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’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.

You can follow the game online via Gameday, watch online through MLB.TV or listen on Gameday Audio. Locally, you can watch on Fox Sports Detroit and listen on 97.1 FM AM 1270.


  1. Andy Dirks, LF (3-for-7, HR, K against Walters)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-2 against Walters)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (3-for-13, HR, 3 K’s against Walters)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-8, 2 HR, 3 walks against Walters)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-9, 3 K’s against Walters)
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-1 against Walters)
  9. Don Kelly, CF (0-for-6 against Walters)

P: Doug Fister


  1. Jamey Carroll, 2B (1-for-8, 3 K’s vs. Fister)
  2. Joe Mauer, C (4-for-23, 3 walks, 4 K’s vs. Fister)
  3. Josh Willingham, LF (5-for-18, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s vs. Fister)
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B (7-for-19, HR, 5 K’s vs. Fister)
  5. Chris Colabello, DH
  6. Chris Parmelee, RF (1-for-2, walk, K vs. Fister)
  7. Wilkin Ramirez, CF
  8. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
  9. Pedro Florimon, SS (0-for-3 vs. Fister)

P: P.J. Walters


Twins have lost ten in a row. They’re not going to just keep doing this.
Meanwhile, I hope we get to see Jose Feliciano sing the anthem on the pregame show. I was there when he did it in 1968. Prettiest rendition of the anthem I’ve ever heard, and that includes my own version which I’m kind of partial to. 😉

Do you think Gardy is on the hot seat????

Jason, just trying to save you some work here. Type in this example “TIGERS AGAINST WALTERS” then don’t type ‘against Walters’ several more times below. Homer info is nice to know but don’t really care about the K’s and walks. Oh, and on the Pitcher line I would like to know their won-loss record and ERA against the opponent of the day. Never gambling just curious!!!!!!!!!!. Keep up the good work. March forward. Go get’em. Gooooooooooo Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got it. I just cut and paste that anyway.

All sport channels with the Euro Cup. No baseball until the soccer game ends. Who would say?
It was HR?

Pretty sure that was a homer but the cameras they use for replay are laughable. Come on, MLB, do it correctly or not at all.

Are the twins stealing signs? 3 hits on 2 strike counts against fister. Thats crazy!

The first pitch was perfect to swing. You know that after a coaching visit to the mound the pitcher will go for the zone

QS with a chance to win

Bats went to sleep

If Kelly had not started, he could have been inserted as a PR here in the 9th for Pena.

At least then the process of manufacturing a run to tie could/might take hold.

And that is exactly the process that needs to occur when the bats go to “sleep” as ElTigre said.

Well, they just gave ’em that one. Nobody worked their ABs today. Now they have to work to avoid the split. No-hitter hangover? Bases loaded early for Dirks was the turning point and he swung at everything.

I mentioned previously about this desire of our guys to make superstars out of wannabees. Today’s game is a perfect example. We turned PJ into Nolan Ryan. The guy was throwing 9-12 pitches per inning until the fifth and 6th. Absolutely no plate discipline. Looks ominous for Alex. Brayan acquits himself every time he starts. Hopefully Mad Max can continue his mastery on the mound and we can get the series in spite of today. Had to search hard for three things to like, but here we go:
1. Our pitching staff gave us a tremendous opportunity to win. When your opponent can’t score after the first inning, and they only have three runs, the leading hitting team should have score four.
2. Phil Coke finally has a very good outing. It’s the best he’s looke all year, and the results did matter.
3. Peralta continues to play over his head, and has been the biggest surprise so far in 2013.

I wish someone could explain this thing about rolling over for the wannabees. For the life of me, I just don’t get it. Good night all!

Well Greg, let me explain then. The Twins staff is pretty much all “wannabees.” The issue is not “rolling over,” it is just baseball and adjusting to the ebb and flo of the sport. The first 2 games, the Tigers scored 13 runs. Today, the bats went to “sleep.” Since bats never stay awake all the time, it became time to adjust and manufacture runs in the hopes the pitching staff could keep the good guys in the game. The bottom line is it is impossible to score a steady 6 plus runs per game, but it is possible to adjust to different situations. Even then, even JL and the Tigers cannot win them all.

Not bad Richard. Perhaps a new career with Fox sports lies ahead.

Not sure what that means.

And you know, I have often said I like your stuff. So, whatever I said was not meant disrespectfully.

A perfectly sensible explanation. No offense taken; none meant to be given.

A mercy win is all I kept thinking. Ever have your computer crash. Not fun. I almost went crazy today, but my nice neighbor hooked me up and it’s almost like new!

Funny you should mention that. I didn’t know Sanchez had a no-hitter going until the 6th inning because I was busy fixing my wife’s laptop.
I thought the Tiger hitters didn’t grind their ABs today as well as they have been, and they’ve been doing a good job of that for the most part so far this year. The big AB of the game, IMO, was Dirks with the bases loaded and two out in the 2nd inning. The first pitch was a very questionable strike one call. The second was an excellent breaking ball that he swung over top of. Then Andy went way out of the zone to swing and miss the third pitch. Entire games turn on these things.
I assumed the Twins would win one of these games, but I don’t think today should have been it. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

We lost, 3-2. The evil score. Last season was just bizarre. How can a team that wins the division play seventeen games that end with the score 3-2?? We won seven and lost ten of them. Justin Verlander pitched in seven games that ended 3-2!! He was 3-0 in such games and the Tigers won six of seven of these starts of his . Anibal Sanchez had the only other 3-2 win for a starter. The first eight games of September we lost FOUR of them by the score 3-2!!! Impossible. Fold the tent and go home. Just not our year. And yet we hung around by dominating the White Sox and won the division by going 8-2 the final ten games while the White Sox went
3-7. Flash forward to 2013 and we have played two games ending with the evil score. We have lost both of them to the Twins. Watch for the next one. Who wins it?? Go Tigers!!!!!

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