Tag, You’re In.
With Grady Sizemore apparently getting the day off, Franklin Gutierrez is in Grady’s spot – both in center field and in the lead-off role. Yes, Gutierrez, the man with a .260 on-base percentage. Thankfully, he led the game off with a home run off of Scott Kazmir.* We’ve been looking for a lead-off guy for a while now despite Grady’s successes at the top. I really doubt that Franklin is the answer there, but at least he capitalized on the [one-day] opportunity.
Rick’s buddy Ryan Garko left the game with a leg injury in the third inning. See what happens when he runs out plays? He was replaced by Rick’s other buddy Andy Marte who has since gone 2-for-2 with a two-run double. Karma? Perhaps. But I’ll take it.
*He’s since grounded out twice