Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

  
The long-discussed swap in the cleanup spot is here, with Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez flipped in the batting order. Rajai Davis gets another start against former Jays teammate Mark Buehrle. Anthony Gose is back in center. He apologized to Buck Farmer for his gaffe yesterday, which you’ll read shortly.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers against Buehrle)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (6-for-20, triple, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-22, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (10-for-31, 2 doubles, 4 walks, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (28-for-78, 2 doubles, 4 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-3, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alfredo Simon

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Ben Revere, LF (0-for-5, K)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (0-for-0, walk)
  3. Jose Bautista, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, K)
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (2-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2-for-5)
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-1)
  7. Russell Martin, C (1-for-12, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Mark Buehrle

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

Brad Ausmus has talked earlier this week about getting a day off for J.D. Martinez. That day is today. Tyler Collins gets the start in right field, while Rajai Davis remains to chase after drives to left. Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit, with Victor Martinez starting at first base against Drew Hutchison, pride of Lakeland Senior High School.

Today is an MLB Network broadcast for those watching outside the Detroit market.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FSD, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hutchison)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-2)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (2-for-5, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (4-for-6, double)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2)
  6. Tyler Collins, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

P: Buck Farmer

jaylogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C (1-for-3, double, K vs. Farmer)
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Drew Hutchison

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


If Miguel Cabrera gets five plate appearances tonight, he’ll officially return to the AL batting race, getting back on the 3.1 plate appearances per game pace needed to qualify. If he doesn’t get it tonight, he’ll most likely get it tomorrow afternoon. It’s not a big deal to him at this point, obviously, but with about a 42-point lead on the next-best AL hitter (Jason Kipnis), it’ll put him on pace for his fourth batting title in five years.

The Jays load up on right-handed hitters, save for Ben Revere and Ryan Goins. That’s going to present a challenge for Matt Boyd, who’s allowing a .405 batting average to right-handed hitters this season. Toronto, meanwhile, is batting .285 against lefties, tied for the best in the Majors (with the Tigers, actually — thanks to MLB Network research for the tidbits).

Radio note: With the Lions playing their third preseason game tonight, the Tigers are only on AM 1270 in Detroit, not 97.1 FM.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Rickey)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (5-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-16, 2 HR, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-16, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-3, triple)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-2, double)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)

P: Matt Boyd

jayslogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Chris Colabello, 1B
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Ryan Goins, 2B
  9. Josh Thole, C

P: R.A. Dickey

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

  
Aside from Alex Avila behind the plate, Randy Wolf gets the regular team behind him for the day game after the night game, and Matt Shoemaker gets a welcoming party on his return to Michigan (and return to the big leagues, for that matter, having been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake for this start).

The good news for Wolf, as MLB Network points out, is that he’s catching Mike Trout and Albert Pujols slumping. Trout is batting .200 (17-for-85) with one home run and five runs scored this month. Pujols is batting .186 (8-for-43) over his last 12 games, though half of those hits have been homers.

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Shoemaker)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-6, double, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-2, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-6, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Randy Wolf

angelslogoANGELS (career numbers against Wolf)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (13-for-46, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (1-for-7, K)
  6. Shane Victorino, LF (7-for-26, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Grant Green, 2B

P: Matt Shoemaker

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

  
Though Brad Ausmus said last night that the idea of swapping Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the batting order had been discussed, he downplayed it Wednesday.

“It was discussed,” Ausmus said.

So for now, Victor Martinez remains the cleanup hitter, with J.D. Martinez batting behind him. He has historically been a stronger hitter batting right-handed against left-handed pitchers, but Hector Santiago has been an exception for him in their limited meetings. Actually, none of their right-handed hitters have hit Santiago very well compared with what they do against other lefties, even Chris Sale.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

rallysquirrelTIGERS (career numbers against Santiago)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-10, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-13, double, 3 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-11, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-7, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, walk, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Justin Verlander

rallymonkeyANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-6, 2 walks, K)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (8-for-16, 3 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. David Murphy, LF (11-for-35, double, triple, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (10-for-29, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. C.J. Cron, DH (2-for-3, double)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (2-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Ryan Jackson, 2B

P: Hector Santiago

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Brad Ausmus said yesterday he was treating this just-finished stretch of back-to-back travel days as a chance to get guys days off. Tonight is Ian Kinsler’s turn. It’s his first game out of the lineup since July 8 and his third all season.

TIGERS (career numbers against Jered Weaver)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (8-for-26, 4 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (7-for-25, double, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, double)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-3, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2, K)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B (1-for-2)

P: Alfredo Simon

ANGELS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF (3-for-4, 2 doubles)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (0-for-1)
  4. David Murphy, LF (4-for-11, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (3-for-6, 2 HR, walk)
  6. C.J. Cron, DH
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Grant Green, 2B

P: Jered Weaver

Makeup game lineups: Tigers at Reds


The teams have changed, and so has the weather thankfully. But the ballpark is the same.

Will check later, but presuming a day off for Jose Iglesias with the lefty-favorable matchup in the middle of a long stretch of games. Just days off for Jose Iglesias and Alex Avila today, Brad Ausmus said, not a matter of playing the matchups. Keyvius Sampson is giving up a .324 (12-for-37) average to left-handed hitters this season, compared with .205 (9-for-44) to right-handed batters, though the splits are reversed when including his minor-league numbers (.273 vs. righties, .213 vs. lefties). Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop, and Alex Avila starts at catcher.

Last but not least, Buck Farmer gets the chance to follow up on his base hit from last week at Wrigley Field. Victor Martinez sits.

tigers1927logoTIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Tyler Collins, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Buck Farmer, P

mrredlogoREDS

  1. Skip Schumaker, LF
  2. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Todd Frazier, 3B
  6. Jay Bruce, RF
  7. Jason Bourgeois, CF
  8. Tucker Barnhart, C
  9. Keyvius Sampson, P

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

Victor Martinez gets another start at first base, allowing Miguel Cabrera to DH for the day game after a night game. Meanwhile, Tyler Collins gets a rare start against a lefty, giving Anthony Gose a rest with Cole Hamels on the mound.

On the Rangers side, Prince Fielder gets a day off against lefty Matt Boyd. Fielder was on the field Sunday morning with Derek Holland and other teammates for a round of football, complete with a University of Michigan helmet. Elvis Andrus also gets the day game off.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hamels)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (6-for-8, 2 doubles, triple, 4 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Tyler Collins, LF

P: Matt Boyd

trlogoRANGERS (numbers against Boyd)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  4. Mitch Moreland, 1B (1-for-3, HR)
  5. Mike Napoli, DH (0-for-0, walk)
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B (1-for-2, HR)
  7. Ryan Strausborger, LF
  8. Chris Gimenez, C
  9. Hanser Alberto, SS

P: Cole Hamels

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

  
Tyler Collins gets another game in the two spot, with Jose Iglesias back down near the bottom of the order.

“It’s a left-handed bat, for one, but I think he runs well and he swings the bat pretty well,” Brad Ausmus said. “He hit the ball hard last night, even though he didn’t get anything for it. I think it’s a good spot for him. He’s hitting in front of Miggy. He gets some fastballs up.”

Miguel Cabrera is batting 13-for-23 (.565) with seven extra-base hits and eight runs scored over the last six games. He’s also batting .390 (112-for-287) with 15 homers and 74 RBIs in 74 games against the Rangers, including the postseason.

Reminder: Tonight’s game is on Fox Sports 1.  Check your local listings for the channel number on your system.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports 1, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers against Gallardo)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-3)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-2, walk, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-9, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Randy Wolf

oldrangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers vs. Wolf)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  3. Prince Fielder, DH (2-for-7, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (5-for-18, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B (0-for-4, walk)
  6. Elvis Andrus, SS (0-for-2, K)
  7. Rougned Odor, 2B
  8. Bobby Wilson, C
  9. Ryan Strausborger, LF

P: Yovani Gallardo

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

Alex Avila will catch Justin Verlander for the first time since July 24, when Verlander tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox at Fenway Park to get on this roll. James McCann caught Verlander’s last four starts. Alex also has two home runs off Colby Lewis.

Lewis has had relatively good success against Miguel Cabrera, but those numbers against Victor Martinez counter it. Look for Cabrera to play first base tonight and tomorrow; Brad Ausmus said he’ll wait and see on Sunday’s series finale.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Lewis)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-9, HR)
  2. Tyler Collins, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-23, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-18, 3 doubles, HR, 2 walks)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, 2 walks)
  7. Alex Avila, C (5-for-18, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-2)

P: Justin Verlander

texaslogoRANGERS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (13-for-53, double, 2 HR, 7 walks, 21 K’s)
  3. Prince Fielder, DH (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (14-for-48, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
  5. Mitch Moreland, 1B (6-for-19, 4 doubles, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Elvis Andrus, SS (6-for-30, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Rougned Odor, 2B (0-for-2)
  8. Will Venable, LF (0-for-3, K)
  9. Bobby Wilson, C (0-for-2)

P: Colby Lewis

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