Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

With Interleague Play over and the designated hitter slot back, Miguel Cabrera gets a night at DH, with Victor Martinez returning to the lineup at first base.

On the Rangers side, Josh Hamilton’s trip to the disabled list forces some changes. Will Venable makes his Rangers debut in left field after being acquired from the Padres earlier in the week.

Radio reminder for Detroit listeners: The Tigers are AM-only tonight with the Lions playing their preseason game at Washington.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Martin Perez)

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

P: Alfredo Simon

rangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers against Simon)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  3. Prince Fielder, DH
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (2-for-5, HR)
  5. Mitch Moreland, 1B (1-for-2)
  6. Elvis Andrus, SS (0-for-5, K)
  7. Rougned Odor, 2B
  8. Will Venable, LF
  9. Chris Gimenez, C

P: Martin Perez


One thing you can say about Randy Wolf is that he knows how. Maybe he’ll have a couple of good starts along the way here.

Can’t be any worse than the cruddy other choices we had?

Perez shut the Tigs down in the 4th after a big struggle again.
Our hitters wree compliant and they may have just let the Rangers back in the game.
This is a big inning for Simon who has looked unusually sharp tonight

Simon has to be watched closely. He tends to have terrible innings. Nick has a hot bat but the others have to help build on that 2-run lead.

Please don’t expect much from Wolf.

Oh oh, is Simon having that bad inning?

Great play by Victor, great throw by JD and a lazy tag by Iglesias. An error by Kinsler and lazy tag by iglesias are at the very least going to cost Simon and inning of pitching

Whew! 5 down. Good pitch count. Come on batters.

Has Victor been striking out more than usual?

Randy Wolf has had a ‘Wolfpack’ in other cities he’s played. if he pitches well first time out, a cult following could emerge in Detroit.

I’d love that! I hope he does well.

Me thinks Nick didn’t have to go to 3rd base.

I love that Matrix

7 good innings for Simon. Are there any bodies in the BP who can work the 8th and 9th innings without a meltdown?

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Wow! Simon 8 innings, 1 hit. Now the 9th?

Shotty defense tonight….
Even with it Simon doing great. Probably cost him 15 or more pitches.

Great win, way to go Simon.

What a terrific game! I think they said it was his first complete game.

I’m going to miss Rajai when he’s gone. He has that increasingly rare ability to create a run with his legs.
Simon came through when it was needed the most. Good job there.

One hit, complete game, shutout! By Simon! Fabulous game.

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Simon = ace of the staff? Well, for one game anyway. We’ll take it.

He did have great stuff but I think the key was he didn’t nibble. Often he throws way too many pitches gets behind in the count then throws up.
Different story today. A masterpiece actually.

Weirdness in Toledo tonight.
Lobstien was absolutely clobbered.
Krol—unhittable. Again!

Well, go back to June 17; that was the last three game winning streak for us. A break here or there since then and things might have been different. But we play with who we have, and so now we go for four straight tomorrow. Nic did not have a single bad swing tonight; has he finally crossed the sophomore bridge? If he finishes strong, our 2-6 might end up the way we thought it would. Score enough runs, and if pitching is anywhere average, we can be in the game. Defense was a little tight, but Pasta was perfectly cooked tonight; one of the top 5 pitching performances of the year.
1. Simon said,”Take that Prince”.
2. VMart looks like Hosmer on the Moreland smoker.
3. Rajai played shake, rattle, and roll for a key fourth run.
Kudos to Nick, Miggy, and VMart. Big Daddy Kudos to Big Pasta.
I watched The Rookie again yesterday; it’s one of my favorites. As the team said to Coach Morris, I’ll paraphrase it for Mr. Upton. “It’s your time JV.”

What a great game last night, a ton of positives with a few mistakes thrown in. I seem to recall many of our guys getting thrown out on silly running plays trying to run to third when not forced. Davis showed the right way to do it, although he was very lucky the throw was a bad one, but that said he forced the throw which caused the bad throw. I guess I got my wish of them bringing Knudson up, see if he can handle the bigs now. By the way I still just love watching Victor play – he has the drive to do it all, really must kill him to rarely play the field.

So at the time the deadline deals were completed, the Tigers were 50-52. Since then they’ve gone 9-9. Two ways to look at that:
1) If they’d stood pat, they’d probably be leading the WC race by now,
2) those traded stars weren’t making a bit of difference anyway.
If anyone can figure out this game of baseball, let me know.

the decision to sell seemed reasonable enough at the time. do continue to wonder if Dombrowski’s recommendation to reboot led to his early ouster.

All conjecture here, but I’m sticking with a number of issues led up to the firing. I suspect there was miscommunication/misunderstanding over the definition of rebooting. Also suspect Dave may have been sniffing out other jobs and that didn’t go down well with ownership. And other things we know nothing about.
At any rate, any chances of the Tigers still clawing their way into the postseason have been pretty much shot down by this latest round of injuries.

“Sniffing” maybe. Let there be no doubt that he was fired. Dave did say he had a premonition and Al gave him a heads up that day about a call. But Dave had to leave the building with his son in tears. He didn’t clean out his desk. Others did that during the week. He had to leave the building.

Agree, the postseason is something we should just count out. But, what we have been seeing lately is very encouraging for next year. Nick is becoming what was predicted, McCann is an all star catcher in training, some hopeful young pitchers, JD & Iggy continuing to impress. I’ll take that.

Or they simply pound their way in. Giving up already? Gotta have some faith. I forgot how good a 3 game winning streak felt.

I thought I was optimistic but you win, Marty. You win by so much that I’m going to sell.

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