Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Right-handed hitters are batting just .189 off Kyle Gibson this season, part of the reason behind 52-point gap in the lefty-righty splits for Gibson’s young career. Thus, Brad Ausmus puts an extra left-handed bat in the lineup, replacing Rajai Davis with Don Kelly.

The Twins, meanwhile, get Joe Mauer back in the lineup. He’s the designated hitter today, batting third. Eduardo Nunez, once known as the Yankees shortstop-in-waiting, is the left fielder. Jason Kubel, 3-for-6 off Max Scherzer, is off.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Austin Jackson, CF
  6. Don Kelly, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Max Scherzer

TWINS (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-8, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C (1-for-3, HR, K)
  3. Joe Mauer, DH (8-for-26, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Chris Colabello, 1B
  5. Chris Parmelee, RF (4-for-11, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Eduardo Nunez, LF (1-for-2, triple)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (1-for-5, K)
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF (0-for-5, 3 K’s)
  9. Danny Santana, SS

P: Kyle Gibson



Another bad running

Romine makes that blown play at second happen with his hustle!! No mention of that fact but he really deserves some credit there. Good to see them come back in the second inning after stranding those guys in the first and AJ’s bad base running at the beginning of the second.

1. Aljobacoke gets the last 9 outs without too much fizz.
2. Donnie Baby keeps the ball in the park;Rajai might not have made the same play.
3. RBI’s from the bottom to get things going.
Kudos to Mig and Mart. Max was very ordinary today. Need to score runs for Ray tomorrow. If not, the Twinks take the series.


For the 25th man on the roster, Kelly does contribute. I saw the replay on that catch and it looked like he took away a HR. I picture DK being taller than RD. Then I believe it was Kelly scoring the first run of the game. Little things get run over by two 3-run HRs.

I thought the key play was Romine being safe at second, as GuateTiger referenced above. In fact, I thought he beat the throw even if it was handled cleanly.
I assume this Aljobacoke guy throws all sliders, has a thick beard and points to the sky when balls are hit into the air.
Ray will have to face big league hitters tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.
I guess many people have their eyes glued to the NFL draft, something I am definitely…..NOT…..doing.

Ray should be fine. Doo-doo, no! is pitching tomorrow and isn’t on any kind of roll and hasn’t exactly given us trouble in the past (e.g. AJ, DK have hit him well). Twins aren’t exactly a good hitting team. Their offense is closer to the astros than ours (by some metrics; e.g. Tigers .766 OPS this season, Twins .697 OPS and Astros .656 OPS)

I truly hope DK gets the start tomorrow. Torii probably due for a blow, Davis has cooled off. Hey when’s Andy rehabbing?

Middle June based on what Iott reported

I’d like to see Rajai in the leadoff position, myself.

It’s good to see a beatin’ on the Twins! At least the bats showed up today.

Beating the Twins means we do not have a three game losing streak yet this year. Now to win the series today as we will embark on a nine game road trip with Balt., Bos and Clev. That last road trip was impressive and another good one sure would be nice. Go Tigers!!!!

Lineup: Kinsler, Hunter, Cabrera, Martinez, Kelly, 3B, Jackson, Avila, Romine, Davis. Ray pitching.

If you look at what our BP has done for the past 30 days, you see mostly good things. Nathan and Chamberlain have solid numbers across the board. Al Al, Krol, Miller and Reed have hung tough and helped out. The results for Coke have not been as good (5.62 ERA) but he has logged some innings. Has everything been rosy?? Of course, not. The Angels bombed Putkonen, poor Ortega was sacrificed in Minnesota, and Krol gave up a grand slam in a game with Chicago. Three rough days in 30 days. Really that will work. Go Tigers!!!

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