Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Mike Aviles gets a start at shortstop, resting Jose Iglesias with power pitcher Michael Fulmer on the mound. Bobby Wilson, meanwhile, catches Fulmer for the first time, leaving Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-for-15 with 11 K’s against Phil Hughes) in a pinch-hit role.

TIGERS (career numbers off Phil Hughes)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-34, 3 doubles, triple, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-9, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (17-for-41, 5 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-37, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, SS (5-for-19, double, 2 K’s)
  8. Bobby Wilson, C (2-for-5, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-13, 3 walks, 5 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer


  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Miguel Sano, RF
  5. Byung Ho Park, DH
  6. Osvaldo Arcia, LF
  7. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  8. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  9. Kurt Suzuki, C

P: Phil Hughes


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As always, make Hughes get the ball down. Obviously not as easy as it sounds.

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Now, Victor leads the team in RBIs

AL: 5th in RBI and 11 in OPS

This HP ump has decided the strike zone will be a moving target tonight. I think both sides are going to be barking all night
– Bob

There will be ejections

Wow is this ump completely inconsistent.

Well this umps inability to recognize what a strike is cost Fulmer a run here.

Two guys whose only value is defense and both failed

Morris thought Gose could have made a better throw. But, he also felt Aviles was “nonchalant” and wasn’t in position to throw anyone out.

This ump is giving me a headache all of a sudden that inside pitch he was granting Hugh’s is no longer a strike……

Bats come alive yet again to get another win . Hope they can keep it up.

This umpire’s strike zone was everywhere and nowhere, thus lending credence to the British perception of the zone as “an invisible box that floats in the air.”

How about Old Creaky Knees, you know, V-Mart? Looks like the guy is enjoying himself again. Left Hand Power has been impressive. And how about Mr. J-Up?
Only one K and very good swings on the three hits. It’s getting time for UPTON!And our whippin boy Nick, keeps on rackin hits through April. That magic elixir must have worked on Gose too. So we score at least 8 for a third straight night. And our payoff ofr Mr. Cespedes, looked pretty good out there this evening. In games like this, you can even stomach Rod:
1. Nick’s third base hi,t which demonstrated how much he has grown.
2. A Bull Pen that throws 4 scoreless. Did I tell you how much I like Justin Wilson. Even when’s he’s rusty, he comes through.
3. Add on runs, and then more add on runs, kept us in the catbird seat.
Kudos to Miggy, V-Mart, J-UP, Nick, Anthony, and of course Michael(don’t call me Pelfrey) Fulmer. Great MLB debut. Sox lose again. back two on the lost column. What a nice win for the Tigers tonight.

J-UP really cut down his swing just trying to make contact and it payed off. Maybe that gets him going.

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