Thursday’s lineups: Tigers (with Kelly) at Twins

Don Kelly becomes the first player off the Tigers bench to get a start. Dirks was one of two Tigers starters hitless after two games, joining Victor Martinez. Jim Leyland said this morning that if he’s starting Kelly today because it’s his one chance this week to get him some at-bats and try to keep his bat somewhat fresh. Leyland will start his regular lineup for the home opener Friday.

“That’s a no-brainer,” Leyland said. “Dirks is gonna play tomorrow and the next day, and you’ve got a left-hander Sunday, so now [Kelly] will be sitting too long [otherwise]. Dirks is fine. That’s just that you want to get him in there.”

Leyland decided to keep the batting order the same. If he wanted to keep his lefty-righty sequence the same, his one option would’ve been to move Alex Avila up to sixth and slot Kelly eighth.

For comparison’s sake, Kelly started in one of the Tigers’ first 12 games last year. Not sure if this marks any change, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Leyland tried to mix in Kelly and Ramon Santiago every so often early to try to keep some rust off.

The Twins lineup has one change, with Jamey Carroll starting in place of Brian Dozier, who is 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs off Rick Porcello.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-2 off Mike Pelfrey)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-6, double off Pelfrey)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-8, 4 walks off Pelfrey)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-11, double, HR, 5 RBIs off Pelfrey)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-2, double, walk off Pelfrey)
  6. Don Kelly, LF (0-for-2, walk off Pelfrey)
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-2, walk off Pelfrey)
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2 off Pelfrey)
  9. Omar Infante, 2B (15-for-28, triple, 3 RBIs off Pelfrey)

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS

  1. Aaron Hicks, CF
  2. Joe Mauer, C (6-for-24, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs off Porcello)
  3. Josh Willingham, LF (5-for-8, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs off Porcello)
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B (4-for-23, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBIs off Porcello)
  5. Ryan Doumit, DH (4-for-7, 2 doubles off Porcello)
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (3-for-13 off Porcello)
  7. Chris Parmelee, RF
  8. Jamey Carroll, 2B (6-for-17 off Porcello)
  9. Pedro Florimon, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey

37 Comments

i thinking OK that makes sense, until of course i see where don is batting. then i freakout.

Here we go again. The inexplicable world of Jumble Jim Leyland. Dirks goes hitless, and granted he hasn’t looked on his game, and JL puts his fav in. All the hype by DD of Dirks being the LFer, all the rhetoric and implications of JL that he isn’t “fit” for the job and has to “be watched”. Coming into play in the very 1st days of the young season.

looking forward to seeing if Porcello can carry momentum from spring training into the regular season

Well Leyland has his momentum going. “We couldn’t give him the run support, but I think that’s something that’s common at the start of the season. We’re a good-hitting team, but it takes some time to get in sync offensively.”
Teams like Boston, Atlanta and the Mets, to name a few, don’t seem to be out of sync.

Well, Donnie is a pretty good fielder Still, I know who would have caught that ball yesterday

What we might all be forgetting I believe andy was have some issues towards the end of spring training……maybe something is bothering him especially in the cold weather? Or maybe since Kelly was hot towards the end of spring training it might be a good idea to get a hotter bat in the lineup….it certianly can’t be any worse. But Leyland never said that andy was going to play every game, he said it would be more of a platoon thing
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Let’s hope the pitcher stop giving free passes…that will help. Second most

Dirks hit over .320 last year. Dirks was named the starting left-fielder. Dirks is the reason a trade wasn’t made to find an everday LF’er. Dirks is the reason that Castellanos and Garcia are still being groomed.
After 2 games he gets benched for another LHB??
JL manages with a chip on his shoulder. He manages players according to his comments about them to the media. He gets fixated on his own opinions and seems intent on making them happen. He is one lovable SOC!!!
Now let me back up a bit and try to protect myself here.
1) I don’t think JL is in a very enviable position as far as this bull-pen is concerned. I don’t think anyone can be expected to manage that situation effectively, given the personnel we have.
2) I think JL is a good fit for this ball team when the players start to win and play cohesively due to their own abilities.
3) I think JL loses more games than he wins with his in-game strategy (and truthfully those games amount to very few over the course of a season)

that last point by slowbryne is a good one. getting upset about these decisions is silly.
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The elephant in the room, that i haven’t seen mentioned in particular is how are the BIG DOGS doing? Cabby: 2-9 with 3RBIs, Prince: 2-8 with 1RBI, Victor: 0-7 with 0RBIs. 1 walk amongst them.

I don’t recall anything but Leyland saying he has to “watch” Andy and that he would get a day off sometimes against a particularly “tough” LHP. Something Pelfrey most certainly is not.

Well, yes. The platoon thing was mentioned before spring training and was put to rest by Leyland, probably when he realized we weren’t getting another leftfielder. Dirks is the starter, although it looks like he’ll be “Santiago’d.”
Probably what is bothering people is he went straight to Kelly, even though Tuiasosopo hit RH pitching very well.
That’s how it looks, anyway.

Another reason the offense has left us: Our lefties (Alex, Dirks, Prince, Vmart) have gone 3 for 28.

By the way, anyone who thinks Berry would have gotten to that ball yesterday may not realize that Dirks gets better jumps than Quintin. They just messed up the play.

QB would have caught it. It’s in his DNA I’d bet my life on it.

while athletically I think QB could have gotten to it – i think QB has overall poor communication with his other fielding-mates out there.

We just have differing opinions. Right? :-)

I think Ryan Raburn gets that ball Rich. (Sorry, don’t know how to do those winking or tongue-in-cheek smiling faces)

colon dash right parens

semi colon for the wink. There’s just all kinds of information here! ;-)

but not before delmon wouldda gotta to that ball

delmon would have still been running to the ball. jk. wonder if delmon has played the field yet this year?

Already Shannon and C-Mo are discussing Dirk’s durability. :-)
I’m testing ;-)

Thanks, Rich. :-)

:-) Well I must say that there were times with Ryan going after a difficult ball (and sometimes not-so-difficult) that I thought it just as likely that he would make the catch with his gaping mouth as with his glove.

we just jose valverde to a minor league deal

Lord have mercy He’s in the minors, probably to check him out.

>:)

OMG!!!!!
Tigers Sign Jose Valverde
By Tim Dierkes [April 4 at 11:24am CST]
The Tigers signed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league deal, tweets Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN. Valverde, a client of the Boras Corporation, is the last of our Top 50 Free Agents to sign, and the only one to receive a minor league deal

the only downside to this would be if rondon has to share time with him in toledo.
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otherwise i think ole DD won this battle

Freep Tigers ‏@freeptigers
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Dombrowski said Valverde must show better spit-finger pitch than last year. Without it, he is a one-pitch pitcher (fastball).

Dan Dickerson ‏@Dan_Dickerson
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#Tigers looked at Valverde this past wknd, apparently showed better velocity and – importantly – that he could throw splitter….

With the splitter he was dominant. The problems are many though with him. Not the least of perpetually keeping his team out of a double play. (Such as it is)

i agree – maybe this time around he will correct those things. If he held guys on, didn’t do his dance, didn’t pitch like crap in non-save situations…he’ll be our best friend…doesn’t sound like much to ask to me!

To me this is at least hopeful news…… And great news if he shows he is healthy and can throw all his pitches.

Maybe he can teach Rondon how tho throw a splitter! Then, this might be an opportune signing ;-)

Wow!!! I might get to see Papa Grande in Louisville this weekend!!

JIM PRICE SUCKS! its bad enough we have to hear him slop on his cough drop every 5 seconds. but did you just hear what he said??? “that pitch was right down the poop shoot”. he is terrible, i dont care if he was a bench warmer on the ’68 team. he ruins every home run call by dickerson by saying “wow” right after the ball is hit. but that damn cough drop that he slops on all day is just so irritating. feel bad for the class act in dan dickerson.

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