Friday: Tigers (with Santiago) vs. Mets

Ramon Santiago is in the Tigers lineup for the first time this spring after missing nearly two weeks with a strained right calf. He’ll get a few at-bats today against Mets starter Dillon Gee, but the bigger test for him will be at shortstop. He felt well going side to side on ground balls the last couple days, which was the last hurdle for the medical staff to clear him to play.

The Mets didn’t bring a ton of players from their projected Opening Day roster, but they did bring the venerable LaTroy Hawkins, a two-time teammate of Torii Hunter.

TIGERS

  1. Ramon Santiago, SS
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Brennan Boesch, LF
  5. Andy Dirks, CF
  6. Brayan Pena, C
  7. Don Kelly, 3B
  8. Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B
  9. Hernan Perez, 2B

P: Max Scherzer, Luke Putkonen, Phil Coke, Bruce Rondon, Jose Alvarez, Jose Ortega

METS

  1. Ruben Tejada, SS
  2. Jordany Valdespin, LF
  3. Colin Cowgill, CF
  4. Mike Baxter, RF
  5. Travis D’Arnaud, C
  6. Zach Lutz, 3B
  7. Andrew Brown, DH
  8. Brandon Hicks, 1B
  9. Brian Bixler, 2B

P: Dillon Gee, Josh Edgin, Germen Gonzalez, LaTroy Hawkins, Cory Mazzoni, Bobby Parnell, Hansel Robles

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