Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Orioles
Remember when the Tigers were concerned enough about Tuesday’s forecast that they moved Anibal Sanchez’s simulated game up a day? Well, it’s a georgeous day in Baltimore. Radar shows a line of storms forming to the west that could head this way later, but it would be a surprise if they didn’t get the game in.
Torii Hunter’s ribs are sore, as expected, but he’s in the starting lineup. He tried to use his usual line for playing after an injury before he realized it doesn’t really fit here.
“I don’t miss games like that,” Hunter said. “It’s a long way from the heart. … Actually, it’s right next to the heart.”
Hunter also came to the defense of umpire Paul Nauert, whose contact with Hunter will be part of MLB’s investigation into the entire incident.
“That doesn’t make sense,” Hunter said. “I mean, he was just trying to get me to calm down. He was just saying, ‘Torii, you’re better than this. Come on.’ I’ve known him a long time. He wasn’t smacking me like people think. He was trying to calm me down: ‘Come on, baby, come back, come back.’ Because I was losing it. He was just trying to help me. There’s nothing to really investigate. People probably see that he was smacking me in the face, and if a player did that, he’d probably be fined. But I know him. It was all for the good.”
Instead of Hunter sitting, it’s the other Tigers corner outfielder getting the day off. Brad Ausmus said his decision was more about getting J.D. Martinez into the lineup. Davis is 6-for-30 so far in May.
Presumably, Al Alburquerque will not be available out of the bullpen tonight after pitching each of the last four days. Joba Chamberlain and Evan Reed should be back. Ian Krol has pitched back-to-back days, but has thrown just 30 pitches in that stretch.
TIGERS (career numbers off Ubaldo Jimenez)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-14, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (7-for-18, double, walk, 2 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, DH (14-for-41, 4 doubles, HR, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, 1B (7-for-21, double, 3 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
- Austin Jackson, CF (7-for-21, walk, 9 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C (5-for-22, double, HR, 7 walks, 7 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS
P: Drew Smyly
ORIOLES (career numbers vs. Smyly)
- Nick Markakis, LF (0-for-4)
- Manny Machado, 3B (0-for-1)
- Adam Jones, CF (0-for-3)
- Chris Davis, 1B (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
- Nelson Cruz, LF (1-for-5, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
- J.J. Hardy, SS (0-for-1, walk)
- Steve Pearce, DH (0-for-1, K)
- Jonathan Schoop, 2B (0-for-1, K)
- Caleb Joseph, C
P: Ubaldo Jimenez