Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup at third base. He suffered a groin injury on his first-pitch swing in the ninth inning Tuesday night, but manager Jim Leyland said today that he feels better now than he did yesterday. So he’s going.

Brayan Pena is not. His right toe injury has him out of the lineup tonight. Bryan Holaday gets the start behind the plate. Leyland said he could catch in an emergency, but he’s hurting. For tonight, though, Pena is still the likely backup. Victor Martinez was doing some work behind the plate before batting practice this afternoon, but that was in preparation for possible work this weekend against the Mets.

“I’m contemplating catching him a game in New York, and I’ll leave it at that,” Leyland said.

That is not necessarily related to Alex Avila’s status, but there’s a chance that Avila could be ready by then. He took batting practice again today. If he comes out of that with no issues, he could be cleared for a rehab assignment. It could be only one game to make sure he has no lingering side effects. It could be a few games. The top three Tigers affiliates are all on the road starting Thursday, but Leyland didn’t rule out the possibility of sending him with the Mud Hens on the road to Louisville.

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

TIGERS (career numbers off Kevin Correia)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-9, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (11-for-22, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-28, HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, K)
  6. Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-9)
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (4-for-8)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Bryan Holaday, C

P: Anibal Sanchez

TWINS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Chris Herrmann, RF
  3. Justin Morneau, DH (4-for-16, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Ryan Doumit, C (4-for-16, walk, 7 K’s)
  5. Chris Colabello, 1B (0-for-1, K)
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (3-for-9, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Clete Thomas, CF (1-for-2, K)
  8. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
  9. Pedro Florimon, SS (4-for-9, K)

P: Kevin Correia

41 Comments

Boy…sometimes Rod and Mario get on my nerves but listening to the Giants broadcast today again makes me realize how lucky we are. Boy are these guys boring. ….at least our guys talk. They were more interested in talking about these peoples lunch on a yacht than the game. …..
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anybody else not feeling comfortable with where the Tigers stand? I I know that makes no sense since we have the best record in the AL. While I really like Jose, I was looking at how the amount of runs we are scoring and the amount of runners LOB it makes me realize just how much we are missing Jhonnys bat. There are a hole lot of runs being left on there after things die once VMART is done batting. Maybe some of that will get better after Avila comes back like he was before he got hurt? There’s no power threat just a bunch of singles hitters. I dont know I’m just not comfortable.

I understand how you feel. If the top of the order goes into a funk, and they will, the bottom of the order does not appear to have enough clout to make up for it.
Prince Fielder is the key to the lineup IMO. If he hits he makes them have to pitch to Miggy and VMart to hit with men on.

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So I guess they can’t get Morneau out? Sanchez has gotten the first 2 batters out in each inning and wham can’t get the 3rd?

Anibel not sharp tonight, kinda like Porcello wasn’t sharp last night. What’s going on? Sorry but these Twins should not be able to handle our pitchers so well and our hitters should be able to do quite a bit better against these pitchers.

not enough intensity vs Twins by pitchers and hitters…..don’t take Twins seriously…..another Tiger scoring slump going on

Boring game tonight. Someone needs to get a hot bat and get things going.

Sanchez pitch count too high…..must be thinking he has it made after 2 outs

Another 2 out hit for the Twins.
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I’m sorry there is no freaking way this dude should be dominating our hitters. His last 16.1 inning (not included tonight) he’s given up 21 hits and 12 runs? And we’ve gotten a few stinken singles.

OMG, I had to fix myself a cup of coffee. Wake me up, Tigers!!!

Does anyone have a pulse out there? Seriously?

finally a 1-2-3 inning for Sanchez and the 3rd out from Monster Morneau, too. Now come on hitters. It’s getting late.

Argh?????????????? Still sleep walking. This team isn’t scoring much right now. Worries.

Seriously cant score a run. Worries.

And of course Cleveland gets the Angels without Trout and without Pujols.

Chis Davis homered again tonight.

Miggy looks miserable, you can tell he is not having fun tonight.
Darn that Swisher. Tigers need to win this one.

Can anyone on this team knock a run in?

Absolutely pathetic!

…and the slump goes on. Some Twin is going to connect on one and this game will be over at 1-0.

There it is. Like I said no freaking pulse. A

Florimon was struck out. And another stolen base??? I might just start throwing something.

Crappy lazy at bat by Infante..Jose 1 pitch…3 pitches and 2 outs.
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tigers looking awfully weak lately by the likes of Duffy, Pelfry and this reincarnation of Cy Young they are facing tonight.

Thanks Torii and thanks for misplaying thst ball.

great at-bat by Torii.

Did you get a load of this Thielbars era….why is nobody talking about him? .87 in 34 innings

Smart heads up baserunning by Torii….Victor

They finally woke up from their slumber. To bad it wasn’t in time to get Sanchez the win but that isn’t the most important thing. The win is

Next time someone isn’t enjoying the game, pretend it’s December 4th.

Oh, I’m dreading it.

Point taken…..

OK, I pretended……that wasn’t much fun Rich.

if you wonder what took me so long in responding, I’ve been eating my words with a Torii on top. I am sure they must hear me when I put them down. Oh, well. back to the home for me.

Wow, another 9 inning game of baseball. Never say die! Are you a pessimist or and optimist? I feel very comfortable where the Tigers stand! What a great time to be a Tigers fan! Go Tigers!

What a game tonight. I had a blast at the park tonight. Im starting to get excited as each game takes up more importance and playoffs are looming not far off.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I had to pick my wife up at the airport and got home in the middle of the 6th inning, so what I saw was pretty exciting. I do hear that it was a dull game up till then. However, I think this is about as good a season of baseball as we’re going to get, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it.

I was in the car last night when Torii hit his double. I just love listening to Dan Dickerson call games, you would have thought we won the world series! Made it home for the rest of the game and loved every minute of them piling it on and the Twins falling apart. Nice win last night boys. Give Miggy the day off today, we need him but he needs to heal.

Funny…so you didn’t see the miserable boring part when they looked dead? Point is still take.
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DB ..I try to be optimistic, but I’ve done that before, ie 2006 when there was noway we could lose the division. (Yes i do realize they still made it to the W. Series which there was no way we were supposed to lose) In 2009 when there was no way we could cough up the division and did, In 2009 when there was noway the Penguins could come back and win 3 straight against the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. So I guess I do think we could get crushed again….and they are not playing well against pitchers they really shouldn’t have much trouble against, there have been 3 in the last 5 days and the amount of stranded runners bothers me and that has been going on for a few weeks. There is no real power threat in the lineup except for 3&4 hitters. That concerns me.

Maybe you should just try to enjoy these moments and not worry so much. It’s baseball it is supposed to be fun. Try to find the positive and don’t focus so much on the negative. Most of your post throughout the game are negative, even when they win, it is still mostly negative with a sprinkle of positivity. The power of positive thinking may not win games but it sure can’t hurt. Plus never forget you are witnessing someone who is more than likely going to be in the history books as one of the best right handed hitters ever…… That alone should put a smile on your face.

The power shortage is a concern for sure. VMart can provide some threat. We have really missed the danger that was present in our #6 hitter. Dirks, though I am sure he has legitimate power potential, seems to have no ability to reach the fences.
With a station-to-station team like we have this makes life a lot easier for starting pitchers. They can get by the bottom of the lineup even giving up a few base-runners. Then they can muscle up and focus on the top of the lineup If they can keep it off the base paths they then have accomplished a great deal.
I don’t think it will be a treat today facing Albers. 2E, Infante and Iglesias (who is coming around) really need to bear down and have great at bats.

Most of Dirks’ homers are line drives that he pulls. He’s more of a slash hitter, and it would be good to see his average go up. He’s better than this, I think. He can be an excellent role player on a star-laden team. Most good teams have one.
Two issues from the previous two seasons have been turned from negatives to positives. We hit a lot of 3-run homers now and the defense has become quite good, excellent even. While I think it’s always foolish to expect any ballclub to win a WS (too many variables), we’re set up for another long playoff run if we stay healthy.

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