Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

Brad Ausmus said before the game that he moved up Jose Iglesias to the second spot today just to try to shake things up, not as a long-term move. Iglesias might eventually become a two-hitter, but not now. That said, it would be interesting to see if a strong game kept him there for the short term.

Meanwhile, Alex Avila starts at first base, putting James McCann behind the plate for Justin Verlander rather than the usual Verlander-Avila battery.

The Rays put Tiger killer Curt Casali at DH for the day game after the night game. They called up catcher Bobby Wilson to fill David DeJesus’ roster spot for the day.

TIGERS (career numbers off Chris Archer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-12, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (2-for-3, double)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-10, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-7, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, 1B (1-for-3, HR, 4 walks)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-11, 4 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

RAYS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. John Jaso, LF (2-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B (7-for-25, double, triple, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  4. James Loney, 1B (2-for-4)
  5. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (16-for-63, 5 doubles, 6 walks, 24 K’s)
  7. Curt Casali, DH
  8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
  9. Rene Rivera, C (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Chris Archer


David Price may have pitched himself onto a contending team last night. Deadline, man……spawn of satan.

Tigers looking good through 3….well Tampa not looking .much better. Ugh. I have also seen home plate ump call at least 5 pitches balls for Verlander that were clearly strikes to any novice but not for the “professional” behind the plate

Gose: 17 for last 71

like I predicted. They can still have the ump call it or not. I’d just as soon have the machine call it because someone like Jim Joyce might get confused reading ball and strike. Good article ElT.

Seriously might just be no hit today…..on both sides.

Game over…….only hope was to match Archer. Ugh

My God, are we ever going to win another game?

I’m so depressed.

Looks like Verlander’s pitching well. That bodes well for the future.

I have to agree with a comment from yesterday, basically, the baseball gods have deserted Tigers this season. Bad bounces, poor timing and the pitching and hitting not coming together at the same time. After winning four consecutive divisions, it was time for a slump, which makes what Atlanta accomplished in the 1990s all the more impressive.
Also, I have been a constant critic of Nick Castellanos, but in the last 30 games he has raised his game: 32 hits, six homers, 21 RBI and .299/.350/.542

Terrific game!

JV seems to be back although he will need better run support. The Tigers 2 runs today were a gift from TB due to the error. What is wrong with VMart? He seemed to be doing well and now nothing. Gose has stopped hitting. It’s amazing that Romine is hitting .100 better than Avila with so little playing time.
On to Baltimore. Simon and Greene starting the first 2 games?

Farmer will start. Greene was moved to the pen

Justin the stopper! Great last pitch by Soria. Could it be? Better bring the bats out in Baltimore.

A lot of buzz on the wires about the potential packages for David Price from as many as 5-6 teams. DD is listening, but what KC gave up for Cuetto will be, the offers for Price will be enticing the close we get to July 31st!

1. Vintage Verlander.
2. An opposition Cabrera saves the day.
3. Clutch hitting by JV and Nick.
Maybe JV has made it back. Two really fine starts in a row. Why can’t we have a kid like Archer? He’s going to be a dominator. And the catch on JMac was major league, and then some. A really good game to watch, but especially to win. I don’t know why I bother to say it, but why is Alex in the lineup? My boys bought tickets for me and my wife for Friday and Saturday in Baltimore. Had really thought about selling them, but they are behind home plate, and 5 rows back of the Tiger dugout. Will be there rooting for Buck and Anabal. If nothing else, it was great to see JV performing well again. Wish the hitting shoes would be found on the way to Camden.

Which day is your dugout seats, Greg? I can spot you up on TV.

So now we’re rebooting. I’m going to take that term as meaning we compete next year.

3of last 4. JV is in full form

Throwing in the towel its looks like for this year and years to come. You won’t get much for rentals and apparently not willing to spend what it takes to get #1 starters. There is nothing that will save this team in the minors.

Nice to see JV getting back to pitching again, gosh it seems like a couple of years since he’s been effective. It has been. This is what we feared, blowing up this squad, potentially with 5-6+ departures.

At least it is a win for the Tigers . Seemed like the win in Boston was months ago.

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