Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Red Sox (weather permitting)
Sprinkles have been coming down off and on at Fenway Park this afternoon, but the heavy stuff isn’t expected to arrive until later tonight. Once it does, it’s hard to see them playing through it. The key tonight is going to be getting five innings in before that.
Interesting decision by manager Brad Ausmus to start Alex Avila against the lefty Jon Lester. Since Avila hasn’t played since Tuesday, however, Ausmus said he wanted to get him in regardless of the opposing starter.
“It really didn’t matter who was going to pitch,” Ausmus said. “Alex had two days off. He was going to play.”
In Avila’s defense, he’s 4-for-10 with a double and three strikeouts off Lester for his career.
Torii Hunter, meanwhile, gets the start in right field. Don’t expect him to go tumbling over the bullpen fence again — not in a regular season game, and not with more than 120 games remaining.
TIGERS (career numbers off Lester)
- Rajai Davis, LF (11-for-36, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-26, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-23, 2 doubles, HR, 7 walks, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-19, triple, HR, 3 walks)
- Torii Hunter, RF (13-for-36, 3 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Austin Jackson, CF (7-for-19, double, walk, 3 K’s)
- Alex Avila, C (4-for-10, double, 3 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Danny Worth, SS (2-for-4, walk, K)
P: Max Scherzer
RED SOX (career numbers vs. Scherzer)
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B (6-for-22, double, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
- Grady Sizemore, RF (1-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
- David Ortiz, DH (7-for-19, double, 3 HR, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
- Mike Napoli, 1B (1-for-16, walk, 7 K’s)
- Mike Carp, LF (2-for-11, walk, 7 K’s)
- Xander Bogaerts, SS (1-for-3, double, 2 walks)
- Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B (1-for-8, 6 K’s)
- David Ross, C (1-for-4, double, K)
P: Jon Lester