July 31st, 2012

Tuesday’s lineup: Tigers at Red Sox

A slight switch tonight for the Tigers, who stack up left-handed hitters Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila back-to-back against Josh Beckett. Hey, why not?

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintin Berry, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Omar Infante, 2B

P: Justin Verlander

Castellanos’ visit to Boston in quotes

Nick Castellanos took in the sights of Fenway Park on Monday, from the field during Tigers batting practice and from the stands during the Tigers-Red Sox game itself. He also gave a pretty wide-ranging interview to reporters before BP. The main piece with the highlights is in the notebook from the game. Here’s a more complete rundown:

  • On how the visit came about: “We were spending our off-day [in Manchester, New Hampshire], so Avi [Garcia] was looking up Tigers stuff and said, ‘They’re playing in Boston. Isn’t that close?’ So I looked it up and it was about 45 minutes away. So he called [Brayan] Villarreal and he said, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’ll get you tickets, come on over.’”
  • On having lots to learn in the outfield: “I’m picking it up quickly, but there’s definitely a lot of improvement. I’ve played there 15 games in my life, so there’s going to be improvement. Fly balls aren’t an issue. The big thing now is reading line drives.”
  • On following trade rumors: “Last year, I was able to avoid it. This year, no. This year, it’s been every day, all the time, in my face. I’m definitely ready for the trade deadline so I can just relax.”
  • On the stress of it: “The added pressure of trying to play a new position and also every time I walk into a locker room, all my teammates are saying you’re going somewhere else. You try to avoid it as much as possible, but it’s still going to linger.”
  • On untouchable status: “Whenever they come to town, a lot of the big guys are in town to see me play the outfield, so I talk to them. I have a really good relationship with the front office. And sometimes I’ll ask them, ‘Well, do you think?’ And it’s like, ‘Definitely not, but we can’t say it can’t happen, because if somebody comes up and makes an unbelievable deal, then no one’s untouchable.’ They said it’s very unlikely, but I still know that anything can happen. I’m just ready for this trade deadline to go.”
  • On possibility of September call-up: “I’ve heard about it. There’s been people like these guys saying, ‘Oh, get used to it. It’ll be your locker in September, joking around.’ And it’s awesome to hear these guys say it, but I know that it’s not real until it happens. I’m definitely taking this all in, but I definitely realize that it’s a visit. It’s not because I deserve to be here.”
  • On possibility of Arizona Fall League at end of season: “That’s a possibility. I’ve heard instructional league is a possibility. I’ve heard if we make the postseason and I keep hitting off lefties, I stay with the team into the postseason. So everything’s a possibility, and we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens.”
  • On who he hears stuff from: “A little bit of everybody. All the people that really matter, though, I haven’t heard anything from, because that’s always a last-minute thing.”
  • On seeing former teammate and close friend Rob Brantly get traded: “I miss him to death, but I’m really happy for him, because it’s such a better opportunity for him there, just for the obvious factor that we have Alex Avila, who needs no introduction. And he did go to Miami.”
  • On working with Al Kaline on outfield play: “Not yet, but I know he’s coming. It means a lot, because I know they’re really serious about me being here if they’re going to go through all that to make sure that I’m prepared in right field.”
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