Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals
Brad Ausmus talked a little bit about wondering whether it’s worth juggling the lineup. He did a little bit by bumping Austin Jackson to the second spot in the order, trying again to get his bat going after sitting him for Don Kelly on Wednesday. It’s not the easiest matchup for Jackson, who has historically struggled against lefties.
Ausmus was asked about the worth of juggling a lineup.
“The lineup is important because of the way the numbers work in baseball over the long haul,” Ausmus said. “On a day by day basis, you could make the argument that it’s not as big a deal. If I hit Miggy leadoff one day, it might not make that big of a deal in the game, but if I hit Miggy leadoff every single day, it’s probably going to make a difference over the course of the season.”
Torii Hunter remains out, though he took batting practice Thursday and hasn’t been ruled out as a pinch-hitter. Hunter said this morning that he’s hopeful for a return Saturday in Cleveland.
The Royals scratched Alex Gordon from the lineup at the last minute. Jarrod Dyson starts in left.
TIGERS (career numbers against Duffy)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-6, HR, walk, K)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-14, double, HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-14, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-12, double, 2 walks, K)
- J.D. Martinez, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3)
- Bryan Holaday, C
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
- Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-5, double, walk)
P: Anibal Sanchez
ROYALS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Nori Aoki, RF (1-for-3)
- Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-18, walk, 3 K’s)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-16, K)
- Billy Butler, DH (4-for-15, walk, 3 K’s)
- Salvador Perez, C (0-for-9, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF (3-for-10)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (1-for-10, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (4-for-15, 3 K’s)
- Jarrod Dyson, LF (2-for-13, 4 K’s)
P: Danny Duffy