March 3rd, 2014

Monday: Tigers vs. Cardinals

I’m off today and tomorrow, but I figured I’d pass along the lineup as long as I have it. Aside from the shortstop and maybe the left fielder, you can expect to see a lot of these players in the lineup on Opening Day March 31 as long as they’re healthy. As for the batting order, that’s a matter we still don’t know, and maybe Brad Ausmus doesn’t either. That said, nearly a week into games, Austin Jackson still hasn’t batted in the leadoff spot.

Two big names are expected to make guest appearances today. The first is former Tigers Jhonny Peralta, who’s reportedly on the Cards’ travel roster today. It’s a class move from a player who probably didn’t have to make the trip if he didn’t want to deal with the hassle (or make the three-hour trek). The second is Jonathon Crawford, the Tigers’ first-round draft pick last summer, who’s one of two minor-league call-ups for the day (the other is Chad Green). If the University of Florida product pitches today, it’ll be his first appearance in a Tigers uniform.

No TV today, but the radio broadcast is on AM 1270 back in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Alex Avila, C
  6. Austin Jackson, CF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Danny Worth, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

P: Drew Smyly, Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, Evan Reed, Jose Ortega, Luis Marte, Melvin Mercedes


  1. John Jay, CF
  2. Kolten Wong, 2B
  3. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  4. Matt Adams, DH
  5. Randal Grichuk, RF
  6. Daniel Descalso, 3B
  7. Shane Robinson, LF
  8. Xavier Scruggs, 1B
  9. Audry Perez, C

P: Joe Kelly, Sam Freeman, Tyler Lyons, Lee Stoppelman, Seth Maness, Jorge Rondon, Boone Whiting, Kurt Heyer