Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians


Jarrod Saltalamacchia hasn’t caught a Justin Verlander start since June 26, when the Indians put up eight runs and four homers off of him. However, with neither catcher hitting Carlos Carrasco in their careers (0-for-10 for McCann), Saltalamacchia gets the start today. Andrew Romine gets another start at third base.

The forecast will be just as interesting as the matchup. There’s a line of rain stretching from eastern Canada to Tennessee, and while Cleveland might avoid the worst of it, it’s still going to get rain. It’s more a matter of when than if, and whether they have to delay the game to avoid both teams losing their starting pitchers after an inning or two.

If and when this game gets going, it’ll be on FS1, not Fox Sports Detroit. Former Tigers pitcher C.J. Nitkowski is on the broadcast.

Gameday | TV: FS1, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-32, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-7, double, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (10-for-31, double, HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-29, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (7-for-19, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-9, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-4, 3 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (1-for-5, double)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-13, double, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

clevelandblueslogoINDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (13-for-61, 2 doubles, 7 HR, 7 walks, 14 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (5-for-47, double, 8 walks, 14 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (7-for-15, double, triple, HR, walk, K)
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (11-for-36, double, 3 HR, 7 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (6-for-17, 3 doubles, walk, K)
  6. Coco Crisp, LF (11-for-43, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Tyler Naquin, CF (2-for-7, HR, 3 K’s)
  8. Abraham Almonte, RF (2-for-5, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Roberto Perez, C (1-for-3, K)

P: Carlos Carrasco

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians


Cameron Maybin returns to the lineup after a one-day break, but Jose Iglesias is out for the series opener at Cleveland. (UPDATE: Just a day off, not an injury for Iglesias, who had started each of Detroit’s last 15 games and played all but three innings of those games)

Iglesias is 1-for-9 lifetime off Indians starter Corey Kluber, but so is Andrew Romine, who gets the start at third base. Erick Aybar, by contrast, is 5-for-12 against Kluber. Miguel Cabrera is a .500 hitter with five home runs for his career off Kluber, but just 1-for-7 off him this year and 8-for-39 with no extra-base hits against Cleveland this year.

The Indians do not bring Yan Gomes back after a setback in his rehab. Even with Roberto Perez behind the plate, though, Cleveland sends a formidable lineup at Michael Fulmer, the only Tigers pitcher to beat the Indians so far this season.

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-27, triple, walk, 7 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (21-for-42, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-32, 3 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-21, double, HR, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-7, double, 4 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, SS (5-for-12, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk)
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B (1-for-9, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (2-for-5, double, walk, K)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (2-for-5, double, K)
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (2-for-6, HR)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (1-for-2, double, walk)
  6. Coco Crisp, LF (1-for-4, double)
  7. Tyler Naquin, CF (1-for-2)
  8. Abraham Almonte, CF
  9. Roberto Perez, C

P: Corey Kluber

Pelfrey on Dozier: “Maybe I should’ve been more careful”

The second-inning pitch that Brian Dozier lined into left field for a two-run single and a 4-0 Twins lead Thursday was below the knees but over the plate. It was pretty much the pitch that Mike Pelfrey and James McCann wanted in that situation if they were going to pitch to the Twins All-Star leadoff man.

“I thought it was a good pitch, if I’m going to go after him,” Pelfrey said.

The “if” part came up more after the game than the pitch.

Dozier stepped to the plate with a 2-0 Twins lead, runners at second and third with two outs, Pelfrey trying to get out of a four-hit and left-hander Blaine Hardy warming up in the Tigers bullpen. On deck was switch-hitter Jorge Polanco, who fell a triple shy of the cycle in Tuesday’s Twins win.

Polanco entered the day batting 18-for-45 (.400) against lefties, including three hits off Matt Boyd on Tuesday. Manager Brad Ausmus, asked about the situation, did not want him to face another lefty with an RBI situation.

“I was going to bring in the lefty at that point,” Ausmus said, “and Polanco’s a better right-handed hitter.”

The strategy suggested he didn’t want Pelfrey to face Polanco with the bases loaded, either. He was willing to take his chances with Dozier to avoid that, at least in the early stages of the game.

“Bases loaded, you also leave yourself nowhere to maneuver,” Ausmus said. “A walk is a run. Anything’s a run. Early in the game, you expect to score some runs. We scored one run. …

“Generally, you don’t want the main guy to beat you. That early in the game, I’m not overly concerned about it.”

That said, McCann indicated Polanco’s presence wasn’t a primary concern.

“Honestly, I know Polanco’s had some hits against us, but Dozier’s so hot right now,” McCann said. “He wasn’t the guy that we wanted to beat us. We wanted to make Polanco continue to swing the bat. You look at Dozier’s year, especially what he’s done since the All-Star break, that’s the guy you can’t let beat you.”

Pelfrey put Dozier in an 0-2 hole on sinkers in the first inning before getting him to ground out. Once Dozier shrugged at two sliders off the plate, the situation was reversed, and Pelfrey had a decision to make with a 2-0 count.

“Yeah, probably not the smartest thing that I fell behind on two sliders,” Pelfrey said. “I threw a split that he swung through, came back with a heater, he swung through that, and we got back to 2-2.”

The 2-0 splitter was around the same location was the 2-2 splitter. The 2-1 fastball was over the plate, a challenge pitch. The Twins had an approach of making Pelfrey throw the fastball, but Dozier swung through it.

Pelfrey had a pitch to play with at 2-2. He went back to the splitter down, but not down enough to get out of Dozier’s reach. Pelfrey, who has been prone to self-criticism, second-guessed himself.

“Maybe I should’ve been more careful and walked him,” he said. “I didn’t think that split was necessarily a bad pitch, but he’s maybe the hottest hitter on the planet, and he obviously made me pay for it. That’s obviously — 4-0 compared to 2-0 is obviously a big deficit. Maybe I should’ve been a little smarter. …

“Maybe I should’ve been smarter. Again, he’s the hottest hitter on the planet. Maybe I should’ve walked him with first base open and tried to go after Polanco. But you get in the game, you get caught up in going after guys. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing in hindsight.”

McCann wasn’t so tough on the intent, focusing more on the pitch.

“He hit it off the end of the bat and blooped it in,” he said. “Yeah, maybe we try to get him to fish and it’s a different ballgame, different at-bat. But it wasn’t like we grooved him a heater and said, ‘Here you go, hit it.’ We were trying to work the count to make him hit our pitch.”

The difference, Ausmus, was the result.

“If he grounds out to third, you don’t even ask the question,” Ausmus said. “It’s all results-oriented. He got a hit. It was actually not well-hit, kind of a soft liner, simple as that.”

Miguel Cabrera: “Detroit, stay positive”

Those words in the headline were the parting words from Miguel Cabrera after his postgame interview, following a 9-6 win over the Twins in which he provided the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. The victory moved the Tigers within a game of the Blue Jays for an AL Wild Card spot, keeping fuel in the Tigers’ playoff chase.

“You play for this. You’ve a chance to make the playoffs. Hopefully we can finish strong and have a chance to play in the playoffs

“This is fun. This is fun. It doesn’t matter what people say, like ‘We’re not going to make it, we’re not going to do this.’ We hear a lot of bad things, but we’ve always got to stay positive. Let other people say the negative things, but we have to stay positive. It doesn’t matter if we lose or win. We have a chance, and we have to believe.”

It’s that latter part of the quote that was interesting, and unprompted. Several players have talked over the last few years about a feeling of negativity, including getting booed at home. Cabrera wasn’t referencing fan reaction at Comerica Park, but moreso on social media.

“I’ve been playing here a lot of years so I know how it works,” he said. “To me, it doesn’t matter what people say, but I’ve got a lot of new guys here. I don’t worry about that stuff, but they think about it and read that stuff. We need to stay positive and go out there and play.”

When he talked about reading, he at least referenced Twitter.

“Before the game, you can’t check Twitter,” he said.

The quotes were part of a bigger picture Cabrera discussed, about staying focused in the heat of a playoff race. He follows what’s going on with other teams, but he isn’t overly concerned about it, he said, preferring to focus on their own games.

“I always believe if you win games, you don’t have to worry about other teams,” he said. “You have to worry about what you can do. You can’t lose your focus.”

That includes the scoreboard. It especially includes social media.

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Justin Upton returns to the Tigers lineup after he was held out of Tuesday’s game with a strained left calf.

“He said he’s good to go,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “That’s good enough for me.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Romine returns to third base for his second start in three games.

The Twins lineup is missing Joe Mauer, who continues to deal with sore quads. Miguel Sano is also out of the lineup. Neither has done a whole lot against Anibal Sanchez over their careers, according to the number. Kurt Suzuki is one guy who has, and he’s batting fifth. Jorge Polanco hasn’t had many at-bats, but he’s red-hot at the plate coming off Tuesday’s three-hit, four-RBI performance.

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

1945tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Duffey)

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

P: Anibal Sanchez

twinscirclelogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-26, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS (1-for-3, triple)
  3. Max Kepler, RF (1-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B (0-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Kurt Suzuki, C (5-for-11, walk)
  6. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (2-for-12, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Robbie Grossman, DH (3-for-6, 2 K’s)
  8. Logan Schafer, LF
  9. Byron Buxton, CF (1-for-2, K)

P: Tyler Duffey

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Justin Upton was optimistic last night about being able to return to the starting lineup despite a strained left calf that forced him out of Monday’s game, but manager Brad Ausmus opted not to take chances. Tyler Collins gets the start in left.

“I’m just giving him a day,” Ausmus said. “He said he felt pretty good, but I’m just going to have him do nothing today. He probably could play, but I just want to make sure he’s alright before I put him back in.”

Joe Mauer, as expected, remains out with quad issues.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Kyle Gibson)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-24, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-0, 2 walks)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-18, double, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-23, double, 3 walks)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (9-for-22, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (5-for-13)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-5)

P: Matt Boyd

wintwinslogoTWINS (numbers off Boyd)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-8, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS (1-for-3, K)
  3. Robbie Grossman, LF (1-for-2, HR, 2 walks)
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B
  5. Kurt Suzuki, DH (1-for-5, walk)
  6. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (0-for-3)
  7. John Ryan Murphy, C
  8. Jordan Logan Schafer, RF
  9. Byron Buxton, CF (0-for-2)

P: Kyle Gibson

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

None of the Tigers’ third base options have particularly good numbers against Ervin Santana (JaCoby Jones has no numbers against him, obviously), so Andrew Romine gets the start at third base. Otherwise, it’s a fairly regular lineup on Detroit’s side — including Miguel Cabrera, who will try to rebound from his 0-for-9 series against Baltimore by building on his .375 (18-for-48) average against Minnesota this season.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Santana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (22-for-68, 6 doubles, triple, 2 HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-6)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-25, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-34, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-12, HR, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (0-for-6, K)
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (2-for-13, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4, K)

P: Daniel Norris

twinslogoTWINS (numbers vs. Norris)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (1-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  2. Robbie Grossman, DH (2-for-3)
  3. Miguel Sano, 3B (1-for-4, double, K)
  4. Kennys Vargas, 1B
  5. Kurt Suzuki, C
  6. Max Kepler, RF (0-for-3)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS (2-for-4)
  8. Eddie Rosario, LF (1-for-1, HR)
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

P: Ervin Santana

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

The Tigers roughed up Ubaldo Jimenez for five runs over as many innings when they last met on May 12 at Camden Yards, though the Orioles came back and won that game. That was part of an awful six-week stretch that put his rotation spot in doubt and eventually led to a bullpen role. Since injuries forced Jimenez back into the rotation, however, he has been surprisingly effective, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over 21 2/3 innings in three starts — including a complete-game two-hitter at Tampa Bay on Monday. He threw a season-high 114 pitches to finish that game, though, and he did not get any extra rest between starts.

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

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Jimenez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-25, 3 doubles, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-4, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (15-for-45, 4 doubles, HR, 10 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-31, double, 4 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-11, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (8-for-28, 3 doubles, triple, 2 HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (2-for-9, HR, 3 K’s)
  8. Erick Aybar, 3B (6-for-16, HR)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-7, triple, HR)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

oslogoORIOLES (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Adam Jones, CF (3-for-18, HR, K)
  2. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
  3. Manny Machado, 3B (2-for-7, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Chris Davis, 1B (3-for-6, HR, K)
  5. Mark Trumbo, RF (0-for-5, walk)
  6. Steve Pearce, LF (4-for-11, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, K)
  7. Pedro Alvarez, DH (2-for-6, HR, K)
  8. Matt Wieters, C (2-for-12, 2 K’s)
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS (3-for-15, double)

P: Ubaldo Jimenez

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

While Nick Castellanos progresses to ground balls at third base in his rehab from a fractured left hand, Erick Aybar gets the start at third base against Kevin Gausman, who takes the mound with a 19-inning scoreless streak and a 4-0 record with a 1.40 ERA over his last four starts. Michael Fulmer, whose scoreless streak of 33 1/3 innings in May and June remains the longest in the Majors this year, is 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA in three starts since he shut out the Rangers last month at Texas.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Gausman)

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

P: Michael Fulmer

oriolesoldlogoORIOLES (numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Adam Jones, CF (1-for-2, double, walk, K)
  2. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-2)
  3. Manny Machado, 3B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  4. Chris Davis, 1B (0-for-1, walk)
  5. Mark Trumbo, RF (0-for-1, walk)
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, DH (0-for-2)
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Hyun Soo Kim, LF

P: Kevin Gausman

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

Ian Kinsler was expected to sit out until Friday’s series opener against the Orioles, but he’s back in the lineup today after missing the last two games with a busted-up right ring finger. He’s 13-for-43 for his career against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, though the Tigers have their share of players with similar numbers, notably Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Quintana is 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in eight starts against the Tigers since the beginning of last season, but that win came in their last meeting behind 7 1/3 quality innings on Aug. 4 at Comerica Park.

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

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Quintana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (13-for-43, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-2, double, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (15-for-41, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (15-for-36, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (8-for-25, double, triple, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (4-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-11, triple, 3 K’s)
  8. Casey McGehee, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (5-for-20, 2 doubles, 4 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

whitesox1959logoWHITE SOX (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (7-for-15, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Tim Anderson, SS (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF (15-for-37, double, triple, 6 K’s)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (9-for-17, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Justin Morneau, DH (8-for-27, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (1-for-10, 4 K’s)
  7. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-12, 2 K’s)
  8. Omar Narvaez, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (1-for-2)

P: Jose Quintana