Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

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Bryan Holaday gets his second consecutive start Friday, this time with a right-hander on the mound for Cleveland with Corey Kluber, whose lefty-righty splits aren’t vastly different. Avila is 3-for-17 lifetime with three walks and five strikeouts lifetime off Kluber, while Holaday has never faced him before. Expect Avila back behind the plate Saturday night for Justin Verlander, but Ausmus appears to be serious about trying to find some more starts for Holaday going forward.

There’s a chance Torii Hunter will be available as a pinch-hitter tonight, according to manager Brad Ausmus. He was on the field running before batting practice this afternoon, and he has been taking batting practice. Don Kelly actually starts in his place in right field, while J.D. Martinez moves over to left to start in Rajai Davis’ spot.

The Indians do not have Michael Brantley (concussion) in their lineup tonight, meaning one less left-handed hitter to throw at Rick Porcello. Mike Aviles, utility infielder, gets the start in left field.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Kluber)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-7)
  2. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-21, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-14, HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-3, K)
  7. Don Kelly, RF (1-for-4)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS (career numbers vs. Porcello)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (1-for-9, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (13-for-41, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B (7-for-25, double, HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (11-for-34, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (3-for-14, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Swisher, DH (8-for-30, 3 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  7. David Murphy, RF (9-for-17, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Yan Gomes, C (4-for-8, 2 doubles, K)
  9. Mike Aviles, LF (2-for-8, K)

P: Corey Kluber


Tigers 11th in pitches per AB. Kansas 14th. Seattle, of course,13

weird, did McClendon coach in KC before detroit or something?

Cy Kluber tonight!

THAT’S the spirit, Gk! 🙂

Even when Kluber was sucky he always seems to stymie the Tigers.

jd martinez is fantastic!

Nice play by Kinsler!

Donny Kelly BABY!

And trying to steal cost the tigers a run. Jeez

Ok good *$&# can we get over this stupid base stealing crap? The Tigers are near the bottom of the league in SB%, which means they are just throwing away outs on the basepaths. It’s stupid stupid STUPID baseball and I’m getting sick of it.

I can understand running Rajai or Jackson but DK to third?

Yeah, just utterly ridiculous. He’s already in scoring position and it’s DON KELLY, not Rickey Henderson.


A lot of pitches through 4 thrown by Rick will be a bull pen game.

Nice DP by Cabrera…nice holding on to the bag

Krol time

uh krol!

Jd! Who’s the man!


Oh please …keep telling me that JV has made a tweak and has figured It out. I believed it the first 4 times I heard it.

Oh, geez. This is what the Indians live for.

Too late.


Ausmus doesn’t have a dang clue how to work a pen.

Gene Lamont has his ear. Get that guy outta there.

Wish I was a mouse in the corner of the dugout . Just wonder what was said!!!

Is it time now Ausmus or are you going to wait a bit longer ya idiot! And yes I mean idiot! No leave him in there a little longer.

Overworking but Al and Krol 35 games a piece

anybody know much about Yasmani Tomas? could he be a fit?

My point exactly Ausmus doesn’t have a clue. Totally unimpressed with him.

2 out rbi double to take on some runs. thats what it’s all about folks. that’s big league.

Just hope the pen can hold it now . Tribe has a way of late inning runs that lead to wins .

Drinking game. Every time Nathan bubbles his lips u drink. Have fun.

we gotta win this game tonight –


Martinez boys and Porcello were too much

Ausmus and Krol not o much!

God it just shouldn’t have gotten to that. Looking at the scores there were a lot of large leads given up Seattle, Cincinnati and of course ours.

Great atmosphere to win a game in…….rally towels, $1 dollar hot dogs, and fire works. The home team loses and we WIN!

i sure hope AJ can turn it around tho. sheesh.

He had important hit. Sure, it would be nice if he was 3 for 4 every night, but that only happens once in a blue moon. He was on base for that HR.

touche lets hope it was the start his return. .200 in past 7 days tho

Didn’t understand the no doubles OF defense with a two run lead in the 9th, especially when Nathan is going to let the guy take second anyway.
Interesting game. I had a million comments but have forgotten all but the last one.
Oh yeah, the Holaday steal attempt I was okay with. Cabrera had led off two consecutive times and Kinsler was up. If Holaday is thrown out, which he was, Kinsler leads off the 8th. Which leads to the expected(?) 3-run jack by JD.
I don’t mind the steal attempts but I’m not happy with some of the execution.
Looks like we got our closer back.

On the managing, get over the L-R matchup thing. Use your best pitchers. Been saying that since Hoover was in office, it seems.

I mean, I could have sworn Jim Leyland was managing that 8th inning.

You mean the ghost of Jim Leyland was still in the dugout !!!! We wondered about it also.

Now if Seattle could just cooperate and beat Kansas City.

1. That Rascal Kinsler might have an uppercut swing, but he surely can field his position. His defense this year has been sterling. The DP tonight was exceptional.
2. Plain or Peanut? Whatever your favorite, our current version of M and M’s is just plain fun to watch. Julio has taken Miggy’s swing away from him, and Victor with his Vampire Teeth mouthpiece just keeps on delivering. If Miggy returns to Miggynormal,
what a 3-4-5 lineup!
3. Ricky P goes out and does nothing flashy; he throws the ball, says hit, and put it in play. Sometimes simple can lead to good success.

Kudos again to JobaJoe. I will eat crow gladly, if Nathan continues to regain his form.
Joba has been one of the few constants from the start. Solid defense again from the infield. Give Raggie credit for the big double, and Ian for finally coming through. I texted JV and told him to use his legs for pitching tomorrow. We’ll see if he takes my advice. The drum sounded a little flat tonight.

good comment, as usual

And just like that, back in 1st.


Never thought I would find myself rooting for Seattle . Well it is only for this weekend .

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