Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals (updated)

UPDATE: In a last-minute change, James McCann is catching, not Alex Avila. Word from Tigers is that Avila was scratched with a bruised right forearm. He took a foul tip off that area on Thursday in Chicago.

As expected, Jose Iglesias gets his second straight game off while he deals with tightness in his groin. In fact, it sounds increasingly like Iglesias won’t be a part of this series at all.

“We gave him a couple days last time and it popped back up,” Brad Ausmus said, “so he’s going to have to take a few days at least before we’d consider putting him back in.”

Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop. Everything else is as expected, though Rajai Davis’ numbers off Yordano Ventura (2-for-5) raised the question whether he might get another start.

On the Royals side, Alcides Escobar returns from the concussion DL to bat leadoff, moving Alex Gordon down. On the flip side, Mike Moustakas will be gone for the weekend after being placed on the bereavement/family emergency list this afternoon. Christian Colon, who had been filling in for Escobar, will now fill in for Moustakas.

Reminder: Tonight’s game will be on MLB Network for fans outside the Detroit and Kansas City markets.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ventura)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-3, K)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-4)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, double)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s) Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, K)
  8. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, K) James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: David Price

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS
  2. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (1-for-7, K)
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH (4-for-17, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (0-for-10)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-6)
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-6, HR, K)
  8. Paulo Orlando, RF (0-for-3)
  9. Christian Colon, 3B (1-for-3)

P: Yordano Ventura


I’m excited! Go Tigers!

“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.”
― Leo Durocher

Truer words were never spoken…..

“Tigers transfer Joe Nathan to 60-day disabled list; no corresponding move announced”

So are we getting Chris Young on Sunday?

Swinging early David–take advantage—keep that pitch count down.

Go Tigers, don’t lose that lead.

Wonder why David is not getting the Ks like he use to?
We have turned into a rotation that actually doesn’t get a lot of Ks anymore.

With the lower K’s results in the SP’s going deeper into games from pitching to contact, hopefully! JV needs to learn the pitching concept upon his return.

Way to go Nick! Hopefully David has gotten that out of his system and comes back strong.

Nick Nick Nick. …….

He must go to Toledo. Iron glove and cant hit, Second time in 3 days

Redemption time for JD

The defense is not helping him. The downside of pitching for contact

Is it that he’s trying to pitch to contact or he just can’t strike anybody out right now? There have been a few times especially tonight a strike out would be in order and he isn’t getting it. Strikeouts in a contract year would certainly benefit him $$$$$$$

Well Price hurt…now we are deal with the pen . Sorry to say but game probably over.

Wilson is better than our bloggers expected. Price still throws 96, but does it way too much…85% of the time. Hitters are sitting on him.

Miggy–this is what you get paid for.

Miggy…..fails to get an rbi in a night game.

No excuses. They have to get that run in.

Now, is when I’d like to see Yoenis hit one outta there.

Oh, brother. My heart can’t take these tie games.

Why take out Wilson so soon in a potential extra inning game?

Personally, I prefer a high-K staff to a contact staff. It allows for more hitters-first guys in the lineup and resultant higher scoring, as opposed to a defense-first, run-manufacturing approach. Grounders can result in hits whereas Ks are just outs.

Gotta get JD outta there. He’s dead wood. Maybe if I talk about him, he’ll get a hit. I sure hope so.

JD hitting .000 in the past 8 games.

I don’t know how he took that one pitch. It was a strike.

Oh, lord, please call someone up from triple AAA or Double AA.

JD doesn’t have much to show for it, but he has had some decent ABs and hacks tonight.

Yea, his bat actually hit the ball. That is a beginning.

Miggy was nearly as horrible during his slump last season. I dunno, maybe demotions make better hitters. Heck, your opinion counts as much as mine.

Well, Nick is still pretty young. JD, not so much. As teammates, they want to support each other…….but for how long?
Here we go… Gose gets on and let’s see what happens.

They will ruin Castellanos allowing to him dig a hole to big to climb back

And, Casty. A pitichr’s nightmare.

So dou RHB feel that if Miggy can’t come thru then they won’t be able either?
They have been brutal lately–other than Kinsler and McCann
Casty is killin’ us.
What’s all this judder sh!t he has going with his arms when waiting on a batted ball? I think it is called “fear”.

Speaking of demotions, I’m ready for Nick to go. Never thought I’d think that.

Then again, he really doesn’t have much of a track record at the MLB level. Conversely, JD does.

No live feed here. Could Casty have gotten an out on that play? No error showing. But Soria got a DP. Fantastic!

he fumbled the ball.

Speed skills.

speed kills. I think it’ time for my bedtime. Can’t spell and exhausted.

Wait till a west coast road trip starts . Talk about a total lack of sleep.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Tigers win! BP did the job. Gose came up big at the end.

Josh Wilson and Nesbitt.were terrific.

So was “Alex” Wilson🙂

oopx. Thanks for the correction.

Gee…Thanks. Now we know who she meant. Couldn’t find the dog to kick?

Kiinsler wins it, but the steal was absolutely necessary with Gose. You always run the risk of getting called out, but “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

It took forever on Gameday to find out what happened at the end but Tigers won.

I thought JD’s final AB was encouraging. And everyone hopes I’m right on this one.
I continue to like what I see from Nesbitt, from ST on. Do we have a setup man? (fingers crossed)
Nick is a mess on both sides of the ball. Romine is needed at short right now, but I’d play Perez. Nick is damaging the team.
The final three runs of the game came from defensive lapses, 2 for KC and the winner for Detroit.

I liked the beginning of the game. That was much like they played at the beginning of the season. Singles, doubles, double steals, and no one trying to do too much.

They won but did they lose? Price’s foot. JV’s long comeback. Joba’s ineffectiveness, Avila’s bruise, Iggy’s groin, Miggy’s night blindness, V-Mart’s leg, JD’s slump, Cespedes’ hitting problems, Casty’s 10 thumbs. What next?
Can Anibal and Greene hold those Royals?

You were too nice. You never questioned BA’s competence.

Sorry. I was concentrating on players only.

1. The pen is mightier than the Royals.
2. Goes has another solid game.
3. When you’re on speed anything can happen.
Kudos to Ian. The team finally beat their pen; in or case we beat the pigs and not the Bulls. Huge win

JD has had some hard working ABs lately. He’s drawn a number of walks so his OBP is better than 0 for 25. And tonight he fought off some pitches to earn that last walk. Maybe took a third strike there and benefited from the umpires’ generous call. He still deserves some credit. Could be a good sign.

Yeah…I think some of us have said the same thing in one fashion or another and are consequently in agreement. Your comment is thus a winner on a night the Tigers won.

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