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

twinsshakinghandslogoTWINS

  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

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Mike Aviles gets a start at shortstop, resting Jose Iglesias with power pitcher Michael Fulmer on the mound. Bobby Wilson, meanwhile, catches Fulmer for the first time, leaving Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-for-15 with 11 K’s against Phil Hughes) in a pinch-hit role.

TIGERS (career numbers off Phil Hughes)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-34, 3 doubles, triple, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-9, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (17-for-41, 5 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-37, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, SS (5-for-19, double, 2 K’s)
  8. Bobby Wilson, C (2-for-5, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-13, 3 walks, 5 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

TWINS

  1. Danny Santana, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Miguel Sano, RF
  5. Byung Ho Park, DH
  6. Osvaldo Arcia, LF
  7. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
  8. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  9. Kurt Suzuki, C

P: Phil Hughes

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

When Brad Ausmus switched up his lineup yesterday, he was asked if it was a temporary fix.

“If we score eight runs tonight, it’s not going to be a temporary fix,” Ausmus said before last night’s 9-4 win. “You’ll see a similar lineup tomorrow.”

Aside from Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting back behind the plate, it is indeed the same batting order, with J.D. Martinez hitting second and Justin Upton fifth.

The rain is falling on Comerica Park this morning, but the forecasts suggest it’ll either move out around game time or be reduced to more of a drizzle. Even so, it’s shaping up as a chilly afternoon with temperatures in the mid-40s.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Chris Bassitt)

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

P: Anibal Sanchez

athleticslogoATHLETICS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Billy Burns, CF (1-for-4, triple)
  2. Jed Lowrie, 2B (2-for-19, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Josh Reddick, RF (3-for-16, 2 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Khris Davis, DH (0-for-2)
  5. Stephen Vogt, C (3-for-9, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Mark Canha, LF (1-for-2, walk)
  7. Chris Coghlan, 3B (2-for-3, HR, K)
  8. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  9. Marcus Semien, SS

P: Chris Bassitt

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

Change in the Tigers batting order, where J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton switch spots, putting Martinez in front of Cabrera and Upton behind Victor Martinez. It’s not necessarily a long-term change, but it’s Brad Ausmus trying to do something, anything to get his offense going.

“I was mixing it up, see if we can get something clicking,” Ausmus said. “Doesn’t mean it won’t go back to that at some point, but I’m changing a little bit because we’re not clicking right now. It’s just quite frankly throwing a blind dart, hoping something clicks. That’s all it is.”

Jose Iglesias was another to bat second, Ausmus said. Instead, he decided to give Iglesias a smaller bump up to seventh.

The A’s have some shifts, too, with Coco Crisp batting leadoff in center field, Khris Davis moving up to cleanup, and longtime Verlander nemesis Billy Butler making his first appearance of the series.

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

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers off Gray)

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

P: Justin Verlander

aswhitelogoATHLETICS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF (11-for-41, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Chris Coghlan, 3B (0-for-1, walk, K)
  3. Josh Reddick, RF (4-for-23, double, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Khris Davis, LF
  5. Jed Lowrie, 2B (2-for-20, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  6. Billy Butler, DH (34-for-84, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 9 walks, 13 K’s)
  7. Yonder Alonso, 1B (0-for-3)
  8. Josh Phegley, C (0-for-3)
  9. Marcus Semien, SS (3-for-10, 3 K’s)

P: Sonny Gray

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