DETROIT (AP) — Sometimes the manager of a struggling baseball team will resort to pulling the names of his starting lineup out of a hat. But last week, Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays decided to pull his lineup out of a hit.
Figuring his team would have a tough time against Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer, Maddon went with what he calls his “Tommy Tutone lineup” — named after the group’s 1980s hit: “867-5309/Jenny.”
Maddon listed his batting order by position: centerfield, shortstop, left field, third base, first-base, designated hitter and right field. Which, if you’re scoring at home, correspond to 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 — with the zero standing for the designated hitter who, unlike Jenny, doesn’t play the field.
The tactic failed as Scherzer gave up just two hits over 8 innings — and the Tigers won 8-1.