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ALCS Game 6: Tigers at Rangers

Pretty much the lineup you would expect to see the Tigers trot out against a Rangers left-hander Derek Holland. It’s the same lineup the Tigers put up against Holland in Game 2, but in a different order.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Max Scherzer

ALCS Game 5: Messing with Texas

Victor Martinez and Delmon Young are again tentatively slated in the starting lineup. Cabrera and Martinez are again batting third and fourth.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, cf
  2. Ryan Raburn, rf
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1b
  4. Victor Martinez, dh
  5. Delmon Young, lf
  6. Jhonny Peralta, ss
  7. Brandon Inge, 3b
  8. Alex Avila, c
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2b

P: Justin Verlander

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2b
  2. Elvis Andrus, ss
  3. Josh Hamilton, cf
  4. Michael Young, dh
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3b
  6. Mike Napoli, c
  7. Nelson Cruz, rf
  8. David Murphy, lf
  9. Mitch Moreland, 1b

P: C.J. Wilson

Martinez, Young both in Tigers lineup

Victor Martinez woke up alive Wednesday morning, rolled out of the bed and rolled back into the Tigers lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. So, apparently, did Delmon Young.

As a result, the Tigers are about as close to full strength in their lineup as they can be for what shapes up as a critical swing game in this series, which took a turn with Detroit’s win in Game 3 Tuesday night.

“It looks like Victor’s a go,” Leyland said Wednesday afternoon, “and Delmon [Young] is a question mark.”

At that point, Leyland was waiting for final word from the Tigers medical staff. Once he got it, Young was ruled in. The only change in his situation is that he’s batting fifth instead of third.

Martinez strained an intercostal muscle on his right side on his home-run swing in the fourth inning Tuesday night, which left him hobbling around the basepaths. He seemed on his way out of the lineup, having slammed his helmet and limped down the stairs into the training room as soon as he reached the dugout.

“The only way I don’t play [in Game 4],” Martinez said Tuesday night, “is if I wake up and I’m dead.”

Nobody seemed to doubt him.

“Victor Martinez is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around,” Leyland said. “I’m talking about tough. I take my hat off, and Delmon Young the same. … Players on both teams are tough, and I think they’re showing that. And I think they’re showing why they’re who they are. Big time players, they expect to be in a lineup. They know the fans want to see them in the lineup. They know it helps their team.

Even with Young back, Miguel Cabrera is staying in the third spot, with Martinez batting cleanup. That seems to be an acknowledgement of Young’s limitations with his left abdominal strain. He had been batting third in front of Cabrera while he was healthy.

If Martinez couldn’t play, Leyland said, Young could have been an option at designated hitter. However, Leyland said he wasn’t willing to do that Tuesday night when it appeared Martinez might have to leave the game. Wilson Betemit had a bat in his hands in the Tigers dugout, and would have hit for Martinez if he couldn’t go.

“You really have to sit down and think about if the guy wants to play,” Leyland said. “I appreciate that, but if his effectiveness is not good because of this, just to put him in there, maybe you’re not always doing the right thing. So that’s a little bit of a tough situation.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Rick Porcello

YANKEES

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Michael Young, 1B
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, C
  7. Nelson Cruz, RF
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Yorvit Torrealba, DH

P: Matt Harrison

Oblique forces Young out of Tigers lineup

The original lineup the Tigers had released had Delmon Young in left field, batting third. Like Monday, however, that was tentative, depending on how Young felt. Shortly after that came word that Young won’t be able to play.

“It stiffened up,” Jim Leyland said of Young’s oblique. “It’s really sore today. I’m not going to go into further detail. That’s all I have for you. I’m not a doctor. He’s hurting. I respect that. If Delmon Young is not in the lineup, believe me, he’s hurting, because he loves to play. I’ll leave it at that.”

Young’s absence means Andy Dirks will get his first start of the postseason. He’s batting ninth in the new lineup. Don Kelly moves to fifth, Ramon Santiago shifts to second, everyone else moves up.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Don Kelly, 3B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Ryan Raburn, LF
  9. Andy Dirks, RF

P: Doug Fister

ALCS Game 2: Delmon in the lineup

Jim Leyland had two lineups ready for this game.He’ll use the one that has Delmon Young in it. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Young is good to go for Game 2. Swinging is not an issue for Young, Rand said. The big question was whether he could raise his arm and throw without significant pain, and he did it during batting practice earlier today.

He has released the one that has Delmon Young in it. He’s batting third if his left oblique (the injury actually is closer to his rib cage) allows him to go. The other lineup has Andy Dirks starting in left field if Delmon can’t start.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Max Scherzer

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Michael Young, DH
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, C
  7. Nelson Cruz, RF
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

P: Mitch Moreland

ALDS Game 5: Tigers at Yankees

Considering Jim Leyland answered many of the questions about his lineup in his press conference yesterday, there wasn’t much suspense left. Second base, however, he hadn’t answered. Ramon Santiago gets the start there, batting ninth and getting the shot against Ivan Nova that he didn’t have in Game 1 (since Raburn was in the lineup to originally face Sabathia).

As for the batting order, Don Kelly moves into the second spot, where he had a string of starts back in June while Brandon Inge was out with mono. Magglio Ordonez bats sixth to provide a veteran bat in an RBI situation behind Victor Martinez.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Doug Fister

YANKEES

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Jorge Posada, DH
  8. Russell Martin, C
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

P: Ivan Nova

ALDS Game 4: Tigers vs. Yankees

Jim Leyland said he put Don Kelly in the lineup to get a little more speed going. Coincidentally. A.J. Burnett had 25 wild pitches in the regular season, 10 more than anybody else in baseball.

All in all, the Tigers don’t have terribly good numbers off A.J. Burnett, who doesn’t have terribly good numbers in general. He has been effectively wild (or wildly effective?) in his AL years against Detroit, and the Tigers have to find a way to use his wildness against him without having to rely on the long ball.

 

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-2, HR off Burnett)
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B (1-for-4)
  3. Delmon Young, LF (3-for-15, 6 K’s)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-14 off ex-teammate)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-27, 2 2B’s, HR, 6 walks)
  6. Don Kelly, RF (0-for-2)
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-13, HR, 6 RBIs)
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2)
  9. Wilson Betemit, 3B (6-for-23, 3 2Bs, 9 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

YANKEES

  1. Derek Jeter, SS (0-for-9 off Porcello)
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF (2-for-5)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (5-for-11)
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B (1-for-4)
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B (1-for-10)
  6. Nick Swisher, RF (3-for-10, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BBs)
  7. Jorge Posada, DH (3-for-9, 2 BBs)
  8. Russell Martin, C (1-for-4, 2 BBs)
  9. Brett Gardner, LF (1-for-9)

P: A.J. Burnett

ALDS Game 3: Tigers vs. Yankees

Remember the lineup the Tigers had out there against CC Sabathia Friday night? Well, the lineup tonight is a little different. Ramon Santiago, 7-for-24 off Sabathia lifetime, starts over Ryan Raburn, 4-for-24. Santiago also bats second.

“To be honest with you, neither Jhonny [Peralta] or Raburn have hit CC at all,” Jim Leyland said in his pregame press conference. “So we felt like, well, we’ll play one of those guys and then play Santiago to try to get a little offense, and as that turns out, it gives us our better defense as well. So Peralta and Santiago were the choices for that reason.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-14, double, triple, HR regular season off Sabathia)
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B (7-for-24)
  3. Delmon Young, LF (3-for-24, seven K’s, 1 postseason HR)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-16, 2 HR, 11 RBIs)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-25, 2 HR, 3 RBIs)
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF (19-for-71, 5 doubles, 3 HRs)
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-17, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-7, 3 K’s)
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B (11-for-58, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 15 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

YANKEES

  1. Derek Jeter, SS (10-for-28 off Verlander)
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF (1-for-6, HR)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (4-for-23)
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B (4-for-21, HR, 4 RBIs)
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-22, HR, 3 RBIs, 7 K’s)
  6. Nick Swisher, RF (8-for-48)
  7. Jorge Posada, DH (7-for-21, 5 RBIs)
  8. Russell Martin, C (2-for-5)
  9. Brett Gardner, LF (3-for-8)

P: CC Sabathia

ALDS Game 2: Tigers at Yankees

Remember years ago when Freddy Garcia was somehow so effective during day games that people dreaded him? Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell used to call him “Day Game Freddy.” That was a long time ago.

Two hitters might hold the key today. Magglio Ordonez is 17-for-52 (.327) off Garcia for his career. He has just one home run in that stretch, but six doubles. Ordonez gets the start, and remember, manager Jim Leyland said he will not pinch-hit for Ordonez.

Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, is 9-for-23 with three homers off the fellow Venezuelan.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-18 off Garcia)
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF (17-for-52, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
  3. Delmon Young, LF (3-for-10, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-23, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-30, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs)
  6. Alex Avila, C (3-for-9, 2 2Bs, 3 Ks)
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-24, 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B (1-for-3, HR)
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (0-for-5)

P: Max Scherzer

YANKEES

  1. Derek Jeter, SS (2-for-9 off Scherzer)
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF (3-for-11, 3 Ks)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-8, HR)
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B (0-for-8, 3 Ks)
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-10, 2B, HR)
  6. Nick Swisher, RF (2-for-6, 2 BBs, 3 Ks)
  7. Jorge Posada, DH (2-for-8, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs)
  8. Russell Martin, C (3-for-15, 2B)
  9. Brett Gardner, LF (0-for-6, 2 BBs, 3 Ks)

P: Freddy Garcia

Few pregame items

Not doing lineups tonight since you already know those. But here a few pregame tidbits to hold you over until this game resumes:

  • Leyland reiterated that he doesn’t plan on substituting anybody when this game resumes with right-hander Ivan Nova in relief of lefty CC Sabathia. He said Thursday he’s not going to pinch-hit for Magglio Ordonez, and he’s sticking to that. He said Ryan Raburn does not need to be pinch-hit for in this situation. The one possibility to look for if they’re trailing late is Wilson Betemit batting for Brandon Inge.
  • While Leyland said he thought the Yankees and MLB handled everything correctly last night, saying they made every effort to do things right, he made one request for tonight: “I do hope if this [weather] is very iffy, that we do not waste both pitchers tonight.”
  • Leyland said he loves the game suspension rule. He wishes they had it in the regular season, though logistics make that impossible.
  • Leyland: “If we get rain tonight and rain tomorrow, we might end up having Jack Morris pitch against Whitey Ford.”
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