Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

With the suspense pretty much over about Victor Martinez’s availability for the series, the four-outfielders-for-three-spots scenario is not a question. J.D. Martinez is the DH tonight, with Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter on the corners. Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop to add another left-handed bat against James Shields, who’s allowing a .292 average and .792 OPS from the left side this year compared with .249 and .717 against righties. The lefty average is the highest of Shields’ career.

No major changes for the Royals in Rick Porcello’s first outing since he joined Twitter. This time, Lorenzo Cain is in right field to start the game after shifting there from center of the middle of the game Friday night.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit (tape delay at 10pm ET), MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Shields)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (10-for-32, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (10-for-47, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (19-for-47, 8 doubles, 2 HR, 4 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH (3-for-9, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (17-for-53, 4 doubles, 13 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2)
  7. Alex Avila, C (8-for-25, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-3)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (2-for-16, triple, 3 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS (career numbers against Porcello)

  1. Nori Aoki, LF (0-for-3, K)
  2. Lorenzo Cain, RF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-16, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-13, 2 K’s)
  5. Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-3, triple)
  6. Billy Butler, DH (14-for-45, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (5-for-18, 3 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-23, 5 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (2-for-8, triple, walk, K)

P: James Shields

24 Comments

I’m listening on the radio. Jim Price just interviewed Brad and he still doesn’t feel good according to Jim. Now, he’s interviewing Omar Vizquel. They are still talking about the play Suarez made last night.
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Go Tigers!!

The game IS on MLB.TV for out of market viewers.

Iott, 23 hours ago:”To answer questions, being told Tigers-Royals game will be blacked out on MLB.TV locally, not nationally”.

Absolutely no reason this game should be blacked out. Shame on MLB and the Kansas City Royals for setting the times for this game.

AJ must have gotten wind of Dirks coming back and decided to start hitting.

Wow! In my crazy thinking that a pitcher should have no more than 60 pitches after 4 innings, Rick has only 40. Anibal was doing well last night also.

I’m seeing it on MLB.TV on the Internet. Are you sure it’s not available anywhere else?

Eveywhere but for Tigers and KC markets

That sucks. (I hope it’s ok to say that on here.). Really wrong.

So much for the low pitch count. Rick needed 28 pitches to get out of that inning but he did. Very close call. Shields’ count is very high. May be the last inning for him.

Oh, no. Butler. Is Rick losing his touch?

Is this going to have to be another Joba-Joe night?

Miggy seems all out of whack. Both pitches would have been balls. Maybe he should stay home next week and collect himself.

JD HOLY COW

The game, in progress, is now being televised.

Just in time for Avila’s HR.

I was wondering if they could get to KC BP. Too much of a lead for a Joe save opp?

16 games over 500. Best of the year. At least 6.5 game lead going into the break. Now what? Dirks returning? Bullpen help?

we are blessed – these boys have it. we just need a little bullpen help and this team is a serious contender.

Another nice win for the Tigers. It would be nice to get the sweep going into the much needed All-Star break .

1. Ricky P. solid again; JobaAl cleans it up.
2. Julio and Alex down at the school; going YARD! Julio, I bet Houston is doing a double take now.
3. Tigers again lead start to finish.

Kudos to Ian, and Mr. Leadoff, AJax himself. He has a second wind. The most amazing thing about this series is the absence of the M and M Boys, one in body, and the other in mind. Right now, I don’t know where Miggy is. At least Victor does know that. Nice all around game again; this Starting pitching is really gettin in a groove. The last question for the night: Will the real Verlander show up tomorrow for a sweep, or will the Royals clip JV’s wings in the final game? Stay tuned!

Just think where this team will be when Miggy gets hot. They’ve been winning without a dominant Miggy.

Lineup: Jackson, Kinsler, Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Hunter, Castellanos, Avila, Suarez, Davis.

Cafardo about Stanton potential ,but improbable ,trade.
“It would likely come down to the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, Phillies, Tigers, Mariners, and Rangers.”

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