Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Red Sox

Five years ago, Drew Pomeranz played a small role in helping the Tigers acquire Doug Fister. Pomeranz was part of the Indians’ trade package that landed Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado at the trade deadline in 2011,  thus sending Detroit looking elsewhere for pitching help. The rest is history, but now Pomeranz has a chance to play another role in thwarting the Tigers around trading season.

Besides that subplot, there’s a second consecutive game off for Cameron Maybin, who by all indications Sunday was healthy but just needed a rest. Andrew Romine starts in center at Fenway Park.

Note: I’m not on this series, but I’ll try to keep posting the lineups. Check for stories and such.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, ESPN, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Pomeranz)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-5, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (0-for-0, walk)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Justin Verlander

oldredsoxlogoRED SOX (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Mookie Betts, RF (0-for-4, K)
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (1-for-21, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Xander Bogaerts, SS (2-for-6, double, 2 K’s)
  4. David Ortiz, DH (11-for-31, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 5 walks, 9 K’s)
  5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (2-for-5, walk)
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (0-for-1, walk)
  7. Travis Shaw, 3B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. Sandy Leon, C
  9. Brock Holt, LF (2-for-7)

P: Drew Pomeranz


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Nick shows leather and release. “Shades of Brooks Robinson.” Never thought I would hear a comparison like that in reference to Nick.

I wish these guys would surprise me someday and nothe waste a leadoff double….

And in true tiger’s fashion they give up a 2 out run.
Per usual tons and tons of foul balls against Verlander

Its taken me a long time to realize that the success of this team depends on getting Julio back in the lineup. The team is simply lost without him. I also put Collins out there until he returns and DFA Aviles. It’s so sad to watch.


Iggy, the Monster Masher!

I totally agree with the ESPN broadcasters. Upton is not in the ready position to hit. He has been getting beat all season long by mediocre fastballs becuz he doesn’t have his lead foot down early enuff.

BA needs to slow the game down for JW.

Well this isn’t good. I definitly don’t trust K-Rod coming in with the bases loaded.

Aviles is done. He has no pop and doesn’t even load his swing consistently to give himself a chance on offense. And, at best, his defense is an adventure.How does he get this much PT?

I’ve said it before, but Aviles is the proverbial blind squirrel.

I’m not crazy about all the moves Aviles made, but the only 2 I expressed umbrage about were were Pelfrey and Aviles. Besides them, Upton hasn’t done much, but the other moves have proved decent.

“Avila” not Aviles.

K-Rod was very good. KUDOS to him. I still can’t figure out how he does his smoke and mirrors act

Well, I guess that’s it for Darline’s Blog this evening.

Got the win and avoided a sweep (I have low expectations this series) so we’re playing with house money now. This was the one we needed to win and Brad seemed to think so too.
Nobody I talk to seems to know why Aviles is on the team or at the least getting so much PT. Romine is the guy. Nick (Brooks Robinson) Castellanos can play his own thirdbase. Work with us, Brad.

Fenway, though iconic, has fences that are shorter than my high school ball field. Never been there, but this Sox team surely takes advantage of knowing the park. Indeed Rich, the money should be on how many base runners the Sox have against Big Mike tomorrow. I’m going to say 7 runs minimum unless Mike can avoid two runners per inning. Anyway, this was a neat game to watch and win:
1. JV was solid albeit to many pitches due to foul balls. He has really matured; you see it when he get’s squeezed by Blue. Old Justin would flail his arms, and then have a conversation when the inning was over. The new guy takes the ball and gives us a good chance to win almost every time out.
2. The McCann add on single was big.
3. KRod spun his magic for four outs.
Kudos to Iggy for the big blast,To the pen for limiting the damage to one run, to Nick for is solid D in the first, and to Victor for the big RBI hit in the 8th. As far as Upton, whether he’s ready or not, one can see the true power that he has. If we could ever get that hot streak, it would be an amazing display. Still think Aviles should go; Julio back by the 6th. of next month(hoping). And I do think everyone hits better with him in the lineup. Hang on! We’re only 20 hours from Mike’s start.

I’m counting the hours…. Jeopardy Question: In the 1949 movie “It Happens Every Spring” Ray Milland plays a scientist who invents a substance which, when applied to a baseball, causes it to repel wood. Answer: What we need tomorrow.

What are strikeouts?
What is a band playing “Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly”?
Who is Paul Douglas?

Nice to get the win at Fenway . Gotta think this was a must win after yesterday in Chicago. You have to be able to stop teams like Boston. You can bet Boston is trying to retool for tomorrow night .

Agree on 1 and 3 Greg. I’d give 2 to Iggy and give McCann the kudos. But I’m nit pickin’.

Funny Rich. Upon review, I actually got the answer wrong. Everyone knows you have to phrase your answer in the form of a question in Jeopardy. (as you correctly did) My answer should have been, “What DO we need tomorrow? And of course the answer to that is “What is a band playing ‘Has anyone here seen Kelly’? And “Who is Paul Douglas” is just way out of my league.

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