August 17th, 2013

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Jim Leyland had planned on giving Torii Hunter this game off, which is why Hunter played in both games Friday. This time, however, Don Kelly moves up in the order to bat second. He’s 4-for-7 off Wade Davis, so it could be Leyland said it’s a simple matchups decision. Andy Dirks, 2-for-9 off Davis, sticks in the sixth spot.

The Royals get Mike Moustakas back after missing the last four days with tightness in his left calf. His return bumps Emilio Bonifacio to center field (for now until Lorenzo Cain returns) and knocks Jarrod Dyson out of the lineup tonight.

Tonight’s game is on MLB Network in some markets, but not many. If you’re in SoCal or Philly, where Dodgers-Phillies is likely blacked out, you’re in luck. Elsewhere, your best bet is either FSD, MLB.TV or the Extra Innings package.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Wade Davis)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-11, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Don Kelly, RF (4-for-7, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (5-for-14, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (0-for-5, 2 walks)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-15, 2 walks, K)
  6. Andy Dirks, LF (2-for-9)
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (5-for-9)
  8. Brayan Pena, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)

P: Doug Fister

ROYALS (career numbers against Doug Fister)

  1. David Lough, RF (2-for-7, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-14, walk, K)
  3. Billy Butler, DH (8-for-26, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Alex Gordon, LF (5-for-24, 6 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (4-for-18, K)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (5-for-16, HR, 5 K’s)
  7. Emilio Bonifacio, CF (1-for-8)
  8. Chris Getz, 2B (2-for-7, 2 walks)
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS (7-for-24, HR, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Wade Davis

Reminder: Traffic advisory for tonight

A note on this was already on the site last night, but I wanted to add it to the blog today, too: While the Tigers host the Royals tonight at Comerica Park for a 7:08pm start, Kenny Chesney and other acts will be in concert across the street at Ford Field in an all-day event that begins at 4:30pm. Add the two sellout crowds together and, well, that’s a lot of people driving downtown for the same parking lots.

Olympia Development Parking Services announced Friday that its lots east of Woodward will be held for fans attending the Tigers game. If you show a ticket or parking pass, or if you have tickets waiting at will call, you can use those parking lots. No tailgating will be allowed in those lots so that they can fit as many cars as possible.

The Oympia lots east of Woodward are available on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you’re going to the ballgame or the concert. Considering the crowd that’s already downtown, I’m guessing more than a few of those served are going to the concert.

Either way, plan on a lot of traffic, and exercise some patience. Even coming in around 1pm, there were a lot of folks downtown, though the streets weren’t jammed quite yet. I haven’t heard anything on when the concert is expected to wrap up.

Friday’s doubleheader sweep by the numbers

I already put Friday’s doubleheader sweep into words here in the recap on the site. But with some of the numbers that came out of it, I figured it was worth recapping the day in numbers:

  • 0: Innings led by the Tigers over the two games.
  • 1/2: Games lost in the AL Central to the second-place Cleveland Indians, who lost in Oakland Friday night. They’re six games back.
  • 1: Run scored by the Tigers in the two games. The last time the Tigers scored so few in a doubleheader, the White Sox swept them in Chicago on Sept. 4, 2001. Players who were in starting lineups for both games included Roger Cedeno, Jose Macias, Damion Easley and Shane Halter. Others who started one game included Bobby Higginson, Robert Fick, Randall Simon, Chris Wakeland, Wendell Magee and rookie catcher Brandon Inge.
  • 2: Games gained in the standings by the Royals, who went from 8 1/2 games back to 6 1/2 games back. Also, it’s the number of career home runs Ramon Santiago has hit off of Aaron Crow, more than anybody else who has faced Crow in their careers.
  • 3: Innings in which the Tigers put a runner into scoring position against Shields in the nightcap, all in the first few innings. Shields settled down from there and retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced.
  • 4: Combined hits for the Tigers’ top five hitters, each of whom played in both games. Two of those hits from Miguel Cabrera.
  • 5: Hitless innings from Royals lefty Danny Duffy before he allowed a single in the opener. “He’s got one of those electric fastballs that hits 97 but it’s a different 97,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Some of our guys had never seen him, but he was terrific, and Justin was a close second today.”
  • 6: Total hits on the day for the Tigers, who had two in the opener before doubling the total in the second game.
  • 7: At-bats with runners in scoring position for the Tigers over the course of the doubleheader. The Tigers did not have a hit in those at-bats.
  • 13: Combined scoreless innings from Royals starters Duffy and James Shields.
  • 22: Years since the Royals allowed only one run total in a doubleheader. They did it to the Yankees in 1991 in a sweep in the Bronx. Kevin Appier and Mike Boddicker each picked up wins that day.
  • 26: Players on the Tigers’ 25-man roster for the doubleheader, thanks to what some have called the Jim Leyland rule. Leyland argued on the Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Committee in favor of allowing teams to add a player for a doubleheader without having to send a player down for a day. Yet this was the first time he actually had a chance to use it.
  • 27: Career hits for Billy Butler against Justin Verlander in 62 at-bats. Two of them came on Friday. Just two have been home runs, however, and none have gone for extra bases since 2010.
  • 34: Saves on the season for Greg Holland, included two on Friday.