April 11th, 2014

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Padres

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Torii Hunter felt better Friday and took early batting practice with several others at Petco Park (pictured) this afternoon, but there’s still just enough lingering soreness in his left knee that Brad Ausmus decided to rest him an extra day as a precaution. He’s available to pinch-hit, but probably would be lifted for a pinch-runner if he reached base. Don Kelly gets the start in right field in his place.

Elsewhere in the lineup, Victor Martinez gets the start at first base, with Miguel Cabrera shifted over to third and Alex Avila behind the plate. That means Nick Castellanos sits despite coming off his first Major League home run Wednesday. Ausmus said pregame that Martinez will sit one of the remaining two games. It would not surprise me at all if that day is Saturday, with Avila catching Justin Verlander.

If you’re staying up late back in Michigan to watch on TV tonight, take note that the game will begin on Fox Sports Detroit Plus before switching over to the regular FSD channel once the Red Wings game ends.

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


  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B
  5. Austin Jackson, CF
  6. Don Kelly, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Rick Porcello, P


  1. Everth Cabrera, SS
  2. Chris Denorfia, RF
  3. Seth Smith, LF (4-for-7, double. triple, walk off Porcello)
  4. Jedd Gyorko, 2B
  5. Chase Headley, 3B
  6. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  7. Will Venable, CF
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Andrew Cashner, P