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Sunday night lineups: Tigers at Red Sox

Back after a couple days to find that the Tigers have shipped out first baseman Marc Krauss, optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Kyle Ryan as an extra reliever (possibly spot starter if Alfredo Simon can’t make his next turn?). Krauss wouldn’t have started tonight anyway with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez going for Boston.

Rodriguez was the return the Red Sox received last July 31 for Andrew Miller, the lefty reliever the Tigers tried to acquire but couldn’t match Baltimore on prospects for. They’ll get a first-hand look at him tonight for the first time.

tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jefry Marte, 1B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Shane Greene

redsoxlogoRED SOX (numbers off Greene)

  1. Mookie Betts, CF (1-for-2)
  2. Brock Holt, 2B (1-for-5)
  3. Xavier Bogaerts, SS (2-for-4, HR, K)
  4. David Ortiz, DH (1-for-4, walk, K)
  5. Hanley Ramirez, LF
  6. Alejandro De Aza, RF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  8. Mike Napoli, 1B (1-for-1, HR, 3 walks)
  9. Blake Swihart, C

P: Eduardo Rodriguez

Price’s agent: “Hard to say I’m optimistic” about him staying

David Price’s agent, Bo McKinnis, has kept a very low profile all year about his client’s contract status and extension talks, preferring to keep any negotiations private. With Price’s name back in the rumor mill leading up Friday’s trade deadline, McKinnis appeared on MLB Network Radio Sunday morning with former MLB general managers Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette, and sounded less than optimistic about Price staying a Tiger — long term, or maybe even into August.

“When we got eight days from the deadline [that would be last Thursday], I had some folks that asked me my thoughts,” McKinnis said. “Then, I said I feel like if they were to go 5-3 in those eight, that Dombrowski would hang onto him. This team, he’s got a lot invested in it. It’s a solid club and hopefully Cabrera comes back here soon.

“Well, since I made that comment of them needing to go 5-3, they’ve actually gone 2-2, and it’s been against two last-place clubs. So it’s kind of hard to say I’m optimistic about us staying. Yet I have no doubt that Dave’s going to drag it to Thursday or Friday. If I was in his shoes, that’s what I would do, because this team was set up to win, and it’s just kind of hard to throw in the towel.”

McKinnis also responded to Bowden’s report that there hadn’t been an offer since Spring Training and indicated what many of us have felt since the season opened: The Tigers and Price have never been close enough on talks to justify Price forgoing free agency.

“To say we’ve had no talks would be incorrect. We have had talks,” McKinnis said. “It was just very evident that we were coming from different places in the very beginning. There’s no doubt the Tigers would like to keep him, and I do believe they’re going to make an effort to bring him back this winter. Now, that may or may not happen, but it was evident they wanted to keep him and we expressed a desire to stay as well. But we were just coming from two different positions from the very beginning, and the talks just never really took off from there.”

The expectation of him testing free agency was furthered when McKinnis was asked about granting a team trading for him a 48-hour window to try to negotiate a long-term deal.

“I try to never say never,” McKinnis said, “so I’m not going to give a blanket no to that, because you don’t know what’s going to be on the other end. They may offer us a billion dollars. You just never know. So I’m not going to say no to it.

“At the same time, With respect to David approaching free agency, the way he and I have viewed it, it’s as though he’s been running a marathon with all these one-year contracts, and we went into this season five-sixths of the way through the marathon. Now we’re even beyond that. We’re sitting here two months away from free agency. It’s kind of tough to not wait on that, but I’m not going to say it’s impossible to at least entertain something of that nature.”

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

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James McCann gets the start behind the plate over Alex Avila today, even with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound for Seattle. Brad Ausmus said McCann and David Price have worked well together in recent starts, including last time out, so he’s keeping the pair together.

tigers1901logoTIGERS (career numbers against Iwakuma)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-26, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (11-for-27, 5 doubles, 4 HR, 7 K’s)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-9, 2 HR, 2 walks)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, HR, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-5, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Marc Krauss, 1B (2-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-4, triple, walk, K)

P: David Price

pilotslogoMARINERS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-21, 2 doubles, 11 K’s)
  2. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-10, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH (12-for-32, double, 4 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B (18-for-67, 3 doubles, triple, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, LF
  6. Mark Trumbo, RF (6-for-16, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
  7. Logan Morrison, 1B (2-for-6, double, K)
  8. Chris Taylor, SS (0-for-2, walk, K)
  9. Jesus Sucre, C

P: Hisashi Iwakuma

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

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Jose Iglesias returns after missing last night’s game with illness. He joins a parade of right-handed hitters the Tigers will send up against Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery, who actually has held hitters from the right side to a lower average (.206) and OPS (.570) than he has left-handed hitters (.255 AVG, .721 OPS).

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

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TIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jefry Marte, 1B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Anibal Sanchez

marinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
  2. Kyle Seager, 3B (1-for-7, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Nelson Cruz, RF (1-for-7, HR, 3 walks, K)
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B (3-for-14, double, K)
  5. Seth Smith, DH (9-for-24, double, 4 HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Mark Trumbo, 1B (5-for-15, double, 2 K’s)
  7. Dustin Ackley, LF (2-for-6, triple, HR, 2 K’s)
  8. Brad Miller, SS (0-for-1, 2 walks)
  9. Mike Zunino, C (0-for-1, 2 walks, K)

P: Mike Montgomery

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

The Mariners have lined up six left-handed hitters to face Shane Greene, who has allowed a .349 average and .993 OPS to left-handed batters this season. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a pretty standard lineup for Taijuan Walker except for Andrew Romine, who gets a start at shortstop in place of the ill Jose Iglesias.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (numbers off Walker)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-3, K)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, double)
  5. Marc Krauss, 1B (2-for-4, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, HR)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2, HR, walk)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-5, 2 K’s)

P: Shane Greene

oldseattlelogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Greene)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Kyle Seager, 3B
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH (2-for-8, 5 K’s)
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B
  5. Seth Smith, RF
  6. Dustin Ackley, LF
  7. Brad Miller, SS
  8. Logan Morrison, 1B
  9. Mike Zunino, C

P: Taijuan Walker

Kinsler on buy/sell: “I would like to send any message I can”

Ian Kinsler sent his go-ahead two-run homer Monday night 396 feet to left field, according to MLB’s Statcast, and sent the Tigers from a potentially crushing loss to a 5-4 win over the Mariners. He hopes it sent a message a little further upstairs towards the Tigers front office to hold off on selling.

“I would like to send any message I can — text message, email, whatever,” Kinsler said. “Yeah, we’ve always had the pieces. Yes, we have weaknesses. Yes, we have strengths, just like any team. But baseball’s crazy. Every year you see something crazy happen in this game and you have to continue to compete, and you have to continue to play hard, and hopefully the guys upstairs see something positive and try to shore up those weaknesses.”

Whether Monday’s win makes a difference remains to be seen. If it does, it’ll depend a lot on what happens the rest of the week. A report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today cited sources inside the organization saying the Tigers are preparing to put David Price and Yoenis Cespedes on the market ahead of free agency. At the same time, others from clubs monitoring the Tigers told MLB.com that the team isn’t expected to decide whether to buy or sell until the end of the week. That doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t an internal decision, but at this point, teams are still waiting to see what the Tigers want to do.

“Have not heard anything different,” one Major League front-office member said late Monday night.

As some have pointed out, that timetable coincides with the start of a three-city, 10-game road trip that carries the Tigers through the trade deadline. 

From an attendance standpoint, any public signal to sell would make more sense to delay until after the last game of the Tigers’ homestand Thursday. Coincidentally, David Price is scheduled to start that game. The Tigers are planning to gather top officials and scouts with them on the road, including next week’s series at Tampa Bay just before the deadline.

A wait-and-see stance essentially puts the onus on the players to prove this team deserves a chance to try to salvage this season. Kinsler wants to see this team take that brief window and make a point.

“I hope there’s urgency in this clubhouse,” Kinsler said. “If you’re asking me personally, absolutely. I don’t want to be in a situation I haven’t been in since 2008. I’ve been running for the postseason since 2009, year in and year out. I don’t want to do the other thing. I don’t want to just play baseball for no reason. There’s a lot of opportunity here, and I think everybody understands that and hopefully there’s still urgency here.”

At the same time, Kinsler acknowledged, “It’s our fault. We’re playing the games. It’s a tough industry. The Tigers organization has to make a decision. Obviously for the past however long — six, seven years — they’ve had the best interests in mind. Whatever they do, we have to roll with it, and hopefully it’s something that we can look at as a positive in here and get going.”

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

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Nick Castellanos is in the starting lineup after hyperextending his right ring finger and bruising his cheekbone on that hopper Sunday. He said he dealt with headaches last night, but felt fine riding an exercise bike earlier today as team medical staff tested him to see if he felt dizziness as his activity level rose.

Jefry Marte gets the start at first base as the Tigers load up on right-handed hitters against J.A. Happ, fresh back from Triple-A Tacoma.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Happ)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-3)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-7, triple, walk, K)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-16, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, walk)
  6. Jefry Marte, 1B (2-for-4, double, HR)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-4, double)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-1, double, walk)

P: Alfredo Simon

oldmarinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Simon)

  1. Brad Miller, SS (2-for-4, double, K)
  2. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Nelson Cruz, RF (2-for-8, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  4. Robinson Cano, 2B (4-for-9, walk)
  5. Seth Smith, LF (1-for-2, walk, K)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-9, walk, K)
  7. Mark Trumbo, DH (2-for-9, 2 doubles)
  8. Logan Morrison, 1B (1-for-3, HR)
  9. Mike Zunino, C (0-for-3, K)

P: J.A. Happ

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

Day off for Nick Castellanos. Andrew Romine gets the start at third. Meanwhile, Marc Krauss returns from paternity leave and returns at first base, moving Alex Avila back behind the plate for Justin Verlander. Dixon Machado was optioned back to Toledo to make room for Krauss.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Miguel Gonzalez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-11, double, HR, walk)
  2. Anthony Gose, CF (5-for-15, double, triple, HR, 2 K’s)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-8, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3)
  6. Alex Avila, C (1-for-5, 3 walks, K)
  7. Marc Krauss, 1B (0-for-3, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6)
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B (1-for-2, K)

P: Justin Verlander

oslogoORIOLES (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Manny Machado, 3B (2-for-11, double, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Jimmy Paredes, DH
  3. Adam Jones, CF (7-for-36, double, HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  4. Chris Davis, RF (5-for-23, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Matt Wieters, C (3-for-22, double, triple, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS (9-for-36, double, 3 HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  7. Travis Snider, LF (5-for-14, 2 doubles, triple, HR, 5 K’s)
  8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-7, walk, K)
  9. Chris Parmelee, 1B (5-for-16, HR, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Miguel Gonzalez

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

No changes on the Tigers’ end for O’s right-hander Chris Tillman. Baltimore, of course, juggles its order for lefty David Price, including Steve Pearce at first base and Nolan Reimold in left field.

A common-sense reminder for those who haven’t been outside today: It’s hot and humid, and it’s expected to stay that way well into the evening. If you’re going to the game, stay hydrated. The Tigers have sent out a reminder that fans can bring sealed bottles of water to Comerica Park. With this weather, it also makes sense to start drinking water ahead of time.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Tillman)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-18, double, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-8, 3 K’s)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-12, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, HR)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-5)
  6. Alex Avila, 1B (1-for-8, HR, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-9, double, 2 K’s)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (6-for-12, double, triple, 5 K’s)

P: David Price

oriolesoldlogoORIOLES (career numbers off Price)

  1. Manny Machado, 3B (4-for-15, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Steve Pearce, 1B (4-for-14, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Adam Jones, CF (12-for-47, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 12 K’s)
  4. Matt Wieters, DH (15-for-41, 6 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 14 K’s)
  5. Chris Davis, RF (4-for-15, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS (13-for-39, 5 doubles, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
  7. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-5)
  8. Nolan Reimold, LF (4-for-25, HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  9. Caleb Joseph, C (0-for-2)

P: Chris Tillman

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

As expected, Alex Avila gets the start at first base with Marc Krauss (who’s actually 3-for-6 lifetime against Ubaldo Jimenez) on paternity leave. Unlike previous starts, though, Avila is batting sixth behind Nick Castellanos. James McCann starts at catcher.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Ubaldo Jimenez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-17, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-7, HR, 2 walks, K)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-24, double, 3 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-4, walk, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2, K)
  6. Alex Avila, 1B (5-for-23, double, HR, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-3, walk, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

oscartoonlogoORIOLES (career numbers against Sanchez)

  1. Manny Machado, 3B
  2. Jimmy Paredes, DH (1-for-2, walk)
  3. Adam Jones, CF (2-for-4, walk, K)
  4. Chris Davis, RF (1-for-1, double, walk)
  5. Matt Wieters, C (1-for-3, HR)
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  7. Travis Snider, LF (1-for-6, double)
  8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (0-for-3)
  9. Chris Parmelee, 1B (1-for-13, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Ubaldo Jimenez

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