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Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

The fact that Tyler Collins pinch-ran for Miguel Cabrera was a pretty good sign that Collins wasn’t going to miss a few days as feared. He’s back in the Tigers lineup against former teammate Rick Porcello, who makes his first start at Comerica Park since being traded to Boston two years ago.

Justin Upton, meanwhile, has one more day out of the starting lineup to clear his head and work on his swing mechanics with Wally Joyner and David Newhan. Brad Ausmus has said he’d like to get him a complete day off, but late-game situations have led to him entering the last two games as a replacement for Collins and a pinch-runner for Victor Martinez.

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-17, 2 doubles, triple, K)
  2. Erick Aybar, SS (5-for-27, double, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, K)
  6. Tyler Collins, CF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Michael Fulmer

oldredsoxlogoRED SOX (numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (1-for-3, HR)
  2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (1-for-3, HR)
  3. David Ortiz, DH (0-for-3, K)
  4. Mookie Betts, RF (1-for-4, triple, K)
  5. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (0-for-3)
  6. Sandy Leon, C (1-for-2, double)
  7. Hanley Ramirez, 1B
  8. Brock Holt, 3B (1-for-3)
  9. Andrew Benintendi, LF

P: Rick Porcello

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Miguel Cabrera returns to the Tigers lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with a strained left biceps. He’s in his customary spot, while Erick Aybar makes his Tigers debut at shortstop and bats second.

On the flip side, Justin Upton gets a day out of the lineup amidst a 1-for-30 slump that has dropped his average from .241 on Aug. 8 to .226, his lowest level in two months. Tyler Collins shifts from center field to left, while Andrew Romine gets the start in center against Yordano Ventura. Steven Moya is available to hit off the bench, who appears to be his primary role after the Tigers optioned lefty Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Aybar on the 25-man roster.

The Royals give Salvador Perez a game out of the lineup. He’s 4-for-20 for his career against Anibal Sanchez, who will try to show the form he cultivated in starts here last homestand rather than the form that yielded four home runs last Friday at Texas.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ventura)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-23, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-16, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-22, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-13, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF (3-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-8, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF (2-for-9, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

royalsbigrlogoROYALS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Paulo Orlando, CF (3-for-6, double, K)
  2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (0-for-1)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (7-for-27, double, HR, K)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (10-for-34, 3 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (5-for-18, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (5-for-18, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Alcides Escobar, SS (9-for-33, HR, 5 K’s)
  8. Drew Butera, C (1-for-5, HR, K)
  9. Raul Mondesi, 2B

P: Yordano Ventura

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

No Miguel Cabrera in the Tigers lineup tonight as he deals with a left biceps strain. Brad Ausmus said he had to convince Cabrera that an day of caution was the best course. Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts at first base over Andrew Romine. Tyler Collins starts in center against left-hander Danny Duffy, but he’ll bat ninth in the lineup. Essentially, it’s a start for defensive purposes, though Mike Aviles is 5-for-18 off Duffy. Casey McGehee moves up to second, as he did Saturday against Cole Hamels.

The Royals lineup has a lot of history against Justin Verlander. His 30 strikeouts of Alex Gordon are the most by any active pitcher against an active player in the Majors at this point, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Danny Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-23, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Casey McGehee, 3B
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-28, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-14, HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  6. James McCann, C (2-for-11, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B (1-for-1, HR)
  8. Dixon Machado, SS (0-for-2, K)
  9. Tyler Collins, CF (1-for-5)

P: Justin Verlander

royalsscriptROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Paulo Orlando, CF (2-for-6, double, triple, K)
  2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (0-for-5, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (9-for-30, 2 doubles, HR, 6 K’s)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (19-for-74, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 5 walks, 14 K’s)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (13-for-40, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 11 K’s)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (23-for-49, 8 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  7. Alex Gordon, LF (17-for-83, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 12 walks, 30 K’s)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (14-for-73, 4 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Raul Mondesi, 2B

P: Danny Duffy

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Weather permitting, Dixon Machado will return to the Tigers lineup tonight against Ian Kennedy, who has put up 19 1/3 innings of two-run ball over his last few starts but has never earned a win over Detroit. Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler have owned Kennedy in small sample sizes. Casey McGehee has not, but all but one of his at-bats against Kennedy happened in 2014 or earlier.

In case anyone forgot over the last few weeks, Salvador Perez is 16-for-39 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in as many games off Tigers pitching this season.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ian Kennedy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-12, 4 doubles, HR, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF (0-for-2)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-12, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-12, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-11, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (1-for-12, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2)
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Daniel Norris

sluggerrrrROYALS (career numbers off Norris)

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

P: Ian Kennedy

Amidst talk of limits, Michael Fulmer just keeps pitching

The debate continues of whether and how the Tigers should watch Fulmer’s innings. Fulmer’s response is to keep delivering innings worth watching.

“He’s making it increasingly difficult to keep his innings down,” manager Brad Ausmus deadpanned.

Games like Sunday are why Ausmus and Tigers management are having to think outside of innings on limits with regards to Fulmer’s workload. This is the same organization where Rick Porcello pitched eight innings only once as a rookie and didn’t get a shot at a complete game until 2014, his final season in Detroit. But when Michael Fulmer finished his eighth inning Sunday, Ausmus said, he had no thoughts of taking him out.

Why would he? Fulmer had gone eight innings in just 94 pitches. He not only had a good chance at his first professional shutout, he had an outside chance at a Maddux, a shutout in less than 100 pitches.

“After I came out of the eighth, I just did my normal thing and sat down,” Fulmer said, “and Brad never came and got me. So the mindset was just [on] staying focused and go back out for the ninth and try to get a win for the team.”

Said Ausmus: “I didn’t even think twice about it.”

He was not thinking about it, by all indications, when Nomar Mazara singled to lead off the inning on Fulmer’s 99th pitch.

“I looked back at the dugout to see if Brad was coming out, and he wasn’t,” Fulmer admitted. “So I was like, ‘All right, let’s get a ground-ball double play here. That’ll save a few pitches.’ Wasn’t able to do that. I didn’t make things any easier by falling behind I think on every guy that inning. But the defense played great.”

Tyler Collins caught Shin-Soo Choo’s line drive for the second out, but the key was Ian Desmond, who had a 3-0 count and the chance to push Fulmer further when Fulmer got back into the at-bat and put him away with a slider to chase.

“I get to 3-0 and I’m [thinking], ‘Well, he’s probably not swinging,'” Fulmer said. “I just threw strike one. He took the two-seam down and the umpire called it a strike. From there, he wasn’t going to go down looking.”

Ausmus wasn’t taking him after the single, but he said later he had in mind that Carlos Beltran — the fourth batter of the inning — was going to be his last. At 110 pitches, Fulmer needed two more to retire him.

That put Fulmer at 120 innings in Detroit this season. Add in his Triple-A Toledo work before the call-up, and he’s at 135 1/3 innings combined this season. He threw 124 2/3 innings last year.

Now comes the aftermath. Fulmer’s next turn in the rotation comes Friday against the Red Sox, whose team president, Dave Dombrowski, pulled off the trade to bring Fulmer to Detroit. After that, he’ll likely get a longer rest.

“We have an off-day coming up [next] Monday, and there’s a pretty good chance we’ll do something in terms of moving where he pitches,” Ausmus said. “[Pitching coach] Rich Dubee will sit down and look at it and map it out.

“We’re going to have to do something, push him back, skip him, something, at some point. If he keeps pitching like this, we might have to do it more than once, because we’d like to have him around all the way through.”

The trick with that, the Tigers say, is that the innings are coming so easily for him. He’s averaging 15.14 pitches per inning, the 13th-lowest average among qualified Major League starters. He averaged 12.4 pitches per inning Sunday.

“Like I said before, we don’t really have a hard cap,” Ausmus said. “I think his body type could handle a little bit more of an increase than a normal guy could. And again, I know he threw 112 pitches, but really, he doesn’t have very stressful innings very often. He’s usually pretty low pitch count. There’s something to be said for that.”

Said Fulmer: “All I know is I feel good right now. I can’t control the future. I don’t know how I’m going to feel in the future. I could feel this good at 200 innings, who knows, but all I can do is control the present and keep pitching every fifth day and hopefully staying healthy every fifth game.”

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop, while Tyler Collins returns to center field against A.J. Griffin.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Griffin)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-15, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-10, double, 2 HR, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-7, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-1, walk, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-7, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

trlogoRANGERS

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  2. Ian Desmond, CF
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s vs. Fulmer)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  8. Jurickson Profar, SS
  9. Nomar Mazara, LF

P: A.J. Griffin

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

Dixon Machado gets the start at shortstop in his first game back up in place of Jose Iglesias, but that’s just the start of the adjustments tonight. With lefty Cole Hamels on the mound, Casey McGehee moves up to the second spot in the order.

“Someone’s gotta hit second. He gives you a good at-bat,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Mike Aviles, 3-for-7 with two home runs off Hamels, gets the expected start, but in center field rather than short. It’ll be his fifth career Major League start in center, and his first since Aug. 28 of last season.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit with runs, scoring runs,” Ausmus said. “He’s had a little bit of success against Hamels. I’d talked to him in Seattle about working in center. He’s played center before. We’ll try to squeeze a little bit more offense out of it today.”

With Matt Boyd on the mound, Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start against the lefty; he has two homers against Hamels.

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tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Hamels)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-12, K)
  2. Casey McGehee, 3B (7-for-24, double, HR, 3 walks)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-15, 2 doubles, triple, 6 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-17, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (11-for-38, 4 doubles, HR, 13 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, CF (3-for-7, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (5-for-19, double, 2 HR, 7 K’s)
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Matt Boyd

oldrangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers off Boyd)

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (1-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Desmond, CF
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (3-for-7, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Beltran, DH (1-for-3)
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B (2-for-6, double, HR, K)
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (3-for-8, double, HR)
  8. Jurickson Profar, LF
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS (2-for-5)

P: Cole Hamels

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Rangers

As you probably have heard by now, Jose Iglesias was originally in the Tigers lineup. Then he went out on the field to run and test his left hamstring, which he tweaked on a close play at first base during his pinch-hit appearance Wednesday. The hamstring grabbed at him, he said, and now he’s on the disabled list. Every indication points to Dixon Machado getting a call up in his place, but for now, the Tigers are going with a nine-man bullpen, having recalled the just-demoted Warwick Saupold, and starting Andrew Romine at short tonight (weather permitting) against Yu Darvish.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Darvish)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, double, walk, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-15, 3 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-6, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (1-for-4)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

rangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers against Sanchez)

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (5-for-17, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Desmond, CF (8-for-30, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH (7-for-24, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (7-for-10, 2 doubles, K)
  5. Rougned Odor, 2B (0-for-4, K)
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C (2-for-6, K)
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (2-for-6, double, HR, walk, K)
  8. Nomar Mazara, LF
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS (3-for-16, triple, 3 K’s)

P: Yu Darvish

 

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Cameron Maybin is officially on the disabled list. Since the move is retroactive to last Thursday, he’ll be eligible to return a week from Friday. Instead of calling up another position player as expected, the Tigers called up Warwick Saupold to have a fresh arm in the bullpen after last night’s 15-inning marathon sapped most of Detroit’s relief corps.

Also getting a break with Jose Iglesias, who played all 15 innings Tuesday night, as well as every inning of every game since July 21. It also probably doesn’t hurt that Mike Aviles, who did not play last night, is 7-for-20 with a pair of doubles off Felix Hernandez.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hernandez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (19-for-80, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 11 walks, 13 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-26, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-24, HR, 4 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-6, double, walk, K)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS (7-for-20, 2 doubles, 5 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

marinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Nori Aoki, LF (5-for-16, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Seth Smith, RF (4-for-27, HR, 7 walks, 9 K’s)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (11-for-51, 3 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (8-for-37, double, 3 HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (6-for-12, 3 doubles, 2 HR, walk)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (5-for-23, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  7. Mike Zunino, C (0-for-2, K)
  8. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-10, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Ketel Marte, SS (2-for-3, double)

P: Felix Hernandez

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

As you probably heard by now, Cameron Maybin is headed to the disabled list with what the Tigers are calling a grade 2 sprain of his left thumb (second opinion pending to make sure). No word yet on who would be called up, other than manager Brad Ausmus reportedly saying it’ll most likely be a position player. For today, it means Andrew Romine gets the start in center against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

The M’s, meanwhile, return shortstop Ketel Marte from the disabled list. He’s batting ninth tonight in a quite different lineup compared to last night’s series opener.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. LeBlanc)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-19, double, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (3-for-4, double, HR)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Daniel Norris

oldmarinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers off Norris)

  1. Guillermo Heredia, LF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (1-for-2, HR)
  5. Dae-ho Lee, 1B (0-for-2, K)
  6. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-3, K)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-2, HR, K)
  8. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-2, HR)
  9. Ketel Marte, SS

P: Wade LeBlanc