Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

Dixon Machado gets the start at shortstop in his first game back up in place of Jose Iglesias, but that’s just the start of the adjustments tonight. With lefty Cole Hamels on the mound, Casey McGehee moves up to the second spot in the order.

“Someone’s gotta hit second. He gives you a good at-bat,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Mike Aviles, 3-for-7 with two home runs off Hamels, gets the expected start, but in center field rather than short. It’ll be his fifth career Major League start in center, and his first since Aug. 28 of last season.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit with runs, scoring runs,” Ausmus said. “He’s had a little bit of success against Hamels. I’d talked to him in Seattle about working in center. He’s played center before. We’ll try to squeeze a little bit more offense out of it today.”

With Matt Boyd on the mound, Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start against the lefty; he has two homers against Hamels.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Hamels)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-12, K)
  2. Casey McGehee, 3B (7-for-24, double, HR, 3 walks)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-15, 2 doubles, triple, 6 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-17, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (11-for-38, 4 doubles, HR, 13 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, CF (3-for-7, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (5-for-19, double, 2 HR, 7 K’s)
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Matt Boyd

oldrangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers off Boyd)

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (1-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Desmond, CF
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (3-for-7, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Beltran, DH (1-for-3)
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B (2-for-6, double, HR, K)
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (3-for-8, double, HR)
  8. Jurickson Profar, LF
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS (2-for-5)

P: Cole Hamels


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9 base runners through 4 innings and not a damn thing to show for it. Frustrating

Well, supposed to lose this one on paper. Maybe that means Tigers win it. Boyd on a roll so far. Should be 2-0 anyway. Disgusting base running when runs are at a premium.

Stunning performance by Aviles. Had only 6 XBHs and a .202 BA for the season and then gets a double off Hamels. Rejoice! But then the real Aviles shows up. Gets thrown out at third with no outs. Bad enuff. Follows that up with a DP with the bases drunk. PRICELESS..

Bases loaded, first pitch swinging. There are times where that might be a good approach. But there are other times……Throw in an inability to score runs due to terrible base running and speed, or lack thereof. Can’t get any of those lost opportunities back.

13 hits and 3 walks through 6….2 runs. Sad really sad. Takes.a special kind of ineptitude to accomplish that

How in the world do they only have 2 runs ?? 14 hits total ! and more poor base running .

Have to give Brad credit for putting McGehee in tonight.

Aviles bloops one in, in front of an infielder playing LF. Then, he gets picked off. This guy was once good. Now, he flashes a little something now and again.

NEWS FLASH…Collins replaces Aviles in CF. AND… Aviles voted Rangers MVP by Texas players.

About now is when I again wish the Tigers had re-signed 28 YO Feliz. His average FB is 96.35 and he can SO a hitter when the situation demands it. Feliz has a 1.09 WHIP and .194 BA against in 53 appearances. He has been scored on only 9 times. I have been whining about the Tigers and retaining him since last year. He would have proven a bargain. Just how do the Pirates afford him while the Tigers cannot, but can afford giveaway contracts to Aviles and Pelfrey.

Okay, K-Rod is warming in the BP. I am dreading his appearance as I did earlier in the season, whereas a few weeks ago I felt comfortable with him. He has had a couple of days rest, which he seems to need. Hopefully, he will be okay tonight. BUT…The Tigers need to do something with the closer spot regardless given that even when doing well K-Rod has to have special treatment so he does not wear down. He cannot be counted on for tough duty. Those days are gone.

K-Rod was not pretty, but the job got done despite the lead hitter getting on and Beltran just missing what could have bee a tying HR.

Looked for my rosary as Beltran walked to the plate.

Good one.


2 runs wins it. Who’d a thunk? Complete credit to Mr. Boyd. Just when you think things are bleak.

Don’t you have to give credit to DD for him, too? As well as for Fulmer?

I’ve said all along that Boyd might actually have more upside than Norris; hard to say, but he gives one the impression of being a wily lefty who can win 12-14 games a year. And I do give Mr. D. credit for those trades last July. Three starters for the Tigers over the next several years, one with huge upside, and the other two being above average IMO. Have really enjoyed Boyd’s ride since July. How about Casey in the two. All he did was get 4(hits that is) and the huge double for the second run. It was a shame to have 13 hits with only the two runs;thankfully, it didn’t bite us tonight. Base Running continues to be suspect; didn’t disagree with Salty trying to score; it was a bang bang play. More than likely, Aviles is pressing because of the sub par season. He does some good things, but boners aren’t far away either. Miggy looked disgusted with himself on the last K; really a bad swing for him; he wanted to get that third run in:
1. Boyd shuts the Rangers down totally!
2. Liked Dixon’s 10 Pitch walk against Hamels.
3. Guys never let up against Hamels; just couldn’t get the hit that would pit him away.
Kudos to Matt, Casey, Victor, Miggy, and Shane who did his jobe around a little rust.
KRod is now on my Retread Tiger Hall of Fame Closer List, but he wiggled in and out for the save. A huge victory; stopped the bleeding for the moment; gives Mr. F. a chance to get us the series tomorrow. We hang on to fight another day.

But why would anyone let Salty swing at a 3-0 pitch? (2nd & 3rd with one out in the 2nd inning)
As it turned out he didn’t make himself keyhole the pitch and over-swung at ball 4 which was nowhere near the plate.

Sure. I give credit to DD Darline. But I will say this. Trading away Price and Cespedes demanded high ranking prospects. So teams had to offer good choices.DD picked the right ones. I admit I was against those trades. Wanted to see the Tigers fight to the end. Turns out DD made the best decisions for the organization’s future. I’m lucky if I’m right half the time. I still say complete credit to Matt Boyd. He pitched so efficiently there was never pressure on Tiger defense. Terrible inefficiency in Tigers offense. Without Boyd’s gem we would have lost this game. My kudos go to Casey, Dixon, and Shane in that order.

Washington released Papelbon.

Our problem has been the BIG hit at the BIG times

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