Tigers have interest in Lowell

July, 24, 2010
7/24/10
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SEATTLE -- With only seven days until the trade deadline, interest continues to grow for Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

Since Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge was placed on the DL with a fractured left hand on July 20, the club is interested in acquiring Lowell’s services, according to a source.

“Tigers are interested,” the source said. “Not sure how serious the interest since Inge’s injury is not as severe as they thought.”

Lowell has been on the DL with a right hip strain since June 23 and is rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket. He served as the PawSox’ DH and went 1-for-5 on Thursday. He’s playing third base tonight and is scheduled to play first base tomorrow.

Francona has been speaking with PawSox manager Torey Lovullo and the reports on Lowell have been good.

“Torey said [Lowell] took a bunch of ground balls at third the other night, and actually looked really good,” Francona said. “He moved around real well and threw real well.”

Lowell is batting .213 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 31 games for the Red Sox this season. He’s made it no secret of his desire to play every day and would welcome a change of scenery.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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