Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates
The third and final home opener of the season for the Tigers is in Pittsburgh, where it’s looking like a postcard type of day with high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. They’ll see a Tigers lineup that’s rolling (check out the AL batting leaders after one week of play), but one that will not have Victor Martinez in it with the designated hitter slot unavailable. Everyone else moves up, which means J.D. Martinez will bat cleanup.
With no DH, it also means Tigers pitchers are batting in April for a second straight season. They’ve been taking batting practice for the last week or so as prep work, but that likely won’t help much with Sanchez, a career .091 (22-for-241) hitter from his days with the Marlins. That said, he did hit an RBI double last April at Dodger Stadium.
Asked if Sanchez will be allowed to swing, Brad Ausmus said, “Out of his shoes.”
As for the bullpen, Ausmus might have a decision to make if the Tigers take a lead into the ninth. Joakim Soria pitched all three games in Cleveland, and four out of the last five days. However, his Friday appearance lasted just eight pitches and a third of an inning. Soria said he thinks he can pitch today, and Ausmus wasn’t ruling it out, though he wanted to check with Soria first. It’s mid-April, and there’s 155 games left after this one.
- Anthony Gose, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3, K off Gerrit Cole)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- J.D. Martinez, RF
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-3 off Cole)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Anibal Sanchez, P
PIRATES (career numbers off Anibal Sanchez)
- Josh Harrison, 3B (0-for-3)
- Gregory Polanco, RF
- Andrew McCutchen, CF (4-for-14, walk, 5 K’s)
- Neil Walker, 2B (3-for-14, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
- Starling Marte, LF (1-for-4, K)
- Pedro Alvarez, 1B (4-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
- Francisco Cervelli, C
- Jordy Mercer, SS (2-for-6, double, 2 K’s)
- Gerrit Cole, P