June 29th, 2013

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

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(Again, I’m not covering the series this weekend. I just threw in a photo from Clearwater Beach from Spring Training to have a photo here.)

Subtract Torii Hunter, add Don Kelly, and you pretty much have the same lineup as Friday night for the Tigers to put up against Chris Archer, who will be facing the Tigers for the first time in his young career.

As expected, the Rays don’t have Evan Longoria, who sounds unlikely to play in Sunday’s series finale as well. With Longoria out, everybody else moves up, which means James Loney batting cleanup and Wil Myers hitting fifth.

Some decent numbers from the top third of the Rays order against Justin Verlander. Even Ben Zobrist, despite the low average, has some good results off of him.

Only twice since the start of last season has Miguel Cabrera followed a four-hit game by going hitless. Those are good enough odds for me to stick with him on Beat the Streak with a 13-game streak on the line.

Reminder: Today’s game is part of the FOX Saturday night package, so it’s on the regular FOX network, not Fox Sports Detroit. Like the last few Tigers games on FOX, it’s one of five regional broadcasts, so if you don’t live in Michigan or Northwest Ohio, there’s a decent chance you might not get it. If that’s the case, you might have to listen on the radio or online, or feel free to follow along on Gameday.

Gameday | TV: FOX (Channel 2 in Detroit) | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Don Kelly, RF
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Brayan Pena, C (0-for-1, walk, K against Archer)

P: Justin Verlander

RAYS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Matt Joyce, LF (6-for-14, 2 HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Desmond Jennings, CF (3-for-7, 2 HR, K)
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B (5-for-28, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. James Loney, 1B
  5. Wil Myers, RF
  6. Luke Scott, DH (4-for-17, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS (2-for-12, 2 walks)
  8. Jose Molina, C (1-for-7, 3 K’s)
  9. Kelly Johnson, 3B (0-for-11, 6 K’s)

P: Chris Archer

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