June 14th, 2013

Friday: Tigers at Twins

I’m off this weekend, but as usual, I’ll try to post the lineups here. In the case of Friday’s series opener, it includes Austin Jackson back atop the batting order.

One other interesting change: Alex Avila, not Brayan Pena, is catching tonight with left-hander Scott Diamond on the mound for the Twins. Avila will bat ninth.

On the Twins side, former Tiger Clete Thomas is starting in center field with Aaron Hicks on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

TIGERS (career numbers off Diamond)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-18, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (10-for-19, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-14, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-11, K)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (4-for-18, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Matt Tuiasosopo, RF (1-for-5)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-10, HR)
  9. Alex Avila, C (1-for-3, 2 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Jamey Carroll, 3B (9-for-22, walk)
  2. Joe Mauer, C (9-for-30, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Ryan Doumit, RF (4-for-13, walk, K)
  4. Josh Willingham, DH (7-for-13, 2 HR, 4 walks, K)
  5. Justin Morneau, 1B (7-for-29, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
  7. Clete Thomas, CF
  8. Brian Dozier, 2B (3-for-8, HR, K)
  9. Pedro Florimon, SS (1-for-3)

P: Scott Diamond

Tigers sign top pick, 18 other selections

The Tigers have agreed to terms with top pick Jonathon Crawford, the former University of Florida right-hander who went 20th overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft.

The deal had been expected, both for the spot where Crawford was drafted and its accompanying draft slot. Terms weren’t announced, but the 20th overall selection carried a slot of $2,001,700.

Most likely, Crawford will report to short-season Class A Connecticut. Tigers VP of amateur scouting David Chadd said last week that he expected Crawford and the other pitchers they selected on the first day of the draft — right-hander Corey Knebel from the University of Texas went with the 39th overall selection, while Vanderbilt left-hander Kevin Ziomek went with the 58th pick — to begin their careers there. Neither Knebel nor Ziomek have signed yet.

The Tigers announced deals with 18 other selections from the draft Friday, but none earlier than the fifth-round selection. Among the other signings:

  • 5th rounder Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech
  • 6th rounder Calvin Drummond, RHP, Arizona Christian
  • 8th rounder Zach Reininger, RHP, Hill (TX) JC
  • 10th rounder Kasey Coffman, CF, Arizona State
  • 12th rounder Dominic Ficociello, 3B, Arkansas
  • 13th rounder Austin Green, C, Univ. of San Diego
  • 14th rounder Ben Verlander, OF, Old Dominion
  • 16th rounder Duncan McAlpine, C, Dallas Baptist
  • 18th rounder Jonathan Maciel, RHP, Cal State Long Beach
  • 19th rounder Austin Pritcher, RHP, The Citadel
  • 21st rounder Curt Powell, SS, Georgia
  • 25th rounder Johnnie Kirkland, RHP, Southeastern
  • 27th rounder Joe Mantiply, LHP, Virginia Tech
  • 28th rounder Scott Sitz, RHP, Florida State
  • 30th rounder Ryan Beck, LHP, New Mexico State
  • 31st rounder Brett Huber, RHP, Mississippi
  • 32nd rounder Tanner Bailey, RHP, Mississippi
  • 40th rounder Taylor Johnson, 2B, St. Edwards

Jackson activated from DL, Garcia to Toledo

After a month on the disabled list, Austin Jackson is back in the Tigers lineup. The team recalled him from his rehab assignment and activated him from the DL on Friday ahead of the series opener against the Twins.

Avisail Garcia, who filled in at center field and eventually became close to an everyday presence in the Tigers lineup, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room. He batted .288 (19-for-66) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs with the Tigers.

For now, Garcia’s move down preserves the mix of Andy Dirks and Matt Tuiasosopo in left field.