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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

The Tigers lineup is back at full strength. Nick Castellanos returns to the lineup at third base, his first start since Aug. 6. He’s in the seventh spot behind Justin Upton, stretching out the productive part of the Tigers batting order if his timing is right at the plate. The lineup below is being used for just the 11th time this season, according to baseball-reference.com, and the first time since June 11. It’s still the most common of the 97 different lineup combinations the Tigers have used this season.

The Indians come back from their hangover game with much of their lineup back in action except for Mike Napoli, who gets a second consecutive day off.

Of course, everyone could be getting a day off if the weather is bad enough tonight. There’s a massive line of rain in Ohio right now that’s trying to rotate counterclockwise, with Detroit right in the path. If it makes that turn, it’s going to be a long night or a doubleheader tomorrow. At this time of year, especially with postseason implications, Major League Baseball is in charge of postponements. With rain in the forecast tomorrow, both teams traveling tomorrow night and Monday reserved for a potential tiebreaker (which the Tigers could easily be involved in playing), MLB would much rather get this in tonight.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Zach McAllister)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-18, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-25, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-24, 4 doubles, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-10, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (7-for-14, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-5, double)

P: Michael Fulmer

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (numbers against Fulmer)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (3-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (3-for-8, double, walk, K)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (1-for-4, double, 2 walks)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (0-for-4, K)
  7. Coco Crisp, DH (1-for-7, double, K)
  8. Tyler Naquin, CF (2-for-4)
  9. Roberto Perez, C (0-for-1)

P: Zach McAllister

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

The day after clinching can be an interesting game for teams. For some, it’s a hangover game and everybody drags. For teams still fighting for something more than a playoff spot, such as seeding, it can be business as usual. We’ll see which team comes out for the Indians. J.D. Martinez admitted last night he’s hoping for the hangover.

“What you hope for now is they’re happy,” Martinez said. “You know they won and maybe they stay off the gas pedal a little bit and we can take over this series.”

Their lineup seems to reflect the celebration that went on after last night’s game. Backup catcher Chris Gimenez starts at third base. Michael Martinez starts at second.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (numbers off Clevinger)

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

P: Justin Verlander

indiansblueclogoINDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Tyler Naquin, CF (2-for-10, HR, 6 K’s)
  2. Michael Martinez, 2B (2-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Abraham Almonte, RF (2-for-8, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, DH (13-for-63, 2 walks, 7 HR, 8 walks, 15 K’s)
  5. Brandon Guyer, LF (0-for-2, K)
  6. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
  7. Chris Gimenez, 3B (0-for-2, K)
  8. Adam Moore, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Erik Gonzalez, SS

P: Mike Clevinger

Tigers activate Castellanos from 15-day DL

The Tigers, with their season on the line, will turn back to Nick Castellanos to give them an offensive boost for the stretch run. The team activated the slugging third baseman from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after seven weeks out with a fractured left ha Add Contact Form nd.

Castellanos played in an instructional league game and an intrasquad game Monday and Tuesday, respectively, in Lakeland, Fla. He boarded a flight for Detroit Tuesday afternoon and was expected to arrive sometime during the Tigers’ game against the Indians Tuesday night.

“He won’t be here in time for the start of the game,” manager Brad Ausmus said, “but he’ll be here at some point in the middle.”

Castellanos could be in the Tigers’ lineup Wednesday night. It would be a quick transition back after just two days of game action, but the Tigers aren’t in a position for patience.

“He’s a little short on reps right now,” Ausmus said. “He’s only played a couple games. But I think Nick has the ability and the confidence to hit on short repetitions. It’ll be good to have the lineup back intact, really.”

The 24-year-old Castellanos was batting .286 with 18 homers and 58 RBIs when an inside pitch fractured his hand on Aug. 6. Initially timetables projected Castellanos to miss 4-6 weeks, but didn’t account for the struggles Castellanos would encounter to regain strength in his hand once he was cleared to hit again.

He lasted one at-bat in a simulated game a couple weeks ago and had similar issues facing live pitching early last week, but felt much stronger in two days against live pitching last weekend, including some tape-measure drives.

Castellanos wanted to join the team after that, but Ausmus wanted to get some game action first. He went 1-for-3 in instructional play against minor leaguers Monday and felt good, then went 2-for-3 Tuesday with a double off the center-field fence.

While Castellanos can’t make the hand any worse by playing as long as he doesn’t take another impact off of it, his timing against Major League pitching could be an adjustment. In another situation, the Tigers might have waited until next season. But with Detroit struggling for production at third base since Castellanos left — primary replacement Casey McGehee went 21-for-91 with a double and one RBI — they were willing to take a chance.

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Jose Iglesias returns to the starting lineup against Corey Kluber. Erick Aybar gets the matchup start at third base. But when you look at the lineup, the key is obviously (as usual) going to the middle of the order. Though Cabrera’s numbers below reflect a ton of success, he’s just 1-for-10 off Kluber this season. Victor Martinez is 2-for-9 against him.

Meanwhile, expect Brad Ausmus to be just as aggressive going to the bullpen early as he was yesterday.

“Even if you look at yesterday’s game, I managed that differently than I would have during the regular season,” Ausmus said. “Part of that’s because of the expanded roster, part of that’s because we have to win. I wouldn’t normally bring Shane Greene in that early in the game, but I felt like if he could keep us in the game for a couple innings, we could fight back offensively and it would give us a shot. You still have to take into account the usage of pitchers. Guys you have used a lot, you try to avoid, but at the same time, they all understand.”

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Kluber)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-31, triple, walk, 9 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (21-for-45, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-34, 3 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-24, double, HR, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-9, double, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (6-for-15, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-4, 2 walks, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-9, K)

P: Buck Farmer

clevelandlogoINDIANS (career numbers off Farmer)

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

P: Corey Kluber

 

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

The tragic death of Jose Fernandez had a profound impact on the Tigers clubhouse and, by extension, their lineup today. Jose Iglesias was originally in the lineup at shortstop, but he was emotional over the news of his good friend and fellow Cuban player.

“We’ve been through a lot together,” Iglesias said. “It was just very fortunate. He was only 24. His family feels like … I can’t explain how his family feels.”

Iglesias was scratched minutes shortly after the lineup was posted, with Andrew Romine starting in his place.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia played with Fernandez for parts of two seasons, catching eight of his starts. He was in the video room while the clubhouse was open to the media, so his state of mind is unknown. He traditionally catches Matt Boyd’s starts, so he’s in the lineup.

On the Royals side, Eric Hosmer is off. Whit Merrifield starts at first base, his fifth different defensive position this season.

Gameday | TV: FOX, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Edinson Volquez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (10-for-25, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-4, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-16, double, 3 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-24, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-18, double, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (11-for-26, 5 doubles, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (1-for-2)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-10, double, walk, 6 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-3, double)

P: Matt Boyd

ROYALS (career numbers vs. Boyd)

  1. Billy Burns, CF (0-for-3, K)
  2. Whit Merrifield, 1B (2-for-3, double)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (8-for-11, 2 doubles, triple, HR)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
  5. Paulo Orlando, RF (1-for-2)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Alcides Escobar, SS (2-for-8, K)
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (1-for-3)
  9. Raul Mondesi, 2B

P: Edinson Volquez

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Jose Iglesias is in the starting lineup after leaving last night’s game with a bruised right hand. James McCann gets behind the plate for Daniel Norris, while Andrew Romine gets the start at third. McCann is just 1-for-14 against Royals starter Yordano Ventura, but has caught Daniel Norris for his last three starts, and nine of his 12 starts this season.

On the Royals’ side, Salvador Perez returns to the lineup after missing last night’s game with a sore knee. Youngsters Hunter Dozier and Raul Mondesi get starts against Norris.

Reminder: Today is a 1:05 p.m. ET start, not 1:10, due to the FOX network broadcast.

Gameday | TV: FOX, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ventura)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-29, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-6, double, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-21, double, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-26, 3 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (8-for-17, 3 doubles, 7 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-11, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-14, 3 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (4-for-13, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-20, double, K)

P: Daniel Norris

sluggerrrrROYALS (numbers off Norris)

  1. Paulo Orlando, CF (0-for-5, walk)
  2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (2-for-6, double)
  3. Eric Hosmer, DH (1-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Kendrys Morales, 1B (2-for-10, walk)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (0-for-5, K)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-2, double, walk)
  7. Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-7, triple, HR, walk, K)
  8. Hunter Dozier, RF
  9. Raul Mondesi, 2B (0-for-4, 2 K’s)

P: Yordano Ventura

Friday’s lineups: Tigers (with Kinsler) vs. Royals

UPDATE: Salvador Perez has been scratched from the Royals lineup with a sore right knee. Drew Butera gets the start behind the plate.

As expected, Ian Kinsler is back in the Tigers lineup, having passed the concussion protocol today with no symptoms following his baseball activity yesterday. He’s back in the leadoff spot.

The one guy getting a day off after the late-night travel back from Minnesota is catcher James McCann. He’s 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts for his career against Royals starter Danny Duffy. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has just three at-bats against the lefty, but two of them are home runs. It’s not a big enough sample size that Saltalamacchia would’ve played regardless, manager Brad Ausmus indicated, but it presented an opportunity for McCann to get a day off with a quick turnaround from night game to day game.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-28, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-30, 3 doubles, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-33, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-20, double, HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-9, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (3-for-6)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (2-for-3, 2 HR, walk)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-13, triple, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

royalslogonotextROYALS (numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (1-for-5, walk, K)
  2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (1-for-3)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-9, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-7, 3 walks, K)
  5. Salvador Perez, C Paulo Orlando, RF (3-for-8, double, walk, K)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-6, K)
  7. Alcides Escobar, SS (0-for-8, K)
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (4-for-8, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Danny Duffy

Thursday evening’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Turns out Victor Martinez was OK to play today; he just wasn’t going to start both games. He gets the nightcap at DH, with Miguel Cabrera returning to first base. Tyler Collins replaces Cameron Maybin in center field, with Erick Aybar starting at third base.

Justin Verlander does not have to face Joe Mauer tonight. He’s out of the Twins lineup, as is Miguel Sano.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Ervin Santana)

  1. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF (3-for-7, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-27, HR, 6 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-35, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-14, HR, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-9, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (2-for-10, K)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (3-for-19, double, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B (3-for-5, double, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

wintwinslogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-21, double, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Logan Schafer, LF
  3. Jorge Polanco, SS
  4. Max Kepler, RF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Robbie Grossman, DH (0-for-3)
  6. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (2-for-10, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Juan Centeno, C
  8. Byron Buxton, CF (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  9. James Beresford, 1B

P: Ervin Santana

Thursday afternoon’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

No Ian Kinsler (concussion protocol) or Victor Martinez (right knee) again. With a doubleheader, a late-night trip home, then a night game-day game transition back in Detroit from Friday to Saturday, manager Brad Ausmus is giving Cabrera a game at designated hitter. Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start at first base.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (numbers against Dean)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-2)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (2-for-4)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-4, double)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, K)
  6. James McCann, C
  7. JaCoby Jones, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B (1-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez

tcbearTWINS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (6-for-29, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS (2-for-5, triple, K)
  3. Max Kepler, RF (1-for-6, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Miguel Sano, 3B (1-for-6, double, 2 K’s)
  5. Kennys Vargas, 1B (1-for-9, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Kurt Suzuki, DH (6-for-13, HR, walk)
  7. Robbie Grossman, LF (3-for-8, 3 K’s)
  8. John Ryan Murphy, C
  9. Byron Buxton, CF (1-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Pat Dean

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins


Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez both are out for a second consecutive game. Kinsler needs a symptom-free day per concussion protocol, so his symptoms yesterday ruled him out. He said today he’s feeling encouraged, but still has to go through baseball activity before he can be cleared for tomorrow. Martinez apparently was feeling improvement in his right knee, but isn’t quite ready yet.

“He said he’s better,” manager Brad Ausmus said, “but from his description, he could use another day.”

Though Ausmus said Tuesday that Steven Moya could see time at DH if Martinez remains out, Justin Upton gets a day out of the field, with Tyler Collins starting in left.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (numbers vs. Berrios)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-0, walk)
  2. Erick Aybar, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-2, 2 walks)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, walk, K)
  5. Justin Upton, DH (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF (0-for-1, 2 walks)
  7. James McCann, C (3-for-3, double, HR)
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (0-for-3)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-1, double)

P: Buck Farmer

twinscirclelogoTWINS (career numbers off Farmer)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-3, 3 walks)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Joe Mauer, DH (2-for-4, double)
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  5. Max Kepler, RF
  6. Robbie Grossman, LF (0-for-3, K)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (1-for-4, K)
  8. Juan Centeno, C
  9. Byron Buxton, CF (0-for-2, K)

P: Jose Berrios