March 18th, 2013

Monday: Tigers at Nationals (updated with Berry injury)

It’s a hazy morning here in Viera, but that’s expected to let go for a sun-drenched afternoon. It should be a good test for Max Scherzer to stretch out his pitch count. Most of the regulars made the trip.

UPDATE: Quintin Berry was on the travel roster for this game and figured to get the start in center field, but he’s back in Lakeland getting treatment on his left knee for patellar tendinitis. Don Kelly is starting in center field. No, it’s not a sign for Quintin Berry’s health status after he left yesterday’s game with left knee soreness. On the flip side, if they’re willing to give Kelly a start in center field rather than simply start Andy Dirks there and play another guy in left, that isn’t bad for Kelly’s status heading into these final couple weeks.

Looks like we’re at the point where NL teams want to get their pitchers at-bats, but they’re willing to give AL teams the luxury of the DH.


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

P: Max Scherzer, Luis Marte, Brayan Villarreal, Bruce Rondon, Jose Ortega, Trevor Bell


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Jayson Werth, RF
  3. Bryce Harper, LF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  8. Wilson Ramos, C
  9. Jordan Zimmerman, P