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Thrown into fire: Tigers to call up No. 1 pick Miller

8/27/2006 - Detroit Tigers

CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers optioned right-hander
Colby Lewis to Triple-A Toledo and outfielder Brent Clevlen to Double-A
Erie on Sunday after their 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said lefty Andrew Miller,
Detroit's No. 1 draft pick in June, will be called up Tuesday from
Class A Lakeland before the Tigers open a three-game series at
Yankee Stadium in New York.

Veteran outfielder Alexis Gomez will have his contract purchased
from Toledo after the Tigers clear space on their 40-man roster.

The Tigers have the best record in the majors and lead Minnesota
by five games in the AL Central.

Manager Jim Leyland said left-handed starter Mike Maroth, who
had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow on June 2, won't be
activated until the rosters are expanded Sept. 1.

"We'll put him in the bullpen," Leyland said. "I'm not
planning on Mike Maroth being in the rotation the rest of the
year."

Leyland said left-hander Wilfredo Ledezma will start Wednesday
night against the Yankees, but rookie Zach Miner could be used in
the rotation spot down the stretch.

"We'll play with that spot for a while," Leyland said.

The 21-year-old pitched five scoreless innings over three games
at Lakeland, striking out nine and allowing only two hits and one
walk. He was picked sixth overall after going 13-2 with a 2.48 ERA
and 133 strikeouts in 123 1-3 innings at North Carolina this past
spring.

"He'll be used in the bullpen," Dombrowski said of Miller.
"Our minor-league people say Miller has thrown the ball in
outstanding fashion and can help us right now."

Miller had a clause written into his contract that he would be
called up to the majors this year, but Leyland said that wasn't the
driving factor in the decision.

"Miller's the guy I wanted," Leyland said. "It has nothing to
do with coming up in September. He's not coming up here on a pass.
I'm going to use him, I promise."

Gomez hit .265 with one homer and six RBI in 48 games earlier
this season with Detroit. The 28-year-old has batted .292 with 11
homers and 36 RBI in 55 games at Toledo.

Clevlen, 22, batted .379 (11-for-29) with three homers and six
RBI in 17 games. He doubled in his first career at-bat off
Minnesota's Johan Santana on July 30.

Lewis, 27, was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two games after being
recalled Aug. 21.