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Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Nationals

Miguel Cabrera was going to get out of the starting lineup tonight or tomorrow night as Brad Ausmus rotates his corner infielders without a designated hitter. He’s out of the lineup tonight after jamming his knee on a hard slide into second base Monday night. His knee is fine, but Ausmus figured that if he’s going to get a game out of the lineup this series, might as well make it this one.

Also getting a game off is Jose Iglesias, mired in a 1-for-19 slump.

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  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, 1B
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-1, walk, K vs. Joe Ross)
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Anthony Gose, CF
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Michael Fulmer, P


  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  6. Jayson Werth, LF
  7. Wilson Ramos, C
  8. Danny Espinosa, SS
  9. Joe Ross, P

Ausmus on pinch-hitting Martinez, Salty in 8th

The questions for Brad Ausmus before Monday’s loss centered on whether he expected to walk Bryce Harper. That wasn’t a surprise. The questions after Monday’s loss included Victor Martinez’s pinch-hit intentional walk in the eighth. That wasn’t a big surprise, either. In the end, Ausmus anticipated it, and opted to take his shot with an extra run for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Once first base opened with Miguel Cabrera thrown out at third and Nick Castellanos taking second in his place, Ausmus expected Nationals manager Dusty Baker would walk Martinez if he hit for James McCann with two outs. If Saltalamacchia pinch-hit, that probably wouldn’t happen.

However, Ausmus believed this was his inning for using Martinez in a high-leverage situation.

“I assumed that Dusty probably was going to walk him,” Ausmus said. “But ultimately, you’re going to end up getting Saltalamacchia at the plate. I either hit Saltalamacchia right away, or I hit Saltalamacchia with two guys on instead of one. I was in between, quite frankly.I wasn’t sure we’d have another opportunity to use Victor, because we’re at that point in the lineup. We were coming around to the top of the lineup in the ninth inning.

“I was in between. I decided if Dusty walked him, hopefully Salty gets a big hit with two guys on. You would end up getting Salty vs. somebody either way.”

Martinez hit for McCann and was walked, replaced by Andrew Romine as a pinch-runner. Saltalamacchia hit for Anthony Gose and struck out. The exchange ended up including three Detroit players off the bench, ending with Romine in center field and Saltalamacchia behind the plate. But Ausmus ultimately decided it was his inning to go for it.

Before the game, Ausmus held a lengthy media session that included him talking about his future and his decision-making process as speculation built about his job security.

“Before I was ever hired, I said it in a [job] interview: I will never make a decision because I’m afraid to get second-guessed by the media, and I’ll never make a decision because I’m afraid to lose my job,” Ausmus explained. “I’m just not going to do it.”

He reached that conclusion out of observation from his playing days.

“I’ve seen managers make decisions because they were worried about what the media was saying,” he said. “That’s not why you make decisions. You make decisions because you think it’s the right decision to help your team win. Now, are you going to always be right? No, of course not. Managers are human. And so many times, there’s a gray area where maybe you should or shouldn’t do it. If the pick works, it looks like it’s great. If it doesn’t, then it gets questioned.”

Asked if his outlook of managing on the hot seat has changed at all from last September, when speculation about his job was higher than this, Ausmus indicated not much his changed.

“I’ve been on the hot seat for a year,” he quipped. “It hasn’t changed much. I guess I’m more comfortable with it now.”

Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Nationals

Victor Martinez is the first of the Tigers’ big trio to sit out of the starting lineup this series. It was going to happen at some point. The interesting part is AL batting leader Nick Castellanos moving up to fill the cleanup spot with Martinez out. Justin Upton continues to bat fifth.

“When a guy’s hitting the ball well, you always have a little trepidation about moving him,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “But with Vic not playing, I felt like, the way he’s swinging, he was the best option to slide in behind Miggy.”

After Bryce Harper’s six-walk game Sunday (and 13-walk series) against the Cubs, the question came up to Ausmus whether he might do the same. Doesn’t sound like he will, but he’ll pick and choose his spots when to pitch to him.

“I think a lot of times, the game dictates whether you walk him or not,” Ausmus said. “He’s probably the most dangerous hitter in the game right now, so if you do pitch to him, you pitch to him carefully. And if you think he can beat you, you probably don’t pitch to him at all.”

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Stephen Strasburg)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-4, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-4)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF (9-for-31, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Anthony Gose, CF
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anibal Sanchez, P (0-for-4, 4 K’s)

nationalslogoNATIONALS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Ben Revere, LF (1-for-5, walk)
  2. Anthony Rendon, 3B (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (3-for-9, 2 triples, HR, K)
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (11-for-48, double, HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B (5-for-10, double, triple, K)
  6. Wilson Ramos, C (5-for-16, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. Michael A. Taylor, CF
  8. Danny Espinosa, SS (3-for-16, walk, 7 K’s)
  9. Stephen Strasburg, P (0-for-2, K)

Mother’s Day lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

With another round of Interleague Play at a National League park (Nationals Park, to be exact) coming up, Victor Martinez gets a game to prep at first base, while Miguel Cabrera gets a day out of the field. They switch spots in an otherwise standard lineup.

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Martin Perez)

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

P: Justin Verlander

oldrangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Rougned Odor, 2B (0-for-8, K)
  2. Nomar Mazara, RF
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (15-for-54, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, DH (2-for-10, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Ian Desmond, LF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Mitch Moreland, 1B (7-for-25, 4 doubles, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  7. Elvis Andrus, SS (9-for-36, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Bobby Wilson, C (0-for-4, K)
  9. Delino DeShields, CF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)

P: Martin Perez


Tigers lick wounds on way out of Cleveland

The quotes were short and sweet in the Tigers clubhouse as they left Cleveland with their second three-game series sweep to the Indians in as many weeks, this one more humbling than the last. Players ate quickly, packed even quicker and readied for the short trip home.

The flight back to Detroit is quicker than a morning commute. But after six games, the gap between Detroit and Cleveland feels wider than Lake Erie, even as they sit next to each other in the AL Central standings, both a game over .500.

“They outplayed us. Simple as that,” Brad Ausmus said. “They outpitched us. They outhit us. They outdefended us. Period. They were the better baseball team out there. They’ve been the better baseball team all six games that they’ve played against us.”

Or, as Ausmus put it more succinctly, “Quite frankly, they kind of kicked our asses all six games.”

Or, as Victor Martinez put it even more succinctly, “We got beat. Move on. It’s that simple.”

For a team that has had its way with Cleveland for the last five years, even last season, it’s a huge reversal. The Tigers were 37-19 against the Indians over the previous three seasons, including 11-7 last year. That said, they didn’t want to dwell on it.

“Tomorrow is a new day,” Ian Kinsler said, “so as far as next series and the team that’s coming to Detroit, this is something that we forget quickly. But next time we play Cleveland, we understand that they’ve won six in a row on us. I think everybody in here knows that. So whatever you need to do to get ready to play those guys the next time we face them, then guys are going to be ready to play.

“We were playing good baseball. We had Oakland coming to town and we played them tough, and then obviously in Minnesota we played really good baseball. Something with Cleveland right now. Baseball’s weird that way. Obviously it never feels good to be swept, but it’s a long season. We have 12 more games against them or whatever. There’s more matches to come. There’s more times when we face this team. But it never feels good to be swept.”

There was a sense among some players that the “something” was momentum and confidence. The Tigers had their chances to take early leads Wednesday and Thursday and couldn’t do it. Their at-bats Thursday with runners in scoring position weren’t good. On Thursday, they had solidly struck balls from Victor Martinez and Justin Upton in the first inning with a chance to plate a run, both balls caught.

“It is what it is,” Martinez said. “We had opportunities. We didn’t get the best out of it. Everything they hit seemed like they found holes. We got some good hard-hit balls with men in scoring position right at somebody. You can’t control that. We got beat and we move on, start a new series.”

Said Jarrod Saltalamacchia: “They’re just getting big hits right now. That’s the name of the game. They’ve got guys in that lineup that can hit, and so do we. It’s just a matter of timely hitting, getting in the right situation and delivering. They’ve been able to do that, and we haven’t. Next time, hopefully we can turn that around.”

They’ll have to wait a while for that. The Tigers and Indians don’t play each other again until the final weekend of June, a three-game series at Comerica Park. They meet again the week before the All-Star break in Cleveland.

Those games could have a big impact on how both teams perceive each other heading into the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

“We want to beat these guys, especially in our division,” Saltalamacchia said. “But we still have our head above water. Them beating us six out of six, that adds a little fuel. I expect us to be a different team when we come to play them, and I expect them to be a different team. That’s the way it goes.”

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Two days after Andrew Romine made his first Major League appearance in center field, he gets the start there tonight, giving Anthony Gose his first game out of the starting lineup since Tyler Collins had his ill-fated start against Oakland a week and a half ago. Mike Aviles starts at shortstop.

Counterbalancing the Tigers’ success against Trevor Bauer are the Tigers’ struggles recently against everybody else, as noted by MLB Network today. Ian Kinsler hits Bauer well, but he’s 2-for-18 over his last four games. J.D. Martinez is just under a .500 hitter off Bauer, but he’s 9-for-54 with a home run and five RBIs over his last 14 games.

As noted in the game preview last night, Michael Fulmer just missed Francisco Lindor in the Eastern League last year, since Lindor had been promoted to Triple-A. The only Cleveland Indian Fulmer has faced is Tyler Naquin, and that was one start last April (he went 1-for-4 that game).

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

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers off Trevor Bauer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-19, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (7-for-16, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-17, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-18, HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-17, double, 3 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-1, K)
  8. Mike Aviles, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF (1-for-5, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (sorry for incorrect lineup earlier)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS
  4. Michael Brantley, LF
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Carlos Santana, DH
  7. Juan Uribe, 3B
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
  9. Chris Gimenez, C

P: Trevor Bauer

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

J.D. Martinez, who produced one of two Tigers hits off Corey Kluber in their meeting a couple weeks ago at Comerica Park, is in the lineup, batting in front of Miguel Cabrera, whom Kluber held hitless. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whose solo homer was the other Detroit hit off Kluber, is on the bench with James McCann back behind the plate.

The forecast calls for a strong chance of light rain throughout the evening, which could mean a long night at the ballpark. Meanwhile, the Cavs play across the street at 8pm, which is likely to draw a lot of attention. Stay tuned.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Kluber)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-23, triple, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-17, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (20-for-38, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-28, 3 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-18, double, 7 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-7, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6)

P: Anibal Sanchez

clevelandclogoINDIANS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (6-for-22, double, triple, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (4-for-24, double, walk, 6 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (1-for-1, walk)
  4. Michael Brantley, LF (7-for-22, triple, K)
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B (5-for-11, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Yan Gomes, C (6-for-11, triple, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (5-for-17, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Juan Uribe, 3B
  9. Tyler Naquin, CF (0-for-1, K)

P: Corey Kluber

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers (with McCann) at Indians

James McCann returns from the 15-day DL and immediately returns to the lineup, getting back behind the plate for Justin Verlander’s outing. He’s likely to get the majority of the starts at catcher, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia starting against tough right-handers and serving as a power bat off the bench.

The Indians added Michael Brantley back to their lineup shortly after they left Detroit. He joins a batting order that features Verlander nemesis Carlos Santana at leadoff.

TIGERS (career numbers off Josh Tomlin)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-17, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-11, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-15, double, HR, 4 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-16, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6, double, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-14, 2 doubles, 5 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-4, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2)

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (13-for-56, 2 doubles,  7 HR, 6 walks, 13 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (4-for-45, double, 7 walks, 14 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (2-for-9, triple, walk, K)
  4. Michael Brantley, LF (18-for-62, double, triple, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B (9-for-32, 2 HR, 5 walks, 10 K’s)
  6. Yan Gomes, C (8-for-26, 3 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Marlon Byrd, RF (6-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Jose Ramirez, 3B (4-for-12, 3 doubles, walk, K)
  9. Tyler Naquin, CF (1-for-3, K)

P: Josh Tomlin

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

While Ricky Nolasco has put some bad numbers as a Minnesota Twin, he has put up some decent numbers against the Tigers, with a 2-1 record and 3.58 ERA in five matchups over the last two seasons. His 25 strikeouts over 27 2/3 innings facing the Tigers makes up for some damage. Half of his 12 walks against Detroit have gone to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Nolasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-17, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-15, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-11, double, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-11, double, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-14, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-9, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-7, 2 K’s)
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-8, triple, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-3, double, walk)

P: Mike Pelfrey


  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (0-for-3, K vs. Pelfrey)
  4. Miguel Sano, 3B
  5. Byung Ho Park, DH
  6. Osvaldo Arcia, RF
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C
  9. Eddie Rosario, LF

P: Ricky Nolasco

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

TIGERS (career numbers off Tyler Duffey)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-6)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-5, double, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-5, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-6, K)
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-6, 2 doubles, K)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Jordan Zimmermann

TWINS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Miguel Sano, RF
  5. Byung Ho Park, 1B
  6. Eduardo Escobar, SS (0-for-2, walk)
  7. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  8. Eddie Rosario, LF
  9. John Ryan Murphy, C

P: Tyler Duffey


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