Starting lineup is just about set

The only question left in the Tigers’ Opening Day lineup, according to manager Jim Leyland, is whether to bat Gerald Laird and Scott Sizemore in the seventh and eighth slot, or flip-flop them.

Other than that, the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Yankees is the lineup you should expect to see against Zack Greinke and the Royals a week from Monday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

“That was pretty much the Opening Day lineup,” Leyalnd said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Yankees. “I hope they do a little better offensively.”

It’ll have its growing pains, certainly with two rookies. But it’ll also have different ways of scoring runs besides the homer.

On leadoff man Austin Jackson, Leyland said, “I think that he pretty much would’ve had to fall on his face not to make the team, and he certainly hasn’t done that. Let’s face it: We made a trade for a guy, made a trade for a real good player, a very popular player. He would’ve had to really show us that he’s not ready, and he hasn’t done that. He’s done very, very well. I’ve been very impressed.

“Is he going to struggle some? Yes, he’s going to struggle some. He’s going to have moments, like all players do, particularly young players. But he’s the Opening Day center fielder and he’s going to lead off, and he’s going to get a good opportunity to break in. And I feel really good about that. I really like what I’ve seen. I’ve been very impressed.”

In case you missed the lineup from today …

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Johnny Damon, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Gerald Laird, C
  8. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  9. Adam Everett, SS

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