October 15th, 2013

ALCS Game 3 lineup: Tigers vs. Red Sox

As Jim Leyland announced yesterday, Andy Dirks is back in left field. He’s batting ninth today only because he likes Alex Avila batting more towards the seventh spot the way he’s swinging. Remember, Dirks hit 6th or 7th for a good portion of the season.

As for why Dirks wouldn’t bat higher, Leyland indicated he’s not going to change the top of the order. He liked some of the swings he saw from Austin Jackson in Game 2, and he’s not moving Torii Hunter out of the two spot.

TIGERS (career numbers off John Lackey)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-8, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (13-for-56, 2 HR, 3 walks)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-12, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (4-for-9)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-29, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (11-for-31, 8 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-14, walk, 6 K’s)
  9. Andy Dirks, LF (2-for-5, walk)

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Jonny Gomes, LF
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

P: John Lackey