Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Orioles

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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)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-14, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (7-for-18, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (14-for-41, 4 doubles, HR, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (7-for-21, double, 3 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (7-for-21, walk, 9 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C (5-for-22, double, HR, 7 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Drew Smyly

ORIOLES (career numbers vs. Smyly)

  1. Nick Markakis, LF (0-for-4)
  2. Manny Machado, 3B (0-for-1)
  3. Adam Jones, CF (0-for-3)
  4. Chris Davis, 1B (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  5. Nelson Cruz, LF (1-for-5, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  7. Steve Pearce, DH (0-for-1, K)
  8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (0-for-1, K)
  9. Caleb Joseph, C

P: Ubaldo Jimenez


the lineup spot just behind Victor has been the spot where ausmus likes to stick players huh? “LOB city” as they say….

Let’s see if Drew can get on a roll tonight. The only guy eager to face him is the rookie catcher from AAA. Evan, doesn’t Martinez, Martinez just have a good ring to it? Go Tigers!!!!

putting scrubs in the 5th hole never sounds good to me. wasn’t fun when JL did it, just as uncool when BA does it.

Some strikezone already.

Also consider that Martinez, JD hits better than AJ with runners in scoring position.
JD has some crazy splits as he can’t get a hit against lefties (0-11) and he is .417 against RHPs. Our best LF combo has Rajai against LHP and JD against RHP.

Boy I think we have seen some rreally bad home plate ball/strike calls over the last week. Its really driving me crazy.

Mario just commented on Jd Martinez providing some thunder off the bench….whatever thunder he had in AAA seems to have disappeared.

He probably doesn’t get enough at bats, or he can’t hit major league pitching. He’s OK in the OF.

oops, that looked real bad in the OF.

Well that sure was a waste of a beautiful piece of hitting by Victor. What in the heck was AJ doing “standing like a house by the side of the road” on that called third strike thus leaving Victor out to dry? As much as I want to blame AJ for that, how do you send him twice like that if you’re Ausmus? Plenty of blame to go around on that one!!

Do we have any left fielders who can play that position? Just asking.

Don Kelly.

Well, looks like it’s gonna be a long night. Second night in a row we’re missing Dirks out in left. So frustrating.

JD Martinez doing a real good job out there in left.

sarcasm font didn’t work ^^

At least the ump is being consistent on bad calls behind the plate so far. Drew really needed some help there and he got it.

How this works is Drew just picked up his teammate (JD). It’s done. Let’s go hit!!!

Drew is going to need a lot of help tonight with 43 pitches in only 2 innings. The hitters and the bullpen will have to step up.

Well it would help if they could manage a few hits! No sarcasm lol. This team has been mighty flat at the plate as a whole the last week or so. And its not as though they’re facing King Felix or Kershaw.

King Jimenez!

Drew…..what the heck?

It will be a miracle if we come out of this 1-0.

Talk about running into outs………,,lord they are driving me to drink tonight!

Hope they have someone up and throwing in the BP. Drew might not make it out of this inning. Too many pitches.

AJ is a miracle worker😉

Deja vu all over again. Jimenez when he is good is good

There is reason why Weaver did not have a hit and run sign

Jimenez got through that inning with only 5 pitches……a guy who’s been going to a ton a 3 ball counts that’s ridiculous. Heck if you can’t hit him at least make him work! Gosh it’s ridiculous and not smart.

I criticized Jd for his bad play I’ll compliment him on a nice play.
I was really going to comment on the back swing of batters. .kinda think you should be a little more in control of your bat.

J.D. Martinez made a good catch just now. He’s not a bad OF but maybe inconsistent, which may be a function of his playing time.

Bottom of the lineup
Avila…. .215
Romine … .209

Its like a deadzone…

Avila and Romine just stood there and watched the house go by with called 3rd strikes. Isn’t that what Ernie used to say?

they are what they are!

stood there like a house by the side of the road and watched it go by.

Smyly goes six solid innings. Let’s score two for him!!!!

and then the leadoff man gets on for the tigers. you called it dok!

In spite of his high pitch count, Drew’s stats looked really good. 1 run, 5 hits, 7 so.

2 pitches –> 2 on and 0 out to inning over.

Really ticked…..running themselves out of another inning. Went from 2 on and nobody out to 2 pitches later having 3 out.

They really messed up that inning> 2 on, none out, caught stealing, double play. Sad.

Here comes the bullpen. Fasten your seat belts. This could be a bumpy ride.

Miller is in this should be be more than a one run game soon.

what other options do you have, but miller-time? coke time? Krol labored the other day….al al needs to be used LESS….too early for joba….

None…..that’s the sad thing.

Evan is about the only other option, he pitched on the 11th and Miller last pitched on the 8th.

How many runs will they waste running

not you too El-T! if it is less than they create by running, you know we gotta do it with this offense!!

Old school, pitching , fundamentals and three runs HR

well if you wanted to play long ball this year….then this was a bad offseason for you!

Only one power hitter.

Seems like days since Nick has put a ball in play.

about a week ago many said: Cabby’s back! I was excited because I could feel Casty and Rajai fading at the plate. Cabby didn’t really get “back” and Casty and Rajai have been bottom-of-the-order types of late.

Miguel is second in RBI. Davis, nothing unexpected:a better contact Berry

Rajai is an elite base stealer. Use it or you lose it.

Might have to go out and get Drew,

that’s S. Drew,

I don’t think Stephen Drew is going to fix this offense!!! He is an average bat, at best.

750 OPS. 100 points above ours. Said that,he will done pinstripes


Wow! Great 2 innings by J Miller. Now if only they could take Smyly off the hook for a loss.

AA beat the shift!!!!!

Oh yes Miguel.


Putkonen gave up 5 H & 1 BB in 2 IP + 2 batters. 38 pitches, 22 strikes. And a fair number of hard-hit balls.

Make my day, Miggy!



wait did i say he wasn’t back. my bad!



No you didn’t V-mart!


How bad was the off season Evan?

that is the way you do it

Twenty seven outs in a baseball game. O’s could not get them. Now can we do it??

All you guys just keep bad mouthing this team with the best record!

Torii got us a four run walk.

well when you go 2.9 games with your bats quiet…..

Said to myself since the 3rd or 4th inning that it was time for Miggy to pick this team up and his shoulders and carry them for awhile. That just started tonight!! That was an amazing 9th inning. Oh how I love Tiger’s baseball!!

That’s battling to the last out at its best. Really that’s all we should want them to do. Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!

Did Miller earn some more MLB time????

ElTigre called it above at 9:18 pm. Not too shabby ET….

Page right out of Earl Weaver’s playbook. Gotta love the irony.

Hey Greg, we should have gone to this game tonight.

How far do you live from Baltimore? First 8 innings you would of been board but 9th was better?

I don’t think I would have been bored. That was an entertaining game start to finish. I was thinking that even before Miggy hit the homer. A lot of things happened out there.

Great 9th inning and Miggy silenced the home fans and VMart sent them to the exits.

Wished I had been there. Some real excitement in Tigerville. That’s what you call story book ending to a game. Replay and challenge looks better every day. Seven straight on the road. Just great entertainment.
1. Mr. Miller gave us a solid two.
2. Mr. Smyly gave us every opportunity to win, and we did.
3. The Avila single and the Hunter walk at just the right time.

Kudos to Miggy, Victor and Drew. Andrew can’t hit squat right now, and Nick needs a break. Rajai is much more valuable as used tonight IMO. So far, not impressed with Martinez 2. JV is due for a dominator tomorrow.


maybe some more Kelly at 3rd/LF….he is swinging a good bat this year..

injury tri-fecta: Infante, the Ace of the Marlins rotation and Beltran

Lots of injuries this year…..seems like a lot more huh?

What an exciting end to that game! Miggy did what we have come to expect, I loved the energy in the dugout, boys being boys. Drew did a great job – got into a lot of jams but also got out of them. Just when I think I can’t love Victor more, he goes yard to punctuate the game – I think he is the new catalyst for Miggy, taking up the power slack. The Avila hit to beat the shift and the Torii walk made it all possible. Baserunning last night was horrendous – good thing for replay!

someone told me last night our stealing success rate is 14th in the AL. dunno how to look that up, but i suspect our success rate will be much better in the 2nd half.

Evan, take a look at the sortable team stats on the MLB site. Column for both steals and CS. The Tigers, Rangers, and Astros have the most steals and the most caught stealing. We are aggressive. Three teams with the worst success rate are the Red Sox, Mariners, and Os. We are no better than 11th or 12th in success rate. The team to watch out for are the As. They have a success rate of 89%. On the other side of the ledger our catchers are competing quite well, Before the final Os game we held a 32 to 27 advantage over our opponents in stolen bases, Now what I want to know is how many runs were scored because of the steals. Rajai’s steal last night made the victory possible.

LFRajai Davis (R)
2BIan Kinsler (R)
1BMiguel Cabrera (R)
DHVictor Martinez (S)
RFJ.D. Martinez (R)
CFAustin Jackson (R)
3BDon Kelly (L)
CBryan Holaday (R)
SSDanny Worth (R)

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