Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates

The back half of the home-and-home series features a different lineup than Saturday’s matchup in Lakeland. As the home team, the Pirates — who did not use the designated hitter yesterday in Lakeland — will let the Tigers use the DH today, which gives Casey McGehee a well-deserved day out of the field. The Pirates, in fact, are utilizing the DH today rather than have Gerrit Cole hit in his first start of the spring.

Steven Moya gets to take his cuts at historic McKechnie Field. Don’t make too much of his recent spat of playing time in left field, other than trying to acclimate him to either corner spot in the event the Tigers need his services as an injury fill-in or bat off the bench during the season.

Today’s game is televised live in Pittsburgh. It’s available on MLB.TV online. It’ll also air on MLB Network tomorrow morning at 6am. The radio call is available on 97.1 FM back in Detroit and at MLB Gameday Audio online.


  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  4. Steven Moya, LF
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  6. Casey McGehee, DH
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. John Mayberry, 1B
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Matt Boyd, Drew VerHagen, Bobby Parnell, Blaine Hardy, Preston Guilmet, Drake Britton, Logan Kensing


  1. Josh Harrison, 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Starling Marte, LF
  5. John Jaso, 1B
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF
  7. Jason Rogers, 3B
  8. Elias Diaz, DH
  9. Chris Stewart, C

P: Gerrit Cole


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Mud Hen fans get a look at the heart of their order vs one of the top NL pitchers. A good test of their bat speed today.

Sanchez is really pivotal for the Tigers rotation and he hasn’t been very productive for a few years. In 2014, he only pitched 126 innings and had 10 QS with 8 wins. In 2015, Sanchez threw 157 innings with 11 QS and 10 wins.By comparison, the much maligned Simon threw 196.1 innings in 2014 and had 22 QS with 15 wins. In 2015, Simon pitched 187 innings with 12 QS and 13 wins.

Holaday at C, Holaday at 3B, Holaday in LF. It’s becoming like that Three Amigos movie scene. Where will he show up next?

how Boyd fares against 1-4 in the Pirates’ lineup will be informative on how he’s progressing. a stress test of sorts for him.

did well first time thru, 2nd time not so much, though some bad luck too

impressed with the opposite field HR by Moya on breaking ball from a lefty. seems like the opposing scouting report on Moya would recommend fastball in, breaking ball away.

He hit it to the pull field.

The unheralded Gose is having a very nice day and a nice ST. Plus, he’s putting a bunting game together to take advantage of his speed.

Moya looked very good going oppo in the games I attended this past week. Kind of surprised me. Seems to be seeing the ball well.

He was used, and at the end of the season he was a little tired,” Ausmus said. “But there were certainly guys in the big leagues who had more innings than he did, as relievers.”
Sure, but no many were :
a)vital for the following season
b) playing for an out of contention team
c) Tommy John surgery patients in the past
He also were above his highest IP number since becoming a reliever.

8 relievers in MLB pitched 75 innings

Who are you talking about?

Sorry, failed copy and paste,Alex Wilson

Mr. Avila,
The Mets NEED a backup catcher. Dangle Bryan and get Bastardo. Throw in
Bastardo should have signed instead of Maybin IMO. Hardy is mediocre at best. I expect zilch from him after the league has seen him once.
If that is not any good then trade him up straight for Josh Smoker.

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