Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals
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.
TIGERS (2014 vs. Jason Vargas)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-12, double, HR)
- Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-11)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-9, 2 doubles, 3 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-10, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-3, HR, K)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-12, HR, 4 K’s)
- James McCann, C
- Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-2)
- Rajai Davis, CF (5-for-11, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
P: Justin Verlander
ROYALS (2014 season vs. Verlander)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-13, double, walk, K)
- Nori Aoki, RF (2-for-11, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF (4-for-9, double, HR, K)
- Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-9, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
- Salvador Perez, C (6-for-12, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-16, double, triple, 2 K’s)
- Billy Butler, DH (4-for-14, double, walk, 3 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-16, HR, walk, K)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (2-for-14, 2 K’s)
P: Jason Vargas