Thursday: Tigers at Mariners
The only starter with a day off after Wednesday’s marathon is 37-year-old Torii Hunter. Don Kelly starts in right field in his place. Hunter is the only Tiger with more than a couple at-bats against M’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma, but he’s just 2-for-10 with two strikeouts off him.
Leyland debated whether to rest one of his middle infielders, but stuck with them.
“I wanted to post my lineup with [Brayan] Pena catching, but I didn’t have the heart,” Leyland joked.
- Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Andy Dirks, LF (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-2 off Iwakuma)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, K off Iwakuma)
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Don Kelly, RF
P: Justin Verlander
- Endy Chavez, CF (0-for-3, walk, K off Verlander)
- Jason Bay, RF (3-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Kendrys Morales, DH (7-for-18, HR, 5 K’s off Verlander)
- Michael Morse, LF (2-for-3 off Verlander)
- Justin Smoak, 1B (2-for-5, HR, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Kelly Shoppach, C (4-for-19, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s off Verlander)
- Dustin Ackley, 2B (1-for-3 off Verlander)
- Robert Andino, 3B (2-for-8, 2 K’s off Verlander)
- Brendan Ryan, SS (3-for-10, walk, 4 K’s off Verlander)
P: Hisashi Iwakuma