August 19th, 2014

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

Brad Ausmus shuffles up his lineup a bit, moving Torii Hunter back up to second in the order, leading off with Ian Kinsler and moving Rajai Davis back to the ninth spot. Essentially it’s a return to an early-season batting order to try to ignite a few different hitters — including Hunter (who’s just 11-for-53 in August with more strikeouts than he had in June or July) and Kinsler, who batted just 2-for-17 last week as part of a second-half slump that’s well known.

That said, it might not be enough against Chris Archer, who fell two outs shy of a complete-game win at Comerica Park July 5.

While the Tigers miss out on facing Drew Smyly, they’ll get their first look at Curt Casali, the catcher they gave up a year and a half ago to gain full rights to Kyle Lobstein. He’s not hitting much, but he came up with the reputation as a defense-first catcher.

TIGERS (career numbers off Archer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-10, double, 4 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-4, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-7, HR)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, K)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2, HR, 2 walks)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-4, walk, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-3, K)

P: Max Scherzer

RAYS (career numbers vs. Scherzer)

  1. Desmond Jennings, CF (2-for-15, double, 6 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (2-for-18, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Matt Joyce, LF (2-for-17, double, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B (2-for-14, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (6-for-23, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS (11-for-30, 3 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  7. Vince Belnome, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Curt Casali, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF (0-for-3, K)

P: Chris Archer