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Lobstein Day lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

The Tigers were supposed to face Corey Kluber tonight, but he was scratched with a right hamstring strain. Josh Tomlin, who had all sorts of trouble with the Tigers last year, gets the start in Kluber’s place. He gets a Tigers lineup with Bryan Holaday getting his first start behind the plate since his call-up Tuesday, and Dixon Machado at shortstop in place of injured Jose Iglesias.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Tomlin)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-10, 2 doubles, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH 1B (4-for-9, double, HR, 3 walks)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-5, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, 1B DH (1-for-9, HR, 3 walks, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-8, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Kyle Lobstein

clevelandlogoINDIANS (career numbers off Lobstein)

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-11, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Francisco Lindor, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (2-for-8, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, DH (4-for-9, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Yan Gomes, C (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
  6. Chris Johnson, 1B
  7. Abraham Almonte, CF
  8. Jerry Sands, RF (1-for-3)
  9. Giovanny Urshela, 3B

P: Josh Tomlin

Harbaugh Day lineups: Tigers at Royals

  Kidding. The lineups are serious, though.

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers off Edinson Volquez)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-6, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-13, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, 3 walks)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-7, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-12, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-3, double)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-3)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8)

P: Matt Boyd

sluggerrrrROYALS (career numbers against Boyd)

  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B (3-for-5, walk, K)
  2. Lorenzo Cain, CF (1-for-6, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-6, double, K)
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH (4-for-6, double. triple)
  5. Jonny Gomes, RF
  6. Alex Gordon, LF
  7. Salvador Perez, C (1-for-5, K)
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Christian Colon, SS

P: Edinson Volquez

Lobstein season returns: Left-hander activated from 60-day DL

Four months after filling in for Justin Verlander in the Tigers rotation, Kyle Lobstein was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, having recovered from a left shoulder injury that cost him nearly four months.

The 26-year-old lefty will make his return Friday night against Cleveland at Comerica Park. He takes the rotation spot previously occupied by Buck Farmer, who returned to the bullpen Wednesday night.

Lobstein went 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers in April and May, including seven quality innings against the Indians April 26 and 7 2/3 innings with an unearned run May 7 against the White Sox. He took losses in his final three starts after that, and later admitted that he had been pitching through a sore shoulder.

An MRI showed no structural damage, but the rehab process lasted a while. He returned to game action four weeks ago on a rehab assignment that included two starts for Class A Lakeland and four more for Triple-A Toledo. He went 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA between the two stops, culminating in 6 2/3 innings of four-run ball with five strikeouts in a no-decision last Sunday.

Lobstein had been scheduled to finish his rehab assignment with a start for the Mud Hens on Friday night against the Indianapolis Indians. He’ll get the Cleveland Indians instead.

Lobstein’s return gives the Tigers three left-handed starters, all lined up consecutively, joining Randy Wolf and Matt Boyd. Lobstein is the only one scheduled to start the weekend series against Cleveland, followed by right-handers Alfredo Simon and Justin Verlander.

To make room for Lobstein’s return to the 40-man roster, the Tigers outrighted reliever Josh Zeid to Toledo. The 28-year-old right-hander, acquired last offseason off waivers from Houston, owns a 3-3 record and 4.71 ERA in 41 games out of the Hens pen, allowing 63 hits over 65 innings with 39 walks and 57 strikeouts.

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

 Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate, batting ninth and catching Randy Wolf. It’s just Avila’s sixth start at catcher in the Tigers’ last 32 games.

On the Kansas City side, it’s a fitting day for the Royals to give a first start to Jonny Gomes, who has more hits against Wolf (12) than the rest of the Royals roster combined (eight).

TIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-7, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-11, double, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, walk, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, 4 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-10, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-9, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (2-for-5, walk, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, K)
  9. Alex Avila, C (0-for-4, 2 walks, 2 K’s)

P: Randy Wolf

ROYALS (career numbers off Wolf)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-3)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (1-for-3)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Jonny Gomes, RF (12-for-23, double, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Paulo Orlando, LF

P: Yordano Ventura

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

  Anthony Gose gets leadoff duty against Johnny Cueto, whom he has hit about as well as any Tiger. Tyler Collins starts in left field for the first time in five days after Rajai Davis started in left field for the Toronto series.

The Royals activate Alex Gordon from the disabled list in time for a meeting with Justin Verlander, whom he has faced more often than any other active pitcher.

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

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Cueto)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-11, triple, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-10, double, walk, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-7, walk, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-7, double)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-4, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-5)

P: Justin Verlander

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (11-for-59, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 3B (9-for-35, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (7-for-24, double, HR, 5 K’s)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (17-for-62, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (9-for-27, 4 doubles, HR, 7 K’s)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (16-for-77, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 10 walks, 27 K’s)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (18-for-38, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-22, double, HR, walk, K)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (6-for-24, triple, 3 walks, 9 K’s)

P: Johnny Cueto

Tigers recall Holaday, Ryan as September callups begin

I wrote on the site yesterday on the Tigers’ potential call-ups, starting with Bryan Holaday and Kyle Ryan. Those two moves became official Tuesday, with the pair recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Both moves had been expected. Like a lot of teams, the Tigers have used September call-ups in recent years to add a third catcher, giving them flexibility in case of injury or pinch-hit opportunities. There was some question whether they’d have that chance when Holaday injured his left thumb on a collision at home plate a few weeks ago, but he returned to action late last week.

Holaday served as James McCann’s backup catcher earlier this year while Alex Avila was on the disabled list to strengthen his knee. The 27-year-old batted .271 (13-for-48) with a home run and 12 RBIs before returning to Toledo, where he hit .224 (36-for-161) for the year with two homers and 17 RBIs. With Avila up for free agency this winter, this month could be a lead-in toward Holaday backing up McCann next season, though Detroit could opt for a veteran left-handed hitting catcher to do that if they don’t re-sign Avila.

Ryan gives the highly taxed Tigers bullpen an extra reliever, plus a starting pitching option should Detroit decide to skip Matt Boyd for a turn to watch his innings, or move Buck Farmer back to the bullpen. The soon-to-be 24-year-old owns a 1-2 record and 5.94 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances, having allowed 22 earned runs on 39 hits over 33 1/3 innings with 14 walks and 20 strikeouts. He went 4-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts for the Mud Hens.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

  
The long-discussed swap in the cleanup spot is here, with Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez flipped in the batting order. Rajai Davis gets another start against former Jays teammate Mark Buehrle. Anthony Gose is back in center. He apologized to Buck Farmer for his gaffe yesterday, which you’ll read shortly.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers against Buehrle)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (6-for-20, triple, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-22, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (10-for-31, 2 doubles, 4 walks, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (28-for-78, 2 doubles, 4 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-3, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alfredo Simon

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Ben Revere, LF (0-for-5, K)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (0-for-0, walk)
  3. Jose Bautista, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, K)
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (2-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2-for-5)
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-1)
  7. Russell Martin, C (1-for-12, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Mark Buehrle

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

Brad Ausmus has talked earlier this week about getting a day off for J.D. Martinez. That day is today. Tyler Collins gets the start in right field, while Rajai Davis remains to chase after drives to left. Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit, with Victor Martinez starting at first base against Drew Hutchison, pride of Lakeland Senior High School.

Today is an MLB Network broadcast for those watching outside the Detroit market.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FSD, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hutchison)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-2)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (2-for-5, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (4-for-6, double)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2)
  6. Tyler Collins, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

P: Buck Farmer

jaylogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C (1-for-3, double, K vs. Farmer)
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Drew Hutchison

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


If Miguel Cabrera gets five plate appearances tonight, he’ll officially return to the AL batting race, getting back on the 3.1 plate appearances per game pace needed to qualify. If he doesn’t get it tonight, he’ll most likely get it tomorrow afternoon. It’s not a big deal to him at this point, obviously, but with about a 42-point lead on the next-best AL hitter (Jason Kipnis), it’ll put him on pace for his fourth batting title in five years.

The Jays load up on right-handed hitters, save for Ben Revere and Ryan Goins. That’s going to present a challenge for Matt Boyd, who’s allowing a .405 batting average to right-handed hitters this season. Toronto, meanwhile, is batting .285 against lefties, tied for the best in the Majors (with the Tigers, actually — thanks to MLB Network research for the tidbits).

Radio note: With the Lions playing their third preseason game tonight, the Tigers are only on AM 1270 in Detroit, not 97.1 FM.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Rickey)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (5-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-16, 2 HR, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-16, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-3, triple)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-2, double)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)

P: Matt Boyd

jayslogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Chris Colabello, 1B
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Ryan Goins, 2B
  9. Josh Thole, C

P: R.A. Dickey

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

  
Aside from Alex Avila behind the plate, Randy Wolf gets the regular team behind him for the day game after the night game, and Matt Shoemaker gets a welcoming party on his return to Michigan (and return to the big leagues, for that matter, having been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake for this start).

The good news for Wolf, as MLB Network points out, is that he’s catching Mike Trout and Albert Pujols slumping. Trout is batting .200 (17-for-85) with one home run and five runs scored this month. Pujols is batting .186 (8-for-43) over his last 12 games, though half of those hits have been homers.

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Shoemaker)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-6, double, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-2, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-6, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Randy Wolf

angelslogoANGELS (career numbers against Wolf)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (13-for-46, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (1-for-7, K)
  6. Shane Victorino, LF (7-for-26, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Grant Green, 2B

P: Matt Shoemaker

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