Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

Victor Martinez was originally scheduled to make the trip and bat cleanup at DH. The forecast for storms most of the afternoon changed those plans, and Martinez stayed back in Lakeland to take batting practice. Jason Krizan will start at DH. They’re still hoping to get enough innings for Verlander to call it a start.

If Verlander is throwing to Avila today, though, it’s going to have to be a pickoff throw or a comebacker. Avila gets the start at first base today, while James McCann starts behind the plate.

The Jays lineup does not have former Tigers prospect Devon Travis in it. It does have a decent selection of regulars to test Verlander, including Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson.


  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Alex Avila, 1B
  3. J.D. Martinez, RF
  4. Tyler Collins, LF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Jason Krizan, DH
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Hernan Perez, 2B
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Justin Verlander, Ian Krol, Bruce Rondon, Kyle Ryan


  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Russell Martin, C
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  6. Dalton Pompey, CF
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B
  8. Kevin Pillar, LF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Drew Hutchison, Jeff Francis, Miguel Castro, Liam Hendriks


There must be some pressure on Ausmus from above to keep using Nathan. No one wants to admit that Joe Blow may be finished because of his high contract. I’m not sure what that is. What is he supposed to get this year?

10M +1M buyout

I hope he gets it, and a big SEE YA, soon.

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