Wedge continued to juggle his lineup in search of offense, starting youngster Mike Carp at designated hitter the past two games. With Carp in the lineup, Jack Cust has been on the bench, but Wedge said he's spoken to the veteran about his role. "I've had the conversations I need to have with people. When he gets back in there he'll be ready to go," Wedge said. "We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now and we're looking to progress with everything, whether it be with our younger players or trying to get some of our veterans going." Like Cust, first baseman Justin Smoak also sat Thursday. It was Smoak's first off-day after 39 consecutive starts. Tigers: Youngsters impressing
Although Jackson established himself last season, other young players have stepped up in place of injured veterans such as Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge this year. Among those who have been especially impressive are Casper Wells and Danny Worth, who Leyland endorsed prior to Thursday's game. "I think they're showing that they're big-league players. To what degree, I couldn't answer that for sure," Leyland said. "I think Worth definitely could be an everyday player if he hits. I don't think there's any question about that." The Tigers continued their hot June hitting in Thursday's 4-1 win, knocking out seven hits. Overall, the Tigers are hitting .316 with 47 runs scored, 16 doubles and 12 home runs in eight June games. Worth noting
Penny is 2-1 in his last three starts but has been the beneficiary of a potent Tigers offense that has been able to overcome his 7.02 ERA (13 runs in 16 2/3 innings) during that span. Bedard has earned consecutive no-decisions with back-to-back seven-strikeout games. He is 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against Detroit. Ichiro needs three more steals to reach 400 in his Major League career and is four away from 600 in his professional career.