By now, if you were interested in the starting lineups, you probably have them already from the radio, so I’ll get into a few notes …
- Marcus Thames made the trip, but then left to be with his wife, who is due to have their first child anytime soon. Brent Clevlen started in his place and just blasted a ball to deep center field in the opening inning for a two-run triple.
- Jeff Larish was on the travel roster but did not make the trip. His neck is still stiff, and a bus ride to Bradenton wouldn’t have helped.
- Alexis Gomez also didn’t make the trip. He has a tender elbow.
- Leyland confirmed that the Tigers had some offseason conversations about Juan Cruz, who just signed a two-year deal with the Royals.