Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Phillies

The Tigers’ efforts to get Victor Martinez at-bats hit a road block: The Phillies did not give them approval to use the designated hitter. It’s the home team’s call when an American League team visits a National League team, and while it usually gets approval early in the spring, it becomes more of a question later once NL teams need to get their starting pitchers at-bats and don’t have as many extra position players. Still, it’s a surprise, considering three NL teams last week — the Pirates, Nationals and Braves — allowed Detroit to use a DH while not using one themselves.

“That’s their call, and that’s fine,” said Ausmus, noting that Anibal Sanchez could use a time or two at the plate to get ready for his second regular-season start at Pittsburgh next month.

On the other side, the Phillies pitching list includes closer Jonathan Papelbon and former Tiger Andy Oliver, who’s trying to make the Phillies bullpen as a Rule 5 pick. With 10 innings of two-run ball on five hits along with 18 strikeouts (albeit seven walks), he’s got a shot.

Today’s game is on MLB.TV through Comcast SportsNet Philly. It’ll be rebroadcast on MLB Network at midnight for all you night owls. You can also listen to the radio broadcast online, or over the air in Detroit on 97.1.


  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Tyler Collins, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. James McCann, C
  6. Jefry Marte, 3B
  7. Hernan Perez, SS
  8. Josh Wilson, 2B
  9. Anibal Sanchez, P

P: Anibal Sanchez, Blaine Hardy, Angel Nesbitt


  1. Ben Revere, LF
  2. Russ Canzler, 3B
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Carlos Ruiz, C
  6. Odubel Herrera, CF
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. Freddy Galvis, SS
  9. Aaron Harang, P

P: Aaron Harang, Jeanmar Gomez, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin De Fratus, Andy Oliver


Let’s see how McCann performs today. He is likely feeling the heat from Doc.
James has had a few poor at bats recently.
No telling what happens in Spring ’15 but McCann definitely has more tools than Doc.

with Avila free agency next offseason, i figure they need to see if McCann is major league ready now. after already having a full season of AAA at bats, he can probably learn more by playing part time in MLB than full time in AAA. would be a moderate upset in my book if Holiday gets the job instead.

Dumb rule. Why not allow the AL team to use it and have the NL choose to not use it for themselves?

I agree, just absolutely ridiculous. MLB needs to pull their head out of their ass.

Ausmus is OK because, Aníbal will start vs the Pirates and will bat in a couple of weeks

Valdez has been very effective this spring and has nice MiLB stats. Presumably, he will go to Toledo, unless he is number-crunched back to Erie. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him called up this season.

hopefully JV is fine…if there is any hint to the contrary, however, I would strongly suggest BA be conservative with JV. JV is crucial to this season’s success, while his next start, is not.

Holaday and Collins as expected down to Toledo

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