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ALDS Game 1: Tigers at Yankees

This is the lineup you would expect against a left-handed starter. No surprises needed. It does include Brandon Inge, who is batting .190 (11-for-58) off Sabathia but whose seven walks give him an on-base percentage of .299.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-14, double, triple, HR off Sabathia)
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF (19-for-71, 5 doubles, 3 HRs)
  3. Delmon Young, LF (3-for-24, seven K’s)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-16, 2 HR, 11 RBIs)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-25, 2 HR, 3 RBIs)
  6. Alex Avila, C (1-for-7, 3 K’s)
  7. Ryan Raburn, 2B (4-for-23, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 8 K’s)
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-17, 3 walks, 5 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

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Indians

As Jim Leyland put it, “We’re trying to win games. We’re going to try to win the game tonight.”

Leyland is also trying to do what he can to get Miguel Cabrera his batting crown.

“If I have anything to do with it, he will win the batting title,” Leyland said. “But we want to win this game tonight.”

Wilson Betemit is batting second tonight, but for the reason as last night. Leyland wants to get him an extra at-bat if he possibly can.”

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS

  1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Carlos Santana, C
  6. Shelley Duncan, LF
  7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF

P: Zach McAllister

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Indians

Not only is Wilson Betemit back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 16, he’s batting second. Don’t read anything into that, though. Jim Leyland said that’s meant to get Betemit an extra at-bat if possible to help get his timing back. Other than that, no surprises, except maybe Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez starting against right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who allows a .315 average to left-handed hitters.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

INDIANS

  1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  3. Carlos Santana, 1B
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Shelley Duncan, LF
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  7. Jason Donald, SS
  8. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Jeanmar Gomez

 

Monday: Tigers vs. Indians

As you can read below, Wilson Betemit isn’t ready yet. So Don Kelly gets another start at third base. Other Tigers are simply getting a day of rest, including Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson.

TIGERS

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

P: Doug Fister

INDIANS

  1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Shelley Duncan, LF
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Ubaldo Jimenez

Sunday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Word now from Jim Leyland is that Wilson Betemit will start on Monday against Cleveland — weather permitting. Leyland had said he would probably start Sunday, but that was determined before it became clear that lefty Brian Matusz would be filling the TBA slot as Baltimore’s starter. That development earned a start for Brandon Inge, 2-for-3 with a homer off Matusz.

TIGERS

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

P: Brad Penny

ORIOLES

  1. Matt Angle, CF
  2. Robert Andino, 2B
  3. Chris Davis, 3B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Jake Fox, 1B
  6. Nolan Reimold, RF
  7. Kyle Hudson, LF
  8. Pedro Florimon Jr., SS
  9. Craig Tatum, C

P: Brian Matusz

Saturday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Wilson Betemit is getting one more day. Jim Leyland said he’s going to go through all the drills today, including side-to-side movement, and then start Sunday if he’s ready. They don’t sound particularly worried, but as mentioned, the time is winding down.

With Betemit out, Don Kelly will get his fourth start at third base in the Tigers’ last six games.

One start that was planned is Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Raburn against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. Ordonez is 7-for-13 with a home run off Guthrie. Raburn is 5-for-12 against him. Whether they would start against a right-hander in the Division Series, I don’t know, but the matchups here all but demanded it. Ordonez, in particular, could be an interesting call for the postseason given his experience.

Verlander, of course, is trying to become the first pitcher to 25 wins since Bob Welch in 1990. But Jeremy Guthrie is trying to avoid becoming the first 18-game loser since Daniel Cabrera in 2007, also with Baltimore. Guthrie also lost 17 in 2009. The last AL pitcher other than Guthrie to lose 17 in a season? That’s none other than Justin Verlander back in 2008. He’s 61-23 since then.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

ORIOLES

  1. Matt Angle, LF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  8. Chris Davis, 3B
  9. Robert Andino, 2B

P: Jeremy Guthrie

Friday: Tigers vs. Orioles

The plan was for Wilson Betemit to start at third base tonight. Rain all day around Detroit changed the plan.

“Damp, cool night, didn’t want to take the chance,” Jim Leyland said this afternoon.

Too bad, too, because Betemit is 3-for-3 with a home run off O’s starter Alfredo Simon. Brandon Inge homered off Simon in their only meeting, but Don Kelly gets another start at third tonight, batting second.

The Orioles don’t have a lot of left-handed bats to test Rick Porcello tonight, just two lefties and a switch-hitter. But the guys they have — Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis) are pretty good.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

ORIOLES

  1. Robert Andino, 2B
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  8. Chris Davis, 3B
  9. Nolan Reimold, LF

P: Alfredo Simon

Thursday: Tigers at Orioles

Omir Santos caught Jacob Turner at Triple-A Toledo. So if he’s going to catch one more game this year, this was the one that makes the most sense.

TIGERS

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

P: Jacob Turner

ORIOLES

  1. Robert Andino, 2B
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  8. Chris Davis, 3B
  9. Nolan Reimold, LF

P: Zach Britton

Wednesday: The non-Cabrera lineup

Cabrera, as scheduled, is getting the day off. He’ll get in his pregame work, and Leyland said he won’t hesitate to use him as a pinch-hitter if there’s a chance to win the game, but he’s out of the lineup. The result: Victor Martinez moves up to cleanup, Alex Avila bats fifth and Jhonny Peralta bats sixth. Don Kelly plays first base in what his becoming his usual second spot. Wilson Betemit isn’t ready yet, so Brandon Inge gets the start at third.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer/Doug Fister

ROYALS

  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Billy Butler, DH
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  7. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
  8. Salvador Perez, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

P: Felipe Paulino

Tuesday: Tigers at Royals

Just so nobody panics, here’s your reminder that Miguel Cabrera has the day off tomorrow. Jim Leyland announced that on Sunday, and confirmed it again today. As for today, it’s a pretty standard lineup. Don Kelly gets the start with Wilson Betemit still out, but Betemit said his left knee is feeling a lot better and should be back soon.

TIGERS

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

P:  Brad Penny

ROYALS

  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  4. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  5. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  6. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
  7. Mitch Maier, DH
  8. Salvador Perez, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

P: Luis Mendoza

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