Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

  The Tigers face a left-handed starting pitcher for the first time this season, meaning James McCann gets his first start of the year behind the plate. Rajai Davis also starts in center field, batting leadoff. They’re also facing Indians lefty T.J. House for the first time ever.

On the injury front, Victor Martinez is in the lineup at designated hitter, as Ausmus said he expected. Yan Gomes, however, is headed to the disabled list for the Indians after suffering a knee injury on Rajai Davis’ slide into home plate yesterday.

A reminder that today’s game is on FSD Plus again. If you watched yesterday, go back to the same channel today. It’s also on MLB Network outside of the Detroit and Cleveland markets.


  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Kyle Lobstein

(career numbers vs. Lobstein) clevelandlogo2

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (1-for-6, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Mike Aviles, SS (1-for-2, double)
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B (1-for-4, walk, K)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (1-for-4, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Jerry Sands, LF
  6. Brandon Moss, RF
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH (1-for-2, walk)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (1-for-4, K)
  9. Roberto Perez, C

P: T.J. House


“Major League Baseball has delivered warning letters to batters who have not had one foot in the box after a called strike or ball. MLB has said that it will allow players to ease into the new rules in the first month of the season. But after that, umpires may be told to speak to players and enforce the rules to the letter of the law.”

Not surprised. Tigers are guilty of it, too.

Big strike zone for House. ..hopefully Lober has the same.

HbP after a HR…

2nd routine double play ball screwed up by Tiger’s pitchers in last 2 days. Ugh

House will be lucky to get 5 innings. How do you feel about facing the Indians’ BP?

How do feel about 1.1….sorry he had to leave so soon

Hopefully they continue to tack on runs Lober isn’t making me too comfortable.

Me either because we could have a repeat of yesterdays game . Back and forth and Tigers were lucky to pull it out .

Lobstein cant get the lefties out…

Still can’t get lefties. That’s why you are here.

Indians don’t seem to be bothered by lefties so far.

The 10 days are from opening day or since the players were optioned?. That is , do they need to wait until next Tuesday to call a replacement?

Pitchers cant defensively get out of their own way

This game moving at a snails pace again

He ended the 5th with 5 more pitches than Scherzer for the same distance

How long is Brad gonna leave Nesbitt in there?

The first option had to be Hardy

Just a Tiger closer in training

Guess he just needed to warm up.

A 2-inning ANGEL.

Scherzer pitched 6. Lobstein 5

Max gave up 1 run and struck out 8. You saw what Lobstein did.

Lobstein, a rookie, just had too many pitches. 97. Otherwise 3 runs doesn’t look that bad when Tigers have 7.

Hang on. Now you’ve got Hardy.

Oh, Geez. Joba is warming up.

Looked bad there but he settled down. 7-5 now.One more at-bat for Cleveland.

Soria, three consecutive days?

There you go.

Could be asking for trouble. Didn’t he just pitch to one batter in one of those other games? Would you have stuck with Hardy? He did seem to settle down.

Now that’s a closer. Totally in charge, no thrill rides, works consecutive days. Detroit might be well served to acquire one more useful reliever and go from there. If Brad had used Joba with that three run lead, Soria would have come in anyway when the first runner got on, which was a certainty.
If they’ve got to finally lose a game, Pittsburgh’s opener would be easiest to digest.
Excellent start to this season.

Nesbitt looked impressive live in spring training, but that happens a lot. He’s looked good here in the regular season too. Perhaps they’ve found one. We’ll see.

For those in baseball who proclaim the inevitable falloff of “the Migg”, perhaps you might want to water your brain. I have no words to describe “the Migg”, except the game lore on this guy’s hitting will start to resemble “the Babe”. Thank you DD for that trade; you’re off the hook with the Nathan signing. Guys and Gals, I apologize for being awestruck by this performance today. Francona probably chewed the whole bucket. Six-Zero after six, Evan. Any kind of starting pitching, will allow us to be in every game we play. On to Three Rivers. Three things I really liked about today’s game:
1. He looks like an Angel.
2. Soria is so serene on the mound, while Joe is always snorting. I like serene better.
3. Another game of we score when they score. Lead from the first.


The Migg – I like that. I’m going to get my boys to use that phrase.

Felix Hernandez leaves with tightness in quad .. second in pitches since 2006 below Verlander….30363

Had some elbow soreness just before signing the extension

It’s been a treat. But that bullpen is a mess. You just can’t keep throwing minor leaguers in and hope they pan out. Ryan is a minor leaguer, as is Hardy. The game is changing and 88 MPH fastballs in the late innings doesn’t work vry well.

Anybody notice that Mario keeps saying batters “swing and a miss” when they have actually tiicked the ball? He has done it at least 5 times in the last few games. He has corrected himself some of those times.

Is his vision going? It could well be because the other day when Jeff Jones wento out to the mound Mario said something like “Jones just leaped out of the dugout” to talk to the pitcher. Now I know his vision is going because no one has ever seen Jeff Jones leap off of anything!!

I hope Cespedes and Castellanos don’t get into a habit of having bat at bats together.

Not getting another dependable quality arm in that bullpen (and hoping Rondon, Nathan, Hanrahan) surprise will continue to be DD’s big mistake.

tell me more in regards to what you’re willing to give up for a dependable quality arm

Have not posted since the season started – what a start! Go Tigers!!

Jim and Dan were talking today about how the angels were foolish to give pujols and hamilton the money they did. Yet they often talk about how miggy is likely to produce through his 30’s. What gives?

Cameron about Pujols:
Hamilton is different situation, his off field issues were well known so nothing surprising there.
Pujols keeps hitting for power and taking runs home and play a good 1B and soon will be chasing significative HR records . And will finish among the top 10 RHB of all times, by some metrics he is already among them. He still has a shot to reach 700 HR

Should have been done in the off-season. Should have spent the money it takes to buy a championship team.
Not sure any arms are available now.
Would have been interesting to hear what it would have taken to get Kimbrel though.
My simple point is Dombrowski has not fixed this issue properly and he has had several years to do it.

Kimbrel, the 41 prospect in MLB, the Tigers have one among top 100 and is around 97th ,a “toolsy” prospect ,plus eating a lot of money

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