Wednesday: Tigers vs. Braves

The Braves are back in town, but as of Wednesday morning, the wind is blowing right to left. And the young starters pitching today are on the Tigers side, with Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver piggybacking. Brandon Beachy, who looked really good against the Tigers last spring, starts for Atlanta, which brings a few more regulars on the trip.

In general, the players who made the trip to Jupiter yesterday aren’t in the lineup today. The notable exception is Prince Fielder, who is the DH today. The rest are here, but they’ll probably get a short day and go home early.

Clete Thomas, who watched the wind hook a fly ball from left-center all the way to right-center on Sunday to set up a Braves run, is back in center today.


  1. Clete Thomas, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, DH
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Ryan Strieby, 1B
  8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Jacob Turner, Andy Oliver, Luis Marte, Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel.


  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Brian McCann, C
  4. Dan Uggla, 2B
  5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  6. Eric Hinske, DH
  7. Matt Diaz, LF
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Tyler Pastornicky, SS

P: Brandon Beachy, Cory Gearrin, Jairo Asencio, Erik Cordier, Dusty Hughes


Thanks to Carlos for all he did, he was my Tiger. Looking forward to Prince & Miggy duo, but I sure will miss Carlos & Maggs.

Read that. Justin always provides interesting numbers-based articles. There’s no denying the staff improved as the season progressed. I think it takes several seasons to judge the performance of a coach. Both Jones and Knapp are good baseball men. I like homey Jeff.

Good grief, Turner is having trouble throwing strikes.

Times like these I’m glad he (Turner) doesn’t HAVE TO BE the fifth starter because we have so much young talent

Well, Jim has to yank him.

Walked 4, no strikouts. Bringing L. Marte in with bases loaded.

Miggy breaks out with a big into the parking lot. Tigers 5 – 0.

The parking lot?!?!?

So said Atlanta’s announcers. Maybe they were exaggerating, but that’s what they said. No doubter, according to them.

Morosi says it’s one of the farthest he’s seen this spring. Past the berm…… would know what area that is, Rich. I”ve never been there.

Yeah, that’s hit a ton to clear the berm. The longest I’ve seen is a foul ball that Pujols hit last spring. That one must have bounced along the little road out there. Magglio hit one of the highest and prettiest homers in the same game. A couple years ago, rookie Jason Heyward blasted one to right that went a long way. But the most amazing one was Gerald Laird’s grand slam against the Yankees. Didn’t go all that far, but it was Gerald Laird hitting a grand slam.

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