Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Dodgers

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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.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Beckett)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-3)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-17, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-19, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, C (7-for-22, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-7, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, RF
  8. Alex Gonzalez, SS (2-for-4)
  9. Anibal Sanchez, P

DODGERS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Carl Crawford, LF (1-for-4)
  3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (1-for-6)
  5. Andre Ethier, RF (1-for-8)
  6. Matt Kemp, CF (1-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Juan Uribe, 3B (0-for-5)
  8. Tim Federowicz, C
  9. Josh Beckett, P



Look, it’s a picture of that parking lot they paved paradise for. (old timers and Joni Mitchell fans will get it)

lets see collin’s get a hit tonight!

I see ‘ya, Victor. What do you know? A pitchout.

dang gonzo shouldda had that man

Not a good start by Sanchez or his defense.

40 minute first inning. That’s not going to work at this time of night.
It appears that Peralta was a better defender than Gonzalez. They may have to stick with Romine, offense or no.

He’s very good defensively. I like AG, but too many errors already.

Anibal is just going to have to endure. I hope the Tigers can pull this off. We need a win. I’ve got a migraine and am hitting the sack. Go, Tigers!!!!!!!

This game is on my nerves so far …Anibal bad..passed balls, throwing balls away. going to be a long night.

63 pitches through 2 innings …probably will see Drew tonight

one can hope and pray. ausmus underwhelming in his bullpen management so far.

Nice Nick!

Win or lose, Nick C. just made my night.

Casty just made all those mistakes by Vmart worth it

Time to send Collin’s to AAA. Bring up an OF whose hot, I don’t care the side of plate he hits at – better than no hits.

Ezequiel would be the logical choice, gives you experience, some D, speed and a LHB.

Collins was a legit and deserving choice to come north but it hasn’t gone so well the first week. He seems more tentative than what I observed the previous two spring trainings. He’s gotten a taste so even if he goes down, it will have been a good experience. Good guy.

Don’t know what Brad’s got in mind, but I’d let Smyly finish this. He’s out until Sunday, Saturday at the earliest anyway.

I agree on letting Smyly finish this out. Maybe it will be really good for Nathan to get the nod on the save opportunity but I sure would be breathing a lot easier if Smyly was closing this out.

Especially with back to back lefty’s in Gonzalez and Ethier. Why not let Smyly take it home?

I can’t believe Nathan was brought in either……and we were right. Nathan has been a giant disappointment so far.

This pen a week in is the death of me!

I had hoped Brad would do things differently than Leyland. That was dumb.
Good night all.

Why the heck didn’t Castellanos touch the base on third for the force instead of going to second when the ball wasn’t hit hard enough for a double play? He had plenty time to get the lead runner. I can’t believe Smyly was pulled after three great innings and then now this blown save.

Ausmus has made more than a few bad decisions in regards to the pen.

The bad pitching has made some of those decisions look worse than they are. I think he figured a good opportunity to get Nathan on track with a 3 run save. Personally, I would have had Smyly stay in and pitch to Gonzo and Ethier- no question about it.

It in my opinion was a bad decision….a pitcher who pitched 3 great innings who is a starter taken out….a pitcher who said on national TV his arm is dead? Seems like a no brainier to not put Nathan in. Thank god we finally have that lock down closer in! By the way Valverde has pitched 4.1 inning struck out six and not allowed a run.

Thank-you Victor!! I decided to stay up just for Victor. Now if we can just get three outs and call it a night.

I would not bring Al in here. Krol is throwing great breaking balls. He could hang one to Kemp but the righty/lefty thing doesn’t help much if you are throwing strikes on a hitter’s back foot. Al is a problem with control. Hold on.

I agree I was very nervous with the idea to go with Al after Krol struck out both Gonzalez and Ethier with some really nasty stuff but it worked out in the end. A solid 10th inning relief effort. Now it’s time for bed. Really, really glad we got the split. Would have been devastating to have let that one get away.

Got lucky. Al’s sliders are not as devastating as they once were. He hung two of them to Kemp and got away with another one.
All’s well that ends well but I would have left Krol in.

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