Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

The Tigers and Pirates have a home-and-home set for the second time in as many weeks, starting with today’s matchup in Lakeland. Both games are going to have the theme of a near-regular lineup for the home team and less so for the visitors. The Pirates bring Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer and a mix of prospects and role guys beyond that. The Tigers will bring Anthony Gose, Jose Iglesias, Nick Castellanos and role players/bench candidates Sunday.

Gose and Iglesias are the only regulars not in the Tigers lineup today. Tyler Collins gets a rare start in center, while Mike Aviles starts at short.

Among the pitchers slated to go today is Francisco Rodriguez, making his first outing as a Tiger.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey, Buck Farmer, Jose Valdez, Lendy Castillo, Francisco Rodriguez


  1. Josh Harrison, 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Matt Joyce, LF
  4. Michael Morse, RF
  5. Jake Goebbert, 1B
  6. Chris Stewart, C
  7. Max Moroff, 3B
  8. Danny Ortiz, CF
  9. Jeff Locke, P


dan will agree with this:

Speaking of rushing, Upton seems to be in no rush to learn his strike zone this season so far. It is a bit scary to see someone strike out that consistently.

The $16M Gamble looks pretty good thru 3 innings today.

Both Pelfrey and K-Rod pitched solid. K-Rod had a K/BB/K/1B/K as his sequence.

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