March 7th, 2013

Thursday: Tigers at Braves

Brennan Boesch makes his first big league start of the spring in left field tonight. With left field taken, Jeff Kobernus gets another start at second. Jim Leyland suggested he could move Kobernus from second to left midgame at some point in the coming days to get him some much-needed time in left, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see that this evening.

Victor Martinez is back in the lineup at DH, but with left-handers Jonny Venters and Luis Avilan on the pitching list for the Braves, Leyland warned that he’ll lift Martinez again if his spot comes up against a lefty.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, LF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Andy Dirks, RF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Jeff Kobernus, 2B

P: Drew Smyly, Kyle Lobstein, Joaquin Benoit, Brayan Villarreal, Duane Below, Trevor Bell


  1. Reed Johnson, DH
  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. Tyler Pastornicky, SS
  9. Gerald Laird, C

P: Julio Teheran, Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan, Anthony Varvaro, Aaron Northcraf