Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins
Jim Leyland said a few days ago that he planned on giving Torii Hunter the Saturday game off. He didn’t want to do it Wednesday against James Shields, and he sure wasn’t going to do it Friday against Twins lefty Scott Diamond. As promised, Hunter is out of the lineup. Don Kelly takes his place in right field, batting seventh.
The Twins welcome back Trevor Plouffe from the disabled list, but Josh Willingham (2-for-16 off Anibal Sanchez with seven strikeouts and eight walks) is off.
I took a chance with the small sample size and went with Jhonny Peralta on Beat the Streak. Andy Dirks would’ve been the true splits play, in hindsight. You can check out all the picks from MLB.com’s beat folks here.
Quick reminder that tonight’s game is on FOX, not FS Detroit as usual. If you’re stuck in a region getting another game (and there are about five regional games tonight), I wish I could help you. You can follow along online with Gameday, or listen to the broadcast here.
TIGERS (career numbers off Sam Deduno)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-5, HR, walk, K)
- Andy Dirks, LF (6-for-10)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-8, walk, K)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-4, 4 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-6, 2 walks, K)
- Don Kelly, RF (1-for-3, HR)
- Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-6, walk)
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-7, walk, 3 K’s)
P: Anibal Sanchez
TWINS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Clete Thomas, CF
- Joe Mauer, DH (5-for-12, walk, 3 K’s)
- Ryan Doumit, DH (3-for-14, walk, 7 K’s)
- Justin Morneau, 1B (3-for-14, walk, 2 K’s)
- Oswaldo Arcia, LF (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
- Trevor Plouffe, 3B (2-for-8, 2 K’s)
- Chris Parmelee, RF (1-for-10, walk, 3 K’s)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-7, 2 K’s)
- Pedro Florimon, SS (3-for-7, K)
P: Sam Deduno