May 9th, 2014

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

It’s the standard right-handed lineup for the Tigers. In fact, with the exception of a healthy Alex Avila behind the plate, it’s the same lineup Detroit sent against Phil Hughes two weeks ago at Target Field. Hughes went seven innings in that outing, allowing two runs )(one earned) on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

The Twins lineup — their whole roster, really — is kind of a mess right now with injuries and issues, which has dropped the Twins back a ways since their surprising start. They’ve lost three in a row and seven of their last 10 to fall into last place in the AL Central, though they’re still within three games of .500. And now they’re going to go up against Justin Verlander without Joe Mauer, the one hitter they have with sustained success off Verlander.

Speaking of a mess, the weather … is actually not supposed to be as bad tonight as it was this afternoon. It looks like the worst of the storms has passed, leaving some scattered cells along the way.

TIGERS (career numbers against Hughes)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-19, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-18, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (15-for-31, 4 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-24, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
  5. Austin Jackson, CF (6-for-23, triple, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-12, 6 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (6-for-23, 3 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

TWINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-9, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C (6-for-26, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (4-for-24, double, 7 K’s)
  4. Chris Colabello, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, LF (13-for-44, 5 doubles, 4 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Eduardo Nunez, DH (3-for-8, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. Chris Parmelee, RF
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF
  9. Danny Santana, SS

P: Phil Hughes