June 1st, 2013

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Orioles

ImageMatt Tuiasosopo has started twice against a right-handed starting pitcher. Today will be his third. With the small dimensions of Camden Yards and the hot air allowing the ball to carry, Jim Leyland decided to let him take aim for a few at-bats.

“I’m playing him today, hoping he runs into one with the friendlier confines,” Leyland said.

Tuiasosopo replaces Don Kelly, angling the lineup right-handed against Hammel. Avisail Garcia moves from right field to center.

No changes for the O’s against Justin Verlander.

Since the question is going to come up, Leyland will turn to Jose Valverde if he has a lead in the ninth. Though Leyland’s remarks reflected frustration over letting a game get away, they’re not changing course at closer anytime soon, especially with no obvious replacement ready.

Though the Tigers have a good history against Hammel, I’m sticking with Miguel Cabrera in Beat the Streak. You can look at other MLB.com beat writers’ picks here.

Though it’s a 4pm start today, the game is actually on Fox Sports Detroit, not FOX national. The FOX Saturday Game of the Week window today starts at 7pm, so this game was moved up. As usual, you can also listen on 97.1 FM and AM 1270 in Detroit. You can also watch online on MLB.TV or listen at MLB.com Gameday Audio, or track pitches online while you’re watching via Gameday.

TIGERS (with career numbers against Hammel)

  1. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-7)
  2. Andy Dirks, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-10)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (3-for-12, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-6)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (5-for-13, HR, walk, K)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2)
  8. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  9. Avisail Garcia, CF

P: Justin Verlander

ORIOLES (career numbers against Verlander)

  1. Nate McLouth, LF (0-for-5, walk, K)
  2. Manny Machado, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  3. Nick Markakis, RF (9-for-38, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Adam Jones, CF (1-for-21, walk, 7 K’s)
  5. Chris Davis, 1B (2-for-11, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Matt Wieters, C (3-for-14, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. J.J. Hardy, SS (4-for-25, walk, 6 K’s)
  8. Chris Dickerson, DH
  9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B (0-for-1, K)

P: Jason Hammel