Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers
The Tigers go back to their standard lineup (sans Austin Jackson) for the showdown with Yu Darvish. Don Kelly returns to center field, batting eighth.
Keep in mind as you watch Justin Verlander tonight: He said yesterday that he did some “fine-tuning” between starts after his struggles with fastball command doomed him last Saturday against the Indians, but the work was no major adjustment by his standards.
“Just trying to get my body in sync,” Verlander said Wednesday.
With the routine he maintains between starts, especially when he’s on normal rest, any major side work mechanically would be out of the ordinary for him.
“It’s never anything major with me,” he said. “Just fine-tuning.”
- Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-3, walk, K vs. Darvish)
- Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-18, HR, walk, 6 K’s vs. Darvish)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s vs. Darvish)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-6, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s vs. Darvish)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-7, 2 walks, 4 K’s vs. Darvish)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-9, K vs. Darvish)
- Don Kelly, CF (1-for-3 vs. Darvish)
- Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-3, K vs. Darvish)
P: Justin Verlander
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-30, 6 walks, 8 K’s off Verlander)
- Elvis Andrus, SS (4-for-22, walk, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Lance Berkman, DH (1-for-3, 3 walks, K off Verlander)
- Adrian Beltre, 3B (12-for-41, HR, 9 K’s off Verlander)
- Nelson Cruz, RF (4-for-21, 2 HR, 6 K’s off Verlander)
- Mitch Moreland, 1B (2-for-12, walk, 7 K’s off Verlander)
- Geovany Soto, C (0-for-3, K off Verlander)
- David Murphy, LF (7-for-22, 2 walks, 5 K’s off Verlander)
- Leonys Martin, CF
P: Yu Darvish