Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

Two things going on today with the lineup: First, Austin Jackson is batting ninth for just the second time in his career, the other time happening way back on May 1, 2011. Brad Ausmus said it was a one-day thing based on the fact that Rajai Davis, who normally would’ve hit ninth, is 9-for-18 off A’s starter Scott Kazmir.

The other spot in play is the cleanup spot, where Victor Martinez has been scratched with back and side soreness. It doesn’t appear to be major; Martinez was moving around decently well in the clubhouse before batting practice. However, Ausmus didn’t want to take any chances.

“He didn’t want to come out,” Ausmus said, “but we can’t lose Vic for an extended period.”

With Victor Martinez out, J.D. Martinez moves into the DH spot and cleanup slot. He was scheduled to get a day out of the lineup for the first time in two weeks.

TIGERS (career numbers off Kazmir)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (9-for-18, 3 doubles, triple, HR, 6 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-33, 2 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-23, double, triple, HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (7-for-24, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-3, K)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Austin Jackson CF (3-for-15, walk, 9 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

ATHLETICS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF (6-for-15, 3 doubles, HR, K)
  2. John Jaso, C (1-for-10, 4 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-15, 5 K’s)
  4. Brandon Moss, 1B (3-for-19, double, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Josh Donaldson, DH (6-for-16, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Stephen Vogt, RF (1-for-4, triple, 2 K’s)
  7. Jed Lowrie, SS (1-for-16, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  8. Alberto Callaspo, 3B (1-for-5, HR, walk, K)
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B (2-for-7, double, K)

P: Scott Kazmir

57 Comments

Victor is 12-26 (.462) against Kazmir. There’s some bad luck. Be kind, everyone.

Bad timing for sure, I just hope it’s not serious.

Victor to pitch hit at some point tonight and give us a walk off victory??

De-pressurize AJ. maybe this will help.
Rajai has to start making the most of his appearances as well. In my mind, both of those fellas are tradeable.

I love Rod and Mario but I wish they would of shown Lou and Team turning the double play . Oh well maybe they will show it later.

Rod Allen’s pretentiousness drives me nuts. Today it is all about the 1984 Tigers and what would his part be in that?
31 at bats.
Rod’s broadcast demeanor would make one think he was a very accomplished player.
Game started–why the hell does Coco kill us like he does? Why do our starters struggle so much in the 1st inning and often to the 1st batter?

He wears his WS ring almost every broadcast.

I would

Good job getting out of the first inning jam.

Wow Rajai. ..2 strikeouts only seeing 6 pitches. I guess his previous results against Kazmir aren’t translating so far tonight.

Ausmus overlooked the fact that Rajai had 6 SO vs Kazmir

there ya go dan, an AJ dive

How long is it going to take for them to figure out Petrys mike isn’t open. Seriously ridiculous

Anibal pitching very well….runs please.

Things look like they are heading south real quick like here in the 6th.

If nothing else this is memorable for the audio mess. Hard to believe they don’t have backups for this kind of a thing

Apparently Kazmir can throw pitches off the plate and get them called strikes. …thst lefty strike zone. Would be nice if Anibal had the same.

Like that 1st pitch to Miggy. …bull

BOOM

I m following the game via gameday but I can say this: that is the way you get to the 8th:pitching for contact and few K. Even if now looks like the right time to call the bullpen

Bad time for an error.

Thanks Suarez……..that’s an awesome throw.

Very few games this team doesn’t make an error and they always seem to come back to bite em in the butt

No hitter in Boston broken up no less by a guy batting .129

Here we are with the strike zone. …ump making me feel angry

If they want to win it all, they must be able to overcome and E. One runner did not become three runs.

Ump helped out a whole bunch lowrie was struck out a couple times.

we got this

miggy at the plate

And a double play.

It’s not just one error they make a ton of errors in fact well over half their games. Yes pitchers need to bail out position players but how many can you ask them to pitch around? Its a serious problem.

I cringe when it is Anibal’s turn to pitch. I know the team will not support him and we’ll be lucky to score even a couple of runs. Must be really frustrating for him.
Suarez does have trouble with easy plays. He also drops throws in from the outfielders.
Concentration/Focus?

That is the scout report on him: he does the web gems plays fails with the routine plays. Still he won an GG in the Minors.

Well maybe majors too much for him.

made a lot of errors in the minors. Maybe he’ll improve.

He saved a run in the first

YEAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No way Rajai

By the way hell of an bat by Austin too. Yippie

He is 8th in pitches /AB in the AL, ahead of Victor

who told ya? GIMME DAT WIN!

You did

Hardy with his first W

I remember Alan Trammell hitting a walk off grand slam off Dave Righetti the night the Pistons lost game 7 of the ’88 finals to the Lakers.

I did NOT see that coming.
Several things tonight you don’t often see. A Whitaker to Trammel to Bergman doubleplay, Jackson making a diving catch, an entire half inning long interview with no audio for the interviewee, and a Rajai Davis walkoff slam. It wasn’t dull, that’s for sure.
And good job by Coke again.
That Oakland team is tough. Real tough. You see the numbers on those relievers? And their closer was a position player.

Rajai had a great game both sides. I’ve been guilty of negative comments concerning him in the recent past. He seemed OK attitude wise in the post game interview. He was as surprised and excited as the rest of us. This has to be one of the most (if not the most) important games to date this season. Big plus turnaround, especially after yesterday’s loss. Great job by Hardy to hold them and get the win.

He’s no slouch. Very well educated and has a very positive attitude.

It’s hard to believe Coke picks up a struggling Joba tonight. Coke is on a good streak for now. Hardy gets the “W” and everyone picks up Sanchez. Davis hitting a Slam was not expected! Great Win!!

Gosh, that was fun. Very unexpected……a grand slam walkoff.

1. Coke being more than carbonated water.
2. Jackson decides to get his pants dirty.
3. The Jackson walk.
All of those have been mentioned, but they were the three things from my view tonight. Throw in Avila getting a hit off of Doolittle, and we can be just like President Obama. yes we can. Kudos of course to Rags, whom I have ragged all year long. After hearing his interview, I’m going to temper my criticism for a while. Kudos to Nick also who worked two walks and a hit. Maggy showed up as Miggy, and got us even for a little while. Hats off to Anabal who always gives us a chance to win. This victory is the biggest to date IMO. You come back from three down in the 9th. to beat the best team in the AL right now, and you beat a dominant closer. Enough can’t be said. Two of three from these pests would be hitting the jackpot. Hope VMart is okay; needed a day off anyway. Time for Mr. P to spin his yarn tomorrow night.

Well I called the walk off before the game began just thought it would be Victor coming off the bench not Davis. What a great win!!

8-2 in the last 10. that aint bad!

Coke coming in and stopping the bleeding hopefully will not go unnoticed. He has really been very good this month. ..maybe almost better than any reliever lately. Hopefully he can continue to do well and pitch with that confidence and success.
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Still say that ump screwed Joba over quite a bit.

Rajai Davis is Mr. Walk Off !!!! What a way to end this game ……

Interesting that the last Tiger to hit a “Super” Grand Slam was Alan Trammel in 1988. WAY TO GO RAJAI!
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I “NEARLY” turned this game off and was preparing for the harassment from my co-worker in the morning.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/walk_off_grand_slams.shtml

Rajai joined the company of Babe Ruth tonight. Unthinkably awesome.

Wow. To come back like that off of Doolittle was absolutely incredible and becomes more important than the 1 W in the Win Column

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