Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

Miguel Cabrera makes his return to first base for the first time since last Saturday in Chicago, a move that appears to involve getting Victor Martinez a day out of the field as much as Cabrera getting back into the field. It’s going to be a mix from here on out.

“It’s going to be a balancing act with Miggy’s ankle and Victor over there at first,” Ausmus said.

Alex Avila, however, remains off, after what Ausmus called a minor headache following a workout yesterday.

“We want to have a day when he’s completely symptom-free,” Ausmus said Friday afternoon. “Yesterday when he started getting active, he had a minor headache. It might be unrelated, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Bryan Holaday starts behind the plate once again. Asked about James McCann, Ausmus reiterated what he said in Cleveland, that McCann’s lack of work with most of the Tigers pitching staff outside of Spring Training (and his relatively little knowledge on Major League hitters) makes him a lower option as a starter, though he could get a start soon if Avila remains out and Holaday needs a break.

“Triple-A to the big leagues is a big jump,” Ausmus said, “and it’s a bigger job when you’re talking about handling a pitching staff.”

Torii Hunter returns after being out of the starting lineup last night in Cleveland to rest his bruised left foot.

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

TIGERS (career numbers against Jake Peavy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-10, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (9-for-21, 2 doubles, triple, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (16-for-49, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 15 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-12, 2 HR, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-3, double)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-10, 2 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

GIANTS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Angel Pagan, CF (2-for-2, double)
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B (1-for-4, double, 2 K’s)
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Gregor Blanco, LF (2-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Adam Duvall, DH
  9. Brandon Crawford, SS (0-for-4)

P: Jake Peavy


Jake Peavy. One of my least favorite pitchers. Like Weaver.

They need Victor healthy too and Miguel was showing the sign of being bothered by being DH.

Ausmus: “It’s going to be a balancing act … trying to get the most out of them, without wearing either one of them down.”

sit. him.

Giants on a hitting streak (5+games): Pence 16, Panik 8, Blanco 8, Pagan 7
Tigers on a hitting streak: Kinsler 8, Castellanos 6, V.Martinez 5

Highest BA since All-Star Break
Jose Abreu .386
Jon Jay .364
Joe Panik .362

Posey is hitting .516 2 HR 13 RBI in last 7 games. Inflated just a bit by 3 games in Colorado.

from the pregame: ‘the career paths of Lincecum and Verlander are eerily similar…’ Lincecum has been bumped from rotation to bullpen, even with Matt Cain out. Is that Verlander’s eventual destiny also? Verlander a year older than Lincecum, too

another former Giant, Barry Zito, signed a big 7 year deal before his age 29 season, never had a season with ERA below 4 during that contract. done at 35.

Another typical “slow” start for the Tigers and the opposition draws blood first and keeps adding runs. Its not just 1 starter, it’s all of them! What are they doing for game prep in the bullpen Jones??

Not Heather! She’s the first female head groundskeeper in the history of Major League Baseball!

The McCann issue is of their own design. Avila hasn’t hit for crap all year and Holliday hasn’t been much better. The kid should’ve been called up a month ago to spell an overused Avila so he may learn the pitching staff. Now he’s just there for a bench bat? Bad call on a 300+aaa hitter IMHO

To change the subject can someone please tell me about the Indians starting pitcher yesterday. I think it was BAUER. When he gets set to pitch aren’t you suppose to be still before when you get set and pitch. Look at his LEFT FRONT FOOT he moves it at least three (3) times before he throws the ball. Isn’t that a BALK?

I’ve watched Porcello in just about all his efforts…when he continually gives up hits,
I mean one after the other, it’s time(even early in the inning) get him the hell out of there….by the time they decide to get someone to relieve him it’s 6-0…like tonight.
if his breaking pitches aren’t working he gets shelled…where the hell is his pitching coach? This is where these things should have been known by now….

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