August 23rd, 2012

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

Interesting lineup against Verlander for the Blue Jays, who don’t have David Cooper available today. Moises Sierra starts at designated hitter, while speedy Anthony Gose returns to the lineup in right field, giving Toronto back-to-back speedsters with Gose ninth and Rajai Davis at leadoff. Opponents are 10-for-10 stealing bases off Verlander since May 8.

On the Tiger side, Alex Avila indeed does the night-day turnaround at catcher, batting ninth against J.A. Happ. Other than Andy Dirks and Jeff Baker flipping spots in the batting order, it’s the same lineup.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Colby Rasmus, CF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  4. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  5. Moises Sierra, DH
  6. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  7. Jeff Mathis, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, RF

P: J.A. Happ



Doug Fister out, Drew Smyly in for Saturday

Turns out the Tigers didn’t need to wait until the last minute to decide on Doug Fister. He has been officially scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Angels. Drew Smyly will start in his place.

Fister continues to be bothered by a right adductor strain in his groin. It will mark the third time this season that injuries have forced him to miss time.

The fact that the Tigers will wait until Friday night to make a roster move suggests they’re not expecting to have to put Fister on the disabled list. Feasibly, they could use next Monday’s off-day to move everybody up and push back the next spot until next Saturday. Practically, though, it would only make a day’s difference.

“We will obviously have to make a move at some point to get Smyly on the club so he can pitch Saturday,” Leyland said.