Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Nationals

Nice starting pitching matchup today with Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg, but the bigger focus might be on the pitchers scheduled to follow Verlander: Joba Chamberlain, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Al Alburquerque and Bruce Rondon. The last name is a surprise, since he just pitched Sunday after two days off. This could be a test to see how his arm bounces back. On the opposite end, Chamberlain hasn’t pitched since last Friday, so he’s had three days off. Nathan, of course, pitched Saturday.

Oh, and the Tigers brought over former first-round pick Ryan Perry from minor-league camp to stand by as an extra pitcher, along with Melvin Mercedes.

The lineup features Ian Kinsler for the first time since last Thursday, and Yoenis Cespedes in left field after he returned to the lineup at DH yesterday. Bryan Holaday is catching, but Alex Avila is reportedly fine after yesterday’s game and is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Pirates in Bradenton.


  1. Rajai Davis, RF
  2. Anthony Gose, CF
  3. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. Hernan Perez, 1B
  7. Jefry Marte, 3B
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Justin Verlander, Joba Chamberlain, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Al Alburquerque, Bruce Rondon


  1. Tony Gwynn Jr., CF
  2. Ian Desmond, SS
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Wilson Ramos, C
  5. Mike Carp, 1B
  6. Dan Uggla, DH
  7. Kila Ka’aihue, LF
  8. Kevin Frandsen, 2B
  9. Matt Skole, 3B

P: Stephen Strasburg, AJ Cole, Xavier Cedeno, Jerry Blevins, Blake Treinen, Rafael Martin, Manny Delcarmen


Beautiful day down there. A year ago today I was at Joker Marchant for Tigers-Nats on St. Patrick’s Day, my final game before heading back north. It poured all afternoon and all I got out of it was about five minutes of bagpipe music and smoke inhalation from the concourse barbecue while waiting for the rain to stop.

I know it’s spring training. ….but they sure aren’t winning much. It would sure be nice to see a little more.

Not many guys are hitting the ball, regulars or minor leaguers, a couple studs are still out with injuries so the hitters are still far behind. The SP’ers have been inconsistent for the 4 innings they are going. Let’s hope that things start falling into place over the next 2+ weeks.

Let’s hope Ausmus is right!

Hey, I know some folks here will enjoy this: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/923319-25-best-non-strikeout-pitchers-in-mlb-history/page/23

I was wondering about it and the names on this list will absolutely surprise you. Names that are HOFers and probably thought to be high strikeout guys. I was shocked.
And the guy I thought would win (Stu Miller) was not even on the list.

Very interesting considering common perception of what makes a great pitcher.

If Rondon is and remains healthy, we do have a competitive bullpen going north.

I agree Rich.

The end of the world is close: Mensching, Henning and Schehl agree that Nathan is done or near to.

We already knew that. Those guys are late to the table.

The only question ( a possible over & under question), is how many blown saves until Soria takes over.
I say 3.5

You are not allowed a half blown save Dan.

Nor is Nathan for that matter.

There is nothing I’d like more than to see Nathan bounce back but…………when the club sends the final reliever to Toledo, they will tell him to not turn his cellphone off.

Enjoyed the article Dan. Hoyt Wilhelm was in the Battle of the Bulge and earned the Purple Heart. Amazing. He didn’t even begin to pitch in the majors until he was 29.

Who has more saves in 2015, Joe Blow or Papa Grandé? serious question.

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