Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners
The only Tiger with any at-bats against M’s starter Brandon Maurer is Jose Iglesias, and that consisted of one at-bat before his trade over from Boston. However, there are no discernible trends to his pitching. Hitters have had a good amount of success against him from both sides of the plate, and he has given up a lot of home runs — 14 of them over just 72 2/3 innings.
The one surprise is Don Kelly getting the start over Andy Dirks, which Leyland attributed to just giving Kelly a game. Dirks did not look injured or anything when he went out for batting practice.
As expected, the Tigers bullpen is short again, but it gains an arm back. Jeremy Bonderman (thumb) felt fine throwing his bullpen session yesterday, so he’s available in relief tonight. Bruce Rondon (elbow tenderness) is scheduled to throw tomorrow, it turns out, not today. Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly are both on rest after their work in last night’s win, so look for Jose Veras to get a save chance if the opportunity arises.
Heads-up for Thursday: Leyland said today that he’s going to put Victor Martinez back behind the plate for Thursday’s series finale. Miguel Cabrera will get to DH that game, while Ramon Santiago will most likely get the start at third.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Don Kelly, LF
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Alex Avila, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1 vs. Brandon Maurer)
P: Anibal Sanchez
MARINERS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Abraham Almonte, CF
- Franklin Gutierrez, RF (0-for-3)
- Kyle Seager, 3B
- Raul Ibanez, DH (7-for-26, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
- Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
- Michael Saunders, LF
- Mike Zunino, C
- Nick Franklin, 2B
- Carlos Triunfel, SS
P: Brandon Maurer