August 3rd, 2013
Happy Fiesta Tigres. Miguel Cabrera is not available tonight due to his abdominal strain. Jose Iglesias gets the start again at third base, with Ramon Santiago at second. Though some fans might be wondering about a possible stint on the disabled list to get this cleared up once and for all (someone on twitter even suggested he was wasting a roster spot, which sounded like overreaction theater), I’d be surprised if Detroit makes any move within the next few days. They can wait and see how Cabrera responds to treatment, then backdate a DL stint if it doesn’t go well.
For the White Sox, Paul Konerko returns to first base for the first time since June 23. Adam Dunn is back to designated hitter.
TIGERS (career numbers off John Danks)
- Austin Jackson, CF (12-for-29, 3 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (12-for-37, 2 HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
- Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (1-for-8, walk, 3 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-7, HR)
- Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-35, 3 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (10-for-46, HR, 7 walks, 11 K’s)
- Jose Iglesias, 3B
- Brayan Pena, C (2-for-9)
- Ramon Santiago, 2B (0-for-2)
P: Max Scherzer
WHITE SOX (career numbers off Scherzer)
- Alejandro De Aza, CF (4-for-20, HR, walk, 8 K’s)
- Alexei Ramirez, SS (3-for-33, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Alex Rios, RF (3-for-27, walk, 8 K’s)
- Adam Dunn, DH (7-for-24, 2 HR, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
- Paul Konerko, 1B (8-for-32, 2 HR, walk, 13 K’s)
- Conor Gillaspie, 3B (1-for-3, HR, K)
- Dayan Viciedo, LF (5-for-15, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
- Gordon Beckham, 2B (5-for-24, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
- Josh Phegley, C (1-for-3)
P: John Danks
So much for the stranglehold Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer seemingly had on Tigers Player and Pitcher of the Month selections. Torii Hunter and Rick Porcello won the honors for July after standout performances that went a little undernnoticed amidst the star focus.
Hunter beat out Victor Martinez for Player of the Month with run production that ranked among the best in the league for July. He hit .374 (37-for-99) with 21 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 22 RBIs.
While Max Scherzer’s unbeaten season came to an end, Porcello went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four July starts, allowing six earned runs over 26 innings with 16 strikeouts.