Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Phillies
Miguel Cabrera is again out of the Tigers lineup. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said he remains day-to-day, but feeling much better than he did earlier in the week. Cabrera took batting practice Friday afternoon, so that’s progress. Whether it was an attempt to make himself available to pinch-hit is unclear.
“We’d rather he miss two or three games than 2-3 weeks,” Rand said.
Torii Hunter is also out. He was originally in the lineup in right field, but was scratched shortly after batting practice began. Andy Dirks will start in right and bat second.
But wait, there’s more. Don Kelly was originally in the lineup at third base, but he too was scratched. No injury was announced with him; this might be a matter of making sure the one guy available off the bench can play as many positions as possible. Ramon Santiago starts at third.
Delmon Young makes his return to Comerica Park for the first time since last year’s World Series, and it’ll be interesting to hear the reception for him from the crowd. The way crowds have reacted (or not reacted) this season, it would not be a surprise if there’s not much either way. Don’t worry, he’ll be the designated hitter.
TIGERS (career numbers off Cole Hamels)
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Andy Dirks, RF (1-for-3, K)
- Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B (8-for-29, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-8, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-2)
- Hernan Perez, 2B
- Ramon Santiago, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
P: Doug Fister
PHILLIES (career numbers off Fister)
- Michael Young, 3B (6-for-23, K)
- Kevin Frandsen, 1B (4-for-6)
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Chase Utley, 2B
- Delmon Young, DH (4-for-12)
- Darin Ruf, LF
- John Mayberry Jr., CF
- Laynce Nix, RF (0-for-3, K)
- Carlos Ruiz, C
P: Cole Hamels