March 8th, 2014

Smyly day (or Saturday): Tigers vs. Mets

Today is the stray home game in between last night’s game in Tampa and the upcoming two-day trip to Jupiter, so the lineup is a little interesting. Most of the regulars who started last night are off today. The exceptions are Torii Hunter in right field, Victor Martinez at first base, Steve Lombardozzi at shortstop and Nick Castellanos, who gets to DH.

Bruce Rondon is ready to pitch after being pushed back a day for a minor tweak in his back. He has had the ninth inning on his days to pitch.

No TV on this game, but you can listen in Detroit on 97.1 FM and online at MLB Gameday Audio.

Some more early notes:

  • Jose Iglesias is slated to hit today (presumably on the back fields, since the Tigers aren’t taking a formal BP session this morning) and do some running. He did that yesterday, felt fine hitting but felt some soreness while running.
  • Steve Lombardozzi has made an early impression with his baserunning instincts. Last night was the second time this spring he took third base on a double steal, both times on his own according to Brad Ausmus.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  3. Torii Hunter, RF
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B
  5. Don Kelly, 3B
  6. Nick Castellanos, DH
  7. Daniel Fields, CF
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Steve Lombardozzi, SS

P: Drew Smyly, Justin Miller, Phil Coke, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque, Luke Putkonen, Jose Valdez, Jhan Marinez


  1. Eric Young Jr., 2B
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF
  4. Josh Satin, 1B
  5. Andrew Brown, DH
  6. Matt den Dekker, LF
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  8. Taylor Teagarden, C
  9. Omar Quintanilla, SS

P: Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Gonzalez Germen, Jeff Walters, Joel Carreno, John Church, Adam Kolarek