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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Alex Avila sits today after leaving last night’s game following a ball off his mask. Bryan Holaday catches Justin Verlander for the eighth time in 28 starts this season.

TIGERS (career numbers off Salazar)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, HR)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-7, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (3-for-8, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-3, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (10-for-27, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (17-for-48, double, triple, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (8-for-40, double, 4 HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-29, double, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (7-for-21, 2 doubles, K)
  7. Yan Gomes, C (2-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Jason Giambi, DH (4-for-22, 2 HR, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
  9. Zach Walters, RF

P: Danny Salazar

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

Labor Day lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera returns to the Tigers lineup as the designated hitter. Considering he’s 15-for-28 with three home runs (I know, I know, the power’s different now) for his career off Indians starter Corey Kluber, it’s a bigger addition than usual for the Detroiters. Victor Martinez is the first baseman today. Ezequiel Carrera gets the start in center field.

The Indians, as you might have heard, got home in the wee hours of the morning after their Sunday night game in Kansas City was delayed and then suspended by rain in the 10th inning. Everybody in their starting lineup today played last night, though Lonnie Chisenhall was limited to a pinch-hit appearance and a go-ahead two-run double in the 10th.

Today’s game is on ESPN nationally once the Phillies and Braves are done, so if you’re outside of Detroit and Cleveland, you can catch it. If you’re in Michigan, you can tune in on Fox Sports Detroit as usual.

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

TIGERS (career numbers off Kluber)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-16, double, 6 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (15-for-28, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-21, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-7, double)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-10, double, 4 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-17, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (1-for-5, walk, K)
  9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF

P: David Price

INDIANS (career numbers against Price)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (1-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (1-for-10, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (5-for-12, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (5-for-19, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Jesus Aguilar, DH
  9. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (1-for-3, HR)

P: Corey Kluber

How September call-ups fit into Tigers roster

The reinforcements are coming. But can they help the Tigers through the final four weeks of this division race?

The optimistic answer is yes. As the 19-inning loss in Toronto showed, every little bit can make a big difference in a close game, and the Tigers are likely to have a slew of them down the stretch. The realistic answer is that there’s a limit.

Steven Moya can’t make up for a hobbled Miguel Cabrera, and it’s not fair to think that he could. After all, he hasn’t played above Double-A ball, and he had a 161-to-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio there.

Moya can, however, give an opposing manager something to think about when he looks down the Tigers lineup in the late innings and debates whether to throw in a right-handed specialist to face, say, Rajai Davis.

“He brings power,” Brad Ausmus said. “He brings that threat off the bench to hit the ball 450 feet, and he can hit it to all fields. Opposing teams, opposing managers have to be aware of that. Even if he doesn’t actually get into a game, you have to know that he’s there.”

That’s kind of the theme on the positional players who are being called up, including catcher James McCann. If the Tigers saw them as potential starters down the stretch in a playoff race, they would’ve been called up by now.

McCann, in particular, is interesting, given his ability to hit left-handed pitching (.342 average at Triple-A Toledo). He has been praised for his work handling a pitching staff, and Kyle Ryan noted he kept a book on opposing hitters in Toledo to guide him on calling a game.

Starting out, at least, he appears to be the third catcher the Tigers traditionally call up for September. That said, Ausmus liked what he heard about him from Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish.

“LP really likes him,” Ausmus said, “says we won’t be disappointed in any way with how he works with pitchers. He takes a lot of pride in the defensive side of the game. He’s very solid behind the plate.”

Hernan Perez, who was up for the stretch run last year, appears to be in line for a similar utility infield role this time around, though it’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers give the right-handed hitter a spot start at short at some point (he hit .290 off righties this year with the Hens).

“Hernan Perez is a very versatile player,” Ausmus said. “He had a good year in Toledo. He can play anywhere in the infield.”

Ausmus remembers what he saw from Tyler Collins in limited playing time last year. He seemed to be the trickiest of the decisions, and it might well have hinged on Andy Dirks’ status trying to rehab from back surgery.

“If Dirks was here, I don’t know for sure, but there’s a possibility that one of the left-handed outfielders would not have been called up,” Ausmus said. “I don’t know that for sure.”

On the potential role, Ausmus said, “He doesn’t have quite the raw power that Moya has, but he has power. He can run a little bit, so he gives you that option of power and a little speed.”

Ausmus also noted that Collins could be useful as a defensive replacement in the corner spots.

As for the pitchers, it’s pretty straightforward, at least for now. Though the Tigers called up three pitchers who have started for them, they have one spot to fill. For now, that goes to Kyle Lobstein, coming off his six quality innings against the Yankees last Thursday.

Lobstein will start Tuesday in Cleveland. His spot comes up again next Sunday night against the Giants on ESPN. Whether Lobstein fills the spot likely depends on how he fares Tuesday.

“Lobstein’s the fifth guy right now,” said Ausmus. “We’ll see how Lobber, how Kyle throws and we’ll go from there.”

Ray and Ryan become relievers for now. That could free up Blaine Hardy to be used in a more versatile role, beyond long relief.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

Brad Ausmus didn’t wait before deciding on giving Miguel Cabrera the day off. He’s not sitting him for a stretch, but he considers him a day-to-day situation.

Unless the matchup dictates otherwise, Ausmus said, look for Don Kelly to start at first base most days when Cabrera does not. He’s there today, with Victor Martinez at DH.

The White Sox traded Adam Dunn to Oakland this morning, so their offense will have one less slugger for Rick Porcello. Andy Wilkins gets the start at first base, with Jose Abreu at DH. Leury Garcia starts at shortstop with Alexei Ramirez off.

TIGERS (career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (9-for-23, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-14, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  3. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-20, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-15)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-5, triple, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-8, 3 K’s)
  7. Don Kelly, 1B
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1)
  9. Bryan Holaday, C (1-for-5, walk, K)

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX (career numbers against Porcello)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (1-for-3, triple, K)
  2. Carlos Sanchez, 2B
  3. Jose Abreu, DH (1-for-3, HR)
  4. Avisail Garcia, RF (5-for-10, K)
  5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (9-for-20, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Dayan Viciedo, LF (6-for-26, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Andy Wilkins, 1B
  8. Tyler Flowers, C (0-for-11, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  9. Leury Garcia, SS (1-for-7, 4 K’s)

P: Jose Quintana

Ausmus: Sitting Cabrera for a stretch is an option

For now, Miguel Cabrera is day-to-day for the Tigers with his balky right ankle, which was bothering him well before he tried to beat out an infield single in the fourth inning Saturday night. It’s not yet clear if Cabrera will sit Sunday, because Cabrera didn’t want to be ruled out before seeing he how feels in the morning.

“As much as we use [the phrase] day-to-day, he literally is day-to-day,” Brad Ausmus said. “Some days he comes in and feels really good. Some days he comes in and it’s a little sore.”

And yet, the situation is serious enough that Ausmus said he has talked with Cabrera about sitting — not just for a day, but for a stretch of games.

“I’ve talked to him about that,” he said. “We talked about that in Detroit a couple days ago, so it’s a possibility. But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days, he said it felt really good. And then today it flared up again. Although we discussed it, I don’t know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and feels good.

“We really want Miggy in the lineup because he’s such a valuable part of the team, such a good player, and he’s just a presence being in the lineup. We obviously need him to be healthy, too, so it’s such a delicate balance. He’s pretty honest with me on how he feels. …

“I said to him, ‘If we think it’s necessary, we can do this.’ But he kind of balked at that.”

Cabrera referred all questions to Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, which is consistent with what he has done since the All-Star break.

Ausmus said he weighed whether to start Cabrera at first base until less than an hour before game time Saturday night. When Cabrera felt good taking swings and moving around, Ausmus wrote him in. If he hadn’t felt good, Ausmus said, he would have DH’ed.

“He’s not averse to DHing,” Ausmus said, “but generally speaking he would rather be in the field. … From my perspective, if Miggy tells me he’s OK, and we’ve got a young guy, a contact pitcher, on the mound [Saturday night with Kyle Ryan], I’d rather have Miggy at first for his defense.”

Saturday (Game 2) lineups: Tigers at White Sox

After some speculation that the Tigers might give Cabrera the night game or DH — or completely off — he’s in his usual spot at first base. The changes are Alex Avila behind the plate, Don Kelly at third in place of Nick Castellanos, Andrew Romine at short for Eugenio Suarez, and Ezequiel Carrera in the outfield in Torii Hunter’s place. Rajai Davis moves to leadoff, with Carrera batting ninth.

The White Sox put Paul Konerko at first base, Dayan Viciedo in left field, Adrian Nieto behind the plate and Leury Garcia at third.

TIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Don Kelly, 3B
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF

P: Kyle Ryan

WHITE SOX

  1. Adam Eaton, CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jose Abreu, DH
  4. Avisail Garcia, RF
  5. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. Carlos Sanchez, 2B
  8. Adrian Nieto, C
  9. Leury Garcia, 3B

P: Chris Bassitt

Saturday (Game 1) lineups: Tigers at White Sox

Brad Ausmus says he doesn’t have a set plan on how he’ll settle his lineup for Game 2 (it’ll depend in part on how the opener goes), but his Game 1 lineup against Chris Sale is fairly predictable. Bryan Holaday gets the start at catcher (left-handed hitters are batting .150 off Sale this year). Rajai Davis is back in the lineup in center.

The only change in the White Sox lineup from last night is that Jose Abreu will DH the day game, giving Adam Dunn a start at first base. Abreu had two errors last night, but he likely would’ve DHed one of these games regardless.

TIGERS (career numbers against Sale)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-17, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (5-for-20, double, triple, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, 2 HR, 6 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (13-for-25, 3 doubles, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-10, 4 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-6, 3 K’s)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C (1-for-2, K)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (3-for-8, double)

P: Max Scherzer

WHITE SOX (career numbers off Scherzer)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (2-for-8, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (7-for-54, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Jose Abreu, DH (2-for-13, double, 3 K’s)
  4. Adam Dunn, 1B (10-for-47, 3 HR, 5 walks, 23 K’s)
  5. Avisail Garcia, RF (2-for-6, triple, HR)
  6. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (3-for-15, double, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Alejandro De Aza, LF (11-for-40, double, HR, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
  8. Tyler Flowers, C (2-for-8, walk, 5 K’s)
  9. Carlos Sanchez, 2B

P: Chris Sale

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