February 22nd, 2013

Friday: Tigers at Braves (Happy Spring Training)

Gerald Laird played a big role in Rick Porcello’s development as a rookie in 2009, and caught him quite a bit again last year. Today, he gets to hit against the sinkerballer. He’s in the Braves starting lineup today, batting seventh eighth. So unless Porcello retires the side in order twice, he’ll face him.

Laird said during batting practice that he texted Porcello earlier in the week when he saw the pitching assignments. “I told him, ‘Don’t look at me in the batters box,'” Laird said. “You have a job to win.”


  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Avisail Garcia, RF
  9. Nick Castellanos, LF

P: Rick Porcello, Luis Marte, Luke Putkonen, Jose Ortega, Darin Downs, Jose Alvarez, Kenny Faulk.


  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. B.J. Upton, CF
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. Juan Francisco, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Blake DeWitt, DH

P: Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin, Cristhian Martinez