Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

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Sorry I missed out on this yesterday, but between the drive from Buffalo to Cleveland and a big notes day, it was kind of crazy. Gonna be days like that every once in a while.

Torii Hunter returns to the Tigers lineup, which means Don Kelly is back on the bench after two good days at the plate. Omar Infante is still at least a couple days away from a return. His shin is no problem a problem, not even bandaged at this point, but his ankle is holding him back from hitting off a tee, let alone taking BP. So Ramon Santiago should get at least a couple more days at second, which isn’t as big of a concern the way he’s swinging.

Talking with Santiago about that today, he said the at-bats have helped him find the bat speed he was really lacking for most of the season.

“The more you play, the more you get better timing,” Santiago said. “This game is about timing.”

Santiago said he also made a minor adjustment at the plate, choking up on the bat on the advice of hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. He seems to be getting to more pitches that way, but also hitting with more authority the last couple days than we’ve seen for most of the year from him.

As mentioned in the preview today, Anibal Sanchez will be on a pitch count. I’m not sure about the specific number (Jim Leyland didn’t have one), it doesn’t sound like it’ll be particularly deep. If Leyland needs somebody to cover innings, it’ll be Luke Putkonen. Again, they want Drew Smyly to do more short work and pitch in more games rather than pitch 2-3 innings every 3-4 days.

After umpteen weeks in a row of Tigers and Indians games being part of the FOX network broadcast, their game against each other is not on. That’s the reason behind the 4:05 start. The good news for people who don’t live near either city is that it’s not in the FOX window, so they can pick up the broadcast on MLB.TV.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TVRadio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-3, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-8, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-9, 2 walks, K)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-3)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (4-for-6)
  7. Andy Dirks, LF (2-for-3)
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS (1-for-2)

P: Anibal Sanchez

INDIANS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (6-for-18, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (4-for-11, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-9, 3 K’s)
  4. Nick Swisher, 1B (2-for-5, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Michael Brantley, LF (2-for-9, K)
  6. Carlos Santana, C (2-for-8, walk, K)
  7. Jason Giambi, DH (2-for-5, walk, K)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (1-for-3)
  9. Drew Stubbs, RF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)

P: Carlos Carrasco


What was in Buffalo?

The border!

Argh…..squandered a one out triple….

Hopefully we can get 5 out of Anibal. Anibal is usually a pretty clever fielder but looks bad out there at his position today.

Put up a 4 spot now Sanchez is well trying to give it up. ..maybe a little nickeled and dimed but it doesn’t matter.

The Prince finally turns on one.
Anyone else think he had a play on Bounre at 2nd?

Once he looked to 3rd, it would have been risky.

Not a bad idea to hang on to the ball though.

Anibal ,probably,will barely make into the fifth. Putkonen must be warming already

He earned another inning and the chance to win this game

Appearently Joe West is starting to feel sorry for the Indians…their pitchers have a much more favorable strike zone.

Interesting double play.

Verlander, All Star

His numbers back him. Lack of run support and below average defense cost him a lot in the W column.

Poor pitching at time didn’t help his era either. Sorry he’s been incredibly disappointing. By the way unless your a first timer I’d rather my guys get some time off to recharge.

He will pitch on Sunday. He will be there but wont play

KNobler. verlander and Benoit selected by JL

Now we are seeing the team we thought we’d get. This is an excellent road trip. Even if Cleveland wins the final two games of this series, they’ve already lost an opportunity in their own yard. I’m still not sure the competition won’t come from KC, however.

No room in my pen for both Coke and Downs.. I’d keep Coke because of his tebyre and his fastball. Downs is not going to be anything but a long guy/innings eater.

Gotta love, and gotta the love the way the Tigers are playing right now. I hope we see more ‘ups’ like this, than the ‘downs’. This team is so streaky either way, though.

Just getting back to MI. What a game and day in Cleveland. Ill be sleeping until first pitch tomorrow but cross another stadium off on my list. So much fun!

I’ve seen the Tigers play in Cleveland four times, in 2006 and 2007. Lost all four games. And the Dollar Dog night was a sellout then too.
When Raburn banged against the wall to catch Peralta’s drive today, and the two of them were laughing about it, you think the word “gate” came into play?

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