Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Rajai Davis and Jefry Marte return to the lineup against Red Sox lefty Wade Miley, who’s allowing a .269 average and .785 OPS against right-handed batters (compared with .235 and .639 versus lefties). And yes, all of the players involved in last night’s dugout run-in are in the lineup.

Unless something drastically changes, Alfredo Simon is expected to make the start tonight, even if he’s at less than 100 percent strength with the groin injury. It’s worth following because Buck Farmer’s 2 2/3 innings of work Friday night leave the Tigers missing their designated long reliever. If Simon has a quick exit, the probable answer would be Blaine Hardy. New closer Alex Wilson’s availability as a long reliever is likely out for now.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Miley)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-2, HR, K)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jefry Marte, 1B
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alfredo Simon

redsoxlogoRED SOX (career numbers against Simon)

  1. Brock Holt, 2B (1-for-4, double)
  2. Rusney Castillo, RF
  3. Xander Bogaerts, SS (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  4. David Ortiz, DH (2-for-8, double, 4 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Hanley Ramirez, LF (3-for-6)
  6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B (1-for-6, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Travis Shaw, 1B
  8. Blake Swihart, C (1-for-2, triple)
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

P: Wade Miley

43 Comments James McCann WILL have a C on his chest like Varitek did…he cares and he is a leader!! He will do what needs to be done… —price

There are some people on twitter commenting that Price is taking sides and dissing Jose. I just don’t see his comment that way. Jose is such a smooth and talented fielder that he tends to appear as though he’s hot dogging it sometimes. Watch Manny Machado….he does the same thing. Sometimes when things come easily for someone they don’t always look like they are giving it their all. I’ll give Jose the benefit of the doubt here, for his on the field play. Going after a teammate in the dugout…that’s a different story. But McCann isn’t likely innocent in his approach either.

Obviously Price sees leadership qualities in his former catcher and I don’t think that means he’s disrespecting Iglesias. I’ve been in leadership for the past 20 years and there have been times when I have been a complete dope with the best of intentions…confronting someone or a situation at the wrong time and in the wrong way. These guys will both live and learn…hopefully. Unfortunately their mistakes are all over television and social media for a million people to see.

The bottom line is that I hope whatever differences are there that they aren’t too deep to repair because the Tigers are fortunate to have both of these guys.

I love James McCann, but he has a few things to learn himself. He picked on Iggy when there were plenty of others he could have pointed at. He’s probably Brad’s pet. Brad reminds me of teachers who always had their pets. Leland did too.

David Price needs to keep his mouth shut. He’s not a Tiger. The Tigers will probably have to trade Iggy because of this mess. I’m sure David would love having Iggy play behind him in Toronto or whatever other team he ends up with.

Or maybe he knows a little something about Iglesias that we don’t know?

like what? He’s an All Star rooky SS. What else is there to know as far as his playing the game goes.

“A long-term pact between the Mets and Cespedes is more likely than a reunion with the Tigers though, Heyman writes, as Detroit isn’t likely to enter a bidding war for the outfielder, let alone win one.”

That’s right. Anybody notice the difference in our LF’s now? Oh, mercy, Yoenis is so good. Someone will give him a huge contract. If he hadn’t been traded, we may have been able to keep him. Oh, well.

You would think Iggy would be a little more cautious about his base-running after the dugout issue. What did someone say about learning to pitch to Ortiz?

And there you go. A double, a groundout, a sac fly and a run scored. This is something the Tigers need to do more.

Now people are writing comments in the newspaper that Iggy will probably beat up a woman. Really? What some people seem to forget is that David Price took his uniform off and stopped pitching after 6 innings all on his own. He had his street clothes on. Who gets away with that? I’m so sick of this manager. I’m getting to the point where I don’t know how much longer I can watch.

Lets hope brad is gone in October. It is hard to watch gotta agree.

Down 2-0. S l o w l y slipping away. Will the Tigers ever hit?

They don’t give a crap it seems. Or enough of them anyway.

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Ok Rajai

Well, wake me up. I was just thinking how little power Rajai seems to have.

I just can’t believe it. Ortiz again.

In the future when Miggy is our DH I hope he gives other teams fits like Papi does to us.

Short lived happiness…..flipping Ortiz …tigers pitchers can’t seem to stop serving up gopher balls for homers.

BP time

Someone wake up Brad

Simon is not FOOLING anybody in the 7th! Get him outta there please.


Ausmus, either you or Jones pay attention and figure out when to pull your #5 (?) starter named Simon from the game when the RedSox are teeing off on him., preferably before they score 3 runs! What are they paying you to do? Backup catchers are not made to be managers!

When using your challenge doesn’t really mean losing it. #typicaltiger’sluck

Walking Bradley are you kidding me. …BRAD T DO YOU THINK HE MIGHT BE TIRED get him out

Hardy did not have command and his breaking ball sucked tonight. Plus he was laboring under his pitch count. Why keep him in ? Too much strugglling for 4 outs.

Hardy cost Simon a win, who stepped up from an injury. Simon’s tough. He even came back from a death to an immediate family member to pitch. And he leads the team in victories. Too much crud has been directed towards this guy.

Where is AlAl in this mess?

Just a FU to Kathy’s earlier comments about Cespedes. Can Moya really be any worse than what we are seeing in LF. Yes, Davis ran into one but he K’d 3 times and had a FO. Plus, he had a horrible jump on a ball in left he turned into a quasi-catch.

I think I would have put Ortiz on, regardless.

He’s killing us with the stick and is a clogger on the bases.

A win!!
Sleep well fans. 😜

Looks like I missed the more interesting game tonight. I saw the first two and last two innings.
David Price’s tweet struck me as inappropriate. The timing made it appear he had taken sides and we don’t need the opinions of Blue Jay pitchers. Price shouldn’t have said anything at all about it. My opinion.
Rondon looked good. We need to know if he can do it, so now’s the time to find out.

With Simon not 100%, would have pulled him after 6. He gave a gutsy effort; would have thanked him for that effort. Brad’s real inexperience has come in these very situations; pull the starter or not, whom to use, etc. Applaud the choice of Bruce for the ninth; you need to know if he can work a solid 9th, with 2-3-4 coming to bat. Brad made the right call here. In tomorrow’s game, I would not pitch to Ortiz if an open base is there. He still haunts me with the homer in 2012, and he evidently is demon possessed when playing us. Cleveland will do the same if Miggy faces them again this year. Sometimes a walk to the base is better than a bat in the hand.
The way we started against Miley, I figured he would have 18 K’s for the evening. Luckily, Rags finally stuck his bat out and things began to happen.
1. The Kinsler on base, VMart Homer following has been very nice(3 times in 3 days).
2. That Troublemaker, McCann continues to prove why Avila is the Backup Catcher.
3. Coming from behind three times showed some real grit.
Kudos to Ian, the .300 hitter,VMart, Homer Man, and Bruce, the 2015 version of Joel Zumaya. Bruce, stay away from closets. And now the big question. Do we take our second straight series tomorrow? Depends on which JV we get.

Ian has come a long way this year hasn’t he? Repeating a perfect swing time after time.

For more than 3 days, Victor has been hitting the ball hard. Vs KC he sent it to the warning track and pulled another too much. His timing is still not his usual, HR or K is not the real VMart
As soon as the catcher calls Rondón slider, he will deliver. The slider is his out-pitch
Hardy? like in 2014 he ran out of gas. A big regrssion in IR
Gorzo is back. Good numbers with the MudHens

“Wilson was not available Saturday night due to right shoulder fatigue.” I guess Ausmus is not concerned after the heavy workload he put on him

63 IP

Jobad pitched 63 in the whole 2014 season

I wonder why it took so long to recognize that Wilson is a pretty good pitcher and should be moved to more important roles? He got used up in nothing games.

He allowed a lot of runners to score and failed when used in high leverage situations . It took him a while too, to adjust .
Still, no reason to the overload.

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