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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Athletics

So to get everybody caught up:

  • Alfredo Simon, who was supposed to start for the Tigers today, has been placed on the bereavement list to deal with a family emergency. He has left the team.
  • Kyle Ryan was called up from Triple-A Toledo to start in Simon’s place. The Mud Hens, however, are in Louisville, and getting from Louisville to the Bay Area is neither quick nor direct. So he won’t make it in time to start.
  • Alex Wilson, who has filled numerous roles out of the Tigers bullpen in the few weeks he has been with them, now gets the role of starter, likely to fill two or three innings. They’ll play it by ear from there.

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers off Scott Kazmir)

  1. Rajai Davis, RF (10-for-21, 3 doubles, triple, HR, 8 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-36, 2 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-26, 2 doubles, triple, 2 HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-6, 5 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, DH (0-for-8, walk, 4 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Dixon Machado, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alex Wilson

swinginaslogoATHLETICS (career numbers off Wilson)

  1. Billy Burns, CF
  2. Josh Reddick, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B (0-for-2, K)
  4. Stephen Vogt, C
  5. Billy Butler, DH (1-for-1)
  6. Max Muncy, 1B
  7. Brett Lawrie, 3B (1-for-1, triple)
  8. Sam Fuld, LF (0-for-1)
  9. Eric Sogard, SS

P: Scott Kazmir

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Athletics

The Tigers decide to give Miguel Cabrera another chance in the starting lineup after sitting him on Monday. His night-game stats have been well documented, but he has pounded Jesse Chavez’s pitches in their few meetings when Chavez has given him something to hit.

Ian Kinsler, however, gets the night off, his first game out of the starting lineup this season. Between his 0-for-20 slump and his 3-for-14 history against Chavez, the timing seems to make sense. Hernan Perez gets his second consecutive start, this time at second base, while Andrew Romine starts in place of still-hobbled Jose Iglesias.

On the Oakland side, Ben Zobrist — who was activated from the 15-day DL on Monday but didn’t play — returns to the lineup on his 34th birthday against former teammate David Price. So, too, does Brett Lawrie, who missed the last few games with a sore back.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Jesse Chavez)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-2)
  2. Rajai Davis, DH (1-for-4)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-7, double, HR, 4 walks)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-7, K)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-5, walk, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
  9. Hernan Perez, 2B

P: David Price

elephantlogoATHLETICS (career numbers off Price)

  1.  Billy Burns, CF
  2. Marcus Semien, SS (3-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B (0-for-3)
  4. Billy Butler, DH (3-for-9, walk)
  5. Stephen Vogt, 1B
  6. Mark Canha, LF
  7. Brett Lawrie, 3B (3-for-18, 5 K’s)
  8. Josh Phegley, C (1-for-7, HR)
  9. Sam Fuld, RF

P: Jesse Chavez

Cabrera leads AL All-Star voting at 1st base

Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.

At this point, Cabrera is the only Tiger leading at his position. He is not the only Tiger with a race on his hands. Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias currently ranks second to Alcides Escobar among AL shortstops, while his double-play partner Ian Kinsler is third among AL second basemen behind Jose Altuve and Omar Infante. Yoenis Cespedes ranks fifth among AL outfielders, the top three of whom will receive starting nods.

Cabrera entered Tuesday night’s game at Oakland ranked second in the league in hitting with a .344 (56-for-163) average, trailing only ex-teammate Prince Fielder. Cabrera’s .446 on-base percentage leads the league, while his 1.060 OPS trails only Nelson Cruz.

If the standings hold, Cabrera would become the fourth Tiger to win three fan-elected All-Star starts, joining Lou Whitaker (1984-86), Lance Parrish (1984-86) and Pudge Rodriguez (2004, 2006, 2007).

Cabrera has the third-highest vote total among all AL players with 1,347,351 votes as of Tuesday’s update. However, Hosmer sits just about 245,000 votes behind, making it the closest race of any AL position. The Royals’ resurgence on the field reflects in the vote, with five Kansas City players currently in line for starting spots and three others in second.

That surge includes Escobar, who leads Iglesias by about 365,000 votes despite the highlight reel of defensive plays Iglesias has put up as a resume.

1st base

  1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers – 1,347,351 votes
  2. Eric Hosmer, Royals – 1,101,738
  3. Mark Teixeira, Yankees – 342,788

2nd base

  1. Jose Altuve, Astros – 1,301,754
  2. Omar Infante, Royals – 715,345
  3. Ian Kinsler, Tigers – 348,115

Shortstop

  1. Alcides Escobar, Royals – 1,191,268
  2. Jose Iglesias, Tigers – 826,382
  3. Marcus Semien, A’s – 354,954

Outfield (top 3 get starts)

  1. Lorenzo Cain, Royals – 1,376,217
  2. Mike Trout, Angels – 1,297,085
  3. Alex Gordon, Royals – 991,606
  4. Adam Jones, Orioles – 981,926
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers – 668,059

Memorial Day lineups: Tigers (without Cabrera) at A’s

Miguel Cabrera gets his first day off of the season today, which puts the Tigers starting lineup in flux pretty much all the way around. Hernan Perez starts at first base. Meanwhile, with Jose Iglesias out, Dixon Machado will make his first Major League start as the Tigers shortstop.

tigerroarlogoTIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. J.D. Martinez, DH
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. Tyler Collins, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Hernan Perez, 1B
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Shane Greene

elephantsunglasseslogoATHLETICS

  1. Billy Burns, CF
  2. Marcus Semien, SS
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Stephen Vogt, C
  5. Billy Butler, DH
  6. Max Muncy, 3B
  7. Mark Canha, 1B
  8. Sam Fuld, LF
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B

P: Jesse Hahn

Rondon pitches perfect inning in second rehab outing

Bruce Rondon pitched a quicker, cleaner inning Sunday night in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers reliever retired the side in order for the Mud Hens in the eighth in just 10 pitches, six of them strikes.

Rondon hit 98 mph on the Fifth Third Stadium radar gun twice with his fastball, about the same as his previous outing Thursday (though he topped out at 99 mph on a pitch Thursday). He mixed in more offspeed pitches this time, including some pretty good sliders, and commanded the strike zone better.

“To me, he was much better today,” Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish said. “He had angle. And to me, he looked like two miles an hour slower, but much tougher to hit today. His delivery stayed together. He threw downhill, threw strikes, was down in the zone. Tonight, if he threw like that all the time, he’ll be successful at the next level.”

Rondon used a 96 mph fastball to get a first-pitch fly out to the left-field warning track from former Major Leaguer Luke Scott. Kevin Nolan flew out to center on a 2-2 slider, then Ryan Schimpf grounded out to first base on a 2-1 slider, with Rondon running over to cover the bag.

Mud Hens pitching coach Mike Maroth, who coached Rondon at Class A Lakeland a few years ago, said Rondon settled in after having extra adrenaline his first time out Thursday.

“Much better this time,” Maroth said. “Just not overthrowing the ball. Fastball had much better angle. He commanded his pitches better.”

Rondon, who pitched with a 4-0 deficit, earned the win when the Mud Hens rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the inning.

Rondon, on the 15-day disabled list since Opening Day with bicipital tendinitis, will travel with the Mud Hens on their 10-game road trip to Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus. If he sticks to the current plan, he’ll likely spend the entire trip with the club, pitching back-to-back outings next Friday and Saturday before throwing an extended outing of 25-30 pitches, likely more than one inning, a few days later.

Also traveling with the Mud Hens is Buck Farmer, who is scheduled to start for the Tigers on Thursday against the Angels. He’s expected to fly west midweek and join the Tigers in Anaheim.

“He’s using all three of his pitches,” Parrish said of Farmer, 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in nine starts with the Hens. “His changeup has been much better this year, a plus-pitch him. At times, it’s looked like a split. He just looks a year older, a little more mature than he was last year.”

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros

The good news for Jose Iglesias is that his bruised left knee remains a day-to-day injury after X-rays and an MRI showed no major structural damage. With a day game and a West Coast flight today, he might not have played even if he was feeling perfectly fine. Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop. Dixon Machado is headed up from Triple-A Toledo (presumably in time for the game, despite the traffic mess) to fill Kyle Lobstein’s roster spot, but is mainly depth for the time being. Bryan Holaday gets the start behind the plate, catching Anibal Sanchez for the third consecutive start.

The Astros, meanwhile, give Jose Altuve his first day off this season. Marwin Gonzalez starts at second base, while George Springer moves to leadoff.

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-2, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-22, double, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (14-for-39, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (2-for-2, 2 doubles)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Rajai Davis, RF (9-for-21, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-1)

P: Anibal Sanchez

astrosreallyoldlogoASTROS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B (2-for-4)
  3. Luis Valbuena, 3B (1-for-3)
  4. Evan Gattis, DH (1-for-3, double, K)
  5. Colby Rasmus, LF (4-for-19, HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s)
  6. Chris Carter, 1B (0-for-6, 5 K’s)
  7. Jason Castro, C (2-for-11, 2 doubles, 4 K’s)
  8. Jonathan Villar, SS
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

P: Roberto Hernandez

Kyle Lobstein to 15-day DL with shoulder soreness

The Tigers have another void to fill in their rotation as they prepare for a week-long West Coast trip. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who has filled in capably for Justin Verlander since the start of the season, is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder, the team announced Sunday morning.

Lobstein gave up three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Astros. He walked the bases loaded in the fourth inning and escaped before three consecutive singles chased him from the game in the sixth. After the game, he called it “probably my worst stuff so far this season,” though his velocity wasn’t markedly different than his other starts this year.

“I didn’t feel the greatest warming up,” he said after the game, “but that’s gonna happen. Sometimes throughout the season you just gotta find out how to focus in and change how you’re feeling in between the bullpen and the game. Unfortunately it didn’t really work out today.”

Turned out he was dealing with shoulder issues before Saturday.

“He had complained of shoulder soreness here and there, nothing major,” Brad Ausmus said. “In the back of my mind, I thought something might be wrong. His velocity has been down almost all year. Jonesy and I talked to him this morning and [Lobstein] said that his shoulder bothered him a little bit during the winter. He started throwing and that it went away in Spring Training for a few weeks and then came back. I don’t know if it was toward the end of Spring Training or the start of the season, but he admitted that it hasn’t been right.”

For the season, Lobstein’s fastball is averaging 86.1 mph, according to fangraphs, down from 88.4 during his late-season stint last year. His cutter is also down a couple miles per hour.

Lobstein is 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA over eight starts, but has given up three runs or less in six of those outings.

For now, the Tigers have filled Lobstein’s roster spot with infielder Dixon Machado, who gives the Tigers some depth for now with Jose Iglesias day-to-day with a bruised left knee. Buck Farmer will fill Lobstein’s spot when it comes up Thursday night against the Angels. They’ll need to make another move at that point, likely sending out Machado but possibly putting Iglesias on the DL if he isn’t right by then.

“With Iglesias being down a day or two, we figured what would probably benefit us the most is just to have an extra infielder available,” Dave Dombrowski said. “He’s done very well for us and well deserving of a promotion at this time. He’s played well in Triple-A.”

Iglesias leaves with left knee contusion

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias left Saturday’s game against Houston with a left knee contusion after a knee-on-knee collision at first base. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Iglesias had the makings of a big day with another highlight double play in the first inning and infield singles in the third and fifth. On the first single, however, he banged knees with Astros first baseman Chris Carter as he ran out a dribbler down the first-base line.

Iglesias stayed in the game, but looked hobbled running home on Anthony Gose’s ensuing double. He singled again two innings later without a play at first base, but again looked gimpy on his way to second base when Jose Altuve threw over Marwin Gonzalez and into left field. Manager Brad Ausmus noticed and came out with athletic trainer Matt Rankin.

Hernan Perez pinch-ran for Iglesias and replaced him at shortstop.

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros


Twenty-five years after the Tigers traded Matt Nokes to the Yankees for Lance McCullers, they’ll face McCullers’ son today. The younger McCullers is making his second Major League start. He’ll face a lineup that includes Tyler Collins as the DH, moving Rajai Davis back to the bench for a day.

J.D. Martinez, meanwhile, assumes his daily place in the cleanup spot. As he said last night, the spot in the lineup makes no difference to him, even though he has heated up since moving up.

Reminder: Though today is a 4:08 p.m. ET start, it’s still a Fox Sports Detroit game, not Fox Sports 1.

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

84tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, DH
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Kyle Lobstein

astrosoldlogoASTROS

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Jonathan Villar, 3B
  3. George Springer, RF
  4. Evan Gattis, DH
  5. Preston Tucker, LF
  6. Chris Carter, 1B
  7. Jason Castro, C
  8. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

P: Lance McCullers

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros


Collin McHugh is off to a good start for Houston this year, but he also has some reverse splits going – a .292 average and four home runs from right-handed hitters, compared with .232 and one homer from lefties in about the same number of at-bats. That partly explains Rajai Davis’ start as the designated hitter, his first start at DH since Sept. 12, 2013 as a Blue Jay against the Yankees.

“It wasn’t a huge deciding factor,” said Brad Ausmus, who noted McHugh’s career splits are fairly even. “It’s just Rajai needs to play at times.”

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

tigerroarlogoTIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-3, K vs. McHugh)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Rajai Davis, DH
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Alfredo Simon

astrosanniversarylogoASTROS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B (2-for-3, double, walk)
  2. Luis Valbuena, 3B (3-for-13, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. George Springer, RF
  4. Evan Gattis, DH (1-for-2, double, K)
  5. Preston Tucker, LF
  6. Colby Rasmus, CF (1-for-4, double, 2 K’s)
  7. Chris Carter, 1B (1-for-2, walk)
  8. Jason Castro, C (1-for-2)
  9. Marwin Gonzalez

P: Collin McHugh

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