Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Alex Avila caught Justin Verlander for the better part of seven seasons, but he’s hitting against him today, batting eighth in the White Sox lineup. Adam Eaton takes over in center field for J.B. Shuck, with Jason Coats and Avisail Garcia flanking him.

On the Tigers side, the lineup is back to full strength, but the batting order is tweaked. Cameron Maybin remains in the second spot, with J.D. Martinez fifth. Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton move down to sixth and seventh, respectively. Brad Ausmus isn’t committing to it full-time, but as long as Maybin is hitting, he’s going with it.

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(career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (10-for-33, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-33, 4 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (13-for-30, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-20, triple, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (8-for-23, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-7, triple, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-11, double, 2 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

whitelogo1939logoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (7-for-21, 2 doubles, triple, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Jason Coats, LF
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (8-for-21, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Todd Frazier, 3B (1-for-3)
  5. Brett Lawrie, 2B (1-for-2, HR, walk)
  6. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-11, double, K)
  7. Jimmy Rollins, DH (0-for-4, K)
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, SS

P: Jose Quintana


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Well there getting runners on but can’t score…..

Awful TV broadcasting in the top of the 3rd. Game-changing pitching performance by JV, high intensity and nail biting at bats, momentous decision to NOT walk Abreau and all we heard was self aggrandizing babble. Fans deserve to hear how the game is going and producers should realize that an interview should not monopolize a whole inning. Ridiculous.
And Verlander was ridiculously good in getting out of a huge jam by getting nemesis Eaton and two very impressive strikeouts.

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Quintana leads the AL in ERA

Not anymore

Upton has 12 doubles. Second among Tigers


I like Cameron Maybin. I really like Cameron Maybin. #2 perfect spot for him in the lineup. He brings the energy and enthusiasm the team’s been sorely in need of.

Anyone know why it seems KRod seems to be sitting in the dugout talking with Miggy? Is that common for closers to sit in the dugout with the team until the later innings? I thought they stayed out in the bullpen the entire game? Also, what’s the deal with the hands to the face after hits and runs? Now it’s not only Kinsler but other guys doing it also? I can’t imagine they would have the audacity to be doing that to mock Sales for the binoculars comment. Anyone have some insight? No nice to see Upton let lose on a 3-0 pitch and crush it into the corner!! Oh if only his hot streak would begin with fervor!!

“So” nice not “NO” nice.

I was going to ask the same question. They’ve been doing it for a while now.

They are binoculars man!!!
(From the Sale incident –what two years ago now?)

No, they’ve been doing the latest goggle’s sign well before the White Sox series. I know all about the binocular incident but what they are doing now has nothing to do with that it seems.

Casty got out of the habit of swinging at 1st pitch. Coincidentally, his average dropped fast.

Well bottom of the 7th got a partial answer on the goggles question. Seems the Tiger’s aren’t talking but Jim and Mario speculate that it is to simulate the goggles they’ll be needing when they get to the post season.

I meant Rob and Mario not “Jim” and Mario. Bad typing day today. To excited the Tiger’s are playing so well.


I doubt that. I would bet it is the Sales incident where he accused the Tigers of tipping off pitches via use of binoculars in the the stands.

They are looking how far the ball went

4-14 when they don’t hit a HR

Rod mentioned that fans were asking about the antics after getting a hit and getting on base. Maybin stirs the drink and then does the goggles thing. I see it, even JV did it today, is what they seem to be saying.

Chet Lemon looks terrific!

Nice weekend!

Jason, something wrong with the links I posted?

Sorry—they just reappeared. My bad

Another great game by JV. No shame in those two dingers to those two guys.
Greene looks good in the role. KRod is amazing. Such excellent control.

The very first time I saw it I thought the hitter was saying something to the effect that the pitches were looking big and hittable, but if that were the case, it would seem to be questionably disrespectful. Seems to be a thing now whether it bothers the opposing team or not.

I think sometimes the closer goes out later.

Yes Dan. The two JV pitches were hard, up and out of the strike zone. Neither were mistakes, just good swings. I do like Todd Frazier. He’s old school.

The Tigers played very good baseball in all facets, all weekend. And the googles thing has been going on all year and has nothing to do with “binocular Sales.”

It was the 33 pitch, 4 out save on the 1st by KRod that sealed my respect for him. Yes, he was nibbling a bit but what a gamer he is. Fights with every pitch and will not give in. Most would have run out of gas before that 33rd pitch.

Nice to see the sox swept out of town. No one expected the Tigers to take all three . Good outing for JV .

Three weeks ago the Tigers were 8.5 games behind Chicago. Today they are half a game back of them. They’ve won 13 of 20.

Should have added “and focus” before that 33rd pitch. The team has taken a good chunk of the season to very slowly evolve, but it seems the pieces are finally coming together. Things can change and devolve as well but I do think this is a team that will have to be reckoned with as the season progresses. I said it late in the off season, this team improved because of acquired and improved depth. Pitching has been sporadic but, there are several options that are now being utilized and explored. I think the depth and versatility will prevail. They paid their dues last season.

Hawk commented about the Sox road trip. The gist was it started out poorly and got worse. I think after their hot start , the Sox are something like 10-20.

Not so sure about that Rich. Yes, it has been going on all year but I think it has its genesis in that incident. It rallied the Tigers at the time and became a kind of visual anthem. With the team struggling and looking for motivation from any source I think Ian reached back in time for a something to bring some cohesion and camraderie to a team that was on the verge of becoming irrelevant.
Regardless, it is nice to see the team clicking, and picking each other up. Right now they are playing they believe in each other.
We all know how quickly this team can slip into dysfunction in the past. Let’s hope they have reached a positive tipping point. They played excellent all around ball against Chicago and could have (should have) also beaten the Yanks.
Really looking forward to the upcoming series with the Jays as all my mates here are crazy Blue Jay fanatics.

Now that you mention it, I do remember Kinsler doing that in the Binocular Sale Game. It appears the players aren’t letting on about what started it, so I’m going with your idea.
This week my local team gets the White Sox. No difficulty rooting for the Nats at all.

Not worth continuing to bring this up but just for the record, Ian was doing the sign during the Angles series as well. I guess we’ll get some definitive word on the matter sometime down the road. In the meantime, the great news is that the Tiger’s are now on a roll and time to take this next series with the Jays.

The “Official history”:
“Like the goggles you wear in the playoffs (celebrations), for champagne,” J.D. Martinez said.”

JaCoby Jones to Toledo.
There are few OF or starting pitchers available this year for a trade. It is a seller´s market for those roles so having a CF that can play SS would be a huge addition or a great chip.

Late post tonight; celebrated 41st Anniversary today, and just got in. Isn’t it amazing what good rotation pitching can do for a team? This was really a good series for the Tigers to win. I’m beginning to think that the Indians might be for real this year. They’ve knocked us around like toys for all six games. Looking forward to how the guys react on the upcoming road trip, but the last two home stands have been a definite shot in the proverbial arm:
1. JV continues his evolution as a solid 33 year old “Pitcher”.
2. J-UP’s bat wakes up if for just a day.
3. Frankie’s gets her done as only Frankie can.
Kudos to Kinsler, Victor, Upton, and Shane, the 8th. inning Whiz. If we could just get the kinks out of Lowe, we could at least have a competitive Pen. Still think Aviles is odd man out, especially Jones on his way to CoPa before the end of Summer. Sadly, I think the image of Gose in a Tiger uniform again is fading into the sunset. He has more speed, a better arm, and overall defense than Cam, bu tdoesn’t utilize the strengths that he possesses

Just wondering. With Upton headed for an MLB record for Ks and his generally horrible offensive performance, have the Tigers considered having his eyesight checked?

I think I would add Iggy too Greg. His gem with the infield in prevented the game from being turned around. The following play by McCann as well.

You are correct Dan. Was watching the replay half asleep.

Congrats Greg on the anniversary. Went to 2 Mud Hens games this weekend, friday went 13 innings so saw a lot of former Tiger pitchers in that game. Yesterday we played against Lobstein. Gose isn’t doing much more for them than he was for the Tigers right now.

The Tiger carried for years, Kelly and Santiago .Now, Romine and Aviles. Aviles has played less games but has taken more AB. When he has played regular with other teams , he has been a reliable IF and average OF. He is the 24th man, so nothing else is expected. He has been a regular in MLB unlike Romine and is a veteran so expected to deal better with being on the bench
Once they call an OF, sooner than later,a pitcher will go down. Aviles is not blocking Gose , Birdman or Moya. The starters problems /Sánchez , Greene and Zimmermann )are the reason to have one of the former in the Minors. If Aviles were the reason, well that would mean the Tigers are not very high on the young players.

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