July 4th, 2014

Fourth of July lineups: Tigers vs. Rays

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Left-handed hitters are batting just .198 (24-for-121) off Alex Cobb this season, compared to a .293 average from right-handed batters. The career trend, however, is pretty close to even. With Chris Archer and David Price coming up this weekend, Brad Ausmus will take tonight to give Nick Castellanos a game off and put Don Kelly in the game. The move is NOT injury-related. Though Kelly was on deck to hit for Castellanos in the fourth inning Thursday night, Ausmus admitted that was a stall tactic while Castellanos was in the bathroom.

Reminder: Tonight is an ESPN broadcast, though it’s still on Fox Sports Detroit in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The difference is that fans outside the local markets can watch it on national TV.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, ESPN, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Alex Cobb)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-8, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-6, double, 4 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-6, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-13, double, walk)
  7. Don Kelly, 3B (2-for-6, double)
  8. Alex Avila, C (4-for-7, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Drew Smyly

RAYS (career numbers against Smyly)

  1. Desmond Jennings, CF (1-for-6, triple, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, SS (1-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Brandon Guyer, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B (1-for-1, double, walk)
  5. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  6. James Loney, 1B (0-for-1)
  7. Sean Rodriguez, DH (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
  8. Jose Molina, C (1-for-2, double)
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF

P: Alex Cobb