Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

A change at the top of the Tigers batting order, where Cameron Maybin and Ian Kinsler swap spots in front of the run production middle of the lineup. Kinsler will bat second for the first time this season.

“Change his luck, maybe,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s been barreling the ball up, sometimes hitting it right at people. There’s no mathematical formula behind [the swap].”

Meanwhile, at the other end, Erick Aybar starts in place of Jose Iglesias against James Shields, while Casey McGehee slides down to eighth in the order.

On the White Sox side, with Dioner Navarro now back in Toronto, Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate against lefty Matt Boyd. It’s Avila’s second start in three games since his return from the disabled list over the weekend.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Shields)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF (6-for-17, triple, 2 walks)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (17-for-62, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (24-for-63, 10 doubles, 3 HR, 6 walks, 11 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (15-for-51, 5 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (9-for-21, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-7, walk, K)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (2-for-22, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  8. Casey McGehee, 3B (0-for-1)
  9. Erick Aybar, SS (8-for-25, double, 2 HR, 4 K’s)

P: Matt Boyd

whitesoxsockWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Boyd)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (2-for-4, walk, K)
  2. Tim Anderson, SS (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF (2-for-5)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (2-for-5, HR)
  5. Todd Frazier, 3B (0-for-4)
  6. Justin Morneau, DH
  7. Avisail Garcia, RF (1-for-3, HR)
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (1-for-2, K)

P: James Shields


Mark Simon:
Since the ASG, Hard hit rate:4 Cabrera 5 Upton 12 Victor 50 Perez 53 Kinlser
Since July 1,lowest hard hit rate allowed: 1 Smyly 18 Ray 24 Verlander 26 Aníbal 34 Fulmer

Saw Todd Frazier today while we were having lunch ….I put a hex on him not to get any hits this week! Your welcome ! LOL

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Well I gotta tell ya the strike zone tonight in my opinion has been far worse than Saturday.

Nothing like a 5.98 era pitcher to just quiet those bats

Tigers tied for 8th in SF with that.

15 Runs in 18 Innings vs Shields this season

Tigers? June 13th 5 innings 7 runs 6 earned
June 21st 6 innings 2 earned runs
Today 1 earned runs


yes, they tagged him twice with 6

in the fifth inning, the first time

I’m losing it with this very pro-Sox strike zone

You go on contact with runners on 1B and 3B or 2 outs. He did the right thing

Another wasted lead off double….nothing like a 5.98 era pitcher to quiet tiger’s bats
JD mucked that up he wasn’t going to throw you out from his butt?

He did not know that until it happens .He had to wait until the ball cleared the IF. Fundamentals

This team needs a lot this off season! This station to station needing 3-4 singles to score a run is old school. Find a durable leadoff hitter (Maybin is injury prone) and part with the slow pieces please. This is boring baseball unless you whack the timely home run.

Yep those pitiful tigers are torturing me. Honestly how can you get more pathetic?


I wish there was a better outcome for Mr I but the wrong pieces were acquired and the correct pieces were left to walk away for even more money. Pitching, athleticism, speed and power. Several “bad” deals lead to this miserable season.

Thank you Upton!!!!

And in true tiger’s form they give it back.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

The injury is twice on Maybin. Diving and sliding head first. Dumb and dumber

Miggy and VMart NOT coming up with the big hit

0-6 with runners in scoring position
Team lob 8

Cabrera 3 lob
Vmart 2 lob
JD 5 lob

Middle of the lineup has just been deadly tonight

Cabrera 1 RBI

Salty doesn’t do much but he seems to have a knack for a big homer

And the Kid with the clean save

Not squeaky clean but clean. I thought this was going to be another clunker. Whoa. Successfully dodged. It happened quickly didn’t it? Salty has earned his salary based on meaningful hits even though hitting below Mendoza. Some players can do it when all is on the line. They are called winners.

That old Salty has earned every penny, Marty; it had been a while, but boy did it surely count; he saved us from another loss at home to a bottom feeder. Hope everybody had their rolaids out as in every inning it seemed a hit would tie or put us in the lead. And we just couldn’t get that clutch hit. The pitching wasn’t bad again; Boyd was flat, but didn’t give up a crooked number. Miggy got the one RBI, but 4-5 just came up short. Hate to belabor the point, but Casey is not getting anything that helps; one double of all his hits and one driven in. I would still try Aybar for the extra lefty bat against righties, and the bunt potential. This is not to belittle Casey; his D is fabulous, but he wouldn’t even be on the team except for the Casty injury:
1. The Wilson fifth was excellent pitching; saved the game from getting away.
2. Homers from Whipping Boy and Jarrod the Giant!
3. We were in it to the end.
Kudos to J-UP, Salty, and Justin Wilson. Hats off to Frankie for the clean inning, though a couple of balls were hit well. Cam can’t stay healthy; still looking for Ian to go on a huge tear. We got a must win tonight; Moonbeam has a solid game tomorrow.

Fulmer 4 days rest:3.50. 5 days: 1.56. 6 or more: 2.27
BAA. 239 .309 .399 .709
187 .242 .309 .551
214 .264 .299 .563

Maybin is definitely injury prone. Personally I think we need more (next year) from an everyday CFer. I understand all about how he his hit and energized this year. What I hope we don’t see is him playing with a physical impairment.
Frankie got lucky. He is not fooling hitters the way a closer needs to. It’s as simple as that.
Totally agree with Greg re McGehee. He’s not dangerous enough. As well, there have been times he has overswung and pulled the ball when he should have been trying to move a runner up. Why not play Aybar there and bring in some experienced 3B “D” late in the game?

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