Former Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis, who was in the Orioles' farm system before getting released, announced his retirement Monday afternoon. The 30-year-old won National League Rookie of the Year honors with the Marlins in 2003. Two years later, he finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting. He was traded to Detroit in 2008 with third baseman Miguel Cabrera and went 2-8 with a 6.86 ERA in two-plus seasons.
Outfielder Brennan Boesch was held out of Monday's lineup against Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks. Boesch is struggling this season and especially of late, posting a .140 batting average since June 13. However, the move likely comes because of Hendriks' splits. Entering Monday, righties are 38-for-90 (.422) with eight home runs vs. Hendriks, whereas lefties are hitting .224 off him.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire entered Monday's game sitting on 899 career victories. Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who has the most wins of any active manager, had some kind words about Gardenhire.
"I think he's terrific. I think he's a great manager," Leyland said. "I've gone on record several times saying that, a couple years ago, I thought he was the best manager in the league. I haven't seen anything to change that opinion."