July 24th, 2013

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

No Miguel Cabrera tonight. Jim Leyland told reporters in Chicago that Cabrera was feeling a little better today, but not good enough to go. We’ll see what that means for tomorrow’s series finale.

With Cabrera out, Matt Tuiasosopo gets another start in the third spot in the order. He’s 1-for-6 off John Danks for his career. Alex Avila, 6-for-14 off Danks, gets the start over Brayan Pena, who’s 2-for-9 against him.

TIGERS (career numbers off John Danks)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (10-for-25, 2 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (10-for-33, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (3-for-3)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-31, 3 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (9-for-42, HR, 7 walks, 10 K’s)
  7. Don Kelly, 3B (1-for-3)
  8. Hernan Perez, 2B
  9. Alex Avila, C (6-for-14, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

WHITE SOX (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF (2-for-3, K)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (1-for-3)
  3. Alex Rios, RF (0-for-2, walk)
  4. Adam Dunn, 1B (6-for-24, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Paul Konerko, DH
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (1-for-5, walk)
  8. Dayan Viciedo, LF (0-for-2, K)
  9. Josh Phegley, C (1-for-3, HR)

P: John Danks

Tigers bring back Jair Jurrjens on minor-league deal

Jair Jurrjens made his Major League debut with the Tigers six years ago. He’s still just 27 years old. Detroit didn’t sign him when he hit the open market last winter, but they took a flyer on him Wednesday, signing the former All-Star left-hander to a minor-league contract.

Jurrjens will forever be remembered as the prospect who became an All-Star after the Tigers traded him to Atlanta in a package for shortstop Edgar Renteria the day after the 2007 World Series. His career has been in a freefall after that Midsummer Classic appearance in 2011.

The Braves let him go last offseason after a 3-4 record and 6.89 ERA in 2012. The Orioles signed him to a Major League contract in January, then renegotiated a minor-league deal in February after concerns over his physical. He made it to Baltimore for a spot start May 18, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings, then tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief June 29.

Jurrjens declined an outright to Triple-A after the O’s designated him for assignment earlier this month. He went 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA for Norfolk this year, allowing 102 hits over 94 2/3 innings to go with 24 walks and 52 strikeouts.

Jurrjens is the second former Tiger in a week and a half to rejoin the organization. Detroit signed Jeremy Bonderman to a minor-league contract just before the All-Star break and put him in the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo.