Romine might get a shot at 9 po­si­tions in 1 game

Aus­mus con­sid­er­ing, but would check with other man­agers first

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY LYNN HEN­NING The Detroit News lynn.hen­ning@de­troit­news.com twit­ter.com/Lyn­n_Hen­ning

Detroit — One of those base­ball nov­el­ties for which Septem­ber is known ap­pears headed for Comer­ica Park. An­drew Romine is about to get a shot at play­ing all nine po­si­tions.

He has worked them all in his big-league years, most of which have been spent with the Tigers. All, that is, ex­cept tak­ing a turn be­hind the plate.

But he could get a one-in­ning shift there, as well, Tigers man­ager Brad Aus­mus said Thurs­day, be­fore the White Sox de­stroyed the Tigers, 17-7, at Comer­ica Park

“I haven’t de­cided if I’ll do it, and I haven’t dis­cussed it yet with him,” said Aus­mus, “but he’s got the abil­ity to play all po­si­tions.

“In games that don’t par­tic­u­larly mat­ter, it might make the game more in­ter­est­ing.”

Romine al­ways has said the nine-po­si­tions, nine-in­nings trick was a per­sonal dream.

In his years as some­thing of a Tigers one-man band, he has played all out­field and in­field spots, and has bailed out the Tigers as a pitcher on a night when the score­board was crazy and the bullpen was shot.

But he hasn’t yet caught in a big-league game. That could be changing dur­ing one of the next two home se­ries, which will see the A’s ar­rive for three games af­ter the White Sox fin­ish their four-game set Sun­day.

“I would call Rick Ren­te­ria or Bob Melvin,” Aus­mus said, speak­ing of the man­agers. “If they thought it would make a mock­ery of the game, I wouldn’t do it.”

The last player to do it was the Tigers’ Shane Hal­ter in 2000.

Thurs­day’s vic­tims

They all took a turn. And most of them were raked by White Sox bat­ters who seemed Thurs­day to re­gard any­thing less than a three­hit day a per­sonal dis­as­ter.

Eight Tigers pitch­ers were part of a three-hour, 42-minute tes­ta­ment to long in­nings and on­go­ing hits from a team that has had an even tougher year than the Tigers.

Chad Bell started for Detroit and made it into the fourth be­fore he left, hav­ing been socked for nine hits and six runs.

War­wick Saupold: four hits, three runs. Jeff Fer­rell: three hits, one run. Joe Jimenez: three hits, three runs. Shane Greene: two hits, one run.

The only two Tigers pitch­ers who sidestepped Thurs­day’s car­nage were Zac Reininger (twothirds of an in­ning, no hits) and Blaine Hardy (one-third, one strike­out).

Of the White Sox’s 25 hits, only four were for ex­tra bases. And of the six Tigers who al­lowed runs Thurs­day, Aus­mus un­der­stood Jimenez prob­a­bly de­served a bet­ter pitch­ing line. A squib sin­gle, an­other ground sin­gle — Jimenez was throw­ing bet­ter than the num­bers sug­gested, as his fast­ball burned at 95 to 97 mph and his slider be­haved.

“Cue ball off the end of the bat,” said Aus­mus, “but he threw the ball well.”

Mo­town bow

Thurs­day’s weather no doubt helped. And while there ob­vi­ously were more than a few un­used tick­ets Thurs­day, the paid crowd was 26,743, and most hung on, even in a lop­sided game.

“This is a re­ally good base­ball town,” Aus­mus aid. “One of the best base­ball towns I’ve ever been in. And it might be the best.”

Aus­mus said he could sym­pa­thize with the no-shows. When a team’s record is 60-86, dis­trac­tions are many.

“They want win­ners,” Aus­mus said. “I don’t blame ’em.”

But he be­lieves a town’s core fol­low­ers will stick with a team that’s now busy re­build­ing. And, he said, as the re­con­struc­tion of a ros­ter matches the re­nais­sance in down­town Detroit, “this city could be buzzing.”

Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Tigers slug­ger Miguel Cabr­era sin­gles in the first in­ning Thurs­day. He also had a home run in the de­feat.

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