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Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

Not back on the beat until tomorrow, but posting lineups while traveling after draft duty and off-time kept me away for a few days. Victor Martinez had knee issues while I was away and remains out. Given Martinez’s numbers against Chris Sale, that’s a sign of at least some seriousness. Justin Upton gets a night at DH, with Mike Aviles — back in the lineup after injuring his wrist yesterday — starting in left. Other than that, pretty standard lineup.

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tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sale)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-31, 2 HR, 5 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-4)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-36, 2 HR, 9 walks, 12 K’s)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-19, walk, 10 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (7-for-24, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 3 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, DH
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Mike Aviles, LF (6-for-34, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-14, double, K)

P: Mike Pelfrey

whitelogo1939logoWHITE SOX (career numbers opposite Pelfrey)

  1. Tim Anderson, SS
  2. Adam Eaton, RF (4-for-10, triple)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (4-for-11, double)
  4. Melky Cabrera, LF (7-for-25, double, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Todd Frazier, 3B (2-for-5, walk, K)
  6. Dioner Navarro, C (2-for-6)
  7. Brett Lawrie, 2B (1-for-8, K)
  8. Avisail Garcia, DH (6-for-15, double, K)
  9. J.B. Shuck, CF (1-for-8)

P: Chris Sale

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

Cameron Maybin is out of the lineup again as Brad Ausmus keeps an eye on Maybin’s sore left wrist. Add in Thursday’s off-day, and he’ll have three days without having to swing a bat before Friday night’s series opener at Yankee Stadium. Justin Upton, who played center field in Baltimore, shifts over at more spacious Comerica Park, with Mike Aviles starting in left. Andrew Romine, who started in center field at last night, is starting at first base. Miguel Cabrera gets a game at DH with Victor Martinez off.

The Jays make a couple changes with the day game after a night game. Former (albeit brief) Tiger Ezequiel Carrera starts in left field for Michael Saunders, while Devon Travis gets a day off. Darwin Barney moves over to second with Ryan Goins starting at short. Josh Thole, 8-for-20 off Jordan Zimmermann from their NL East days, starts for Russell Martin with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound.

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tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Rickey)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-19, 3 HR, walk, K)
  2. Mike Aviles, LF (1-for-3, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (7-for-27, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-10, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-11, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, CF (2-for-11, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-6, triple, K)
  8. Andrew Romine, 1B (1-for-3, walk)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-4, double, walk)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

jaylogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Jose Bautista, RF (1-for-4)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (1-for-4)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (0-for-0, walk)
  4. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  5. Kevin Pillar, CF
  6. Ezequiel Carrera, LF (1-for-2)
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B (4-for-15, double, triple, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Ryan Goins, SS (0-for-2)
  9. Josh Thole, C (8-for-20, walk, K)

P: R.A. Dickey

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

Cameron Maybin gets his first day off since coming back from the disabled list in mid-May. Brad Ausmus mentioned that the wrist soreness that bothered Maybin last week in Anaheim flared up a little bit again. With no Steven Moya to slot into a corner spot, there’s no advantage playing Justin Upton in center. Thus, Andrew Romine gets his second start in center. With the lineup clicking, Brad Ausmus opts to keep everyone where they’re at and slot Romine where Maybin had been, batting second between Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera.

The Jays have pretty much the same lineup, with the only change being Russell Martin and Michael Saunders switching spots in the batting order.

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Aaron Sanchez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3)
  2. Andrew Romine, CF (0-for-1)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-2, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1)
  7. Justin Upton, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Matt Boyd

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers against Boyd)

  1. Jose Bautista, RF (1-for-2, HR, walk)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (1-for-3, HR)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (1-for-2, double, walk, K)
  4. Russell Martin, C
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Michael Saunders, LF
  7. Devon Travis, 2B
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF (1-for-3)
  9. Darwin Barney, SS

P: Aaron Sanchez

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Blue Jays

As expected, Cameron Maybin remains in the second spot of a familiar looking lineup. On the Jays side, Jose Bautista has been batting leadoff for the last couple weeks, giving Michael Fulmer a power bat to face from the get-go in his latest start.

Meanwhile, former Tigers prospect Devon Travis gets the start at second base at Comerica Park. Travis was traded after the 2014 season to Toronto for Anthony Gose, who will now be backing up prospect JaCoby Jones in center field at Triple-A Toledo after Jones was promoted last night.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off J.A. Happ)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, triple, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-7, double, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-5)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-7, 2 walks)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-6, double, walk, K)
  7. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-5, triple, HR, walk)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-4, double, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-3, double, walk)

P: Michael Fulmer

jayslogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Jose Bautista, RF
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  4. Michael Saunders, LF
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Devon Travis, 2B
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Darwin Barney, SS

P: J.A. Happ

Tigers promote JaCoby Jones to Triple-A Toledo

The future isn’t quite now yet for Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones, but he’s about to take one big step closer to the big leagues. The organization promoted the multi-position slugger, the Tigers’ eighth-ranked prospect by MLB.com, from Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo, where he’s expected to settle into center field as his primary position.

The move, first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, happened after the Mud Hens’ doubleheader Sunday night. Wynton Bernard, who made an impression in Tigers Spring Training the last two years, was sent back to Toledo to Erie to make room, along with outfielder Jason Krizan.

Jones, who turned 24 years old last month, played just 20 games at Erie this year after serving out the final 39 games of the suspension he received last fall for testing positive for a substance of abuse. He batted .312 (24-for-89) with six doubles, two tirples, four home runs and 20 RBIs. His 10 walks boosted his on-base percentage to .393, part of a .991 OPS.

Jones had just been promoted to Double-A when the Tigers acquired him from the Pirates for Joakim Soria, one of Dave Dombrowski’s final deals as team president/general manager. He played 37 games in Erie down the stretch, all of them at shortstop, then went to the Arizona Fall League to start the transition to third base.

Though Jones is a strong 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he has the athleticism to play several different positions. The Tigers kept their options open with him by having him split his time in Erie between third base and center field the last few weeks. However, Jones will serve as the primary center fielder with the Mud Hens, though he’ll still get some sporadic time at third supporting Casey McGehee.

That shift has short and long-term ramifications on Anthony Gose, who went from Opening Day center fielder in Detroit in April to Toledo by mid-May to now an extra outfielder with the Mud Hens. He entered Monday batting .207 (34-for-164) at Toledo with three doubles, three triples, two homers, 17 walks and 71 strikeouts. He has fanned in 38 percent of his plate appearances.

Meanwhile, Cameron Maybin has taken over in center fielder in Detroit and given the Tigers an infusion of energy, batting .414 (29-for-70) through Sunday with 15 runs scored and nine RBIs. The Tigers have a $9 million option on Maybin for next year, the final part of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Padres before the 2012 season.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Alex Avila caught Justin Verlander for the better part of seven seasons, but he’s hitting against him today, batting eighth in the White Sox lineup. Adam Eaton takes over in center field for J.B. Shuck, with Jason Coats and Avisail Garcia flanking him.

On the Tigers side, the lineup is back to full strength, but the batting order is tweaked. Cameron Maybin remains in the second spot, with J.D. Martinez fifth. Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton move down to sixth and seventh, respectively. Brad Ausmus isn’t committing to it full-time, but as long as Maybin is hitting, he’s going with it.

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS
(career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (10-for-33, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-33, 4 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (13-for-30, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-20, triple, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (8-for-23, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-7, triple, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-11, double, 2 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

whitelogo1939logoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (7-for-21, 2 doubles, triple, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Jason Coats, LF
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (8-for-21, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Todd Frazier, 3B (1-for-3)
  5. Brett Lawrie, 2B (1-for-2, HR, walk)
  6. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-11, double, K)
  7. Jimmy Rollins, DH (0-for-4, K)
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, SS

P: Jose Quintana

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Miguel Cabrera is in the starting lineup at first base after leaving last night’s game with tightness in his lower back. Justin Upton gets the day off, shifting Mike Aviles to left field for the matchup with Chris Sale. That leaves Cameron Maybin in the second spot and J.D. Martinez fifth, with Nick Castellanos returning to the lineup in the sixth spot. For what it’s worth, Ausmus said he hasn’t decided yet whether to keep Maybin in the second spot once the cycle of days off ends and the Tigers lineup returns to full strength.

The White Sox called up outfielder Jason Coats from Triple-A Charlotte, where he was batting .335 with seven home runs. He goes straight into the starting lineup against Mike Pelfrey.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Sale)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-27, 2 HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-33, 2 HR, 9 walks, 12 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (16-for-34, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-22, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-16, walk, 10 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-8, 3 K’s)
  8. Mike Aviles, LF (5-for-31, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-11, K)

P: Mike Pelfrey

WHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Pelfrey)

  1. Adam Eaton, RF (2-for-7)
  2. Tyler Saladino, SS
  3. Todd Frazier, 3B (1-for-3)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (3-for-8, double)
  5. J.B. Shuck, CF (1-for-5)
  6. Brett Lawrie, 2B (1-for-5, K)
  7. Jimmy Rollins, DH (14-for-47, triple, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Jason Coats, LF
  9. Dioner Navarro, C (2-for-4)

P: Chris Sale

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox


Day off for Nick Castellanos after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout game Thursday night. Mike Aviles gets his second consecutive start after going 2-for-4 with a double. Aviles also has more at-bats against Carlos Rodon than anyone else on the Tigers roster (granted, it’s still just seven at-bats). With Castellanos sitting, J.D. Martinez moves back to the fifth spot in the batting order behind Victor Martinez, allowing Cameron Maybin to hit second.

On the White Sox side, Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate in his return to Comerica Park.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Rodon)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-2, double, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, HR)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Mike Aviles, 3B (3-for-7)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-2)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

whitesoxlogoWHITE SOX (career numbers off Zimmermann)

  1. Adam Eaton, RF
  2. Tyler Saladino, SS
  3. Todd Frazier, 3B (2-for-8, 3 K’s)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B
  5. J.B. Shuck, CF
  6. Brett Lawrie, 2B
  7. Jimmy Rollins, DH (8-for-35, 2 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Avisail Garcia, LF
  9. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Carlos Rodon

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

Brad Ausmus had talked earlier in the week about possibly working his bench with the turnaround from this getaway day on the West Coast to Thursday’s makeup game against the Yankees barely 24 hours later. With the Tigers looking to avoid a sweep and looking for offense against Matt Shoemaker, the only lineup change Wednesday is Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate. Miguel Cabrera gets a day at DH, with Victor Martinez starting at first base. Cameron Maybin returns to the lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game as a precaution with left wrist soreness.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Shoemaker)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-9, double, K)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-7, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (1-for-9, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (0-for-6, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, K)
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-1, 2 walks)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-3, walk)

P: Michael Fulmer

angelscalilogoANGELS

  1. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
  2. Kole Calhoun, RF
  3. Mike Trout, DH
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B
  5. Jefry Marte, 3B
  6. Rafael Ortega, LF
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Shane Robinson, CF
  9. Gregorio Petit, SS

P: Matt Shoemaker

Tigers shift Sanchez to bullpen

Anibal Sanchez is heading to the bullpen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Wednesday that they’re pulling the struggling starter out of their rotation and moving him to relief while they try to work him through his season-long struggles.

It’s not necessarily a permanent move, Ausmus cautioned. At the same time, it comes with no assurance that he’ll rejoin the rotation.

“He definitely could work his way back into the starting rotation,” Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon. “But right now, there’s nothing promised. If people in the rotation are pitching well, they’re going to stay there. Hopefully he can get himself right and/or become a valuable part of our bullpen.”

The shift comes after Sanchez gave up three home runs in as many innings against the Angels Tuesday night. Detroit’s comeback left Sanchez with a no-decision for three innings of six-run ball, but it didn’t delay Detroit’s decision on him.

The numbers are startling for a pitcher who led the American League in ERA in 2013. Sanchez is 3-6 with a 6.67 ERA in 11 starts this season, allowing 66 hits over 56 1/3 innings. Fourteen of those hits have been home runs, most among AL pitchers and second only to former teammate Max Scherzer for the Major League lead.

Sanchez has given up 43 homers over 213 2/3 innings since the start of last season. His adjustments to try to keep his pitches down haven’t worked, including a simpler delivery they abandoned a month ago. Now, instead of tweaking during side session between starts, he’ll be doing more actual game work.

“As opposed to pitching on Monday and then not being in a game again until Saturday, you might pitch Tuesday and Wednesday, off Thursday, pitch Friday,” Ausmus said. “So you end up working your delivery more frequently over a span of time, as opposed to all in one day and then sitting. So the repetitiveness of that on a daily basis can help.”

Realistically, it was one of the few options the Tigers had. Sanchez could decline any minor-league assignment, and he has said all season that he’s healthy, which rules out a stint on the disabled list. He’s under contract through next season on the five-year, $80 million deal he signed after the 2012 season.

Sanchez, who said after Tuesday’s loss that his pitching wasn’t competitive, took the news in stride.

“It’s a different process than I’m used to,” Sanchez said. “Now I need to work for something, and I’m ready for it. I’m healthy. That’s the important thing right now. My head’s going to be up and I do what I can control to be back in the rotation.”

Who will take Sanchez’s rotation spot isn’t yet clear. His turn would’ve come up Monday against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park, but the Tigers can move up rookie Michael Fulmer to start on his regular four days’ rest. Matt Boyd, scheduled to make another spot start Thursday against the Yankees, could stick in the rotation, or the Tigers could move Shane Greene into his old starting role when he returns from the 15-day disabled list in the coming days.

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