Tigers Opening Day lineup pretty well set, too

Those projections you’ve been seeing for a potential Tigers Opening Day lineup were pretty well on, assuming they face a right-handed pitcher on April 1 in Minnesota.

Jim Leyland confirmed his plans Thursday, the day before the Tigers begin their Spring Training games and just hours after Leyland announced his lineup for Friday’s Spring Training opener against the Braves. That’s really early to be announcing an Opening Day lineup, but considering how few positional battles they have, Leyland figured he’d get it out of the way now.

If the Tigers face a right-hander April 1 at Target Field, their batting order will look like this:

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

Again, it’s nothing that goes against what had already been projected.

“I even saw a few fans [online] who agreed with me on that,” Leyland joked.

If the Twins open with a lefty, such as Scott Diamond, Leyland will have a decision to make in left field, where he has been talking about looking for a right-handed hitting option. However, he could still end up starting Dirks.

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That is great to see Dirks playing LF and get to find out if he is an everyday player.

hard to second guess that lineup – Omar creates a little speed at the bottom of the lineup there

A few tweets but no pictures from this morning’s workout. My phone didn’t cooperate much as a camera. Pictures taken need big time editing. Beautiful day, 82 degrees.
@RafeSavage

Are you going to tomorrow’s game, Rich?

how graceful was Peralta, out there Rich? Can you confirm reports of “flowing and gliding”?

I see Castellanos starting if the pitcher is LH.

If Rondon makes the team he will FA before 19 and will be a supertwo. Same for Avisail . MLBTR
But they are not known for taking that in consideration

Can hardly wait to hear Dan & Jim’s voices tomorrow at 1:00pm. That’s a date!!

are you listening to it via the radio or mlbgameday audio – I don’t see it on mlbgameday audio :o

nvrmnd found it on mlbgameday audio

I’ll be at the first three games, and then four more over the following 8 days.
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You’ll have to ask JL about “flowing and gliding.” I saw live BP with Fister, Villarreal, Smyly, Lobstein and Alburqurque. Boesch took several turns in the cage but didn’t swing (oblique). Cabrera took some grounders alone at third and worked on charging and throwing to first on the move. Fielder took some low throws from Belliard and missed a couple. They ran some DP drills with the starting infielders plus Worth and Santiago. Anything else happened either out of my sight or before I got there.

BTW: peralta couldn’t flow and glide if he was on a Segway!

According to Henning, Porcello will have more stars during ST because he is being showcased.
And he really thinks that Porcello and Boesch could be part of a package for Andrus . No way, the Rangers will hang the phone

henning is drinking too much of the kool aid —> Below, Crosby, Hill and Putkonen aren’t any sort of safety net! lol!! Lobstein prolly won’t make camp.
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I’d rather have 6 starter pitchers (send drew to AAA or convert Rick to long man) than 2 short stops — all day. every day.

You’ve got that right.

or a platoon OF either. trade Porcello -> you’d better get some AAA starter help at least 1.
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furthermore Porcello needs defense – defense that probably will be poor at the beginning of the season. So that’s showcasing Rick is going to be tough.

I think a lot of people are selling Ricky P short. This guy can pitch.

When asked about the lineup for game two, Leyland said “Well, Pena will be behind the plate, but with the stiff competition for the other bench spots this spring, it is too early to pencil in that one.”

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