May 11th, 2014

Mother’s Day lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. It should be a pretty happy holiday in the Kelly household, where Don Kelly earns a second consecutive start. He’ll be at third base today, giving Nick Castellanos a day off. Besides going 2-for-4 with a double Saturday, Kelly is one of just two Tigers with any past success off Twins starter Sam Deduno, homering off of him last May 24 and adding a double and a single June 15.

The Twins have not hit left-handed pitching well so far this season, batting just .233 against southpaws with more strikeouts (97) than hits (83). They don’t have a whole lot of changes they can make, though they get young catcher Josmil Pinto back into their starting lineup after back-to-back starts for Kurt Suzuki. Opponents are 8-for-8 in stolen-base attempts off Pinto this season after he threw out 5-of-11 would-be basestealers last season, so keep an eye on the basepaths, especially if Deduno shows he can command the strike zone today.

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

TIGERS (career numbers vs. Sam Deduno)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-5, walk, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-10, walk, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-6)
  5. Don Kelly, 3B (3-for-6, double, HR)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-9, HR, walk, K)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

P: Robbie Ray


  1. Brian Dozier, 2B
  2. Joe Mauer, DH
  3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  4. Chris Colabello, 1B
  5. Josmil Pinto, C
  6. Eduardo Nunez, LF
  7. Chris Parmelee, RF
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF
  9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

P: Sam Deduno