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Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop, while Tyler Collins returns to center field against A.J. Griffin.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Griffin)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-15, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-10, double, 2 HR, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-7, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-1, walk, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-7, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

trlogoRANGERS

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  2. Ian Desmond, CF
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s vs. Fulmer)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  8. Jurickson Profar, SS
  9. Nomar Mazara, LF

P: A.J. Griffin

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

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

As you probably have heard by now, Jose Iglesias was originally in the Tigers lineup. Then he went out on the field to run and test his left hamstring, which he tweaked on a close play at first base during his pinch-hit appearance Wednesday. The hamstring grabbed at him, he said, and now he’s on the disabled list. Every indication points to Dixon Machado getting a call up in his place, but for now, the Tigers are going with a nine-man bullpen, having recalled the just-demoted Warwick Saupold, and starting Andrew Romine at short tonight (weather permitting) against Yu Darvish.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Darvish)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, double, walk, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-15, 3 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-6, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (1-for-4)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

rangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers against Sanchez)

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (5-for-17, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Desmond, CF (8-for-30, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH (7-for-24, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (7-for-10, 2 doubles, K)
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B (0-for-4, K)
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C (2-for-6, K)
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (2-for-6, double, HR, walk, K)
  8. Nomar Mazara, LF
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS (3-for-16, triple, 3 K’s)

P: Yu Darvish

 

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Cameron Maybin is officially on the disabled list. Since the move is retroactive to last Thursday, he’ll be eligible to return a week from Friday. Instead of calling up another position player as expected, the Tigers called up Warwick Saupold to have a fresh arm in the bullpen after last night’s 15-inning marathon sapped most of Detroit’s relief corps.

Also getting a break with Jose Iglesias, who played all 15 innings Tuesday night, as well as every inning of every game since July 21. It also probably doesn’t hurt that Mike Aviles, who did not play last night, is 7-for-20 with a pair of doubles off Felix Hernandez.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hernandez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (19-for-80, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 11 walks, 13 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-26, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-24, HR, 4 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-6, double, walk, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS (7-for-20, 2 doubles, 5 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

marinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Nori Aoki, LF (5-for-16, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Seth Smith, RF (4-for-27, HR, 7 walks, 9 K’s)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (11-for-51, 3 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (8-for-37, double, 3 HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (6-for-12, 3 doubles, 2 HR, walk)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (5-for-23, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  7. Mike Zunino, C (0-for-2, K)
  8. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-10, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Ketel Marte, SS (2-for-3, double)

P: Felix Hernandez

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

As you probably heard by now, Cameron Maybin is headed to the disabled list with what the Tigers are calling a grade 2 sprain of his left thumb (second opinion pending to make sure). No word yet on who would be called up, other than manager Brad Ausmus reportedly saying it’ll most likely be a position player. For today, it means Andrew Romine gets the start in center against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

The M’s, meanwhile, return shortstop Ketel Marte from the disabled list. He’s batting ninth tonight in a quite different lineup compared to last night’s series opener.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. LeBlanc)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-19, double, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (3-for-4, double, HR)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Daniel Norris

oldmarinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers off Norris)

  1. Guillermo Heredia, LF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (1-for-2, HR)
  5. Dae-ho Lee, 1B (0-for-2, K)
  6. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-3, K)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-2, HR, K)
  8. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-2, HR)
  9. Ketel Marte, SS

P: Wade LeBlanc

Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

Cameron Maybin said Sunday he planned to try to give it a go Monday night. When he said that, though, his sprained left thumb was wrapped and still swollen. It still appears to be an issue, since he’s out of the lineup once again.

Asked Sunday if this has lingered longer than he expected when he injured it last Wednesday, he said, “Much longer. Now I’m slightly annoyed at this point. It’s part of playing the game hard and playing the game the way I play, but it’s a little annoying, especially with where we are right now. Especially like now, you feel good, you’re playing well, helping the team, everybody’s gotta do their part, but I feel like I’m a big part.

“I don’t like to use the word frustrated too much, but sometimes you gotta play through some pain or a lot of pain, but I’m just trying to make sure I’m good for my guys because I feel like I make a pretty big impact when I’m in the lineup.”

With Maybin out, Tyler Collins gets another in center. He’ll face Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma for the first time. Left-handed hitters are batting .288 (74-for-257) off Iwakuma this season with nine home runs and a .780 OPS. Perhaps more surprising, Iwakuma has given up 10 home runs in as many starts at Safeco Field this year, though he has allowed only one home run in his last four home starts.

All that sets up a potentially friendly opener for Victor Martinez, 6-for-15 off Iwakuma for his career. He’s batting .373 (19-for-51) over his last 15 games with two homers and nine RBIs (thanks, MLB Network research). Miguel Cabrera, 4-for-10 with two homers off Iwakuma, is batting .429 (27-for-63) over his last 17 games with seven homers and 21 RBIs.

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

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Iwakuma)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-32, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, 2 HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-15, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-7, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (5-for-10, double, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-13, double, 3 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

oldseattlelogoMARINERS (numbers off Fulmer)

  1. Nori Aoki, LF (0-for-1, HBP)
  2. Seth Smith, RF (1-for-2, K)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (0-for-2)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-2)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (0-for-1, walk)
  7. Leonys Martin, CF (0-for-2, HBP, K)
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Mike Freeman, SS

P: Hisashi Iwakuma

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets

Ian Kinsler gets a rare day off, his first game out of Detroit’s starting lineup since June 19. Casey McGehee, meanwhile, is in a Major League lineup for the first time since the Marlins’ season finale last October 4. McGehee bats seventh behind Justin Upton, while Tyler Collins — making his fourth consecutive start in center in place of injured Cameron Maybin — moves up to leadoff and Jose Iglesias slots into second.

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

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Jacob deGrom)

  1. Tyler Collins, CF
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-12, 6 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (3-for-11, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez

mrmetlogoMETS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (2-for-7, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Alejandro De Aza, CF (4-for-12, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Neil Walker, 2B (4-for-17, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Jay Bruce, DH (2-for-8, 2 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (5-for-15, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Michael Conforto, LF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Kelly Johnson, 3B (5-for-29, double, triple, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Jacob deGrom

Saturday’s lineups: Tigres vs. Mets


Not a typo in the headline; it’s Fiesta Tigres night at Comerica Park, so the Tigers are bringing out the Tigres script uniforms that set the Twitter spelling police alight. You’ve been warned.

Other than Cameron Maybin being 0-for-1 against Logan Verrett, there’s no history in this pitching matchup. And Maybin is out of the lineup for a third consecutive game with a sprained left thumb. He said after last night’s game there was still some swelling and that he remains day-to-day.

On the Mets side, Curtis Granderson turns back to the clock to the days when he roamed center field at Comerica Park.

With no matchup data, here are some statistical trends from our friends at MLB Network research:

  • Miguel Cabrera is batting .455 (25-for-55) with seven home runs and 18 RBIs over his last 15 games.
  • Victor Martinez is 11-for-24 with six RBIs over his last seven games.
  • Jay Bruce is just 2-for-15 with four strikeouts in as many games for the Mets since his trade from Cincinnati on Monday.
  • Wilmer Flores, who turned 25 today, is batting .348 (24-for-69) with seven homers off left-handed pitching this season, compared to his .209 average off righties.
  • The Mets are batting .205 with runners in scoring position for the season. Not only is that worst in the Majors this year, it would be the third-lowest single-season mark in MLB’s expansion era (since 1961) if it holds. The 1969 Padres (.201) hold the standard for RISP futility, surpassing the 1968 Mets (.204).

tigerroarlogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Justin Upton, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Matt Boyd

metsblacklogoMETS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Ty Kelly, LF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Jay Bruce, RF
  5. Wilmer Flores, 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Kelly Johnson, 3B
  8. Rene Rivera, DH
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Logan Verrett

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets

Cameron Maybin remains out with his sprained thumb, giving Tyler Collins another start in center. Interestingly, though, Collins moves up to second in the batting order against Noah Syndergaard, who’s allowing a .284 batting average and a .729 OPS to left-handed hitters compared to .220 and .562 against righties.

The Mets have a retinkered outfield with Jay Bruce on board and Yoenis Cespedes on the DL, but Curtis Granderson gets a game at designated hitter. Alejandro De Aza is in center.

“It’s been a while since I’ve got a chance to face him,” Granderson said of hitting against Verlander. “But if anything, he’s very competitive and he’s very confident and he’s one of the top guys in that rotation for a reason. He’s been there for a very long time. He’s one of the last guys on that ’06 team that’s still here, so the fans definitely love him and he feeds off of it.”

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

tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-6, 4 K’s vs. Syndergaard)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander

metslogoMETS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Curtis Granderson, DH (5-for-25, 2 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Alejandro De Aza, CF (9-for-40, double, triple, 2 HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s)
  3. Neil Walker, 2B (2-for-12, double, triple, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Jay Bruce, RF (1-for-3, double, 2 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (3-for-7)
  6. Kelly Johnson, 3B (0-for-14, 6 K’s)
  7. Brandon Nimmo, LF
  8. Rene Rivera, C (0-for-4, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Noah Syndergaard

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Two notable absences from Detroit’s day-game lineup: Cameron Maybin is out with a sprained left thumb suffered in Wednesday’s win, and Victor Martinez is a late scratch for what the Tigers are calling an extra day of rest. No word whether the scratch was related to that foul ball he took off his foot last night that had him limping around, or the slide into home plate. Martinez was originally in the lineup, then lifted, causing a shuffle that sent Andrew Romine from center field to first base. Maybin is considered day-to-day.

On the White Sox side, Adam Eaton is batting third today for the first time in his Major League career. Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera move up in the order.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-39, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (5-for-16, 2 doubles, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (13-for-37, 5 doubles, HR, 5 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B (9-for-29, walk, 6 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-22, triple, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, 1B (1-for-4)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

whitesox70slogoWHITE SOX (career numbers off Zimmermann)

  1. Tim Anderson, SS (2-for-4, 2 doubles)
  2. Melky Cabrera, LF (1-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Adam Eaton, CF (2-for-7, triple)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (2-for-5, double)
  5. Justin Morneau, DH (2-for-6, K)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (2-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-5, K)
  8. Omar Narvaez, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (1-for-6)

P: Jose Quintana

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