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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

As the trading month begins, it’s worth remembering that today also marks the 70th anniversary of the Tigers’ biggest midseason addition ever. On July 1, 1945, Hank Greenberg returned from World War II — just over two weeks after being officially discharged — and homered in his first game back to help beat the Philadelphia A’s at Briggs Stadium. After four years serving his country, Greenberg batted .311 with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and a .948 OPS in 78 games, and the Tigers went on to win the World Series.

As for tonight, Rajai Davis gets the matchup start in center against A.J. Burnett. His 6-for-13 career numbers include a 2-for-4 performance in Pittsburgh back in April.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off A.J. Burnett)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (6-for-13, 2 doubles, triple)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-29, HR, walk, 7 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-28, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-29, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-13, 3 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-2, walk)

P: Alfredo Simon

pirateslogo2PIRATES (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Josh Harrison, 3B (4-for-16, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Neil Walker, 2B (4-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (6-for-22, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Starling Marte, LF (6-for-23, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Pedro Alvarez, DH (1-for-13, double, 3 walks, K)
  6. Francisco Cervelli, C (0-for-6, K)
  7. Gregory Polanco, RF (1-for-6, walk)
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS (3-for-17, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Sean Rodriguez, 1B (4-for-9, 2 doubles, K)

P: A.J. Burnett

Verlander Day lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

Here’s the lineup the Tigers will send out to try to stop Gerrit Cole from becoming baseball’s first 12-game winner this season and a two-game winner against Detroit. Unlike Cole’s win over the Tigers in Pittsburgh back in April, the Tigers have the DH slot available, and a healthier Victor Martinez to fill it. Cole kept J.D. Martinez hitless in that game, but he’s on a tear now, with six home runs and 11 RBIs over his last six games.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Gerrit Cole)

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

P: Justin Verlander

pirateslogoPIRATES (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Gregory Polanco, RF (0-for-0, walk)
  2. Neil Walker, 2B (2-for-10, double, triple, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (2-for-13, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Starling Marte, LF (1-for-1, triple)
  5. Jung-Ho Kang, 3B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 1B (1-for-10, 6 K’s)
  7. Francisco Cervelli, DH (1-for-3, double)
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS (1-for-1)
  9. Chris Stewart, C (0-for-2, 2 K’s)

P: Gerrit Cole

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Jeff Samardzija)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (4-for-12, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-12, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-10, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-10, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (4-for-16, triple, HR, 3 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-9, 4 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-3)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, double, K)

P: David Price

whitesoxsockWHITE SOX (career numbers against Price)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (7-for-16, 3 K’s)
  2. Jose Abreu, DH (1-for-14, HR, 4 K’s)
  3. Avisail Garcia, RF (2-for-11, HR, 5 K’s)
  4. Melky Cabrera, LF (7-for-26, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B (2-for-12, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS (9-for-37, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  7. Gordon Beckham, 3B (3-for-29, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Geovany Soto, C (2-for-7, walk, 5 K’s)
  9. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B (2-for-10, double, 2 walks, 4 K’s)

P: Jeff Samardzija

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (12-for-35, 3 doubles, triple, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-27, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-27, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (12-for-24, 2 doubles, K)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (8-for-12, 2 doubles, 4 HR, walk)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-14, triple, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-17, walk, 5 K’s)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C (1-for-8, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-8, double, 2 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

whitesoxlogoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (1-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (4-for-20, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (5-for-8, 2 doubles, HR, walk)
  4. Adam LaRoche, DH (10-for-38, double, HR, walk, 11 K’s)
  5. Melky Cabrera, LF (14-for-27, double, 3 K’s)
  6. Avisail Garcia, RF (2-for-8)
  7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (5-for-19, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Tyler Flowers, C (2-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  9. Carlos Sanchez, 2B

P: Jose Quintana

Miguel Cabrera’s Day Off lineups: Tigers at Indians

  
Yes, you read the headline right: Miguel Cabrera has a day off. In Cleveland.

“Even Superman needs a day off,” Brad Ausmus said.

The noon start time was the primary factor, Ausmus said. The fact that Andrew Romine is on a relative tear made it a little bit easier, since Romine is the only guy who can fill in at first base now that Hernan Perez is a Milwaukee Brewer. Left unsaid was the foot and ankle and the wariness about that.

“It was just the timing. It’s a 12 o’clock game,” Ausmus said. “There’s not many pitchers I look at the stat sheet and go, ‘Well, Miggy doesn’t hit him.’ I think David Price is the one he doesn’t hit, and he’s on his team. You never want Miggy out of the lineup, but you have to have a little bit of vision.”

Ausmus would’ve considered giving Cabrera a day at DH, but Victor Martinez can’t play first base at this point.

“I could DH Miggy, but then I can’t play Victor. And Victor’s already missed a month,” Ausmus said. “So at this point, if Miggy’s going to get a day off, it’s gotta be off.”

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (5-for-15, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-22, 3 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-18, 2 doubles, walk)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-6, walk, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-15, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-11, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Andrew Romine, 1B (0-for-1)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C (0-for-1, walk)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-5, 2 K’s)

P: Buck Farmer

clevelandlogoINDIANS

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  2. Francisco Lindor, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. David Murphy, DH
  5. Carlos Santana, 1B
  6. Brandon Moss, RF
  7. Yan Gomes, C
  8. Michael Bourn, CF
  9. Giovanny Urshela, 3B

P: Carlos Carrasco

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

  
Nick Castellanos is back in the starting lineup against Danny Salazar after three days out. That does not, however, mean a day off for Andrew Romine, who instead gives Jose Iglesias a day off at shortstop. Rajai Davis’ start means a day off for J.D. Martinez, who’s 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts against Salazar. Martinez also sat when Salazar faced the Tigers June 12 at Comerica Park.

On the Cleveland side, Yan Gomes remains out with a stiff neck, leaving Roberto Perez back in the lineup to face Price for the first time in his career. Gomes, who’s 0-for-12 with six strikeouts lifetime against Price, could be available for Wednesday’s matinee to face Justin Verlander, off whom he’s 6-for-18 with a pair of doubles.

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

tigers1901logoTIGERS (career numbers off Salazar)

  1. Rajai Davis, RF (4-for-10, walk, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-15, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-19, double, 2 HR, walk, 9 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-17, HR, walk)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-14, 2 doubles, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-4, triple)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-2)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-7, walk, 4 K’s)

P: David Price

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B (4-for-16, 4 K’s)
  2. Francisco Lindor, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, CF (6-for-21, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Ryan Raburn, DH (7-for-24, double, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Carlos Santana, 1B (7-for-24, 4 doubles, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Mike Aviles, LF (8-for-28, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Brandon Moss, RF (1-for-6, 4 K’s)
  8. Giovanny Urshela, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  9. Roberto Perez, C

P: Danny Salazar

Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

  
Andrew Romine gets a third consecutive start at third base. Brad Ausmus said before the game that he’s playing the hot hand with Romine (2-for-4 with a home run Sunday) over Nick Castellanos (0-for-7 since Wednesday, 9-for-51 in June).

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

TIGERS (career numbers off Trevor Bauer)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-15, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-14, 2 doubles, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-11, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (0-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Kyle Ryan

INDIANS

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  2. Francisco Lindor, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, CF
  4. Ryan Raburn, DH
  5. Carlos Santana, 1B
  6. Mike Aviles, LF
  7. Brandon Moss, RF
  8. Giovanny Urshela, 3B
  9. Roberto Perez, C

P: Trevor Bauer

Father’s Day lineups: Tigers at Yankees

The Tigers are now 5-17 all-time in regular-season games at the new Yankee Stadium, but they haven’t been swept in a series there since 2009. In order to avoid this one, they’re going to need to find a way to put runs across against Masahiro Tanaka and hope that Anibal Sanchez can keep the ball in the park against a Yankees lineup that is finding the right-field seats with regularity this weekend. This always set up as the toughest matchup of the series for Detroit, and it looms even bigger now.

Nick Castellanos gets a second consecutive game off as Andrew Romine starts again. Bryan Holaday gets behind the plate for the second time this series, a surprising choice given the chemistry Sanchez and James McCann seemingly developed over the last few starts.

Apologies to those of you who tuned in to MLB Network last night’s game looking for Tigers-Yankees and found Giants-Dodgers instead. Turns out Tigers-Yankees was an alternate broadcast, so it was on the West Coast. The way the game turned out, of course, this might not have been a bad thing for you. It’s listed as the primary game today, so those of you out of market who want to tune in should be able to do so.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Tanaka)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-2, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-2, sac fly)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-7, walk, K)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, 2 doubles, K)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Anibal Sanchez

yankeessecondarylogoYANKEES (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Brett Gardner, CF (1-for-6)
  2. Didi Gregorius, SS (2-for-4, HR, walk)
  3. Alex Rodriguez, DH (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (1-for-4, double)
  5. Brian McCann, C (9-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Garrett Jones, RF (2-for-12, double, 3 K’s)
  7. Chris Young, LF (2-for-16, double, 7 K’s)
  8. Stephen Drew, 2B (5-for-30, triple, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  9. Brendan Ryan, 3B (2-for-3, K)

P: Masahiro Tanaka

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

A few days after Brad Ausmus talked about Nick Castellanos, the sophomore third baseman is getting the night off. Andrew Romine gets the start at the hot corner.

Again, tonight is an MLB Network telecast for those of you outside the Detroit and New York markets.

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

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (numbers against Nathan Eovaldi)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-3)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-6, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-9, double)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-6, double, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-4, K)

P: Alfredo Simon

yankeeslogo2YANKEES (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Brett Gardner, CF (4-for-12, 2 walks, K)
  2. Chase Headley, 3B (2-for-5, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Alex Rodriguez, DH (0-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (7-for-17, double, 2 HR, 4 K’s)
  5. Brian McCann, C (2-for-7, double, K)
  6. Carlos Beltran, RF (2-for-10, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Didi Gregorius, SS (2-for-6, K)
  8. Stephen Drew, 2B (1-for-4, K)
  9. Chris Young, LF (0-for-0, walk)

P: Nathan Eovaldi

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

The bad news for Justin Verlander out of Thursday’s rainout, as I wrote last night, is that he gets washed into the spotlight of Alex Rodriguez’s chase for 3,000 hits. He’s one away, and don’t fool yourself into thinking it won’t be any big deal at all. Even people simply looking to see the crowd reaction see something here.

The good news for Verlander is that he has Victor Martinez back in the lineup trying to support him. V-Mart slides back into the cleanup spot he has owned since Prince Fielder left. Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez stay in their order, sliding one spot each. Bryan Holaday gets the start at catcher, as he was scheduled to do last night.

Reminder: Tonight is an MLB Network broadcast outside of the Detroit and New York markets.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Adam Warren)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-5, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-4, 2 walks)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (2-for-9, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-5, triple, 2 K’s)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-6, K)

P: Justin Verlander

yankeeslogoYANKEES (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Brett Gardner, LF (5-for-26, double, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Chase Headley, 3B (4-for-9, double, HR, 4 K’s)
  3. Alex Rodriguez, DH (10-for-34, double, 4 HR, 6 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-40, HR, 6 walks, 13 K’s)
  5. Carlos Beltran, RF (1-for-10, 4 K’s)
  6. Didi Gregorius, SS (0-for-1, 2 walks)
  7. Stephen Drew, 2B (4-for-21, double, walk, 12 K’s)
  8. John Ryan Murphy, C
  9. Mason Williams, CF

P: Adam Warren

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