Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Phillies

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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.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Cole Hamels)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, RF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (8-for-29, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-8, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-2)
  7. Hernan Perez, 2B
  8. Ramon Santiago, 3B
  9. Alex Avila, C

P: Doug Fister

PHILLIES (career numbers off Fister)

  1. Michael Young, 3B (6-for-23, K)
  2. Kevin Frandsen, 1B (4-for-6)
  3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  4. Chase Utley, 2B
  5. Delmon Young, DH (4-for-12)
  6. Darin Ruf, LF
  7. John Mayberry Jr., CF
  8. Laynce Nix, RF (0-for-3, K)
  9. Carlos Ruiz, C

P: Cole Hamels


I thought the Phillies had a phenom named Domino Brown?

He’s on the 7-day concussion DL. Just went on there the other day, so he won’t play this series.

The Tigers seem to be getting more shorthanded every day.

looking forward to watching delmon play the OF for someone else. [grin]

can we use bullpen members as bench players? Sanchez as a pinch runner maybe? Porcello as a pinch hitter? I’ll bet max can play some SS. How about the bullpen catcher? Can he be subbed in? jokes jokes jokes

Brown on dl

Scary short lineup

We signed up to play 162. Let’s go Tigers!!!

Prince needs to step it up and show why he got that contract

“We held him out of the lineup today to give him a chance to do some activity,” Rand said. “He’s feeling a lot better, but he still feels like he needs another day or so.”
About Cabrera.

Can’t we get a doctor to say Miggy has a concussion?
Talk about an abused rule.

“the Mud Hens placed RHP Jose Valverde on the temporary inactive list. Valverde is away from the team dealing with a “personal issue” and is expected to rejoin the Hens Saturday”.

If he can hit 250- 270.,they have a 2b for years to come

Dirks is gonna look even worse tomorrow if he has to face Lee.
Andy has to be leading the league in pop-ups!!

We’ll never know for sure but if I’m JL I tell Andy he swings away till he has 1 strike then he bunts to get the runner over until he has 2 strikes.

Running Perez was not a bad idea but not swinging at a 3-2 strike sure was. This is precisely why Santiago should no longer be on this team.

Way to start those runners, Jim! You’ll never learn. Inside straight, man.

In all my years of watching baseball, I have never seen any catcher get beat up more than Avila.

I agreed with JL on running Perez there. Santiago is supposed to wave his stick not let the runner out to dry. I thought the only way to get a run in there was to try something with Avila coming up and outmatched by Hamels. The Tigers just are not very good at moving runners up.
It is a shame that we are witnessing an oh so typical Doug Fister game. He pitches well, very well in fact, and gets no support.

Oh my–I thought for sure Avila was dead meat. He actually looked good on that swing.

Now can Doug NOT let these guys get right back in it?

That situation right there in the 5th is where and what I was talking about with Prince stepping up. Failure

He is dealing tonight.

Let Fister pitch the 8th. At least until someone gets on.

This is one of the best if not the best pitched game after the two gems by Sanchez.
He is a Pitcher, with capitals.
The kind of game I like, pitching duel with the good guy standing after the smoke clears, great defense for both sides( here and there some moles but).

POG: Mister Fister!

Unlikely win with the cast of characters we had in there. Interesting that the cast of characters are the ones that showed up and not the big guys. Great job by Fister and some good defensive plays early

Just hesrd on the radio on the way home from the game cliff Lee scratched for tomorrow

Stiff neck. Raul Valdes will pitch tomorrow.

That’s what, 4-1 without Cabrera? Couldn’t draw it up any better.
Of all the Detroit starters when they are on their game on a given night, my favorite to watch is Fister. Like a technician.
Kudos again to the best closer in the game at this point in the season, Benoit.
The reason I’m down on the running game is because it’s this team. It doesn’t work for us and shouldn’t be used. The players are supposed to execute but they don’t, so don’t use it. That’s a no-brainer. Just let ’em hit.
Already heard rumors that Lee’s stiff neck is due to an impending trade.
No blackout tomorrow!

Trade to Detroit?


Raburn just hit a walk off three run homer for Cleveland.

1. 6-9 get the job done tonight. Just enough offense to eke out the W.
2. Fister surgically moves through the Philly lineup with ease. Two of three hits allowed in one inning.
3 Avila gets the rare big hit to seal the deal. Benoit saves another game without looking like a Big Potato(in other words, and Idiot).

Kudos to Jhonny, Hernan, and to Dirks for his hustle in the fifth. On to game 2.
Good night all!

As impressive as Mr. Fister was, we got away with one. No way this lineup (particularly the bottom of it) should have been able to pull it off.
still totally disappointed in the Prince. I think William and Kate’s Prince might be as good in the clutch.
There has to be a reason that a home run hitter the magnitude of Prince has one solitary grandslam in his career.
Hell, Jim Northrup did twice that……………..(in back to back innings) in one game!!!!!!!!!

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