Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Ian Kinsler returns to the lineup as Cameron Maybin gets a day off. Erick Aybar is also off. Tyler Collins starts in center, his first start since last Saturday, while Andrew Romine starts at short. Not that it makes a vast difference, but Twins rookie starter Jose Berrios has given up six of his seven home runs to right-handed hitters in nearly the same number of plate appearances, though both sides hit him for a high batting average.

On the Twins side, Joe Mauer is out of the lineup for a second consecutive game.

TIGERS (numbers off Berrios)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-1, HR)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-0, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-1)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-0, walk)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-1, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Daniel Norris

TWINS (numbers vs. Norris)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-2, K)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS
  3. Robbie Grossman, LF
  4. Trevor Plouffe, 1B (0-for-1)
  5. Miguel Sano, DH (0-for-1)
  6. Max Kepler, RF
  7. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (0-for-1)
  8. Juan Centeno, C
  9. Danny Santana, CF

P: Jose Berrios


If they win, that is a good lineup. In not, Brad is awful and should be fired.

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Be nice to see McGehee have a really good game. He is likely back to Toledo very soon.

C’mon Ian, we need to see you putting those goggles on again!

Holy cow James! That was as impressive a dinger as I have seen

Goggles? Done! McCann is also hot today.

Fabulous to see Norris throw like this

However, this bullpen STINKS! Norris goes 6.1 and tosses a decent game, then Ryan and Wilson give up runs to let the Twinkies back into this game! They may give this game away yet.

Once again the pen looked sub standard. With 5 weeks left in the season bet they leave it the way it is.

What was a laugher….the tiger’s pen has reared it’s very ugly head.

Well at least KRod will get some much needed work.
Though we know what he is capable of.
Lazy play by Upton looked bad and hurt the cause.

One base on balls by our starters this whole series

Norris did throw well again and the Tigers got the “W” and the series sweep which is what you are supposed to do against inferior opponents. 68-59 with 35 games to go!
Can they go at least 20-15 or even 23-12?? The wild card is in the East for now with Toronto/Boston/Baltimore playing solid ball. McCann with a great game too!

Moonbeam finally makes it into the 7th. He showed us that he has above average stuff. Our much maligned Catcher has the game of his career, and hits big stuff, off of righty’s for goodness sake. By the way our Catcher Combo has over 20 homers and nearly 80 RBI’s. Thanks Al for staying put. This potential rotation for next year is going to potentially be among the best:
1. Ian flashes leather all game long.
2. The meat of the order takes a break, and the bottom steps right in.
3. Norris gives no free passes.
Kudos to Daniel, VMart for that old man hitting, JMac for his first career 4 hit game, Casey’s timely hits, and a clean ninth for Frankie. Love our chances in the first two against the Angels, and am okay with Anabal for Sunday’s finale. Texas needs to bury the Tribe this weekend.

Well, an easy win turned into a semi-stinker. Norris with a QS. His first of the season to give the Tigers a real chance to win. The BP had some trouble preserving his effort. Upton reverted to his previous form. K-Rod looked decent again after some troublesome appearances. Regardless, I’m happy for the outcome.

I am also happy for DD’s acumen in acquiring 3 of the 5 starters in our present rotation in deadline deals during the 2015 failed season. Call me what you might, but you can call me right in arguing against many who did not favor those trades last year.

Well taking a review of the season the (4) veteran SP’s (JV, JZ, Sanchez & Pelf) are 33-33 and the (3) youngsters (Fulmer, Boyd & Norris) are 17-8 so there you have the 9 games above .500! The BP’s W-L record (18-18) is a wash but, K-Rod’s 89MPH FB command is the difference this season. Good to get out of Minnie with a sweep!

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