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Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

With Justin Upton now on the bereavement list, J.D. Martinez on the DL and Anthony Gose at Double-A Erie, the Tigers open the second half with a completely different starting outfield than they had on Opening Day. That includes Tyler Collins, who makes his first start since his ill-advised reaction to boos for a missed catch April 25 against the A’s.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ian Kennedy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-9, 4 doubles)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-17, triple, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, double, triple, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-9, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Tyler Collins, LF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-3)

P: Justin Verlander

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B (1-for-4, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (19-for-72, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 13 K’s)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (12-for-37, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 9 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (22-for-46, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (17-for-82, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 11 walks, 29 K’s)
  6. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Brett Eibner, RF (2-for-3, HR)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (13-for-70, 4 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (6-for-26, triple, 4 walks, 10 K’s)

P: Ian Kennedy

Tigers place Upton on bereavement list

The Tigers will go into this weekend’s division clash against the Royals without Justin Upton. The slugging left fielder has been placed on the bereavement list.

The Tigers announced the move Friday afternoon.

By rule, a player placed on the bereavement list must stay there for at least three days but for no more than seven. To fill Upton’s spot, the Tigers recalled outfielder Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo.

Upton went into the All-Star break batting .235 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Much of that production came over Detroit’s last 30 games, during which he hit .250 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

The Tigers are already down a starting outfielder with J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured elbow. Steven Moya has been filling in for Martinez for the past few weeks, and is expected to do so for the foreseeable future while Martinez begins baseball activity.

With Anthony Gose now at Double-A Erie, the Tigers will open the second half with none of their Opening Day starting outfielders on their active roster.
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Collins hit 2-for-20 with six strikeouts in 10 games with the Tigers early this season. He earned notoriety when he gave a middle finger to fans booing him for misplaying a fly ball. The 26-year-old entered Friday batting .214 at Toledo with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

The Tigers host the Royals for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Comerica Park.

Gose suspended, demoted after dugout argument

The Tigers transferred center fielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Toledo to Double-A Erie on Wednesday after he got into a dugout argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon during a game Saturday night.

Gose also served a three-day suspension from Sunday to Tuesday, according to a statement from the Tigers.

“After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in the statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”

Gose’s agent, Jeff Berry, declined comment.

Gose was Detroit’s starting center fielder on Opening Day and for most the first six weeks of the season, batting .209 (19-for-91) with two home runs and seven RBIs before Cameron Maybin’s recovery from a broken wrist allowed the Tigers to send Gose to Toledo. While Maybin has become a presence in the field and the lineup in Detroit, Gose has continued to struggle, batting .185 (34-for-184) with 75 strikeouts in 50 games for the Mud Hens.

The action that led to Gose’s latest move wasn’t at the plate. After a fly ball fell between Gose and teammate JaCoby Jones in the Toledo outfield, McClendon met Gose in the dugout about his defense. The ensuing argument led to McClendon sending the 25-year-old home in the middle of a Saturday doubleheader, as first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. Jones, too, was benched for not running out a popup.

Gose was not in the Mud Hens clubhouse on Sunday for their final game before the All-Star break, according to Wagner, adding tension to what some viewed initially as a heat-of-the-moment incident. At that point, Tigers officials planned to discuss the situation over the break. The resulting move will be Gose’s first Double-A work since 2011, when he was the everyday center fielder at age 20 for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Blue Jays system.

Toronto traded Gose to Detroit after the 2014 campaign in exchange for Devon Travis. The Tigers acquired Gose to fill the center-field void created after trading Austin Jackson to Seattle as part of the David Price trade. Gose batted .254 (123-for-485) with a .688 OPS, 73 runs scored and a team-high total of 23 stolen bases. The Tigers acquired Maybin last fall as a right-handed bat to push or share playing time with Gose in center.

Gose’s spot in Toledo will likely be filled by veteran Major Leaguer Alex Presley, signed last weekend to a minor-league contract.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


The good news for Anibal Sanchez is that Edwin Encarnacion is out today, serving a one-game suspension he received for bumping umpire Vic Carapazza last weekend while arguing a called third strike. Russell Martin is also getting a day off from the Jays lineup.

On the Detroit side, Mike Aviles gets the start in right field against R.A. Dickey. He’s 3-for-6 off the knuckleballer.

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Dickey)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-21, 3 HR, 2 walks, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (4-for-19, 7 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-30, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-19, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-f0r-13, double, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-14, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (3-for-6, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-8, triple, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-6, double, walk, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

jayslogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, RF (4-for-13, 2 K’s)
  2. Josh Donaldson, DH (6-for-23, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Michael Saunders, LF (2-for-3, double, triple)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2-for-10, double, HR, K)
  5. Kevin Pillar, CF (0-for-4, K)
  6. Devon Travis, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-12, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Darwin Barney, 3B (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  9. Josh Thole, C (2-for-10, double, walk, 3 K’s)

P: R.A. Dickey

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


Current Tigers batters are a combined 4-for-35 with four walks and 11 strikeouts against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez. Then again, a lot of good players have bad numbers against Sanchez these days. Thus, while the Jays have a little less punch in their lineup with Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak out against lefty Matt Boyd, they also don’t need to give Sanchez a ton of support to expect a good chance to win.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-6, double, walk)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-1)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-4, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, double, K)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-4)

P: Matt Boyd

jaylogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers against Boyd)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  2. Josh Donaldson, DH (1-for-5, HR, walk)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (1-for-4, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Russell Martin, C (1-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (1-for-3, HR, K)
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF (2-for-5, HR)
  7. Junior Lake, RF
  8. Devon Travis, 2B (0-for-2)
  9. Darwin Barney, 3B (0-for-2)

P: Aaron Sanchez

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


Mike Aviles gets the start in right field against Jays starter J.A. Happ, who has actually allowed a higher average agianst left-handed hitters this year (.275) than righties (.236) and is just about even from either side for his career. That said, with right-handers Aaron Sanchez and R.A. Dickey looming the next two days, this is Ausmus’ chance to get Moya out of the lineup this series if he wants him to sit a game.

As for the pitching staff, Bruce Rondon seemed to be feeling better today after being sent back to the hotel with illness yesterday. No word yet on his availability for the game tonight, but it would seem like a decent shot. Also, no word on Tigers starters for Saturday and Sunday yet. Hoping to get info on that after the game, or at least before first pitch on Saturday.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Happ)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, triple, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-9, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-8, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-10, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-8, double, triple, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (4-for-6, triple 2 HR, 2 walks)
  7. James McCann, C (3-for-6, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  8. Mike Aviles, RF (0-for-4, 2 walks)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-5, double, walk)

P: Mike Pelfrey

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, RF
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (1-for-4, HR, K)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (2-for-13, HR, 6 walks, K)
  4. Michael Saunders, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Russell Martin, C (3-for-4, walk)
  6. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (7-for-20, double, HR, 2 walks)
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Darwin Barney, 2B (0-for-3)

P: J.A. Happ

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Josh Tomlin)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-24, 2 doubles, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-4)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-22, double, HR, 4 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-23, double, 3 HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-20, 2 doubles, 6 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-12, double, 2 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (4-for-7, double, HR, 2 walks, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-7, K)

P: Michael Fulmer

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (numbers off Fulmer’s last meeting)

  1. Carlos Santana, 1B (1-for-3, double, K)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (1-for-3, K)
  4. Mike Napoli, DH (2-for-3, HR)
  5. Jose Ramirez, LF
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (0-for-2, K)
  7. Juan Uribe, 3B (1-for-2, walk)
  8. Tyler Naquin, CF
  9. Chris Gimenez, C (1-for-2, HR, K)

P: Josh Tomlin

Tuesday’s lineups (updated): Tigers at Indians


What was a familiar Tigers lineup against Carlos Carrasco became a little jumbled when Nick Castellanos was scratched with flu-like symptoms. Former Indian Mike Aviles gets the start at third base, batting seventh, while Justin Upton and Steven Moya move up in the batting order.

Indians, meanwhile, shuffle a bit, moving Carlos Santana back to the leadoff spot and Yan Gomes to ninth.

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career vs. Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-30, 3 doubles, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-4, double, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (10-for-28, double, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-26, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. Mike Aviles, 3B (3-for-13, double, HR, K)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-8, 4 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

clevelandblueslogoINDIANS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (7-for-25, double, triple, HR, 5 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (5-for-30, double, walk, 9 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (2-for-6, double, walk)
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (6-for-15, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (1-for-4)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (6-for-22, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Rajai Davis, LF (4-for-15, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  8. Tyler Naquin, CF (1-for-6, double, 3 K’s)
  9. Yan Gomes, C (7-for-16, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Carlos Carrasco

 

Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Almost forgot about these …

TIGERS (career numbers off Salazar)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-24, HR, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-2, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-29, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-28, double, HR, walk)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-24, 2 doubles, HR, 7 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF (2-for-3, walk)
  8. James McCann, C (6-for-12, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-10, walk, K)

P: Daniel Norris

INDIANS (numbers vs. Norris)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (0-for-2)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (0-for-1)
  5. Carlos Santana, DH (1-for-2)
  6. Jose Ramirez, LF
  7. Yan Gomes, C
  8. Juan Uribe, 3B
  9. Abraham Almonte, RF

P: Danny Salazar

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays


Chris Archer had his shortest start of the season against the Tigers May 22 at Comerica Park, roughed up for six runs on eight hits in three innings and 77 pitches. Three of those hits came from Miguel Cabrera, who returns to Detroit’s lineup after a day off Saturday. Andrew Romine, who had an RBI triple off Archer in that game, gets the start in center field, giving Cameron Maybin (who had three RBIs in that game) a day off.

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tigers1901logoTIGERS (career numbers off Archer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-18, double, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, HR, 2 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-11, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-12, double, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Steven Moya, RF (0-for-2, K)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF (4-for-8, triple, 2 walks, 2 K’s)

P: Mike Pelfrey

devilraylogoRAYS (career numbers vs. Pelfrey)

  1. Logan Forsythe, 2B (0-for-5, K)
  2. Brad Miller, SS (0-for-3)
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B (4-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  4. Logan Morrison, 1B (2-for-15, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Brandon Guyer, CF
  6. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  7. Corey Dickerson, DH
  8. Nick Franklin, LF (0-for-1, 2 walks)
  9. Curt Casali, C

P: Chris Archer

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