Thursday’s lineup: Tigers at White Sox

Jim Leyland said Wednesday he was probably going to start Delmon Young in left field rather than put Avisail Garcia in left, a spot he hasn’t played much, on the road. Whether it’s the weather conditions or an easier setup to pinch-hit with Dirks or the misadventures Young has had here before, Leyland changed course and moved Garcia, who will start in left for the first time in his pro career.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-9, 3 K’s off Sale)
  5. Delmon Young, DH (3-run HR off Sale Sept. 2)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Avisail Garcia, LF
  8. Brennan Boesch, RF (2-for-8, 2 HR, 5 K’s off Sale)
  9. Gerald Laird, C (3-for-5, HR off Sale)

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Alejandro De Aza, LF (3-for-7, 2 HR off Verlander this year)
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B (1-for-12, 6 K’s off Verlander this year)
  3. Dewayne Wise, CF (7-for-19 off Verlander)
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B (9-for-55, 16 K’s off Verlander)
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Dayan Viciedo, DH (0-for-9, 3 K’s off Verlander)
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS (11-for-50 off Verlander)
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Chris Sale


Huh? That doesn’t make sense. Dirks PH for Garcia, Dirks would just go to LF and Boesch back to RF if Brennan had started in LF. Boesch has played LF. This is another inexplicable decision unless someone can explain it to me. I do get tired this time of day.

I go Dirks over Garcia in a heartbeat. Sale’s splits are like 30pt difference.

Well, this ought to be an adventure.

Better for AG to be in RF.

Looks to me like they can get in about an hour or so of baseball. Once they stop it, they won’t be able to start it again. To be fair to all parties, I wouldn’t start it at all. They can play Monday, either afternoon or evening. And since I said this, you can bet they’ll try to play it tonight.

Last double edge sword game of the year. Very important. We are facing a very tough pitcher. This lineup has to click from the get go. We need another early KO. No Prisoners. It’s the White Sox tonight. Next up the Indians.

This just in …. Ventura has already changed his bat boy twice during warmups😀
JV needs to be an ace tonight.
Go Tigers.
— Bob

Lmao! Nice!

Well I fully expect Chicago to figure out a way to screw us over with the weather, it’s Williams mo.

No wait, the White Sox have brought in their rainy day GM specialist.

And the thousands of people in the park are leaving and being replaced by fans in rain gear. They’re using every matchup they can find. Leyland says he doesn’t believe in any of it.

LOL … I am in stitches.
— Bob

Really talking about how theyll start it but it will get stopped…or something.

Just read a rather disturbing post concerning Infante and his “professional courtesy.” It just seems wrong to advocate that kind of violence in the name of a baseball game.

By CM on Beck’s previous post concerning Scherzer’s stinginess.

We get that kind of post from time to time, Richard. Fortunately it’s rare. We usually do a good job here of subscribing to the belief that baseball players are people too.

Putting the same lineup out three games running was asking too much. Never saw Dirks being dropped and Boesch playing.
Andy’s OBP are:
Overall – .375 (5th best on team)
Lefties – .379 (4th best on team and higher than against righties)
Night games – .424 (day .307) Best on team
1st Inning – .444 only behind Prince’s .464 for over 20 AB’s.
Ryan said just before his start that he was only 75% right and unable to push off. Seems boxing and baseball medical staff have the same rubber stamping role.

Does the rainout give us a chance for having the same lineup for five games in a row??? Do we pitch Fister or Scherzer against Chicago on Monday???

Yeah, I stated my concern Monday when I heard Raburn had said that. No way did he sound ready to play that night. I’m also becoming worried about Avila and all these shots to the head. I watch a lot of baseball and nobody is taking this many head blows on a consistent basis. There can be long term effects from this. I’d really urge that his PT be cut, just a little tiny bit.

Wait til Monday.

Oh well bummer!

This may work out for the best. Max could throw the Monday game and now Cleveland will have to face JV As it stood they would have not had to face JV or Max.
The other thing this does is wipe out the mistake JL made in throwing Benoit yesterday.

Get Ready!!! Get Ready!!! Cause here we go. We now have twenty games in a row!!!!!

shoot – just got home and had DVR’s the first part because I was expecting a gem. Guess I can go to bed early tonight – we need alot of wins this weekend…

Good call not to start this one. I see that MLB makes that decision in this type of situation. I doubt either team wanted to burn their ace anyway. Fister to start on Monday. This was good.
We just killed the time watching a DVR’d episode of Wipeout. I blame Tom Gage of the News for this. He said he liked the show as a guilty pleasure and if he liked it, I knew I would too. It’s on the record list ever since.
Now the Tigers have to scrap hard in the Cleveland series, something they haven’t done a good job of to date. No looking ahead. Play it like it’s the postseason because, for all intents and purposes, it is.

There are 20 games remaining. 1/8th remaining. (Makes it sound like a lot……..which it is actually.)
Staying with the present 5 man rotation, (and with Verlander pitching next), each pitcher would cycle through 4 times with Scherzer finishing the season in KC. Fister would be scheduled to pitch Monday vs. Sox. As you suggested Dan, I guess you could pitch Scherzer Monday and he’d have 5 days rest. How does this affect the rest of the rotation? There are no more off days. If it rains will there be double headers?

If there’s a rainout of the last game of a series, I don’t know what they do. Selig didn’t leave much if any room for that contingency if a division tiebreaker is required on Oct 4th. Hoping against the worst case scenario is the best way to assure that it happens.

I agree Fister is fine for Monday. #1, 4, and 5 for Cleveland. Scherzer Verlander and Sanchez vs Oakland. And finishing the season with Max ain’t bad either. But strange twists could still happen. Like a AAA callup pitching game 163.

Fister will be fine but I thought they might go with Max.
Disappointment for Avisail tonight.

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