August 29th, 2014

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

The forecast suggests the Tigers and White Sox should be able to get this game in tonight before the rains arrive. Saturday is much more questionable, which makes a timely game all the more important for these guys.

Ezequiel Carrera gets the start in center field tonight against White Sox starter Scott Carroll, who’s allowing a .300 (77-for-257) average to left-handed hitters. Considering right-handed batters are hitting .289 off him, this is not exactly a massive difference in splits. It is, however, an opportunity to get Carrera some at-bats.

On the White Sox side, Avisail Garcia gets to face his old club tonight for the first time all year in this injury-shortened season of his.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

WHITE SOX (career numbers against Verlander)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (2-for-7, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (18-for-67, double, HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (4-for-9, 2 HR, 4 K’s)
  4. Adam Dunn, DH (7-for-33, double, 3 HR, 3 walks, 14 K’s)
  5. Avisail Garcia, RF
  6. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (2-for-9, double, walk, K)
  7. Tyler Flowers, C (3-for-15, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Alejandro De Aza, LF (6-for-28, triple, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  9. Carlos Sanchez, 2B

P: Scott Carroll

Ortega designated to make room for Reed

Jose Ortega looked like an upside reliever in the Tigers system not that long ago, a harder-throwing, high-strikeout reliever who had flashes of nasty stuff. His Major League stints, however, have been less impressive. With the Tigers out of injured players to put on the 60-day DL (sorry, but Anibal Sanchez isn’t going there, at least not yet) and out of positional prospects to designate, they had to make a tough choice  on who they could afford to lose to make room for Evan Reed.

Exit Ortega, whose contract was designated for assignment on Friday.

Ortega had some outstanding early numbers at Triple-A Toledo, but his season turned south down the stretch. Whether that had anything to do with not getting a midsummer call amidst the parade of relievers shuffling up to Detroit isn’t clear. In any case, he had a 4.78 ERA and a .406 OBP allowed from June 19 on, which pretty much separated him from Justin Miller.

Ortega’s only appearance as a Tiger this year was the game in which Anibal Sanchez left early with injury. Ortega gave up four runs over 1 1/3 innings without giving up a base hit, thanks to five walks.

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