CHICAGO -- Brandon Inge's first start of the season Sunday was expected, with White Sox left-hander Chris Sale on the mound. The fact that the start came at designated hitter, though, was a surprise.
Manager Jim Leyland, who often doesn't like talking about his lineups, volunteered his reasoning Sunday morning. It centered on his move to start Ryan Raburn in right field over Brennan Boesch.
By starting Inge at DH and Ramon Santiago at second base, Leyland got as many right-handed bats in his lineup as he could. If Leyland put Raburn or Delmon Young at DH, he would have to put a left-handed hitter into the outfield. If Santiago started at DH, Leyland would have to give up the DH slot if he had to use Santiago at shortstop to replace Jhonny Peralta.
"If I was playing Boesch, it would be different," Leyland said. "But I'm not playing Boesch, so I have to keep my options open at shortstop."
By using Inge at DH, Leyland also has more possibilities to pinch-hit for him in the later innings should White Sox manager Robin Ventura turn to a right-handed reliever.
It was just the second career start at DH for Inge. The other took place April 30, 2002, against former Royals left-hander Chris George, back when Mike Rivera was Detroit's starting catcher.
Broadcaster Price to miss rest of road trip
CHICAGO -- Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price missed Sunday's series finale and will miss the rest of this road trip, with what the team called general health concerns.
Price's broadcast partner, Dan Dickerson, said Sunday morning that Price seemed to have caught the same virus that has been going through the Tigers' clubhouse over the last week or so.
"He was wiped out," Dickerson said. "He wanted to do [the game]. He did the manager's show and then he went up [to the booth] and he was wiped out."
Price will travel back to Detroit and rest. He'll rejoin the Tigers back home later in the week.
The 70-year-old Price, a fixture on Tigers broadcasts between radio and television for two decades, underwent cancer treatments over the offseason, including oral chemotherapy. He lost about 40 pounds, he said in Spring Training, but felt good enough to be a part of Spring Training broadcasts on the Tigers' radio network.
This is the Tigers' first road trip of the season.
"You have to give him all the credit in the world," Dickerson said. "He's been doing this all along, never complained. He's been incredible to be in the booth every day with what he's been going through."
Former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry will join the team Monday in Kansas City and work all three games there with Dickerson.
Wilk slated for second start against Rangers
CHICAGO -- If there was any doubt that Adam Wilk was sticking in the Tigers' rotation for more than a spot start, the fact that the Tigers announced his bruised left shoulder would be fine for his next start seemed to be telling.
Wilk, who filled injured Doug Fister's rotation slot Saturday, held his own with five innings of two-run ball before Prince Fielder's foul ball hit him in the dugout and knocked him out of the game as a precaution. The ball hit him in a muscular area of his shoulder, sparing him from more serious damage.
Wilk is scheduled to open the Tigers' upcoming homestand on Thursday against the Rangers in a rematch of last October's American League Championship Series.
"We figured at least two [starts]," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't really know how it'll play out [from there]."
That depends on Fister's status, and he hasn't started throwing again yet.