Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins
A night off for Torii Hunter means a night in the lineup for Avisail Garcia against a right-handed pitcher, Samuel Deduno. Don Kelly starts in center, with Garcia in right.
Deduno has pitched effectively against the Tigers, and he has pitched colossally bad, like someone averse to the strike zone. The trouble for the Twins tonight is that their bullpen has logged a lot of innings lately. If the Tigers wait out Deduno and try to run up his pitch count, and he can’t throw strikes, it could put the Twins in a really bad spot, not just for tonight but for Saturday afternoon.
As for the Tigers bullpen, the one guy on break tonight is Jose Valverde, who finished out the last three games. Joaquin Benoit will get the save opportunity if there is one. What happens against right-handed batters leading up to the ninth could be more interesting, with Leyland potentially mixing Jose Ortega and Luke Putkonen. It could also end up being a night when Anibal Sanchez gets a bigger pitch count.
The one Tiger with good numbers off Deduno is leadoff man Andy Dirks. Still, it’s tough to go against Cabrera in MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game, even though you know his run will end for a night at some point.
- Andy Dirks, LF (3-for-6 off Deduno)
- Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-4 off Deduno)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (1-for-5, walk, K off Deduno)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-3, 2 walks, K off Deduno)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-3, 2 walks, K off Deduno)
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-4, walk, K off Deduno)
- Don Kelly, CF
- Avisail Garcia, RF
P: Anibal Sanchez
- Jamey Carroll, 3B (3-for-9, 2 K’s off Sanchez)
- Joe Mauer, C (4-for-8, walk, K off Sanchez)
- Josh Willingham, DH (2-for-12, 8 walks, 5 K’s off Sanchez)
- Justin Morneau, 1B (3-for-10, walk off Sanchez)
- Oswaldo Arcia, LF (0-for-3, K off Sanchez)
- Chris Parmelee, RF (1-for-8, 3 K’s off Sanchez)
- Eduardo Escobar, SS
- Aaron Hicks, CF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s off Sanchez)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-5, 2 K’s off Sanchez)
P: Samuel Deduno