First post-Cabrera lineup: Tigers vs. Jays
The first start at first base with Miguel Cabrera goes to former University of Alabama first baseman Alex Avila, who has played two games at first this year but has never started there in his Major League career. From there, Brad Ausmus said they’re going to play it by ear for now. Avila isn’t an everyday option regardless, especially with his own injury concerns coming off his left knee injury. Jefry Marte can play at first base, but has primarily been a third baseman in his pro career. Andrew Romine can play there, of course.
One player who is not an option there is Victor Martinez.
“I would be concerned about putting Victor at first and then losing him for an extended period of time,” Brad Ausmus said. “So Victor, in my mind, is not an option.”
For now, Ausmus is sticking with the intent of his reshuffled batting order, stacking his most proven hitters at the top. Victor and J.D. Martinez move up a spot with Cabrera out, with Avila batting fifth.
The Jays lineup includes former Twins third baseman turned journeyman utility player Danny Valencia, who’s 12-for-17 lifetime off David Price.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, 2 HR, walk)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-19, double, triple, HR, 6 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-13, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-6, double, K)
- Alex Avila, 1B (4-for-12, double, walk, 3 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-4, 2 walks, K)
- James McCann, C
- Josh Wilson, SS
- Anthony Gose, CF
P: David Price
- Jose Reyes, SS (2-for-12, 3 K’s)
- Josh Donaldson, 3B (2-for-6, 2 doubles, K)
- Jose Bautista, RF (15-for-47, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 6 walks, 10 K’s)
- Edwin Encarnacion, DH (8-for-36, 3 HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
- Danny Valencia, LF (12-for-17, 3 doubles, 4 walks, K)
- Russell Martin, C (4-for-19, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
- Chris Colabello, 1B (1-for-7, HR, 2 K’s)
- Kevin Pillar, CF
- Devon Travis, 2B
P: R.A. Dickey