June 5th, 2011

Sunday: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers history against Jake Peavy isn’t that extensive except for a few hitters, and it isn’t good. Brad Penny is 2-for-12 against him as a hitter, but that’s obviously not going to matter today. Problem is, he has as many hits as any Tigers hitter off Penny. That includes two hits in 22 at-bats for Miguel Cabrera, who has fanned 10 times against him.

Alex Avila, though, is 1-for-3 with a walk off Peavy. He’s also a left-handed hitter. So while he gets a day out from behind home plate, he still gets to step up to the plate as the designated hitter. He was a DH quite a bit in college at Alabama, so he said it isn’t a big adjustment for him.

Adam Wilk rolled into the Tigers clubhouse this morning after an early morning flight from Scranton. He got the heads-up that he was being called up before the Mud Hens game last night, but that was too late to catch a flight to Chicago.

On the White Sox side, Paul Konerko returns to the lineup after missing the first two games of the series to recover from surgery to remove loose fragments from his wrist. That slides Adam Dunn, 6-for-33 with 17 strikeouts off Penny, back to DH.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Alex Avila, DH
  8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

Brad Penny

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, RF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  6. Brent Lillibridge, RF
  7. Adam Dunn, DH
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Brent Morel, 3B

P: Jake Peavy

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