Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins (updated)

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Alex Avila is out of the lineup again, and will likely remain so until this weekend at Kansas City. Like two weeks ago, he is back at the point where he needs a day free of concussion symptoms or head issues, and he hasn’t had that yet.

“Alex did some baseball activity today and felt a little lightheaded,” manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday afternoon, “so he’s going to be off.”

Andrew Romine gets another day at shortstop, both for the way he’s hitting, the presence of a left-handed bat against Ricky Nolasco (who’s allowing a .339 average and .928 OPS against left-handed hitters this year) and for the glove behind sinkerballer Rick Porcello.

The lefty-righty splits werealso the primary reason Ausmus cited for Don Kelly’s start, his first since last Wednesday’s series finale against the Royals. He was going to start in center field for Rajai Davis, but then Nick Castellanos was scratched from the lineup with left foot soreness from a foul ball he hit off of it last night. Thus, Kelly starts at third, with Davis in center.

For what it’s worth, Rajai Davis is 1-for-3 with a double off Nolasco, who’s also allowing a .304 average to right-handed batters.

The Twins are without Oswaldo Arcia, who left yesterday’s game with back tightness. Aaron Hicks starts in his place.

TIGERS (career numbers off Nolasco)

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

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS (career numbers against Porcello)

  1. Danny Santana, CF (0-for-4)
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (5-for-18, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (11-for-39, 4 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Kennys Vargas, DH
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (5-for-19, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C (4-for-18, 2 doubles, 4 walks)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS (2-for-7, double)
  8. Aaron Hicks, RF (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
  9. Jordan Schafer, LF (1-for-2)

P: Ricky Nolasco

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Kelly 3b. Davis CF. Castellanos foot´soreness

“Doc’s as high an energy player as I’ve ever been around,” Ausmus said. “He’ll be fine. He’s very high energy. I’m not worried about Doc having energy for a game, whether it’s a day game after a night game. Shoot, he could probably catch a doubleheader. I’m not worried about Doc.”
So , no contingency plans. McCann could end being thrown there after weeks of being on the bench

Will this be Nolasco’s gem?

No!

Rick is tempting fate.

Where are these .339 and .304 BA vs Nolasco? He has faced the minimum batters so far. 4 innings, 12 batters.

6 innings. They can’t rely on last minute heroics every game.

Fister and the Nationals clinched the Division

And the Tigers rival too: O´s

It is very discouraging to see a well pitched game by a starter go to waste.
Ricky and Max seem to both have been mired in the WIN column for a while now.
Our guys need to make Nolasco suffer the 3rd time thru the lineup

Kelly had to take a strike

Dan & Jim are talking about it. Suarez, Perez maybe. They don’t think the rookies can handle it. Well, I guess illinoifan was correct about Nolasco throwing a gem tonight. One more inning,

by rookies, they mentioned Moya & Collins.

Suarez has some late inning hits

Almost in the 7th but no cigar. It is a Nolasco gem. Best hope now is getting to their bullpen. Rick’s pitch count is low. No more Minny runs and he could have a complete game. Don’t say goodnight to Mrs Calabash just yet.

Why are power LHB sitting on the bench in the 8th inning?

Well, there it is. Nolasco 108pitches. Does he go the 9th? Top of the order for the Tigers but the Twins have Perkins closing? I don’t remember much success against him.

Alex still feels dizzy. Hope he’s OK. Two times he has been knocked out by a punch to the jaw. Once by Joba and the 1st baseman the other night when he got picked off 1st base and got tagged on his face. Knocked him out.

OH, OH. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He knew it !!!!!! The legend of JD continues.
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— Bob

We gotta shut em down!!!!!

This team is blessed

Ohhhh Myyyyy Tigerrrrr. I thought the fat lady was going to sing.

Perez at 3rd, Kelly to 1st. Joe is closing.

Can anybody save this game? Kyle Ryan?

Light a candle.

Rookie mistake.

YOu cannot dive there. Terrible. He isn’t even a defensive replacement.
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— Bob

“Bad pitch by Joe, bad play by Carrera” says Jim.

Joe Blow.

No win for Rick.
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— Bob

2 on if he did not dive- Nathan could avoid hard hit contact

There is going to be hell to pay if we lose this game.

What would you expect frm Joe Nuthan?
Bad play but Joe does not intimidate hitters
Hopefully he doesn’t WP the game away

It is time for Soria as closer

Both managers did it by the book. Both starters barely over 100 pitches. Time to throw away the book.
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— Bob

From Mt Everest to the pits in one inning.

The good news is that he threw 26 pitches so he should not be available to come in and blow tomorrows game. Terrible loss.
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— Bob

Porcello is nearing 200 IP for the first time.It was right to take him out but not to replace him with Nathan. 20 MM wasted

The writing is on the wall (and the radar gun) for Joe Blow.
He is not going to rediscover past glory, re-invent himself, or change
The policy should be that if they are so obtuse to use him then the use should stop after the 1st walk.
I can hear the bus starting but EZ better make sure he ends up on it and not under it.
20 million is not enough justification for DD andBrad to keep pounding this square peg ad nauseum

Are there enough words to describe it? Suffered through 8 innings against a 5-11 pitcher with a 5.34 ERA. JD comes through in a huge way. And then…………..

Im not alone:
@bobwojnowski:This is why it’s on Nathan: even if Carrera doesn’t dive, it’s still a hit, and still two men on, one out.

Oh yeah. Beaten by a .206 hitter.

That was a great Raburn imitation by Carrera. Brad, quit playing these children.
I hope Nathan doesn’t blame the loss on him. It was a basehit either way, Nathan walked a guy and threw 26 pitches. He sucks. The $20m is already a sunk cost. It’s foolish to make it worse be using him.
I know the timing was difficult, but doesn’t it seem that Tiger hitters could have sat on that looping curveball and peppered a few fans in the outfield seats?

Oh, for crying out loud!!! Another blown save and no win for one of those high-priced starters. Can’t they just release Nathan now? This is just plain stupid and embarrasing. Nice job DUMBrowski and when is Ilitch going to do something? Give the relief jobs to the kids and dump these guys.

A very embarrassing loiss.

Hope they don’t interview Joe. He always talks too much. Mr. D and Brad need to have a serious discussion.

The Tigers Bull Pen problems have been the topic of more than a few blogs. DD must not think it is a issue . Get Soria in the closers role and soon please .

Joe Nathan is still a Tiger killer! This guy is a total waste, please keep him in the bullpen dugout away from everyone else.

Amen. Actually, dump him now and keep him away from EVERYBODY! Any way Tigers can give him to KC? If the Tigers make it into the playoffs, they will not go far. And they will be the talk of the baseball world about how everyone expected them to go to the WS and that they won’t get past the first round, or game, if they are lucky to be the last wild card….

there are different types of closing situations and some fine tuning of the roles at the back end of the pen are called for, at this point. Nathan is still very much a big part of the back of the pen – do not kid yourself. this game is more in the hitters than the pitchers. watched it with twins fans tonight – we both had our enjoyable moments. tomorrow we will win. lots of pen left, and no nathan available – count your blessings.

Evan, if a closer isn’t closing, he’s worthless. You can’t make Nathan a 7th or 8th inning guy.

Unlike 2012 when Valverde blew up, we have a closer in Soria. I see no reason to use Nathan in that role ever again. This isn’t frustration speaking, I’ll feel the same way tomorrow.

1. Ricky P. pitches a game he should have won. Kept us in the game all the way.
2. Julio is the real thing, especially after the 7th.
3. Love the Kinsler defense; he’s killing us on the offense.
Nothing much to be said. This team cannot compete in the playoffs with a closer who throws a fastball at an average of 90. Cannot see how Dave brings him back at age 40+ and for 10M. Eat the contract. Love Donny Baby, but the offensive production is non existent. Same for Doc and Andy tonight. The scary thing is that we close out with these Twinks for four games. We do not have easy games with them. Time to regroup.

I’m so upset.

Anybody listen to Jim Price after the game? I can only imagine what he is thinking let alone saying.

I quoted him, Dan. Bad pitch bad play. Really bad play.

Sox take the lead from KC 7-5 in the 7 th. Maybe they can hold the lead unlike last night .

The next step in the progression will be further justification of Nathan in the closer’s role. I’ve never understood the stubbornness involved in these situations. The guy is done. It’s obvious from watching him pitch, results aside.
Sometimes after a game like this, the guys will go back in the clubhouse and yell at each other a little. Out of that can come some increased focus. Let’s hope that happens.
I’m baseballed out for today. Rich out.

Thanks Kathy.
Rookies try to make plays like that when they are trying to get more playing time. It was a poor decision but it is tough to sit on the bench and not contribute.
To me the blame is Nathan’s. He couldn’t pitch a clean inning in an ozone chamber.

White Sox take lead 7-5. Can their bullpen hold it against a KC team that seems to come back a lot?

Carrera needs to be limited to pinch running only! The Twinkies give us trouble every year and this year they will knock the Tigers out of the playoffs! They would love that given their terrible season.

Unlike us tonight Larry. Can’t imagine Nathan will get an opportunity to close another game. I always want to root for the struggling player but what happened tonight cannot be allowed to happen again. Soria can move to closer. There are enough arms in the pen to compensate. Should the Tigers get to the playoffs, Sanchez could fill the 7th or 8th inning role. Carerra made a pretty bad mental mistake, but he still came close. Would have practically nailed the victory with that catch. Sometimes the gamble does not pay off. Had he stopped the ball I think the Tigers still would have lost cause Nathan was unable to get anyone out.

It is one thing blowing a save, another thing taking a loss and quite another sucking the soul out of your team.
The Tigers had a heroic moment stolen from them by their own.

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