How the Tigers split-squads split up

The good news about the Tigers having split-squad games this early in the schedule is that they can get extra playing time for everybody on the roster while the rosters are still pretty big, well before cuts. When split-squad games happen this early, though, guys aren’t always in the groove of daily action. When both games are on the road, it’s a little tricky as well. Thus, while the Tigers have two games, neither of them will involve Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez, who will work out at home.

All the other position players, though, are hitting the road. Nick Castellanos, James McCann and Jose Iglesias are among the established players headed to Bradenton, where they’ll take on the Pirates for the back end of their home-and-home series. This is the game where Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to coach first base for an inning. However, this is not a game that will be on TV. Gameday Audio will have the radio broadcast.

By contrast, the Tigers’ split-squad game against the Yankees at Tampa will be on MLB Network, Fox Sports Detroit and MLB.TV. Justin Upton will appear in that game, as will J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Cameron Maybin and Anthony Gose.

Full lineups and pitching lists …


  1. Wynton Bernard, CF
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  4. Tyler Collins, LF
  5. James McCann, C
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. Dominic Ficcociello, 1B
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Buck Farmer, Jeff Ferrell, Bobby Parnell, Bruce Rondon


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Anthony Gose, CF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
  6. Cameron Maybin, DH
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Bryan Holaday, C

P: Mike Pelfrey, Jose Valdez, Drew VerHagen, Blaine Hardy


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Some journalist are up in arm about coverage. The ridiculous scandal about Sandoval and the players blogs show social networks are seen like a threat to their monopoly.If players go direct to the public, with the risk involved, no intermediaries needed. I want both ,the filtered and the personal perspective.
The access restriction?not unheard outside the USA and I find then reasonable to certain extent. You are trying to focus on your job and you have to answer the same question once and again.
Before the game you dont want to answer what your game plan is.And after the game, after losing o K 4 times you dont want to talk.

I would imagine the majority of players dislike all the interviews, especially after the games where they are fed the answers and then asked the question. So boring, really. They probably need to cut it back to a 30 minute show, but $$$$ talks more than the player’s wishes. I also enjoy reading and following twitter, instagram, and other social media of my favorite players.

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