Game 5 lineups: Tigers at Athletics
Jim Leyland is going all-in on offense against Sonny Gray, moving Jhonny Peralta back to shortstop and starting Don Kelly, who had two hits off Gray in Game 2, in left field. Both of Kelly’s hits in Game 2 were infield singles, but Leyland argued that the one that deflected off of Gray was well-struck.
“It’s simple: We’ve gotta try to score,” said Leyland, who admitted considering moving Peralta to shortstop in a game earlier this series.
It finally gives me a chance to put that bizarre Verlander stat to use, the one where he hasn’t had an out recorded at first base in his last three starts. The only ground-ball out in that stretch was a fielder’s choice at third base Sept. 23 at Minnesota (the one where Alex Presley somehow decided to take off from second on a ground ball right to short).
Iglesias could enter the game at shortstop in the late innings if they have a lead.
The A’s have made the switch to Alberto Callaspo at second base. His 4-for-19 history with Verlander isn’t great, but it’s better than Eric Sogard, who’s 0-for-9 with three strikeouts.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Alex Avila, C
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Don Kelly, LF
P: Justin Verlander
ATHLETICS (numbers off Verlander)
- Coco Crisp, CF (9-for-35, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
- Josh Donaldson, 3B (5-for-19, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Jed Lowrie, SS (2-for-11, walk, 4 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (5-for-15, walk, K)
- Seth Smith, DH (3-for-18, HR, 6 walks, 5 K’s)
- Brandon Moss, 1B (2-for-15, HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
- Alberto Callaspo, 2B (4-for-19, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Josh Reddick, RF (3-for-21, walk, 8 K’s)
- Stephen Vogt, C (0-for-8, 4 K’s)
P: Sonny Gray