Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

How will the Tigers find playing time for both Andy Dirks, who was activated from the disabled list today, and Quintin Berry, you ask? This lineup shows how.

Jim Leyland cautioned he won’t be going strictly by the matchups when he fills out his lineup every day, but said it’s going to play a role. In tonight’s case, he said, he went with as many left-handed hitters as he could against Indians sidearming right-hander Justin Masterson.

On the Tribe side, Jason Kipnis is batting leadoff, with Shin-Shoo Choo moving back to the third spot. No Johnny Damon, who was designated for assignment today.

TIGERS

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

P: Anibal Sanchez

INDIANS

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Michael Brantley, CF
  6. Jose Lopez, DH
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Ezequiel Carrera, LF

P: Justin Masterson

16 Comments

Nice to see the DP combo of Infante & Santiago. They have worked well together before.

and a *little* younger than Trammell and Whitaker

And they need to take 2 of 3 from the Indians while the Angels take 2 of 3 from the WSox to start making this race closer.

Time to assert ourselves with a sweep and put the Tribe to rest.

Stupid Managerial Move #1: Berry allowed to swing away after a leadoff FREE PASS. How many times does Leyland allow this to happen?
I just don’t see the point of Berry not setting the table for Cabby and Fielder. We’d likey have a run if Leyland played ball like he knows he should.
Shame on him.

I like Ramon but not with a man on 3rd. He hits into way too many easy rollers. Can’t seem to find the green. Gotta have a bettr at bat with man on 3rd and less than 2 out.
Still ticked at Leyland for being so obtuse. Like to see a reporter (who had the temerity to question the lineup?) ask why he doesn’t play small ball and pressure the defense with QB.

I can’t believe this. Leyland is just plain stubborn. Yes they lucked out with a weak pop-up hit, but that is not the way you play the game.

Nice to see some good hitting from the boys. Feel bad about Kelly. If I had the call it would have been Rayburn.

Apparently hitting the top of the wall wasn’t good enough for Prince!. I bet I’m thinkin’ what a lot of people are. Is it finally starting to happen?

Yep, looks like Prince found his mojo.

The entire Lakeland OF has now been promoted to Erie.
Wilk somehow misses a lot of bats. High strikeout pitcher for Toledo.
Schlereth pitched to two batters tonight.
Sanchez has thrown quite nicely through 6. One more or will Leyland take him out early in this one rememberign the first one where he said he left him in too long.
Nice play, really nice play, by Cabby to close out the 6th.

It’s been awhile since we’ve witnessed a game like this. Whew!!!!

As good as advertised

Okay, one down and two to go. Young for Dirks tomorrow by way of matchup numbers. I sure like the way Andy swings a bat, nice and compact. Also makes the outfield more athletic. Would be nice to see Prince hit about 16 homers in August. Cabrera was raking tonight and continues to play a slick thirdbase. Won’t win a Gold Glove, but should by every reason that goes into awarding the thing. Hopefully this is the start of Omar’s bat waking up.
Looked like a very fun night at the ballpark. August is a good month in Michigan. Miss it.

Sixteen hits in one game. What are we coming to? The Comerica debut for Sanchez was very acceptable. He does have s solid changeup. That 41000+ bunch of Tiger fans surely got their money’s worth tonight. This might have been maybe the fourth breather all year long, where you can just sit back and enjoy the happenings. we are catching the Indians at a good downturn for us, not them. We need to be ready for Ubaldo; get ahead early, and stay away from the Indian pen. There were so many things that I like tonight, but I’ll give you my three best:
1. Our lefty hitters all had a great evening. Lot’s of well hit balls; good swings. Biggy shows again just what a good hitter he is.
2. Everyone top to bottom was on base(Starters); Ramon had two walks;everyone else had a least one hit. Same winning performance as the other night.
3. Downs’ Relief job. The guy is so quiet, I had forgotten about him, but he does a solid job when called on. He’ll probably be the odd man out, if Al Al gets back before September.

Miggy continues to be the best RH hitter in the game. Biggy decided to show a little power tonight. Dirks picked up right where he left off. We really missed him. Got to believe that Delmon is on the Waiver Wire. Savor the victory. Good night all!

Great way to start the homestand. Sanchez dealing and the hitters crushing the ball. Everyone contributed. Super lineup Mr. Leyland. Now we need Mr. Fister to throw some tornadic twisters that tie the Indians in knots. Go Tigers!!!

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