Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins
Third start in four games for Brayan Pena, and his second of the week against a right-handed starter. But given Alex Avila’s 0-for-8 history against P.J. Walters, it makes a lot sense. That said, Don Kelly is 0-for-6 off Walters, and he’s starting in center field.
Walters is one of those pitchers who has had more success against Miguel Cabrera (3-for-13, HR) than Prince Fielder (5-for-8, 2 HR, 3 walks). Fielder and Andy Dirks (3-for-7) both make for good matchups in MLB.com’s Beat the Streak contest.
On the Twins side, minor-league journeyman Chris Colabello gets his second Major League start, this time at DH. His path to the big leagues included a few weeks in the Tigers farm system after signing out of a tryout camp in 2006. Wilkin Ramirez, who spent a lot more time in the Tigers system, starts in center.
- Andy Dirks, LF (3-for-7, HR, K against Walters)
- Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-2 against Walters)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (3-for-13, HR, 3 K’s against Walters)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-8, 2 HR, 3 walks against Walters)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-9, 3 K’s against Walters)
- Brayan Pena, C
- Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-1 against Walters)
- Don Kelly, CF (0-for-6 against Walters)
P: Doug Fister
- Jamey Carroll, 2B (1-for-8, 3 K’s vs. Fister)
- Joe Mauer, C (4-for-23, 3 walks, 4 K’s vs. Fister)
- Josh Willingham, LF (5-for-18, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s vs. Fister)
- Justin Morneau, 1B (7-for-19, HR, 5 K’s vs. Fister)
- Chris Colabello, DH
- Chris Parmelee, RF (1-for-2, walk, K vs. Fister)
- Wilkin Ramirez, CF
- Eduardo Escobar, 3B
- Pedro Florimon, SS (0-for-3 vs. Fister)
P: P.J. Walters