Monday: Tigers at Marlins

The Marlins have lefty Wade LeBlanc starting today, so Matt Tuiasosopo gets the start in left. Kevin Russo gets the start in right, with Torii Hunter at DH with Victor Martinez off. Russo has quietly been enjoying a solid spring (though not likely one that will land him on the club out of camp, especially with a 1-for-14 walk-to-strikeout rate).

Former Tigers prospect Rob Brantly gets the start behind the plate. He has been having a solid spring in Marlins camp and is in position to serve as Miami’s regular catcher. Good to see. He’ll be hitting fifth today, right behind ex-Tiger Placido Polanco.

Reminder: Today’s game is on Fox Sports Detroit live starting at 1pm ET, and on delay on MLB Network beginning at 5pm ET.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, DH
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Omar Infante, 2B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Brayan Pena, 1B
  9. Kevin Russo, RF

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Wilson Valdez, 2B
  2. Chris Coghlan, LF
  3. Mike Stanton, RF
  4. Placido Polanco, 3B
  5. Rob Brantly, C
  6. Justin Ruggiano, CF
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Wade LeBlanc, P


love polanco

is Polanco hitting cleanup one of those spring training quirks or does Miami plan for him to hit there during regular season?
also noticed the Tigers have a DH and Miami doesn’t. is that right?

tis right sir, that happens sometimes during interleague ST games. Just goes to show you how little the score is at the end of the game, hah.


MIL signs Lohse. Which is great, because the angels can’t sign him now.

Yeah, the Angels staff could have used him. By the way, Fister looks absolutely great compared to Weaver this spring.

Which day this week do the Tigers have to announce their intentions with Don Kelly?

it’s an ole fashion ambush here in the 1st! i’d feel bad for the poor soft toss’n screwball pitcher but he’s a lefty.

No walks even if hit hard. So Smyly, long reliever.( Expecting that does not ruin him like Below was rusting in the bench)

Luke Putkonen, with runners at 1st and 3rd and no outs, did shut the door with no one scoring.

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