Tigers staying in game shape playing minor leaguers

Jonathan Daniel

The Tigers have five full days off before the World Series begins. So they've worked up a couple of games against players from their system.

The Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant Thursday, sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

That means they have five full days off before the World Series begins Wednesday in either San Francisco or St. Louis. That's a long layoff for a team that's played essentially every day since the beginning of March.

Jim Leyland and the club came up with an idea that will help them stay in game shape:

"We actually have our instructional league team coming to Detroit and we’re going to play a couple of actual games Sunday and Monday and have a workout Saturday as well," Leyland told Mike and Mike. "We’re going to have our pitchers throw to hitters and we’re going to have our hitters face live pitching. So hopefully we’ll be a little more prepared this time."

That will be fun for the instructional leaguers, getting to play a couple of games in Comerica Park. The only issue is the risk of injury, so you can probably assume these games won't be played at 100% full speed.

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