August 23rd, 2014

Saturday (Game 2) lineups: Tigers at Twins

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Trevor May has made three Major League appearances, two of them starts. He has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits over nine total innings with 13 walks and three strikeouts. In theory, it would take a lot of Twins hitting off Justin Verlander to put the Tigers out of this one. The way this weekend has gone for them, though, nothing is assured. And May did pitch eight shutout innings against Toledo in May.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: Justin Verlander

TWINS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Danny Santana, CF (1-for-3)
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (3-for-11, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (23-for-62, 4 doubles, 3 HR, 12 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Kennys Vargas, DH
  5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF (0-for-2, walk)
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (4-for-28, double, 8 K’s)
  7. Kurt Suzuki, C (8-for-30, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eduardo Escobar, SS (2-for-8, K)
  9. Jordan Schafer, LF

P: Trevor May

Most runs allowed in two-game stretch, Tigers pitching

Friday night and Saturday afternoon didn’t put the Tigers in record territory, but it wasn’t far off.

The 32 runs allowed (20-6 Friday night, 12-4 Saturday afternoon) are the most off Tigers pitching in a two-game stretch since Sept. 7-9, 2004. That stretch is remembered more for the second game, when Jason Johnson and the Tigers suffered a 26-5 loss to the Royals in the first game of a doubleheader at Comerica Park. It’s the fourth-highest two-game total in franchise history.

Here’s the full list:

40 — June 17-18, 1953 at Red Sox (17-1 loss first game, 23-3 loss 2nd game)

35 — April 24-25, 1996 vs. Twins (24-11 loss first game, 11-1 loss 2nd game)

33 — Aug. 28, 1936 doubleheader at Yankees (14-5 loss Game 1, 19-4 loss Game 2)

32 — Aug. 4-5, 1929 at Senators (13-11 win first game, 21-5 loss 2nd game)

32 — Sept. 7-9, 2004 vs. Royals (6-2 loss first game, 26-5 loss 2nd game)

32 — Aug. 22-23, 2014 at Twins (20-6 loss first game, 12-4 loss 2nd game)

Saturday (Game 1) lineups: Tigers at Twins

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Hours after throwing 27 pitches, Andrew Romine starts the day game of this doubleheader at shortstop. To say it is not the ideal scenario would be an understatement. But then, there’s pretty much nothing ideal about the Tigers situation today.

As it is, the Tigers will use their left-handed hitters in the day game against Twins starter Yohan Pino. He’s giving up a .290 average to lefties (compared to .261 to right-handed batters), but the OPS difference is negligible at 10 points.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Don Kelly, RF
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Buck Farmer


  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B
  5. Chris Parmelee, RF
  6. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  8. Eric Fryer, C
  9. Jordan Schafer, LF

P: Yohan Pino

McCoy, Lobstein up; Ray, Krol down

For the second (or third) time in as many weeks, the Tigers are having to make multiple call-ups to bring fresh relievers to their bullpen. This time, one is familiar, and one is new.

Lefty Patrick McCoy is familiar, having been recalled from Triple-A Toledo after being sent down a week and a half ago in the last round of mass bullpen moves. Fellow lefty Kyle Lobstein is new, having been in Tigers camp the last two Spring Trainings but never cracked the roster.

Lobstein, a starter at Triple-A Toledo, will pitch out of the bullpen in Detroit. If he makes an appearance, he’ll be the 28th different person to throw a pitch for the Tigers this season. He’d be the 10th Tigers pitcher to make his Major League debut this season.

To make room, starter Robbie Ray and fellow lefty Ian Krol were optioned to Triple-A Toledo after a pair of disastrous outings. The Tigers will need a fifth starter to replace Ray at some point next week.

Dombrowski on Castillo: We weren’t a finalist

Dave Dombrowski’s conversation with reporters on Rusney Castillo late Friday afternoon echoed his comments to MLB Network Radio earlier in the day. They also elaborated a bit.

First, they did not expect Castillo to contribute to their playoff chase.

“He hadn’t played for over a year, the signing process here, getting him ready to play, we never felt that he would be in a position to play this year,” Dombrowski said. “We actually offered him a 2015 contract to start off.”

Second, they didn’t get to the point where they had any reason to believe they were in it at the end.

“We made him a substantial offer, in our opinion, about a week ago,” Dombrowski said. “They wanted our best offer right off the bat. We made them a best offer at that point. It was, without getting into specifics, in somewhat of a rumored area of various offers that were out there.

“They called us back this past Monday and told us that we were out, that we were not even in the neighborhood of clubs that were going to sign him, that they had substantial offers better than ours. We felt at that time that we were out, but we did not say anything because we’ve never dealt with his agents before and we didn’t know if they’d ever come back to us and say that we’ve changed our minds. They never did, so we never had any conversations since Monday. So all of the rumors that we were one of the finalists, we were not one of the finalists to my knowledge.”

Castillo is represented by agents at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. The agency also represents Robinson Cano.

“Some guys you know tell you you’re out, and you’re out. Other people tell you you’re out, and you’re really not out,” Dombrowski said. “It just really is a matter of knowing people. But we haven’t had any conversations all week long on this situation.”

That, he said, made for interesting reading as the week unfolded and Tigers officials kept reading they were one of the finalists. They didn’t think they were, but they weren’t sure.

“They told us we were out,” Dombrowski said, “and then I kept reading the rumors that kept saying we were in it. And I kept seeing the dollar amounts and it was like, well, we’re not very far off that dollar amount, so maybe we’re in this thing and we don’t know we’re in this thing. But nobody called us back. I mean, I kept waiting for a phone call that somebody might say, ‘Hey, we changed our mind. Do you want to get back in it?’ But they never did. …

“I called [team owner Mike Ilitch] on Monday to tell him we were out of it. We’ve gone as high as we think we want to go, and we’ve been told we’re out of it. I wouldn’t have made that phone call unless I knew.”

Dombrowski also said they were interested in Castillo before they traded Austin Jackson. Castillo’s showcase workout for teams, for one, took place five days before Jackson went to Seattle in the David Price today, and the Tigers had a handful of representatives there.

“We were involved with this even before we had made a move in center field,” he said. “You never have enough good players. We had discussed this before we made the trade.”