Canada Day lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays
If you were looking for a lineup overhaul today after the struggles in Tampa Bay, you’re likely disappointed. If you were looking for some sort of change, there’s one interesting tweak in the bottom half of the order, where Omar Infante moves up to the seventh spot. Andy Dirks is down to eighth. I’m not sure if that’s a matchups play on the part of Leyland, noting that Infante is 13-for-28 off R.A. Dickey (including 12-for-25 against him during Dickey’s knuckleballing revival), or if it’s more than that. We didn’t see the lineup before Leyland talked, so there wasn’t a chance to ask.
For what it’s worth, Infante’s numbers off Dickey are strong enough that I put my 15-game streak on the line with him in Beat the Streak.
On the Jays’ side, it’s much the same lineup as they had yesterday in Boston, except Josh Thole is catching Dickey.
Today’s game is the only matinee on the MLB docket, which makes it an easy pick as the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day. So if you’re not in Michigan or northwest Ohio and you’re looking for a way to spend the afternoon, tune in.
TIGERS (career numbers off Dickey)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-3, HR, walk)
- Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (5-for-15, HR, 2 walks)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (2-for-12, 3 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (13-for-28)
- Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-1, HR)
- Brayan Pena, C (1-for-1)
P: Jose Alvarez
- Jose Reyes, SS
- Jose Bautista, RF
- Edwin Encarnacion, DH
- Mark DeRosa, 1B
- Rajai Davis, LF
- Colby Rasmus, CF
- Maicer Izturis, 3B
- Josh Thole, C
- Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
P: R.A. Dickey