September 13th, 2013
The Tigers announced today they sent right-hander David Paulino to Houston as the player to be named later in the Jose Veras trade from July. The 19-year-old Dominican is the younger brother of highly-touted Tigers pitching prospect Brenny Paulino.
Like his brother, David Paulino has a big arm but has had to work through injuries, culminating with Tommy John surgery this summer. He was off to a solid start in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts and striking out 22 batters over 20 innings. He had been hitting 97 mph with his fastball according to scouting reports.
It’s a high-risk, high-reward pickup for the Astros, who received outfield prospect Danry Vasquez from the Tigers when the trade was announced July 29.
Yup, it’s that time again. The first round of postseason tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon. Like last year, they’ll be available online at tigers.com and by phone at 866-66-TIGER. They won’t be available in person at the Comerica Park box office.
The Tigers are currently neck-and-neck with Oakland for the second-best record in the American League. The top two seeds, currently Boston and Oakland, will have home-field advantage for the best-of-5 Division Series, which this year returns to a 2-2-1 format for home-and-road games. The schedule was released last week:
- Game 1: Friday, Oct. 4 (TBS or MLB Network)
- Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 5 (TBS)
- Game 3: Monday, Oct. 7 (TBS or MLB Network)
- Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8 (TBS)
- Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10 (TBS)
If the Tigers get one of the top two seeds, they’ll host Games 1, 2 and 5. If they have the worst record of the three division winners, they’ll host Games 3 and 4.
For Division Series tickets, there’s a limit of six tickets per order, per game. More information is available at tigers.com/postseason. As in past Octobers, fans who place a deposit on full season tickets for next season will be guaranteed an opportunity to buy tickets for all postseason games for this year.
It was an interesting question whether Jim Leyland would make any lineup changes this time around against Bruce Chen, who held the Tigers to five hits (one each by five different hitters) over seven innings Sunday in Kansas City. The Tigers roughed up Chen on August 18 with much the same lineup, the one key difference being Brayan Pena at catcher. Tonight features the same lineup as Sunday, including Avila behind the plate.
TIGERS (career numbers off Chen)
- Austin Jackson, CF (11-for-37, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (5-for-22, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (15-for-37, 5 HR, 9 walks, 6 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-19, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-10, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Andy Dirks, LF (6-for-20, 2 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (4-for-19, 6 K’s)
- Alex Avila, C (2-for-10, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-4, HR)
P: Justin Verlander
ROYALS (career numbers off Verlander)
- Alex Gordon, LF (13-for-63, 2 HR, 7 walks, 23 K’s)
- Emilio Bonifacio, 2B (3-for-5, walk, K)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (8-for-36, HR, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
- Billy Butler, DH (28-for-65, 2 HR, 8 walks, 9 K’s)
- Salvador Perez, C (6-for-18, HR, 3 K’s)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (6-for-30, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
- David Lough, RF (2-for-9, 2 K’s)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (7-for-37, walk, 4 K’s)
- Jarrod Dyson, CF (3-for-14, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
P: Bruce Chen