Peralta in left is a gamble

By Rob Parker - Sports Columnist
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DETROIT - It makes sense to want to get Jhonny Peralta's bat in the Tigers' lineup for the postseason.

But Peralta in leftfield?

No way, no how.

It's a huge gamble with the stakes so high in the playoffs.

Apparently, the Tigers will play Peralta, the Tigers' starting shortstop before he was suspended 50 games for PED use by MLB, the final three games in Miami.

He will also get some action down in Lakeland before coming back up to the majors.

Still, it seems like a real stretch, expecting Peralta to jump out to the outfield after so little work out there.

For sure, he won't miss every ball him out to him. Peralta is a seasoned veteran and can catch.

It's just that the Baseball Gods have a way of finding guys playing out of position or shaky at a particular position.

If Peralta misplays a ball and cost the Tigers a playoff game, manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombroski won't be able to live it down, especially with better outfielders sitting on the bench.

It just doesn't make sense to take such a gamble for a team looking to win its first World Series since 1984.

It's not fair to the pitchers and most of all, it's not fair to Peralta.

Of course, Peralta wants to play and do whatever he can do to help. It's just not a smart idea to set up a player to fail.

What is smart is putting Peralta on the postseason roster. He has served his punishment and should be allowed to play again. Plus, he can pitch hit and possibly be used in a pinch in the infield, if need be.

Lions Head to Dreaded DC

The Lions take on the terrible (at least, so far) Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The Lions, coming off a horrible loss to the Cardinals in Arizona last week, face the Redskins (0-2) in DC.

Last  season, the Redskins won the NFC East with an impressive winning streak down the stretch. They were led by rookie QB sensation Robert Griffin III.

This year, with RG3 coming back from an injury, Washington has been one of the most disappointing team. RG3 has struggle big time, but so has his team's defense.

It's a golden opportunity for the Lions to finally win a game in Washington, DC, something they have never done. They are 0-21 there.

It's another one of those awful road losing streaks the Lions have. See Green Bay. The Lions have lost 22 straight there.

It's really an interesting game to see how the Lions will react. First, coming off the bad loss to Cards. Secondly, will they be able to beat a desperate Washington team on the road. The Redskins' season is on the line. Another loss will almost put them out of the playoff race.

The Lions, with the second toughest schedule in the league, have to start winning on the road to get any respect. This is a great place to start.

AL Wild Card Race is Great

The American League Wild Card race is exactly what MLB Commissioner Bud Selig envisioned when they came up with the idea of adding a second wild card team.

With nine games to go, you have six teams still fighting for just two spots. It keeps baseball fans in a lot of cities into the game all the way until the end of a long season.

With Tampa Bay, Texas, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and Kansas City still fighting for those two spots, there's a chance we could even have a playoff game or two on Monday if there are any ties.

The best part is that the two wild card teams play each other in a single elimination game just to join the three division winners in each league. Rightly, you get rewarded for winning the division.

subhed: World Series Pick

In case you forgot, before the season, I picked the Dodgers and Tigers to make the World Series. I'm sticking with my predication.

The Dodgers clinched their first postseason bid since 2009 on Thursday. LA was an incredible story. The Dodgers were 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West in late June.

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