June 2nd, 2012

Saturday: Tigers (the ones still standing) vs. Yankees

So Alex Avila came in today complaining of tightness in his right hamstring. He tried to go through exercises to loosen it up, but it got to the point where he worried he was about to full-out strain it. Treatment didn’t work. So he’s scratched.

As you remember from last night, Gerald Laird tweaked his right hamstring running out an infield single. He’s out.

That leaves Omir Santos as the lone healthy catcher, so he gets his second straight start. Don Kelly is the emergency backup. Kelly is also the starting left fielder, because Andy Dirks is shut down for a second straight hamstring with his bad Achilles. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Saturday that tests on Dirks showed bursitis and a little bit of tendinitis.

Manager Jim Leyland said last night that Dirks might be closer to a return than Jackson. The information today might be the reverse. Jackson is catching fly balls and running the bases during batting practice today, and he hit soft-toss pitches in the cage earlier. He sounds like he’s getting close.

Got it all? Good. Here’s the lineup:

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Danny Worth, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, LF
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  6. Raul Ibanez, LF
  7. Nick Swisher, RF
  8. Eric Chavez, DH
  9. Russell Martin, C

P: Hiroki Kuroda