Leyland adjusts lineup after 13-inning game

Leyland adjusts lineup after 13-inning game

Leyland adjusts lineup after 13-inning game
BALTIMORE -- In the wake of Saturday's 4-hour, 43-minute slugfest, Tigers manager Jim Leyland opted to make a few unusual lineup moves.

Don Kelly made his fourth start of the season in right field on Sunday, while Brennan Boesch made his fourth start of the year at designated hitter.

"You've got to use them all, because there will be times when you need them," Leyland said. "If you don't, then you get what you saw yesterday."

Kelly entered as a defensive replacement in the 11th inning, and then struck out with one out and a runner on third in the 13th, his only at-bat of the game.

Kelly had only 93 at-bats in 52 games this season entering Sunday. His last plate appearance before Saturday came on July 6.

Boesch is batting .444 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.

Although the Tigers had to use seven of their eight relievers over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday, Leyland said he felt "the bullpen [was] in good shape" heading into Sunday's game. With Justin Verlander shutting out the Orioles for eight innings, only Jose Valverde was needed out of the 'pen on Sunday, appearing for the third day in a row.

With the All-Star break fresh in the rearview mirror, Leyland said before Saturday that he would actually appreciate the chance to get a number of relievers back into game action.

Brayan Villarreal remains the only bullpen arm yet to pitch in the second half, as he's dealing with stiffness and soreness in his neck that popped up when he was shagging fly balls during the team's workout on Friday.

"It's a shock to me that the neck is just lingering on," said Leyland. "I don't know what's going on with that."

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Villarreal is considered day to day.