentionally got Leyland's attention with his ability to take what he observed into his preparation. Larish's knack for hitting off the bench -- 5-for-11 last year as a pinch-hitter, and 7-for-16 as an in-game substitute -- kept him from lingering at the end of the roster.

"I like what I've seen," Leyland said last September. "I like guys that figure things out and are smart, and I think Jeff Larish is smart."

Larish credits his teammates.

"I was blown away, to be honest with you, with the amount of guys that would go out of their way to help me out," Larish said. "I mean, talking to [Gary] Sheffield, [Curtis] Granderson, [Brandon] Inge, [Carlos] Guillen, [Placido] Polanco, Magglio [Ordonez] -- all those guys, they've got their jobs to do, and for them to take time out of their preparation and all the commotion that they have to deal with to come and be proactive about helping me, I can't even describe the feeling you get as a young player."

His work at third in the fall wasn't a learning process as much as building off of what he already knew, having played the spot at Arizona State. His Arizona Fall League work included a steady diet of ground balls and learning the tricks to playing third at the professional level.

"I've always taken a lot of pride in my preparation," Larish said. "And I think the big thing, the history of my career, when I've dealt with a new situation, I've always had that struggle in the beginning, but eventually I'll figure it out. I'm very routine oriented, so when I'm able to then experience and know what I'm going to be dealing with, I'm able to get a routine. And I feel like that routine, that consistency, then translates into success."

If it does, Larish might become the left-handed bat that complements Inge at third. He'll probably never match Inge's defense, but he can fit the situational offense that the Tigers could use alongside right-handed hitters like Inge and Marcus Thames. That would expand Larish's portfolio greatly beyond spot starts at designated hitter or first.

The Tigers' roster has four bench spots. Catcher Matt Treanor takes one, utility infielder Ramon Santiago likely another, and fourth outfielder Marcus Thames probably another. If that's the case, Larish could be competing with infielder/outfielder Ryan Raburn, among others. Larish also might have the capability to play the outfield, but no plan has developed.

What almost went overlooked in the Fall League was that Larish developed as a hitter, too. For that, he thanks tips from hitting coach Lloyd McClendon that he had been quick to take in over the summer but proved slow to take effect.

"I always knew what I was doing wrong," Larish said, "but I didn't know how to fix it until Lloyd kind of gave me some stuff [to think about]. So I just tried to continue that and keep working on that, and I think it's helped out a lot. I mean, it showed in the numbers."

Larish and his quiet batting stance hit .260 with the Tigers last year, but struck out 34 times in 111 plate appearances, including 15 strikeouts in 40 September plate appearances. His batting average on balls he put in play, however, was an impressive .368.

Once he put himself in a better position to hit and made more consistent contact, the difference in his Fall League numbers were striking. He fanned just 25 times in 142 plate appearances, a lower rate than he had at Triple-A Toledo, yet produced a .331 average and .548 slugging percentage with nine doubles and six home runs.

That raised offseason interest from other clubs, but the Tigers held onto Larish and traded fellow left-handed hitting prospect Matt Joyce instead.
Larish never worried about the trade talk. To a great degree, he has little control over the Tigers roster this spring. All he can do is force a tough decision one way or the other.

"Not too many things make me too nervous anymore," he said. "I'm pretty laid back and relaxed about things. Things are going to work out the way they're going to work out. It does no good to sit there and worry."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Larish to see time in outfield
Young lefty bat doing everything to make Tigers' roster

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

LAKELAND, Fla. -- While Tigers manager Jim Leyland has a long way to go before deciding whether Jeff Larish makes the team, Leyland made a point to say he wouldn't be afraid to have him on the team. He also clearly isn't afraid to put Larish in the outfield.

As Larish begins his bid for the final spot on the 25-man roster, Leyland confirmed Tuesday that he'll use Larish as a corner outfielder this Spring Training in addition to his usual role as a corner infielder. That further increases the versatility of the left-handed hitter as Leyland weighs the possible ways to fit him on the roster.

"He's going to play around everywhere this spring," Leyland said of Larish. "He's going to get some at-bats. He'll play some third, play some first, play some outfield."

Larish said last week that the outfield wouldn't be a big adjustment for him. He played there during his college days at Arizona State, and he has been taking fly balls out there during batting practice this spring.

Of course, Larish does not play center field, which seemingly could create a problem on a roster in which Leyland wants someone who can back up Curtis Granderson. Leyland, however, would not necessarily need someone who can play center field for that final bench spot. In fact, Leyland said, Larish's case would probably not be tied to the backup center-field situation.

Because the Tigers can call up someone from Triple-A Toledo in a hurry in case of injury, Leyland said, the Tigers don't necessarily need someone who can play there for a stretch if Granderson is hurt. Giving Granderson a day off every now and then, though, could be another issue, though maybe not early in the season.

"I don't know if Jeff Larish is going to be on this team when we break camp," Leyland said. "But I do know this: I would not be afraid to have him on this team. I can tell you that. Now, I don't know how it's going to play out. But I would not be afraid to have him on my team."

That stems from Larish's ability to study the game, something Leyland observed when Larish was in Detroit late last season. But it also helps that Larish presents the Tigers' best option for a left-handed bat off the bench.

"He's going to be prepared," Leyland said. 'He's smart. He can figure it out. He knows there's one spot. He knows versatility's important. He knows we're right-handed dominant. He's sharp."

That versatility should give Larish plenty of time to show off his bat this spring. The entire Tigers starting outfield is expected to leave next week for the World Baseball Classic, opening playing time for Marcus Thames, Ryan Raburn and Brent Clevlen, as well as prospects such as Casper Wells and Wilkin Ramirez.

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Larish day-to-day with stiff neck
Utilityman misses back-to-back games, Sunday trip in doubt

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jeff Larish's quest to crack the Tigers' roster as a utilityman is temporarily on hold. The corner infielder and outfielder missed his second successive game Saturday with stiffness in his neck.

Larish was slated to start at first base in Friday's game against the Blue Jays, but woke up with restricted movement in the left side of his neck. The athletic training staff was able to loosen it up a little bit, but he still felt it during pregame batting practice.

Saturday went much the same way. Larish tried to take batting practice, but had to hold up when his neck didn't feel much better.

Larish last played Thursday against the Nationals, starting at first base. He's on the travel schedule for Sunday's game against the Pirates at Bradenton, Fla., but Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he isn't sure whether Larish will make the trip.

The Tigers are trying to use Larish at both corners, and they hope to give him some playing time in the corner outfield spots.

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Larish homers in return to Tigers lineup
Jackson goes three innings in victory over Fla. Southern

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

TIGERS 7, MOCS 1
at Lakeland, Fla.
Monday, March 2

Mocs at the plate: Trae Gore's fifth-inning single put Florida Southern College on the scoreboard, plating Jordan Guida following his leadoff single and stolen base. Wade Kirkland slugged a first-inning triple and a third-inning double.

Tigers at the plate: Jeff Larish's three-run home run and Will Rhymes' two-run homer powered a six-run third inning that put Detroit in command. Larish, returning to action after missing three straight games with a stiff neck, reached base three times in as many plate appearances, including a pair of walks. Rhymes went 2-for-2.

Mocs on the mound: Starter Max Russell retired the Tigers in order in the opening inning, then Steven Batman stranded the bases loaded in a scoreless second before the Tigers broke out. All six third-inning runs came off Eddie Sipple.

Tigers on the mound: Edwin Jackson put the leadoff runner on base in each of his three innings, but stranded them all in his second performance of the spring. Joel Zumaya needed 12 pitches to send down the side in order in the fourth, including a strikeout on a 97 mph fastball.

Up next: The Tigers begin a pair of back-to-back games against World Baseball Classic squads when they host Team Venezuela on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Dontrelle Willis will try to rebound from his rough Spring Training debut when he makes the start for Detroit. Nate Robertson, another candidate in the Tigers' fifth starter competition, is also scheduled to pitch.

The Tigers' Armando Galarraga will face his Major League team when he makes the start for Venezuela. Francisco Rodriguez, Ramon Ramirez, Victor Zambrano and Victor Moreno are expected to follow Galarraga.

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03/05/09 6:41 PM EST
Timing coming together for Larish
Tigers prospect enjoys offensive explosion vs. Nats

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

LAKELAND, Fla. -- To say that Jeff Larish had to get his timing back after four days off wouldn't be accurate. This early in Spring Training, so Larish normally doesn't have his timing, even if he's playing every day.

He looks pretty locked in right now.

"Today was probably the most comfortable I've felt out there, I think," Larish said after his two solo homers and double powered the Tigers past the Nationals on Thursday. "Forget the time off. I mean, it's Spring Training. It takes a little bit of time to get your timing back and everything. Usually, I'm a slow starter in spring, so it's nice to put up one of these games."

Few players get these kinds of games at this point in Spring Training. For one thing, they usually don't get enough at-bats in a game to have a chance. For another, their timing at the plate usually doesn't give them a shot at three extra-base hits.

In Larish's case, he's making up for lost time. A stiff neck cost him four of Detroit's first five games before he returned to action on Monday. After exhibitions against Florida Southern College, Venezuela and Panama, this was Larish's first game against Major League competition since last Wednesday's opener against the Braves.

Larish pounced on the chance. It isn't just that he homered twice. It's that he homered to both sides of the field against a right-hander and a lefty. Plus, he did it while in the midst of his first Major League roster battle. The Tigers are trying to weigh whether Larish's left-handed power bat is valuable enough to keep with the club out of camp.

Thursday was a display of serious power. It started in the second inning against Nationals left-hander Gustavo Chacin, who tried to start off Larish with a fastball down and away. Larish, who hit just five of his 21 home runs off lefties at Triple-A Toledo last year, went with the pitch and sent it out on almost a line towards the left-field berm, just out of the reach of left fielder Willie Harris.

Two innings later, Larish had just congratulated Marcus Thames on a mammoth leadoff homer to the top of the berm before stepping to the plate against right-hander J.D. Martin. Martin went with a slider against Larish, who drove it off the batting cages beyond right field.

That's two more home runs than he had in 16 at-bats last spring. Add in his double, and he topped his hit total from last Spring Training, too. But he isn't exactly counting these things.

"I don't try to focus too much on results, especially in the spring," Larish said. "It's just about having consistent at-bats and trying to make solid contact. You just take it for what it's worth. Obviously, you go out there and try to be successful, but I don't think just because I had a game like today, doesn't mean I'm going to have a game like that tomorrow or the next day. So it's just about trying to go out and be consistent.

"Yeah, you get excited about these days. But then you've got to throw it away and come back out the next day and try to keep working to be consistent."

To find the reason why he can be consistent, one has to go back towards the end of last season, when Larish was working with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon on his stance. His quiet, upright stance at the plate before he swings was fine, but McClendon worked with him on putting his lower body in a better position to hit right away.

Larish's late-season stint as mostly a late-inning replacement and pinch-hitter, he says, allowed him more time to work on that. By the time he closed out his stint in the Arizona Fall League, he had that down, allowing him to put up some eye-opening numbers against some of baseball's better prospects.

Now Larish is carrying the progress he made from the fall into the spring.

"I've definitely been feeling a lot better as far as being in a consistent position to hit," Larish said.

If he can consistently hit this spring, all the better. Manager Jim Leyland seemingly has plenty of belief in Larish's hitting. The test for him this spring is more in the field, where he's getting a steady diet of time between first and third base. Leyland plans to eventually give him some playing time in the corner outfield spots, where Larish last played as a junior at Arizona State.

All three spots have different skill sets, and Larish is getting practice at all three positions during pregame workouts. For all the consistency he's building at the plate, he's getting to enjoy the variety in the field.

At first base, Larish has to worry about how far towards the hole he can go for a ground ball, because he has to worry about someone covering the bag. At third, he can just read and react.

"That's why I love it over there. You have so much freedom," Larish said. "You just go get the ball."

What it means for his chances at making the roster remains to be seen. Leyland says he isn't afraid to take Larish on his club, but that doesn't mean he'll be on it. Versatility is a consideration in regards to the entire roster picture.

Larish thinks about that about as often as he thinks about his stats. Still, days like Thursday don't hurt.

"I can't say enough about how it feels to have a manager say good things about you," Larish said. "But at the same time, just because he says those things doesn't mean I'm going to make the team. I still have to go out and perform and prepare the best that I can to be successful."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Tigers find offensive groove
Detroit belts three homers and scores 10 runs vs. shaky Nats

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

TIGERS 10, NATIONALS 2
at Lakeland, Fla.
Thursday, March 5

Nationals at the plate:
Both Washington runs came in a three-batter stretch during the second inning, capped by a two-run single by Anderson Hernandez which scored Javier Valentin and Joel Guzman. Valentin and Elijah Dukes both had a hit and a walk.

Tigers at the plate:
Jeff Larish hit a pair of solo home runs -- one an opposite-field shot to left, the other pulled deep to right and off the batting cages. The second homer was the tail end of back-to-back blasts, following a Marcus Thames solo shot. Gerald Laird added a two-run single in the third before leaving the game with tightness in his left quadriceps. Matt Treanor, who replaced Laird, capped the offensive outburst with a three-run homer in the eighth. Alexis Gomez had two hits, including a double.

Nationals on the mound: Gustavo Chacin made the start in place of Shawn Hill and struggled after retiring the side in order in the opening inning. He left the game after walking four batters in the third, including three in a row ahead of Laird's two-run single. J.D. Martin followed and gave up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Tigers on the mound: Starter Zach Miner retired the first five batters he faced before falling out of sync in a three-batter stretch in the second inning. He recovered to send down the last four batters he faced. Juan Rincon turned in two solid innings, striking out three batters against a hit and a walk.

Grapefruit League records: Nationals 3-4, Tigers 3-3

Up next: The Tigers make their first trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field in two years for a Friday night matchup at 7:15 ET with the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia. Justin Verlander will make his third start of Spring Training, followed by Brandon Lyon, Bobby Seay and Freddy Dolsi. Former Tigers farmhand Anthony Claggett is on the pitching list for New York.

The Nationals have a long trip ahead of them, back to Viera, Fla., and then down to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. matchup with the Orioles on Friday. Daniel Cabrera will make the start opposite David Pauley. The game will be broadcast locally on MASN and nationally on the MLB Network.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Tigers finalize Opening Day roster
Larish earns roster spot; Clevlen and Hessman demoted

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

It wasn't easy, but the Tigers have their roster.

It took many twists and turns over the course of Spring Training, from the release of a likely future Hall of Famer to the shelving of a pitcher with an anxiety order. Now that it's done, with slugger Jeff Larish earning the final spot and Brent Clevlen and Mike Hessman outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, manager Jim Leyland can finally take a deep breath and look at what he has to work with.

"I really like our team a lot. I really do," Leyland said. "I think it's going to be a team that busts its tail. I think it's going to be a team that gets along. I think it's going to be a team that tries to do the little things. "

It's also a team that has tried to address some of the weaknesses that sank it to last place last season. And between Gary Sheffield's release and the sooner-than-expected arrivals of Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry, it's a team that is transitioning younger.

A year after the Tigers had three players age 40 or older, their oldest player on the 2009 Opening Day roster is Magglio Ordonez, at 35.

After the Tigers spent the offseason upgrading the defense, especially the infield, the final week of games showed the value that brings. It was fitting that second baseman Placido Polanco and shortstop Adam Everett made stellar plays ranging on consecutive ground balls in the final Spring Training game Wednesday behind pitcher Eddie Bonine, whose value lies largely in the ground-ball out. Add in third baseman Brandon Inge, and the Tigers are expecting a major difference.

"I think we'll be a much better defensive club," president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "I think that those two guys [Inge and Everett] at third and short, and [Gerald] Laird behind the plate, we've talked about it all along."

The need for speed and defense in the outfield, meanwhile, was on the Tigers' wish list for the past two years. When Dombrowski acted on the Braves' center-field competition and landed Josh Anderson, he added what he considers a potentially big piece on the bench.

Anderson won't compete for a starting job unless things go awry, but he gives Leyland a fast pinch-runner, a defensive substitute in the corner-outfield spots, a situational pinch-hitter or another left-handed bat to start on occasion.

Anderson reflects the versatility theme that shaped Detroit's final roster moves. Larish provides a left-handed bat that can slot in at first and third base, the outfield corners and designated hitter. Anderson can handle all three outfield spots. Marcus Thames can move from DH into left or right field, even first base, on days when Leyland wants to give one of his stars a day out of the field but still keep their bat in the lineup.

"We're adding to the look of our team," Leyland said. "We're trying to be more dimensional. I like to get more people, more active. That's what you have a 25-man roster."

In contrast is a decidedly right-handed pitching rotation, where what had included three left-handers at the start of last season now has none. Detroit won't have Jeremy Bonderman until he regains finishing strength in his shoulder, hopefully later this month. Yet, for a staff that became a work in progress between Bonderman's setback and early struggles from Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson, there's talent and performance to show for it.

Porcello entered camp as a long shot, but he outpitched Robertson, Willis and Zach Miner. Leyland had told Miner he probably wouldn't be in the rotation with a few weeks to go in camp, then reversed course once Bonderman's spot opened and Miner went on a late spring tear.

The bullpen is of more concern to Leyland, who won't have Joel Zumaya for season's start and doesn't have a defined closer. The Tigers had been hoping to build around Zumaya, Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney as a late-inning trio, but that's now in question.

"It's a little unknown, the bullpen situation," Leyland said. "There's no sense in making bones about it. We don't have [Jonathan] Papelbon or [Joe] Nathan or Mariano Rivera. We don't have that. But we didn't have that when we had Todd Jones, either."

Without a centerpiece closer, the Tigers are hoping for strength in balance. Juan Rincon's comeback was a bonus that adds a versatile, veteran late-inning arm. Eddie Bonine's transition to relief showed a different pitcher than the former Triple-A starter, adding life on his fastball and more use for his knuckleball.

Then there's Perry, who not only cracked the bullpen but could work late innings sooner than later. His feel for pitching impressed enough officials that Leyland won't rule out a chance for him to close this season.

Leyland is quick to point out that the Tigers' season will rise or fall on its stars, especially on offense. Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen form the heart of arguably the best lineup in the division, and keeping some of them fresh was behind the Sheffield move. What Detroit's roster now reflects, though, is the effort to build better around them.

"I think the stars excite you," Leyland said, "but the combination of the stars and the other pieces are the things that make you win.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Tigers recall Rapada from Toledo
Larish optioned to Mud Hens to make room on roster

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

04/28/09 7:43 PM ET

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland saw more prominent left-handed hitters coming up on the schedule and few opportunities to get his own left-handed slugger into games. So on Tuesday, he made the decision to go with an eight-man bullpen for a while.

By recalling sidearming southpaw Clay Rapada from Triple-A Toledo and optioning utility man Jeff Larish back to the Mud Hens, the Tigers decided they have more use for the extra arm than the extra bat for now. It probably won't end up as a long-term move, but with key series against the Indians, Twins and White Sox looming over the next 2 1/2 weeks, it'll probably stick until at least mid-May.

"I think those are the types of things you do," Leyland said Tuesday afternoon. "You try to be a little creative, and you see what makes sense. To me, it makes sense."

Rapada was among the final cuts out of Spring Training, and Leyland admitted when Detroit sent him to Toledo that he had a case to make the team. Rapada had shown better control as camp went on and had worked on better movement, which is what the Tigers wanted to see from him, but Detroit chose to go with Eddie Bonine and Nate Robertson as potential long men, with Robertson also working with Bobby Seay against left-handed hitters.

So far, the efficient success of Tigers starters has meant little use for long relief. Detroit starters have lasted at least six innings in nine of their past 13 outings through Tuesday, and they haven't been exited before the end of the fifth since the White Sox knocked out Zach Miner in 3 1/3 innings on April 13. Bonine went down to Toledo last weekend to make room for Joel Zumaya, who came off the disabled list.

"If we can continue to get innings from our starters, that's a real good thing," Leyland said.

The flip side, though, is that the lineups the Tigers have faced lately have placed extra emphasis on lefty-righty matchups, especially against the Angels and Yankees. Rapada will complement primary lefty reliever Seay, who pitched effectively for three straight days before being rested on Tuesday.

Rapada allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings at Toledo with four walks and seven strikeouts. Left-handed hitters went 4-for-9 against him, but he struck out four. He hadn't been used as a lefty specialist at Toledo, because the bullpen needed his innings. He has also been trying to work inside and out to hitters instead of simply living on the outside corner.

Larish's 18 plate appearances, meanwhile, were fewer than he was expected to get when he opened the season on the roster. But with Carlos Guillen and his sore right Achilles tendon limited to designated-hitter duties for the past several days and with Josh Anderson emerging as a solid hitter, opportunities have been limited.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Leyland shakes up Tigers' lineup
Granderson slotted in five-hole; Anderson leads off

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

05/05/09 7:13 PM ET

DETROIT -- Carlos Guillen is out. Clete Thomas and Jeff Larish are in. But plenty of other Tigers are up and down.

As it turns out, Guillen's move to the disabled list was just the start of the shifts for the Tigers. With Thomas and Larish recalled from Triple-A Toledo, manager Jim Leyland overhauled his lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Curtis Granderson, usually the leadoff hitter, batted fifth behind cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera. Josh Anderson, back in left field against right-handed starter Nick Blackburn, earned his first start atop the Tigers order.

Magglio Ordonez, who entered Tuesday with a .242 average and just two extra-base hits in 25 games, moved from third to sixth in the order and started as the designated hitter. Thomas not only assumed Ordonez's spot in right field, he slotted into his customary third spot in the lineup, giving Leyland an extra infusion of speed in the top third of the order.

It might only be a one-day attempt to freshen up the lineup before heading to Chicago, or Leyland could ride it certain aspects for a while if it works.

"We're trying to get something going," Leyland said Tuesday. "We've got to shake it up a little bit and get something going. I obviously tried to get a little speed up top. There's a little speed in the middle with Grandy."

The Tigers have used Anderson's speed this season to manufacture some offense. With several Tigers struggling at the plate, they're likely going to get more of that.

"One thing I do know," Leyland said. "There's some energy up here."

For Granderson, it's his first game in the middle of a starting lineup in his career. His previous 488 Major League starts had all come in the first, second, eighth or ninth spots in the order. However, Leyland has said often over the years that he could see Granderson hitting in the middle of the order later in his career. Two big reasons he hadn't done it here were the depth of run producers in Detroit's lineup and the lack of another logical leadoff candidate.

Most likely, this won't be a long-term shift. While Anderson stands to draw the majority of starts in left field with Guillen out, he likely won't be an everyday starter. Ryan Raburn was expected to start Wednesday against White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle.

Ordonez, meanwhile, hadn't started a game lower than fifth in the order since 1998 with the White Sox. All but one of his previous Tigers starts had been in the third or fourth spots.

Detroit entered Tuesday ranked squarely in the middle of the pack among American League teams offensively, tied for seventh with Tampa Bay in runs scored. However, the Tigers' .265 batting average ranked 12th out of 14 AL teams. Their run totals have been supplemented recently by late-inning rallies.

"Some guys, I'm sure, are going to suggest that you're panicking a little bit," Leyland said. "I'll explain that by saying we're 100 at-bats in. We've played quite a bit.

"I just don't think you can just keep waiting and waiting and waiting for 200 at-bats. I don't want anybody misunderstanding this as [me] being upset about something. This is what a manager does. This is my job, is to try to be a little creative. If things really aren't working, if a couple guys are struggling, you change it up a little bit."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Larish makes most of limited at-bats
More playing time with Detroit was expected early on

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

05/10/09 2:19 PM ET

CLEVELAND -- Jeff Larish impressed the Tigers last year with his ability to observe and learn from the bench while still producing in limited playing time. He's still doing it this year, even if he wasn't expected to have to do it.

All that extra playing time Jeff Larish seemed set to get this season after Gary Sheffield's release hasn't happened. Instead of a semi-regular role in Detroit, he ended up getting a few starts and a late April ticket to Triple-A Toledo when the Tigers expanded their bullpen.

Larish didn't complain, mind you. He didn't really say much about it. Instead, he went down Interstate 75 and hit with the Hens. Now that he's back, he's showing signs of hitting here.

"I really think you're seeing the benefit of him going to Toledo and getting at-bats," manager Jim Leyland said. "He went down there, got a bunch of at-bats, and had a heck of a night [Saturday]."

Larish went 1-for-3 Saturday, but his last two at-bats played a big impact. His seventh-inning walk put runners at first and second with nobody out, setting up Detroit to advance the runners and break up a scoreless game. An inning later, he smacked an 0-2 pitch from Rafael Betancourt off the left-field wall for an RBI triple before coming home on Brandon Inge's single.

Larish had a role in three of Detroit's four runs. Thus, Larish had a spot in the lineup for Sunday, his first pair of consecutive starts this season. He promptly lofted a home run in his first at-bat off Indians starter Anthony Reyes, his second homer of the year.

It's the first sign of a carryover from Larish's Spring Training, when nine of his 17 hits went for extra bases and his 32 total bases ranked second on the team.

Part of the change came with the Josh Anderson trade in the final week of Spring Training. Anderson's arrival paired a left-handed bat with a natural outfielder, and Carlos Guillen's injury troubles left him in the DH spot for several April games.

Larish showed a skill for being able to hit off the bench, but even that has its limits.

"He got a lot of at-bats in Spring Training, and then he didn't get any for quite a while," Leyland said.

Once Larish arrived at Toledo and worked with hitting coach Leon Durham, he seemingly picked up where he left off from Spring Training. His 7-for-19 (.368) performance over five games with the Mud Hens includes two doubles, two homers and five RBIs before Guillen's trip to the disabled list led to Larish's return last Tuesday.

"It helped me feel more comfortable," Larish said of the stint. "I just wasn't getting a lot of at-bats up here. I think them making that move helped me get more comfortable at the plate than I was."

Larish has the potential for some more at-bats coming up. The Tigers will face two right-handed starters during their three-game series at Minnesota, and the DH spot is pretty much flexible with Guillen shelved for the time being.

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Thames returns

Marcus Thames will be in the starting lineup Sunday after being called up from Toledo on Saturday night. Thames injured his rib cage during batting practice in April and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He struggled to get his timing back with the Mud Hens and went 3-for-25 (.120). But he got hot and batted .500 during one stretch. That includes a four-hit night a week ago, which was followed by a mammoth home run at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.

Thames hit .245 for the Mud Hens with two home runs and six RBIs.

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Larish to have season-ending surgery
Slugging prospect has difficult season conclude in Triple-A

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/25/09 9:13 PM ET

ANAHEIM -- Jeff Larish won't be available for the Tigers once rosters expand in September. The left-handed-slugging prospect will miss the remainder of the season because of surgery on his right wrist, correcting an injury that has bothered him for at least the past month.

It's an anticlimactic end to a rough season for Larish, who opened the season on the Tigers roster for the first time in his career but was sent down to Triple-A Toledo in early June.

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday that the wrist has been bothering Larish since at least the All-Star break in mid-July, when the Tigers had a doctor examine it. Though he decided to play through it, he struggled in doing so, batting .247 since the break, .185 in August and 5-for-36 over his past 10 games at Triple-A before the Tigers shut him down last weekend.

"He kind of went as long as he could," Rand said.

Larish, who will turn 27 years old in October, finished the season with a .216 (16-for-74) average in Detroit, including four homers and seven RBIs, compared with a .265 average, 13 doubles, six homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games with the Mud Hens.

Larish left the team Monday to return home for a visit with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed a previous wrist surgery on Larish. The club doesn't know the extent of the injury yet, but even if it isn't severe, Larish won't have enough time left in the season to get back to action. The Tigers will have a better timetable on when he's expected to return once they find out exactly what's wrong and what procedure is required to fix it.

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Larish outrighted to Triple-A Toledo
Move necessitated to make room for Valverde

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

01/25/10 12:55 PM EST

DETROIT -- Jeff Larish was a left-handed power hitter that the Tigers didn't want to trade last winter, not even for a closer. A year later, the slugging corner infielder is headed off the roster to make room for a closer.

Six days after the Tigers announced their signing of Jose Valverde, the roster move is complete. Major League Baseball approved the contract, and the Tigers made room for Valverde on their 40-man roster by outrighting Larish to Triple-A Toledo.

It's an unexpected turn for someone who was one of Detroit's brighter offensive prospects a year ago. The 27-year-old still has a chance to earn a roster spot back, since he'll be in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. But the move shows just how much of a challenge he'll face.

Larish went into last year expecting to see time at designated hitter, third base and potentially left field to get his bat in the lineup. But with Brandon Inge off to a hot start at third, Carlos Guillen in left, and Josh Anderson having arrived via trade, Larish started just four games in April. He saw a lot more time in May once Guillen and Marcus Thames went on the disabled list, but couldn't get his bat going.

The Tigers optioned Larish to Toledo in early June with a .216 average, four home runs, seven RBIs, 15 walks and 25 strikeouts in 94 plate appearances. He hit .265 with a .397 on-base percentage, six home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games for the Mud Hens.

Any chance Larish had of a September callup vanished when he finally couldn't play through a lingering right wrist injury anymore. He underwent season-ending surgery in August, but he's expected to be ready for camp once position players report in about four weeks.

The Tigers drafted Larish in the fifth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. With a quiet batting stance but an impressive amount of power, Larish moved quickly through the farm system as a first baseman, but shifted around once it became apparent that it was Miguel Cabrera's full-time position in Detroit.

The Larish move means the Tigers now have more pitchers than position players on their 40-man roster, 21 to 19. It also means a potentially stronger opportunity for versatile Don Kelly and Clete Thomas to make the Opening Day roster. Both bat left-handed, and both can play all three outfield positions. Kelly also can play around the infield.

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With stars hurt, Tigers get younger quickly
Larish, Rhymes add to Mud Hens total; Ordonez has CT scan

By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

07/25/10 1:50 PM ET

DETROIT -- Well, at least Tigers manager Jim Leyland doesn't have to worry about players not hustling.

Detroit purchased the contracts of infielders Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo and placed Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list. The Tigers released starting pitcher Billy Buckner and designated relief pitcher Casey Fien for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

The addition of the two young players gives the Tigers seven rookies in their 25-man roster, and 12 of the 25 have spent time in Toledo this season.

"The one thing is that we will have a lot of energy," Leyland said. "There shouldn't be anybody not running balls out. They are pretty young guys."

Larish and Rhymes arrived together, and when they entered the clubhouse, the scene felt like a Mud Hens reunion. The injuries to Ordonez and Guillen on Saturday, along with the broken hand suffered by Brandon Inge, had the Tigers scrambling to find two players who could fill the void for Sunday's day-night doubleheader.

"We are a very young team all of a sudden," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "That's one thing that's apparent. We were young before. We are really young now."

Ordonez suffered a fractured right ankle on Saturday night during a slide into home plate in the third inning. Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Ordonez was undergoing a CT scan to check the extent of the injury on Sunday morning. As of now, he is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

Guillen strained his right calf in Saturday's contest when planting his foot en route to covering first base. Because he has experienced previous injury issues on synthetic surfaces, the Tigers are opting to leave Guillen behind for the road trip to Tampa Bay. But Rand doesn't expect the strain to keep Guillen out of the lineup for longer than the 15-day minimum.

"I'm hopeful that with treatment, during the week that we are away, when we come back he will be ready to be doing some baseball activities," Rand said. "I'm looking at it right now as having him ready in two weeks."

The injuries opened the door for Larish and Rhymes, both of whom will be making their first appearances in the Majors this season. Larish had been part of the 40-man roster the past two seasons, while Rhymes will be making his Major League debut.

When asked what roles the two will fill, Leyland kept it simple: "They will play."

Larish hit .275 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs in Triple-A this season, and Leyland opted to play him at first base in Sunday's matinee, making Miguel Cabrera the designated hitter. Larish likely will spend most of his time at first base as the designated hitter, as Leyland said Scott Sizemore and Don Kelly will continue to split time at third base.

Larish has had his opportunities with the club in the past and said he hopes to use his past experiences to help the banged-up Tigers this time around.

"It's the same game," Larish said. "I just have to be myself and try and relax the best I can. I think the first couple times getting called up, I tried to come up here and play perfect. You can't play baseball that way. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to fail. But it's about putting that in the past and moving on. Hopefully I'm able to put that experience into play this time."

Rhymes will play second base exclusively, and he will start in the nightcap. Leyland wouldn't say, however, if the 27-year-old would become the everyday second baseman until Guillen returns. Rhymes has been on an offensive tear for the Mud Hens this season, batting .304, which is good for fifth in the International League, and recording a league-high six triples with 34 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Larish and Rhymes joined a club already stocked full of young players from the Mud Hens. To Leyland, it's a great opportunity for them, and the other young players on the club that have been called up, to make their mark.

"This is what these guys' dream was, to get their chance," Leyland said. "There are no excuses. Here is the moment of truth for some of these guys. The guys that want to play more and think they should play more, well they are going to get a chance. We'll see what they can do. Guys like Rhymes, this has been a dream. You wait a long time for this opportunity. Take advantage of it. Run with it. Embrace it and enjoy it. Show us what you can do. Show us if you are a big leaguer."

Sticky situations like this are exactly why the Tigers signed Johnny Damon in the offseason. The veteran outfielder relishes his role as a leader in the clubhouse and is looking forward to working with the two new young players.

"I know the reason why I'm here," Damon said. "The reason why I'm here is to win and help provide leadership. I have a pretty good track record to be able to continue that.

"We are a team here. We are going to win and lose together. Hopefully win more. Obviously, when you lose those guys, it's tough on your team. But you have to move on. It's tough. When you do se
e it with teams, teams normally fold. Hopefully not this team."

Leyland said he probably wouldn't hold a pregame meeting to discuss the injury situation with the team. But he was roaming the clubhouse Sunday morning talking with individual players.

"My heart is broken for Magglio and Carlos, but I have to move on," Leyland said. "If I'm sitting here feeling sorry for myself, then the team is going to do the same thing. I'm going to go out and try to pump them up and give them a chance to play."

Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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