Friday: Tigers at Yankees

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Between a Friday night game, a chillier forecast than usual for these parts and a stadium that feels more like American League than Grapefruit League (hopefully the photo above reflects that), this might be as close of a feel as we get to regular season baseball this spring. It also helps that the Tigers brought over a fair number of regulars for this one, including the projected Opening Day outfield and Alex Avila behind the plate and batting fifth. With Matt Thornton on the pitching list for tonight, it’ll be interesting to see if Joe Girardi waits until an inning when Avila is up to bring him in.

After an abundance of time at shortstop, Steve Lombardozzi shifts over to second base for the night, giving Ian Kinsler an easy day ahead of tomorrow’s game against the Mets back in Lakeland. Danny Worth starts at short tonight.

It’ll be interesting to hear the reception for Joba Chamberlain, who certainly has a lot of history here, when he takes the mound for his inning of work in relief.

One other thing: It might be nothing, but it’s worth noting that Jose Ortega and Luis Marte were added to the pitching list for tonight. Neither of them were on the pitching list for yesterday’s rained-out game, so it’s not simply a matter of being pushed back. If you were going to look at relief depth the Tigers could tap if they wanted to swing a trade for a left fielder, either one could make sense. Bruce Rondon was previously on the pitching list for tonight, but he’s now slated to pitch Saturday against the Mets.

TIGERS

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

P: Anibal Sanchez, Robbie Ray, Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, Jose Ortega, Luis Marte, Jhan Marinez

YANKEES

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Alfonso Soriano, RF
  6. Brian Roberts, 2B
  7. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
  8. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  9. Russ Canzler, 1B

P: Hiroki Kuroda, Michael Pineda, David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelly, Bryan Mitchell.

5 Comments

Ummhh–this lineup seems to suggest the first cuts very soon.

Ledezma signed again

maaaaaaan i’d rather have signed Jamie Walker

guy pitched great in 2003

good to hear Joba’s got his Slidepiece back

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