{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Leyland will play all his starters in spring home opener

|

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Leyland remembers being a player staying at Tigertown in the 1960s and seeing nothing but Michigan license plates on the cars parked on the streets when he'd go into town. He'll been reminded of that when he gets back to Joker Marchant Stadium and sees bunches of Tigers fans around his hotel.

With that in mind, Leyland said he plans on putting his starting lineup on the field for at least the first few innings of their Grapefruit League home opener Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays. He wants to give fans who made the trip from Michigan, and other parts of the Midwest, something to see in this early part of camp.

"I think it's good to announce those guys and let them trot out there the first day," Leyland said. "Maybe it sounds silly, but I think it's kind of neat. I mean, we are coming off an American League championship, and they can welcome Torii Hunter, and Victor's back."

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español