CLEVELAND (AP) -Second baseman Placido Polanco and outfielder Craig Monroe were sick with the flu and scratched from the Detroit Tigers' series-opener against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Ryan Raburn started at second while Marcus Thames took Monroe's spot in the left field. Curtis Granderson, who wasn't in manager Jim Leyland's original lineup, played center field and batted leadoff. Carlos Guillen, originally in the lineup at shortstop, was moved to first base.
Both Polanco and Monroe came to the Jacobs Field, but were not feeling well and told Leyland.
``They're sick,'' Leyland said. ``When they'll be ready to play, I don't know. We make to make some adjustments. It's part of the game.''
The flu bug is going around Detroit's clubhouse. Right-hander Justin Verlander was sick Monday night, but felt better on Tuesday. The illnesses left Leyland with two players on the bench, first baseman Sean Casey and backup catcher Michael Rabelo.
``That's the way it goes,'' Leyland said. ``Polanco's all wrapped up in jackets. He's trying to sweat it out. He's sick as a dog.''
Polanco has been one of the AL's top hitters since June 28, batting .385 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 34 games. On Monday, he set a major league record by playing in his 144th consecutive game without an error. The previous mark was held by Luis Castillo, who played 143 straight without an error from May 30, 2006, to June 5 for Minnesota.
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