Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals


Alex Avila isn’t yet back to full health with his lower back. If the Tigers had a game last night, in fact, he would not have been able to play. Between rest and muscle relaxers, however, he loosened up the back enough yesterday that it felt better today, or at least playable. He’s back in the Tigers lineup.

Don Kelly and J.D. Martinez are both in the lineup tonight in place Nick Castellanos and Rajai Davis, but Ausmus said the move is more about getting Kelly and Martinez a start than it is about the guys they’re replacing. Detroit will face a lefty starter tomorrow in Danny Duffy, so Castellanos and Davis will absolutely be in the lineup for them. Davis is 2-for-16 lifetime off James Shields.

The Royals, meanwhile, add some speed to their lineup to put a test against Porcello and Avila. Nori Aoki leads off in right field, while Jarrod Dyson starts in center.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Shields)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-44, 3 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (15-for-49, 4 doubles, 13 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (18-for-43, 2 HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-37, 2 doubles, HR, 9 K’s)
  5. Austin Jackson, CF (9-for-28, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Don Kelly, 3B (1-for-6, K)
  7. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-6, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C (7-for-23, double, HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Nori Aoki, RF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-14, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  4. Billy Butler, DH (13-for-42, 3 doubles, walk, 9 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (11-for-31, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (4-for-15, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-21, 4 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (2-for-6, triple, walk, K)

P: James Shields


It’s a beautiful night in Kansas City for baseball! Upper 60’s and let’s hope the lineup can get to Shields tonight! Ricky needs to get the groundouts too.

The Tigers are in first and the Royals are in second place so let’s focus on the task at hand. Hanrahan needs six to eight weeks mininum to get ready. Work hard Joel. Don’t rush it. DD has added Nathan, Chamberlain, Reed, Krol, Miller, Hardy, and Hanrahan in the past thirteen months. Certainly aggressive. Go Tigers!!!

Will the real Miguel Cabrera please come back?
Really sick of watching Torii make half hearted routes only to flash a fake catch. If he just put his head down and went for it he might not lose the step he needs to catch those balls he used to. At least he gets there quicker to hold Infante to a double. This fake catch is not fooling anybody, runners, team-mates, fans. He is embarrassing himself with it.

Miggy is still on the rebound from surgery . By midseason we will see him back to the form he once was . Another win for the Tigers who are playing as a team .

Player of the game for me was Rick Porcello!

Whoa, don’t know if I can handle that flashy lineup presentation above. You don’t expect that level of service in a place like this. 🙂 That’s nice, Jason.
Well, good game. Mr. Porcello is taking that next step. Add on runs. A big blast from Avila. Contributions from both Martinez’s. Two good bullpen innings. 4-1 road trip. Much more interesting team to watch.

I would advise caution with the expectations for Hanrahan. He can probably help this year but it may well be next year before he’s back to full strength.

A lot of folks on the Blog over the years have clamored for Ricky P. to be trade bait.
Your beginning to see why the Tigers drafted him out of high school. It wouldn’t surprise me if he won 200 games over his career. I think we forget that he won’t be 26 until December.
1. JD Victor(AKA) the M&M Boys give us four doubles on the night,
2. Everybody in the lineup had a hit.
3. Ricky P, Ian K, and Evan R retire 18 straight. No Walks tonight!
Kudos to Alex, Ajax, but it all goes to Porcello. Lively movement tonight. Good command; maturing more with every start. The Royals are five back on the lost column. Good solid effort tonight.


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