Game 1: Tigers at Braves

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It’s a short trip for the Tigers today for their Grapefruit League opener, but not a lot of regulars on the trip. Most of them are staying back today and starting the home opener tomorrow.

One player worth watching today will be Steve Lombardozzi, who gets the start at shortstop. He has played very few games at short over his career, but manager Brad Ausmus is trying to work him in as the short-term backup to Jose Iglesias. In other words, if Iglesias had a minor injury that cost him a few games but didn’t require a DL stint, Lombardozzi would fill in. If Iglesias had something more serious that cost him more time, he’d obviously go on the DL, and the Tigers would call up Hernan Perez as a replacement from Triple-A Toledo.

No TV for this game, but you can listen on the radio on AM 1270 and online via MLB Gameday Audio or through the At-Bat app.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Rajai Davis, LF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Jordan Lennerton, 1B
  5. Don Kelly, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Daniel Fields, CF
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Steve Lombardozzi, SS

P: Drew Smyly, Justin Miller, Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, Evan Reed, Eduardo Sanchez, Blaine Hardy

BRAVES

  1. Jason Heyward, RF
  2. B.J. Upton, CF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Evan Gattis, C
  5. Justin Upton, LF Ryan Doumit, DH
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  9. Jordan Schaefer, LF

P: Freddy Garcia

10 Comments

lord almighty i swear i just saw the clock tick backwards – sometimes (in the offseason) it’s easy to forget how hard it is waiting for the game each day.

On the bright side, at some point in March we get to move the clocks forward one hour so we will be that much closer to Opening Day. Of course, I will be a little cranky when I lose that hour of sleep. ;)
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— Bob

that’s a great point, bob!

They’re starting the games……………without ME! Another cold snowy week to go.
Let’s hope Lombo shows he can play some shortstop.

Dan & Jim……music to my ears.

WOW DAVIS!

Reed wasn’t as sharp as one would hope for today. Obviously the org would like him to go north as he has no options left. But Putkonen obviously has moved beyond AAA.

Coke didn’t have his “good” stuff today either….said Dan and Jim

How many bases has V Mart stole in two seasons with the Tigers?? One today.

Did Lombardozzi get any action at SS??

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