March 11th, 2012

Sunday: Tigers (ss) at Astros

I’m at the Tigers-Astros today to watch Drew Smyly make his first start for the big club. Paul Hagen will be covering the Tigers-Phillies game for MLB.com.

It’s currently raining hard at Osceola County Stadium, but the forecast calls for skies to clear in time to get this game in. Prince Fielder is already scheduled to DH, so I wouldn’t expect any lineup adjustments for the wet turf.

Smyly isn’t the only Tigers prospect starting in this game. Nick Castellanos will get the start at third base. Jim Leyland originally planned on having Danny Worth start, but he’s dealing with some sort of soreness in his side.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brandon Inge, 2B
  3. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  4. Prince Fielder, DH
  5. Ryan Strieby, 1B
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jerad Head, LF
  8. Brennan Boesch, RF
  9. Nick Castellanos, 3B

P: Drew Smyly, Phil Coke, Tyler Stohr, Darin Downs, Luis Marte

ASTROS

  1. Jason Bourgeois, CF
  2. Jed Lowrie, SS
  3. J.D. Martinez, LF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Chris Snyder, C
  6. Chris Johnson, DH
  7. Jimmy Paredes, 3B
  8. Justin Ruggiano, RF
  9. Jose Altuve, 2B

P: Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Lucas Harrell, Fernando Rodriguez, Jorge De Leon, Xavier Cedeno, Henry Villar

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