Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates
It’s a cloudy, foggy morning around Detroit,
and it might stay that way for most of the afternoon but the skies appear to be clearing for afternoon. But it’s dry and, most importantly, warmer. After the last few days, temperatures in the 50s feel balmy, even to somebody who was in Florida for two months.
Much like Brad Ausmus worked to find a start for Mike Aviles on Saturday, he did the same with Tyler Collins today. He’ll start in center field against Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese.
The Pirates bring back former Tigers outfielder Matt Joyce to DH against Justin Verlander, who went from gearing up to face the Yankees to prepping for the Pirates.
MLB Network is carrying the broadcast today for those of you outside of Detroit.
TIGERS (career numbers against Niese)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-1, 2 walks)
- Justin Upton, LF (9-for-26, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, double, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Tyler Collins, CF
- Jose Iglesias, SS
P: Justin Verlander
PIRATES (career numbers vs. Verlander)
- John Jaso, 1B (2-for-16, walk, 4 K’s)
- Andrew McCutchen, CF (3-for-15, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
- Matt Joyce, DH (6-for-17, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
- Starling Marte, LF (2-for-3, triple)
- Francisco Cervelli, C (1-for-6, double, K)
- Gregory Polanco, RF (1-for-3, walk)
- Josh Harrison, 2B (2-for-10, K)
- Sean Rodriguez, 3B (2-for-7, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
- Jordy Mercer, SS (2-for-3)
P: Jonathon Niese