Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

Even as a designated hitter, Victor Martinez needs a day off now and then. Today is one of those days. With the DH slot open, Brad Ausmus is taking the day to give Miguel Cabrera a day out of the field. That leaves first base open for … Jarrod Saltalamacchia, making his 37th career start at first but just his second start since 2007 (he started a game at 1B for Arizona last year). Andrew Romine, who might otherwise be starting at first base, is starting in center field, giving Cameron Maybin a day off his tight quad.

The Mariners are giving their star infielder a day at DH as well. Robinson Cano’s shift moves Nelson Cruz into right field and gives Shawn O’Malley a start at second.

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  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Daniel Norris


  1. Ketel Marte, SS
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, LF
  3. Robinson Cano, DH (0-for-2, K vs. Norris)
  4. Nelson Cruz, RF
  5. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
  6. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-1 vs. Norris)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Leonys Martin, CF
  9. Shawn O’Malley, 2B

P: Adrian Sampson


Was wondering if Ausmus would try Salty at 1b at some point. Can’t say I’ve warmed to the idea of Romine starting there.

Kinda wish they would gave the day off to Gibby too.
I had the feeling he was getting quite annoying to Mario yesterday. Mario can’t control him when he slips into juvenilism. Kirk is great when he sticks to the topic of baseball.
In fact his understanding of the game is so good IMO, that it makes the dreary monotone tolerable. But when he gets into irrelevance he is annoying and almost confrontational.
Anyway, that has nothing to do with Ausmus predictably throwing out weak lineups in weekday day games.
Norris better be ready to cover the bag at 1st!!!!

We will have Gibby until he wants out .He was a player, coach and manager that has a ring .

Gibby used to do the same thing to Josh Lewin back in the late 90s. Lifetime hanging around jocks……….
Anyway, Norris is living upstairs. He’ll probably need to make an adjustment second time through the order.

Sure nice to see the confidence in Upton and Moya. Just feels like they are going to crush the ball every time they get up to the plate lately. Beautiful thing to behold. Norris pitching as well with a look of enormous confidence so far through three strong innings. Way to early to wave any kind of victory flag on today’s game but sure has been a great start to the afternoon.

Well Norris was looking good then the 5th inning?????

Too bad Miggy has stranded 4 on base

Justin saved Norris’s behind there

Why would you PR for McCann? Salty maybe but James runs pretty well.
Impressive outing for Alex Wilson.

Another close game. Can we expect a last minute miracle again? The only one who hasn’t helped so far is Miggy. Can’t believe the WSox are going to sweep the RSox.

VERY LARGE strike zone for Cishek…..

Ryan and Rondon have pitched way to much in one week. They wont last at that pace

Yes, I’ve noticed the generous strike zone for Cishek here on Gameday. And WOW! I thought for sure Ryan had blown the game with that error.

All Right, THEY WON! I am not as savvy as some of you with the finer points of baseball but why PR for Victor at 2nd base when all they needed was one run? If this game had gone for more innings, I would rather have Victor batting again than Aviles. Can’t VM play first base? Go ahead, hit me. What did I miss?

I was thinking, in case there was a bunt/ball in play in the infield Aviles is a harder out at 3rd than Victor. Might of made all the difference in the world.

A Sweep Job! Such an important event as we bring in the big dogs. We take two from the Tribe, we gain a game, sweep =3, 2-3 from the tribe is -2. Hopefully the momentum will get us at least the two. Entertaining game again. Norris shows his potential once again, and he also shows he’s still learning. Cruz ambushed Rondon, other than that the pen would have been perfect again. No complaints; they came through again today. JMac officially crossed the Mendoza line today:
1. Ryan works magic again in what might have been a disaster.
2. Four Seattle hits were all solo.
3. Held the Mariner 1-4’s to 2-14.
Kudos to JMac,Ryan, and Moya for being on base three times. Miggy is truly amazing. He can hit a ball totally out of the park one game, and go hitless the next. The clutch, RBI producing hits seem to be less than in past year. Still, the best right handed hitter around. The best thing about the Tribe coming to COPA: No Drums!

Nelson Cruz continues to torment Tiger pitching. his bat is a weapon of mass destruction whenever there’s a guy with a Tiger uni on the mound.

Tigers are going to need a deep outing from Zimmermann tomorrow so the bullpen can catch it’s collective breath.

seems like the earliest next start for Fulmer would be the 29th, but also the time when Norris’ spot could come up again.

The plan is to skip Fulmer start.

As a FU to my comments on the previous blog and those of others regarding pitching injuries. particularly those resulting in TJ surgery… MLB reported today on recent research. The underlying issue is about throwing at maximum effort too often (many at too young an age.) In other words 10 YOs playing all year long and relying on FBs . The extreme example of that was cited by Smoltz (?). He said some 10 YOs required TJ and an “epidemic” has resulted in pros at younger ages. It was never a huge problem in the past, even with high inning pitchers like Spahn, who threw till he was 44 I think I will go with the research and MLB on this one and continue to subscribe to the old school theory. Inning limitations have obviously not provided a cure to the pitching injury “epidemic.”

Illini… I don’t think you need to take a backseat to anyone on this blog. Ausmus won his bet with his substitution today The Bosox had a similar 9th inning situation with Ortiz. He was pulled and his spot came up in extras. The Bosox lost both their bet and the game.

My Bosox statement was innacurate. The Bosox won the game,but lost their bet, They did not score as the Tigers did in the 9th. Instead, they won in the 10th with Ortiz’s spot on deck with runners on and one out. Fortunately for them, Bogearts singled in the winning run

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