March 22nd, 2013

Friday: Tigers at Nationals

Nearly all the Tigers regulars are going on the Sunday-Monday overnight trip to Port St. Lucie and Jupiter, so Victor Martinez and Prince Fielder are the only regulars today. However, the starting outfield has three candidates to make the roster — Tuiasosopo in left, Berry in center, Kelly in right. They’ll all get to face Stephen Strasburg at Space Ghost, er, Coast Stadium.

TIGERS

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Don Kelly, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Brayan Pena, C
  6. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  7. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  8. Danny Worth, SS
  9. Kevin Russo, 3B

P: Drew Smyly, Brayan Villarreal, Jose Alvarez, Phil Coke

NATIONALS

  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. Kurt Suzuki, C
  9. Stephen Strasburg, P

Villarreal has quietly been having a very good spring, which could be a saving grace for Leyland after he was clearly frustrated about Al Alburquerque’s outing last night. Coke, meanwhile, has alternated good outings with four-hit innings over his last four appearances, though the second of them featured a couple hits that could have been handled better.

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