Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros

Cameron Maybin returns to the Tigers lineup, playing center field and batting second. Though Jose Iglesias had some success in the two spot, Brad Ausmus said he didn’t give much thought to keeping him there with Maybin back. Iglesias goes back to the nine spot, setting up RBI opportunities for Ian Kinsler.

Matt Boyd gave up five runs in as many innings against the Astros last August in Houston, including two solo homers to Colby Rasmus and a two-run triple from Marvin Gonzalez. He’s been a different pitcher lately, inducing more ground balls and keeping his pitches down more regularly, but he’ll get a test with youngsters George Springer and Alex Bregman in Houston’s lineup. Springer didn’t face Boyd last year because he was injured. Bregman wasn’t in the big leagues until this week.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Collin McHugh)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-10, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-6, double)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-9, double)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-8, HR, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, RF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (2-for-3, double, HR, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-8, double, K)

P: Matt Boyd

astroslogoASTROS (career numbers vs. Boyd)

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (2-for-3, triple)
  3. Jose Altuve, 2B (1-for-3)
  4. Carlos Correa, SS (1-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Evan Gattis, C (0-for-3, K)
  6. Colby Rasmus, LF (2-for-2, 2 HR)
  7. Alex Bregman, 3B
  8. Tyler White, DH
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF (0-for-2, K)

P: Collin McHugh

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Nate Robertson just threw out the 1st pitch. Remember him?

Altuve always gets to us.

gk hasn’t griped about the strike zone yet, so maybe he’s at the game.

Boom! The boys are getting their swagger back.
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– Bob

Couple good innings!wow

Boyd makes me nervous.

Boy did Castellanos get screwed on that call that he swung….I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an ump mess that up so bad

Nice interview with Nate…

I gotta feel pretty confident to stop chatting at this point, but my computer says I need to upgrade.

10-3
Why throw AW when Lowe needs the work?
My guess is only because he is warm an Lowe will follow

Just got home. What a great surprise!

Great job bringing Mollken in?

Lets hope we see more games like this . Nice to get the win .

7 Games over .500. Is this really the uptick we’ve been looking for all season long? Surely hope it is, and relish in the outstanding win tonight:
1. Team RISP was truly fabulous tonight.
2. Everybody in the lineup made a positive contribution.
3. Alex Wilson has become dependable and even more important, he is versatile in any scenario needed.
Kudos; Everybody;Double kudos to Tyler, Justin, and Cameron. Definitely agree with GK re: the hose job on the Nicky check swing strike. Today’s umpires are really nowhere as talented and dedicated as the Donatelli’s, the Haller’s, the Crawford’s of yesteryear. Glad to get all non pitchers involved; how about that McCann tater. you know the talk is needing a better hitter for the 2, but Salty and James have 17 HR’s and over 50 RBI’s combined. Lucroy is a better contact hitter, but he doesn’t have the defensive props that McCann has. Ride this baby with what we have; getting close to Z and Julio time once again. And our resident free spirit, Mr. Norris is coming back soon also. Still like Boyd’s upside. JV, it’s your time.

The Tigs are starting to believe, along with the fans.
It all starts with a bullpen holding leads helping to erase a few Fenway demons this week.
Maybin back sure helps and also from RF with Collins starting to contribute big time.

Unless I forgot one, that’s the first non-close game since Cleveland. I could look it up, but that’s no fun.
Speaking of not looking things up, an aside to Dan: I kind of think the Paul Douglas character in “Every Spring” was named Bump? Easy to check IMDB but again, no fun.

Re catching situation, am in complete agreement Greg. Rich, is “Every Spring” the same movie as “It Happens Every Spring”? The reason I didn’t recognize Paul Douglas in your response is because I’m not sure if I ever saw that movie. I remember seeing a “flubber like” movie where a scientist invents a substance which, when applied to a baseball, made it do a ubie around wooden bats. And I wasn’t even bothered by this act of cheating. Shameful…..Didn’t it fail at some point, leaving the pitcher to become the hero in honest heroic fashion? Or am I mixing two movies? Was anyone worried when Altuve gave the “Colt 45s” a 2 run lead? Oddly, I wasn’t. Have I run out of my allotted questions? Why is there air?

Bump was also a character in “The Natural”. Died after running through the wall trying to catch a fly ball. This after he had already been paid off to throw games for the Knight’s crooked owner. Go figure. That movie was so surreal. But it is my all time favorite baseball movie. “The Sandlot” is a close second.

Yes Marty you are correct about the substance. It was classic when Paul Douglas had to have his broken finger splinted (wood in those days!).
And Ray Milland had to make a game saving catch with his bare hand when the “magic” had run out.
He got the girl in the end (Hollywood prevails). Who was that girl? Donna Reed?
A feel good movie.
The natural was a fav of mine too. A bit dark, but then so are we all.
Besides it had a sultry Kim Basinger in it to thicken the plot.

A little off topic but the nostalgia reminded me of one of my very favourite movies starring John Garfield and Sidney Greenstreet:
Between Two Worlds

Wow. There’s some trivia there. Thanks Dan. Sounds like you remember it well. I’ll have to watch. Re “The Natural”, who was the lady in black? Was she real? Some symbol for loss of innocence, destroyer of dreams? The silver bullet? Anyway, it did have a happily ever after type ending. And some “electrifying” moments along the way.

I’ll check that out.

Past seasons, Tigs would never have scored tonight.
The hussle on display and the belief starting to show is palpable.

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