Game 2 lineups: Don Kelly starts in left

Oakland 281

Yes, after all the speculation whether Jhonny Peralta might displace Andy Dirks in left field at some point in this Division Series, it’s Don Kelly getting the start in left for Game 2 tonight. I can’t say it’s a matchup thing, because none of these guys have faced A’s rookie Sonny Gray. Everything else in the lineup is the same.

Oakland, meanwhile, makes a swap in its lineup. Seth Smith, who has drawn six walks off of Justin Verlander in his career, is in. Daric Barton, who also has drawn his share of walks but had an uncharacteristic misplay on defense last night, is out.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 2B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Omar Infante, 2B
  8. Don Kelly, LF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander

ATHLETICS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF (9-for-32, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Jed Lowrie, SS (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Josh Donaldson, 3B (4-for-16, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Brandon Moss, 1B (2-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-12, walk, K)
  6. Seth Smith, DH (2-for-15, HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
  7. Josh Reddick, RF (2-for-18, walk, 8 K’s)
  8. Stephen Vogt, C (0-for-5, K)
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B (0-for-7, 2 K’s)

P: Sonny Gray


ElTigre, Avila uses touch signals with Smyly all the time. I don’t think Smyly sees the fingers very well.

Thanks. I did not notice it until last night. The stealing signs issue made me aware of it

Lets see…Sanchez can’t pitch today, Cabrera hits a double, but is so slow he only got a single and Torii (My favorite) can’t seem to run down hits to Right Field…The Tigers are chocking as usual under pressure. Hell keep Sanchez in,

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