Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

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James McCann’s second Major League start behind the plate for the Tigers is going to be a pretty big one. He gets the start for the opener of this series against the Royals, and he’ll catch Justin Verlander, whose pitch selection could be crucial. The interaction between Verlander and McCann could be an interesting subplot to watch.

We’ll find out later what this means for Alex Avila, who was supposed to catch Anibal Sanchez’s bullpen session yesterday to see how he felt.

Also worth noting is Eugenio Suarez’s return at shortstop. Andrew Romine, who started nine of the previous 10 games at short, is 1-for-6 with a strikeout against Jason Vargas this season.

The Royals lineup reflects the changes Ned Yost made a week ago, with Alcides Escobar leading off, Lorenzo Cain batting third, Alex Gordon at cleanup and Omar Infante near the bottom. Longtime Verlander nemesis Billy Butler still has a place, but it’s the seventh spot.

Reminder: Tonight’s game is on ESPN2 outside of the Detroit market, so if you’re somewhere else for the weekend, you can check it out.

Gameday | TV: ESPN2, FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (2014 vs. Jason Vargas)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-12, double, HR)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-11)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-9, 2 doubles, 3 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-10, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-3, HR, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-12, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-2)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (5-for-11, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

ROYALS (2014 season vs. Verlander)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-13, double, walk, K)
  2. Nori Aoki, RF (2-for-11, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (4-for-9, double, HR, K)
  4. Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-9, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (6-for-12, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  6. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-16, double, triple, 2 K’s)
  7. Billy Butler, DH (4-for-14, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-16, HR, walk, K)
  9. Mike Moustakas, 3B (2-for-14, 2 K’s)

P: Jason Vargas


Okay, when it comes to Avila’s head injuries I’ve gone from wary to worry. I’d hate to see him have to retire at his age.

Brad Ausmus: “We better be prepared — if (Avila) doesn’t come back — we’re going to need two catchers.
And that is another reason to start McCann tonight. And he should be part of the postseason roster even after Avila comes back.

Suarez will bat 7th McCann 8th

Hope Avila is fine for this season and beyond but, doubtful his career has longevity. McCann better watch these pesky Royals on the base paths, they swipe a lot of bases.

Not feeling good about this weekend.

anxiety caught them

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