February 25th, 2014

Play ball: Tigers vs. Florida Southern

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Good morning from Joker Marchant Stadium, where after a week and a half of workouts and 48 pitches of live batting practice with Justin Verlander, there’s some baseball to be played. For at least one at-bat, it’ll involve most of the Tigers regulars.

Most of this info trickled out over the last couple days. Brad Ausmus warned not to make too much out of Ian Kinsler batting leadoff, but considering Kinsler isn’t dealing with an injury, there isn’t an overwhelming reason to get his at-bat out of the way early, either. We’ll get a better idea of the batting order plans when Grapefruit League play starts tomorrow, though it’s not certain yet how many regulars will be making the trip to Disney World to face the Braves.

The one guy in the lineup who might get multiple at-bats is James McCann, who gets the start behind the plate in place of Alex Avila. For what it’s worth, Avila says he’s feeling good, but they’re not going to risk aggravating the back spasms that sidelined him the last couple days.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Austin Jackson, CF
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Drew VerHagen, Robbie Ray, Kyle Lobstein, Jose Ortega, Melvin Mercedes, Jose Valdez, Jhan Marinez


  1. Conor Szczerba, 2B
  2. J.J. Downum, LF
  3. Keith Curcio, CF
  4. Trey Vavra, 1B
  5. Chris Dennis, 3B
  6. Jimmy Correnti, SS
  7. Dominic Brugnoni, RF
  8. Joey Miller, C
  9. Casey Eddinger, DH

P: Clay Chapman, Nick Krolczyk, Nate Carter, Steven Burnham, Austin Barnett Jr., Stephen Brooks, Casey Eskew