March 26th, 2014

Wednesday: Tigers at Phillies

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Miguel Cabrera has had some memorable trips here to Clearwater. Two years ago, he took a bad-hop ground ball just under his right eye, knocking him out of action for a few days but barely avoiding a far worse injury. Last year, he hit a ball that supposedly left the ballpark completely. He’s in the lineup today, so you’ve been warned.

Most of the regulars are playing today with the exception of Austin Jackson. Tyler Collins starts in his place in center field. Andrew Romine gets the start today at short against Phillies starter Cliff Lee. Brad Ausmus noted yesterday how Collins has held his own against lefties, but Lee should give him a pretty good test.

Justin Verlander should get stretched out close to 100 pitches today in his final spring tuneup. Blaine Hardy, who was supposed to pitch yesterday but didn’t, made the trip today and is scheduled to pitch. So, too, is Phil Coke, which should erase lingering doubt whether he’s going to make the roster. If the Tigers were going to release him and pay just one-fourth of his salary, today is the day they’d have to put him on waivers.

Today’s game is available live online at MLB.TV, or you can watch the replay tonight on MLB Network at 11pm. Or you can watch both, I suppose. You can also listen to the radio broadcast on AM 1270 in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.


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

P: Justin Verlander, Phil Coke, Blaine Hardy, Al Alburquerque


  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, DH
  6. Domonic Brown, LF
  7. Cesar Hernandez, 3B
  8. Bobby Abreu, RF
  9. Wil Nieves, C

P: Cliff Lee, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, Shawn Camp, Brad Lincoln