Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Dodgers
No Torii Hunter in the Tigers lineup today. Though he’s supposedly feeling some improvement in his bruised left knee, there’s still some swelling in there, leading Brad Ausmus to try to rest him today in hopes of having him back in the lineup Friday night in San Diego. There’s a possibility Hunter could pinch-hit, though Ausmus said he’d rather avoid it. Tyler Collins gets the start in right against Josh Beckett.
Meanwhile, Victor Martinez gets the start behind the plate to catch fellow Venezuelan Anibal Sanchez, moving Miguel Cabrera back to first base and getting Nick Castellanos back in the lineup at third base. With Hunter out, Cabrera and Martinez also moves back to the third and fourth spots in the batting order.
No Yasiel Puig in Dodgers lineup, which means Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the outfield.
Fun fact: With Josh Beckett officially starting for the Dodgers tonight, he and Anibal Sanchez are pitching against each other for the first time since they were traded for each other after the 2005 season. Another player from that trade, Hanley Ramirez, is starting at shortstop for the Dodgers. That’s three of the seven players involved in that Marlins-Red Sox deal, plus three more former Florida Marlins — Miguel Cabrera, Alex Gonzalez and Adrian Gonzalez, who was the Marlins’ top pick in 2000 but never played in a game for them.
TIGERS (career numbers off Beckett)
- Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-3)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-17, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-19, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, C (7-for-22, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-7, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Tyler Collins, RF
- Alex Gonzalez, SS (2-for-4)
- Anibal Sanchez, P
DODGERS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Dee Gordon, 2B
- Carl Crawford, LF (1-for-4)
- Hanley Ramirez, SS
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (1-for-6)
- Andre Ethier, RF (1-for-8)
- Matt Kemp, CF (1-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
- Juan Uribe, 3B (0-for-5)
- Tim Federowicz, C
- Josh Beckett, P