August 10th, 2013

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

Saturday in NY 002

Miguel Cabrera had a pretty good-sized bandage on his left shin, but his knee wasn’t wrapped. That’s a good sign. He probably would’ve played regardless, but he was moving around the clubhouse pretty well Saturday morning. So were most of the players despite the quick turnaround.

The only changes in the Tigers lineup: Don Kelly gets the start in left despite being 1-for-9 off Hughes, while Alex Avila (1-for-10 with four strikeouts) is behind the plate for Anibal Sanchez.

The bigger changes are in the Yankees lineup, where Jayson Nix gets the start at third base over Alex Rodriguez. Joe Girardi told New York reporters Saturday morning it was a reaction to a day game after a night game.

“It’s a day-by-day [plan],” Girardi said. “When you think about the real late night last night, if we don’t have that late night, maybe I play him today. It would have been his first day game after a night game. I’m just trying to be proactive in this, and make sure we don’t run him into the ground where he ends up hurting something else.”

TIGERS (career numbers off Hughes)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-17, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (5-for-13, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (12-for-26, 4 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, DH (1-for-8, HR, walk, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, 1B (7-for-20, 2 K’s)
  6. Don Kelly, LF (1-for-9, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-10, 4 K’s)
  8. Hernan Perez, 2B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

YANKEES (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Brett Gardner, CF
  2. Ichiro Suzuki, RF (2-for-8)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-7)
  4. Alfonso Soriano, DH (5-for-26, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Curtis Granderson, LF (2-for-4, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Eduardo Nunez, SS
  7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  8. Jayson Nix, 3B (0-for-3, K)
  9. Austin Romine, C

P: Phil Hughes