Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

I’m not with the team in Tampa Bay this weekend, but I’m posting the lineups, including this one that reportedly has a day off for Andy Dirks. Don Kelly gets the start in left field over a slumping Avisail Garcia.

No history for Tigers hitters against Alex Colome, so the rule of thumb for Beat the Streak applies: When in doubt, pick Cabrera. In this case, I’m putting my MLB beat writer best 12-game streak (I finally passed up Steve Gilbert) on the line with him.

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  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Don Kelly, LF
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Brayan Pena, C

P: Max Scherzer

RAYS (career numbers off Scherzer)

  1. Matt Joyce, LF (2-for-13, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Desmond Jennings, CF (1-for-9, 4 K’s)
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B (1-for-12, 2 walks, K)
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B (2-f0r-11, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (5-for-17, HR, walk, K)
  6. Wil Myers, RF
  7. Luke Scott, DH (2-for-9, walk, K)
  8. Jose Lobaton, C (0-for-5, 3 K’s)
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS (11-for-28, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)

P: Alex Colome



Reed to Toledo
“Rondon back, but not to close – “sixth or seventh inning, maybe the eighth” – said Leyland” @tom_gage

The other post was updated already by Beck about Reed.

Help me out here. 3 long fly balls to LF. MC homerun. PF and VM outs. Someone mentioned that PF is not pulling the ball to RF. Is it because he seems to be swinging late on pitches? I’ve seen him hit to LF a lot. Sometimes a hit but seldom a homerun.

In Prince’s first at bat the pitch was a fastball on the outer half, it appeared he with with the pitch which was good hitting. Pulling that pitch, he likely grounds out to 2nd. The next two at bats he pulled the ball that was on the inner half. His at bats last night were great and hopefully is a sign of him getting out of his slump.

Have a feeling this is going to be a special night.

Going to LF to avoid the shift? If so, wrong move. He will get a lot of singles but no HR

I have never wanted to see a pitcher win as much as tonight. Great pitcher & great person. Go Max.

Donny K sure likes that 1st pitch.
Nice to see Max dealing again.
Miggy never ceases to amaze.

Time to call the bullpen

Are we all just holding our breath? 4-3. Light a candle!

Hunter needs some rest.

Miggy is beyond awesome! Pure joy to watch.

Sure wish this team could hit.

Hey Dan, Prince pulled one!

Finally eh? Not sure why he has had so much trouble doing that. Somebody asked me why I though Prince was disinterested. Well if you have watched him do the “Magic Dust” routine after his Bro has homered he would see what I mean. I did notice that the real robust Magic Dust routine returned after Prince’s blast.
I think he may be getting interested.

It’s not like he’s the only one, Dan. He came through big time right there and I hope this is the beginning of the Bash Bros for real.

no, not a beginning but a continuation of what we saw last year and before he got locked up in a slump Hopefully he’s dug out and that’s over and done..

Nice move Jim, worst manager of pitchers!

All is well, he took him out.

True Kathy. It is mostly our LHB that have really given the team trouble. Dirks, VMart have struggled too.

When Q masters his fastball, and I believe he will, he will be a major contributor in this bullpen.

You can see the relief in Prince’s face.

Do you think they read this blog in the dugout? No sooner did we mention Prince’s not pulling the ball, he unloads one into the roof. Nearly disabled the dome. LOL

Wow! Indians 19-10 over White Sox. Tigers will have to keep winning until Cleveland stumbles. The Sox are a real mess this year.

and we havent played them yet!

Jeff Daniels said Prince hit that one all the way to Cuba.
The homers are what you want to see when the team isn’t hitting, and they still aren’t. Tigers seem to enjoy playing in the Trop.
The Myers kid looks good. Nice trade for the Rays.

Pretty nice job by the bull pen. Avila 1 x 4 today. A 3 run homer and 3 Ks. Hard to quantify that.
Castellanos hit one tonight too, as well as Lennerton.

Rondon has a big task ahead of him. He has to impress quite a lot of people and he seems to have a lot of critics on his case. The foremost being Jim Leyland. Bueno Suerte Bruce.

Buena Suerte!! Not Bueno Suerte. Just a little helpful Spanish lesson.

“I just haven’t done a good job of getting these guys in sync and on a roll,” Leyland said. “I’ve done a poor job at that”
You Don’t Say?

This is from Chris Iott at MLive, if anyone hasn’t read it. His take on the bullpen setup after Leyland’s interview:
•Closer: Benoit. Leyland has not gone as far as to say that Benoit is “the” closer. But he has said that Benoit will close when he’s healthy and available. The only difference, it appears, between Benoit’s role this season and Valverde’s in 2012 is that the Tigers are hesitant to overuse Benoit and won’t likely pitch him three days in a row.

•Setup man: Alburquerque. Leyland said more than once Friday that he hopes Alburquerque can settle into the setup role. His success there will be dependent on whether he can throw strikes since, when he is right, he is often basically unhittable.

•Seventh inning: Rondon and Drew Smyly. Last season, Leyland relied on the righty-lefty combination of Dotel and Coke in this spot. It appears that Rondon and Smyly will be in these roles for the foreseeable future. Those were the two who were warming up in the seventh Friday night. Leyland also stressed before the game that he is hopeful Smyly, for now, can become a one-inning pitcher so he can be used on consecutive days. When asked whether Rondon was a one-inning pitcher, Leyland responded with one word: “Yes.”
•Lefty-on-lefty specialist: Coke. Leyland didn’t specifically say this, but based on the process of elimination and the fact that Smyly warmed up in the seventh Friday, well, this appears to be where Coke is right now.

•Long relief: Luke Putkonen and Darin Downs.

Austin Jackson CF, Andy Dirks LF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Jhonny Peralta SS, Don Kelly RF, Omar Infante 2B, Brayan Pena C

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