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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox (updated)

Though Miguel Cabrera enters the final month of the season with his best health in a few years, his right ankle continues to send reminders of his injury history. The surgically repaired ankle was sore Tuesday night, prompting Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to rest Cabrera for Wednesday’s series finale against the White Sox at Comerica Park.

“His surgically repaired ankle flares up from time to time,” Ausmus said. “It flared up in Minnesota [last week]. It happened again last night.”

Given Victor Martinez’s success against Chris Sale, giving Cabrera a day at DH wasn’t happening today. Thus, Ausmus decided to pair up a day off today with the Tigers’ scheduled off-day tomorrow, giving Cabrera two days of rest ahead of Friday’s series opener at Kansas City. Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts at first base today, while JaCoby Jones shifts from third base to center field.

Melky Cabrera, who left last night’s game with dehydration issues, was originally in Wednesday’s lineup but was scratched with stomach discomfort. J.B. Shuck gets his first swings at Verlander in his place.

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sale)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-38, double, 2 HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (8-for-20, double, HR, K)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (18-for-38, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (8-for-28, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 3 walks, 14 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6, 3 K’s)
  6. James McCann, C (3-for-15, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. JaCoby Jones, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B (0-for-0, walk)
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B (0-for-5, K)

P: Justin Verlander

whitelogo1939logoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Adam Eaton, RF (7-for-24, 2 doubles, triple, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Tim Anderson, SS
  3. Justin Morneau, DH (13-for-53, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 8 walks, 15 K’s)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (9-for-24, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2, walk)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (2-for-6, HR, K)
  7. Avisail Garcia, LF (3-for-14, double, 3 K’s)
  8. J.B. Shuck, CF
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (1-for-3, double, K)

P: Chris Sale

JaCoby Jones emotional over first big-league call

JaCoby Jones was back at the Mud Hens team hotel in Indianapolis, having just finished a three-hit game earlier in the evening, when he got the call from Hens manager Lloyd McClendon.

“[He] said, ‘Hey kid, what are you doing,’” Jones said. “I was like, ‘I’m just sitting down, watching TV.’ It was probably 11:30, 11 o’clock, and he was like, ‘You’re going to the big leagues.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’

“That’s when I lost it, and started freaking out. So, it was excitement and joy, all at the same time.”

It was so much that he had to pause and make sure he wasn’t the subject of a gag.

“I paused for a second, kind of went, ‘I don’t know if this is real or not.’ Then I took it all in, and then I called my parents,” he said. “That was probably the best call I’ve ever had in my life, calling my parents to let them know I made it to the big leagues.”

After a whirlwind 13-month stretch, from Pirates prospect to Trade Deadline deal, to the Arizona Fall League, to a 50-game suspension, to a standout Spring Training and a midseason return, Jones had made it. He worried that his suspension for a drug of abuse last fall had ruined his chance at a call-up this year, whether he did well or not.

Now, he’s not only in the Majors, he’s in the middle of a playoff race. And with Cameron Maybin and Nick Castellanos both injured, the 24-year-old center fielder/third baseman has the opportunity to play a major role.

“I mean, ever since you’re a young kid, just thinking about it, watching all these guys playing in the big leagues, and wanting to do that,” Jones said. “It’s just a great moment, in your heart, with joy and everything. It’s a great time for me. I’m glad to be here, and I’m super excited about it.

“It’s good that they have faith in me, that they think I could do some stuff to help the team win. That gives me confidence that they have confidence in me. So that’s good. Hopefully I can continue to play ball the way I’ve always played ball, and help them win some games down the stretch, and keep this thing going.”

Jones’ parents were expected to arrive in Detroit in time to make the game. His sister and his friends are expected to make it into town on Wednesday.

“My mom was crying, as soon as I told her,” he said. “She was yelling and crying. I heard my dad in the background, screaming. So it was a good feeling for me to know when I called my parents, they were that excited about it.”

Saupold arrested following bar fight at Toledo

Warwick Saupold and two Pirates minor-leaguers were arrested early Sunday morning following an altercation outside a bar near Fifth Third Field in Toledo.

Saupold was charged with simple assault. He was booked at the Lucas County Jail and released on Sunday. He pitched for the Mud Hens on Monday at Indianapolis, tossing five scoreless innings.

Tigers vice president of player development Dave Littlefield told on Tuesday afternoon that the Tigers are aware of the arrest. At this point, the team considers it a private matter and will let the legal system take its course.

According to the police report, Saupold was with Triple-A Indianapolis players Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas outside The Bronze Boar in downtown Toledo when they got into an altercation with Andrey Gonarchuk. Two Toledo police officers stated in the report that they witnessed Saupold punch Gonarchuk in the face, after which they placed him into custody. Ngoepe and Neverauskas also got involved and were charged with assault and resisting arrest.

The 26-year-old Saupold, a native of Perth, Australia, pitched in six games for the Tigers this season over two separate big-league stints. first reported the arrests on Tuesday.

Tigers call up JaCoby Jones from Toledo

JaCoby Jones climbed the prospect rankings in the Tigers system as a combination center fielder and third baseman. With Cameron Maybin sidelined and Nick Castellanos on the disabled list, it appears the Tigers are going to give him a chance to do a little bit of both.

A day after Maybin re-injured his left thumb, the Tigers called up Jones from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, adding the versatile 24-year-old to the 40-man roster. He takes the place of Casey McGehee, was optioned to Toledo to make room.

The Tigers also swapped pitchers to add an extra reliever, recalling lefty Blaine Hardy from Toledo. Matt Boyd, Detroit’s starting pitcher in Monday’s win over the White Sox, was optioned to Toledo to make room, but the move is temporary. Major League rosters expand beyond the standard 25 on Thursday, allowing the Tigers to recall Boyd in time for his next start. McGehee, too, can return in a few days.

The more important move is the addition of Jones, one of the quiet gems of Detroit’s deadline deals last summer. Acquired from Pittsburgh for Joakim Soria last year, the former LSU infielder enjoyed a standout final month at Double-A Erie, followed by a strong campaign in the Arizona Fall League before being suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a substance of abuse. He vaulted into the top 10 on’s Tigers prospect rankings.

After a strong Spring Training, Jones finished out his suspension, then picked up where he left off, batting .257 (95-for-369) with 20 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 43 RBIs between Toledo and Double-A Erie. He rebounded from a rough start with the Mud Hens to bat .269 (29-for-108) in August with seven doubles, a triple and seven RBIs.

With a high strikeout rate — including 97 over 79 games in Toledo — Jones could be an all-or-nothing hitter down the stretch as he tries to adjust to Major League pitching. With injuries taking their toll on the Tigers roster, however, management is willing to take a shot.

Jones has started 57 games in center at Toledo, and 18 at third base. He can provide a right-handed hitter to complement Tyler Collins in center and Erick Aybar at third.

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

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Same lineup as Saturday for Tigers against Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs. The Tigers haven’t heard anything from Major League Baseball about Saturday’s ejections, and likely won’t until Monday, so Victor Martinez — who would seem likely to face a fine or suspension after throwing his helmet onto the field from the dugout — remains in the lineup.

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TIGERS (numbers against Skaggs)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-4)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-3, HR)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2, double, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Anibal Sanchez

ANGELS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (2-for-4, walk)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (3-for-11, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (8-for-24, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B (1-for-2, HR)
  5. Andrelton Simmons, SS (4-for-7, double, triple, K)
  6. Jefry Marte, 3B (2-for-2, HR)
  7. Nick Buss, LF
  8. Jett Bandy, C
  9. Kaleb Cowart, 2B

P: Tyler Skaggs

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

For real this time: Jose Iglesias is off the disabled list and in the Tigers starting lineup at shortstop. He was in a 5-for-35 slump when he went on the DL a couple weeks ago, but he went 6-for-16 over his four-game rehab assignment. He has yet to face Brett Oberholtzer, who gets the start for the Angels tonight in place of Jhoulys Chacin. Former Tiger Jefry Marte gets the start at third base, his first game action since last Saturday.

Those mid-afternoon storms that rolled into the area washed out batting practice at Comerica Park, but they’re expected to head out of town by game time.

Note that tonight’s game is an FS1 broadcast. If the earlier game runs late, the Tigers game will begin on Fox Sports Detroit before moving over.

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84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Oberholtzer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, 2 doubles)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-6, HR, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (0-for-0, walk)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Michael Fulmer

halologoANGELS (numbers off Fulmer)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-2, walk)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (0-for-1, K)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B (1-for-3)
  5. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  6. Jefry Marte, 3B (0-for-3, K)
  7. Nick Buss, LF
  8. Carlos Perez, C (0-for-2, walk)
  9. Kaleb Cowart, 2B

P: Brett Oberholtzer

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Jose Iglesias is back with the Tigers, but not yet back from the disabled list. He’s getting the night off after his four-game minor-league rehab assignment, then will be activated from the 15-day DL for tomorrow’s game. Look for him to be in the lineup Saturday, but with no guarantees he’ll be the everyday shortstop down the stretch over Erick Aybar.

“Whoever plays better is going to play,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “Simple as that.”

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Nolasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-26, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-9, 2 walks)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-18, double, 4 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-17, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (7-for-21, triple, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (9-for-22, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (1-for-8, 3 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2)
  9. Erick Aybar, SS (1-for-6, double, K)

P: Justin Verlander

angelscalilogoANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-12, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (8-for-22, 3 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B (3-for-9, double, K)
  5. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  6. Nick Buss, LF
  7. Jett Bandy, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Cliff Pennington, 2B (3-for-21, 2 walks, 7 K’s)

P: Ricky Nolasco


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

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Ian Kinsler gets a day off amidst a 1-for-29 slump over the last eight days, dropping his batting average from .290 to .275, and a 1-for-9 history against Twins starter Tyler Duffey. Andrew Romine gets the start at second base. Cameron Maybin, who moved from second to ninth in the batting order Tuesday to help monitor his swings and ease the pain on his sprained left thumb, will bat leadoff tonight after a stellar performance Tuesday.

Kinsler isn’t the only star player getting the night off. Joe Mauer is out of the lineup while riding a 1-for-16 skid. He’s batting .235 against left-handed pitching this season, 54 points below his career mark off southpaws. He’s also 0-for-5 in two career games against Tigers starter Matt Boyd.

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84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Duffey)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF
  2. Erick Aybar, SS (0-for-3, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-8, double, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-9, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, HR, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B (1-for-3, double)

P: Matt Boyd

twinsoldtimelogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Boyd)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-5, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Robbie Grossman, LF (0-for-0, walk)
  3. Miguel Sano, DH (1-for-5, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Trevor Plouffe, 1B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Jorge Polanco, SS
  6. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (0-for-1)
  7. Max Kepler, RF (1-for-2, double)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (1-for-3, walk)
  9. Eddie Rosario, CF (1-for-4, triple, K)

P: Tyler Duffey