April 27th, 2010

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Twins

While the Twins were sound asleep in their team hotel, the Tigers arrived back home from Texas around 3:30 this morning for their big AL Central clash tonight. Still, a lot of them were here around the time they’d normally be at the park anyway, ready to go to work.

“Just getting back here felt awesome, even if it was at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Alex Avila said today.

Adam Everett remains day-to-day with his right hamstring strain, so Ramon Santiago is in the starting lineup once again. Everything else is pretty standard for Detroit’s lineup.

On the Twins’ side, you’ll notice Delmon Young and Jim Thome in at DH against Justin Verlander. Thome’s numbers off Verlander took a dive last year, when he went 1-for-6 with two walks and four strikeouts in two games. That one hit, however, was a home run, giving him seven homers out of 10 hits in 41 at-bats lifetime off Verlander.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Justin Verlander

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  6. Jason Kubel, LF
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Brendan Harris, 3B

P: Francisco Liriano

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