Thursday: Tigers at Rays (updated with lineup changes)

After six straight games to start off Spring Training, Victor Martinez gets a day off as Jim Leyland tries to split up his roster for trips to Port Charlotte and Port St. Lucie the next couple days. The Port Charlotte trip includes Austin Jackson, Omar Infante, Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta, who comprise the top half of the batting order today. It also includes Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, who will be the corner outfielders against Rays lefty Matt Moore the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

Matt Moore was the originally scheduled starter today. Once Carmona was entered, the Tigers changed their lineup to put Tyler Collins in right field and Don Kelly at first base. And yes, playing matchups in an early spring game is a little odd. Moore is listed on the game notes as scheduled to pitch today, but won’t be starting.

On the Rays side, Luke Scott — who boasts 10 home runs in 96 regular-season plate appearances against the Rays for his career — gets the start in right field. Somehow, Detroit held him to 0-for-11 with four strikeouts in three games last year.

Don’t read too much into Curt Casali at DH. Leyland said when games started that he would be trying to


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 1B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Alex Avila, C
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Tyler Collins, RF
  7. Omar Infante, 2B
  8. Nick Castellanos, LF
  9. Curt Casali, DH

P: Anibal Sanchez, Trevor Bell, Luis Marte, Jose Alvarez, Kenny Faulk, Ryan Robowski, Darin Downs


  1. Ben Zobrist, DH
  2. Kelly Johnson, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Luke Scott, RF
  5. Yunel Escobar, SS
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Sam Fuld, CF

P: Matt Moore Roberto Hernandez, Matt Moore, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, Cesar Ramos, Jamey Wright


Off Topic:
How does Koji Uehara “make” (I almost said earn) $4.25 million and Fernando Rodney makes $2.5?

good point. Heck raburn got paid 2 million to get a negative WAR. VV made 9M and couldn’t hold a single base runner all year!
On another note, i’m excited to see how Sanchez, Marte and Downs pitch today! And Don Kelly – because fellas….I hate to say it but I’m starting to think old DON will be going north with us this year!

would have no problem with Kelly on the bench. poor hitter, but is solid in other phases of the game. won’t make mental mistakes, runs bases well, position versatility, solid defender. not a guy you’d want to play everyday in case of injury to starter, but ok in limited role. won’t hurt the team’s chances of winning unless he’s at bat with game on the line (and he’s even “run into one” in clutch situations in past).

Leyland gets some fan criticism for tinkering too much with the lineup. his maneuvers pale in comparison to Rays’ Maddon who had 151 different lineups last season, used most pinch hitters in the league, and had Jeff Keppinger hit cleanup at times.

And Peña batting 189 in the second spot

JP is a DP machine so far this spring.

Marte throwing well again. I think he was going to make the 25 man last year until an injury. Makes it interesting. Marte, AA and Villarael. DD might have to make a trade before this season starts. Dirks’ injury is allowing Castellanos to make a big impression. I do think we are going to see a surprise before all is said and done.

Another FC for Kobernus. Time for the dude to run. Isn’t that what they want to see from him?

Too late–Machado singles.

And yes, playing matchups in an early spring game is a little odd.. If Garcia is not allowed to bat vs LHP ,how they will know if he can?


I like Garcia and hope we keep him but I have a feeling he is going to be dealt.

“Trying to get that matchup platoon can lead to overmanaging. i know because i was guilty of in now,and again”

From .Weaver on Strategy:The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team
He also dismissed the need for a LOOGY

What is the contingency plan if the Peralta “issue” becomes an issue?

which issue is that?

Bosch Clinic PED.

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