Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins (updated)
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)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-6, 3 doubles, K)
- Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-3)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-2, double, walk)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-6, K)
- Don Kelly,
CF3B Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, double)Bryan Holaday, C
- Andrew Romine, SS
- Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-3, double)
P: Rick Porcello
TWINS (career numbers against Porcello)
- Danny Santana, CF (0-for-4)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (5-for-18, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Joe Mauer, 1B (11-for-39, 4 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
- Kennys Vargas, DH
- Trevor Plouffe, 3B (5-for-19, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Kurt Suzuki, C (4-for-18, 2 doubles, 4 walks)
- Eduardo Escobar, SS (2-for-7, double)
- Aaron Hicks, RF (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
- Jordan Schafer, LF (1-for-2)
P: Ricky Nolasco