Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians
Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup at third base. If you case you missed it, here’s the note on Cabrera from the site last night. The key point is at the bottom …
“The trainer says that he can play the way he’s playing and it’ll still get better,” manager Jim Leyland said after the game. “The only question I had for him is if I’m taking a chance to injure him by playing him, or will it get better as long as nothing freaky happens. And he said it still will. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
As long as that’s the outlook, and any discomfort is manageable, I expect Cabrera to keep playing. He might miss a game here and there, but I would be very surprised at this point if he goes on the disabled list unless he really aggravates it.
Don Kelly gets the start in left field over Andy Dirks, and it’s looking more and more like that’s the position where Leyland will fill the sixth spot in the batting order. That’s how he filled it early in the year before Dirks’ struggles and Peralta’s fast start prompted the bump.
On the bright side, Peralta’s suspension means no second guessing over why Leyland would start him against Justin Masterson, considering he’s 2-for-18 with seven strikeouts against him.
Oh, hey, Ryan Raburn is in the Tribe lineup. He has a single and two strikeouts off Justin Verlander.
TIGERS (career numbers off Justin Masterson)
- Austin Jackson, CF (6-for-26, 5 walks, 11 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (10-for-26, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (12-for-34, 2 HR, 6 walks, 6 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (6-for-16, HR, 3 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-19, 5 walks, K)
- Don Kelly, LF (8-for-21, HR, walk)
- Alex Avila, C (6-for-22, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
- Ramon Santiago, 2B (2-for-16, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
P: Justin Verlander
INDIANS (career numbers off Justin Verlander)
- Michael Bourn, CF (5-for-12, walk, 6 K’s)
- Nick Swisher, 1B (12-for-65, 3 HR, 10 walks, 24 K’s)
- Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-19, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (10-for-49, 5 walks, 19 K’s)
- Michael Brantley, LF (13-for-32, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Carlos Santana, DH (6-for-26, 3 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
- Ryan Raburn, RF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
- Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (3-for-10)
- Yan Gomes, C (1-for-2)
P: Justin Masterson