Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

The way Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez have been hitting since the All-Star break, Brad Ausmus said he considered sitting one of them today. Their ninth-inning base hits convinced him to hold off on that.

“It crossed my mind during the game,” Ausmus said, “but they both had good swings last at-bat.”

The one notable day off is Jose Iglesias. Andrew Romine makes just his third start of the month.

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

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Ervin Santana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (20-for-65, 6 doubles, triple, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-22, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-31, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-5, double)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-5, double, walk, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, RF (3-for-6, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-2)

P: Justin Verlander

twinscirclelogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Eduardo Nunez, SS (6-for-15, 2 doubles, HR, 2 K’s)
  2. Joe Mauer, 1B (24-for-71, 5 doubles, 3 HR, 13 walks, 13 K’s)
  3. Miguel Sano, 3B (1-for-6, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-19, double, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Max Kepler, RF
  6. Kennys Vargas, DH (1-for-3, K)
  7. Eddie Rosario, LF (2-for-6, 2 K’s)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (13-for-39, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

P: Ervin Santana

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Mike Aviles makes his second consecutive start, this time facing Twins lefty Tommy Milone. James McCann returns to the starting lineup after back-to-back starts for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Miguel Cabrera stays in his usual spot in what should be a good test for him. He’s 8-for-18 with three doubles for his career against Milone, but he’s 10-for-49 with a double and two RBIs over his last 14 games, and he’s batting just .193 (16-for-83) with two doubles and two homers off left-handed pitchers this season.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Tommy Milone)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-19, HR, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-18, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-10)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-4, 2 walks, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-2, walk, K)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (3-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-5, HR, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

tcbearTWINS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Eduardo Nunez, SS (3-for-8, double, triple, K)
  2. Robbie Grossman, LF (2-for-3)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (6-for-26, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-20, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Miguel Sano, 3B
  6. Max Kepler, RF
  7. Kennys Vargas, DH (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (3-for-8, walk)
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

P: Tommy Milone

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

The Tigers go with the numbers instead of the sides of the plate tonight. Though Ricky Nolasco would normally warrant a start for Tyler Collins in right field, Mike Aviles is 8-for-14 against him. On the flip side, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 1-for-11 off Nolasco but gets the start to catch Matt Boyd, who has not thrown a pitch to any other catcher in Detroit so far this season.

The Tigers get their first look this season at Byron Buxton, who they saw a few times last year. He’s in center field, batting ninth in a Twins lineup that has only one .300 hitter with leadoff man Eduardo Nunez.

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tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers off Nolasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-23, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-7, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-16, double, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-14, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-14, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (7-for-20, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (8-for-14, double, HR, K)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-11, 4 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-7, double, walk, K)

P: Matt Boyd

twinsoldtimelogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Boyd)

  1. Eduardo Nunez, SS
  2. Joe Mauer, 1B (0-for-2)
  3. Miguel Sano, 3B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  4. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Max Kepler, RF
  6. Robbie Grossman, DH
  7. Eddie Rosario, LF (1-for-2, triple)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (0-for-1, walk)
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

P: Ricky Nolasco

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Justin Upton returns to the Tigers lineup after missing two games on bereavement leave. Tyler Collins makes his third consecutive start, shifting over to right field with Upton back and Steven Moya off to Toledo. Brad Ausmus said this morning that he expects a similar mix in right field with Collins and Mike Aviles that they had with Moya and Aviles, though he could play the hot bat a little more often (which would seemingly favor Collins).

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

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Yordano Ventura)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-19, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-2, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-13, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-19, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-14, walk, 6 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-5, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, RF (3-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-2, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-14, K)

P: Michael Fulmer

sluggerrrrROYALS (numbers off Fulmer)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (0-for-2)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Big Ken Morales, DH (1-for-1, 2 walks)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (1-for-3, HR, K)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF
  6. Paulo Orlando, RF (1-for-2, double, walk, K)
  7. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (1-for-2, K)
  8. Christian Colon, 2B
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF

P: Yordano Ventura

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

With Justin Upton on bereavement, Brad Ausmus said Friday he’d have to start one of his left-handed hitting outfielders against Danny Duffy on Saturday. After Friday’s performance, Tyler Collins is the left-handed bat starting, playing in left field. Steven Moya sits amidst a 3-for-26, 15-strikeout slump since the start of the last road trip June 30.

On the Royals side, Alcides Escobar returns to the leadoff spot in the order for the first time since June 29 and the second time since June 8. Whit Merrifield, who had been getting the bulk of the starts up top, is off tonight. Alex Gordon, who received a stretch of leadoff starts before the break, is batting fifth.

On the umpiring front, Vic Carapazza is behind home plate tonight. He was in the headlines a couple weeks ago with a trio of Blue Jays ejections July 1 against the Indians at Rogers Centre. This pitch and the resulting argument was the reason behind the one-game suspension Edwin Encarnacion served against the Tigers just before the break.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Danny Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, 3 doubles, 8 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-25, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (6-for-18, triple, HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Mike Aviles, RF (4-for-15, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-8, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Tyler Collins, LF (0-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-10, triple,  K)

P: Mike Pelfrey

royalsbigrlogoROYALS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (8-for-20, double)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-12, double, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-13, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (5-for-18, double, K)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (5-for-16, triple, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Paulo Orlando, RF (0-for-3, K)
  7. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  8. Christian Colon, 2B (1-for-2, walk)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Danny Duffy

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

With Justin Upton now on the bereavement list, J.D. Martinez on the DL and Anthony Gose at Double-A Erie, the Tigers open the second half with a completely different starting outfield than they had on Opening Day. That includes Tyler Collins, who makes his first start since his ill-advised reaction to boos for a missed catch April 25 against the A’s.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ian Kennedy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-9, 4 doubles)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-17, triple, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, double, triple, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-9, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Tyler Collins, LF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-3)

P: Justin Verlander

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B (1-for-4, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (19-for-72, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 13 K’s)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (12-for-37, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 9 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (22-for-46, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (17-for-82, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 11 walks, 29 K’s)
  6. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Brett Eibner, RF (2-for-3, HR)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (13-for-70, 4 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (6-for-26, triple, 4 walks, 10 K’s)

P: Ian Kennedy

Tigers place Upton on bereavement list

The Tigers will go into this weekend’s division clash against the Royals without Justin Upton. The slugging left fielder has been placed on the bereavement list.

The Tigers announced the move Friday afternoon.

By rule, a player placed on the bereavement list must stay there for at least three days but for no more than seven. To fill Upton’s spot, the Tigers recalled outfielder Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo.

Upton went into the All-Star break batting .235 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Much of that production came over Detroit’s last 30 games, during which he hit .250 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

The Tigers are already down a starting outfielder with J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured elbow. Steven Moya has been filling in for Martinez for the past few weeks, and is expected to do so for the foreseeable future while Martinez begins baseball activity.

With Anthony Gose now at Double-A Erie, the Tigers will open the second half with none of their Opening Day starting outfielders on their active roster.
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Collins hit 2-for-20 with six strikeouts in 10 games with the Tigers early this season. He earned notoriety when he gave a middle finger to fans booing him for misplaying a fly ball. The 26-year-old entered Friday batting .214 at Toledo with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

The Tigers host the Royals for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Comerica Park.

Gose suspended, demoted after dugout argument

The Tigers transferred center fielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Toledo to Double-A Erie on Wednesday after he got into a dugout argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon during a game Saturday night.

Gose also served a three-day suspension from Sunday to Tuesday, according to a statement from the Tigers.

“After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in the statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”

Gose’s agent, Jeff Berry, declined comment.

Gose was Detroit’s starting center fielder on Opening Day and for most the first six weeks of the season, batting .209 (19-for-91) with two home runs and seven RBIs before Cameron Maybin’s recovery from a broken wrist allowed the Tigers to send Gose to Toledo. While Maybin has become a presence in the field and the lineup in Detroit, Gose has continued to struggle, batting .185 (34-for-184) with 75 strikeouts in 50 games for the Mud Hens.

The action that led to Gose’s latest move wasn’t at the plate. After a fly ball fell between Gose and teammate JaCoby Jones in the Toledo outfield, McClendon met Gose in the dugout about his defense. The ensuing argument led to McClendon sending the 25-year-old home in the middle of a Saturday doubleheader, as first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. Jones, too, was benched for not running out a popup.

Gose was not in the Mud Hens clubhouse on Sunday for their final game before the All-Star break, according to Wagner, adding tension to what some viewed initially as a heat-of-the-moment incident. At that point, Tigers officials planned to discuss the situation over the break. The resulting move will be Gose’s first Double-A work since 2011, when he was the everyday center fielder at age 20 for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Blue Jays system.

Toronto traded Gose to Detroit after the 2014 campaign in exchange for Devon Travis. The Tigers acquired Gose to fill the center-field void created after trading Austin Jackson to Seattle as part of the David Price trade. Gose batted .254 (123-for-485) with a .688 OPS, 73 runs scored and a team-high total of 23 stolen bases. The Tigers acquired Maybin last fall as a right-handed bat to push or share playing time with Gose in center.

Gose’s spot in Toledo will likely be filled by veteran Major Leaguer Alex Presley, signed last weekend to a minor-league contract.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


The good news for Anibal Sanchez is that Edwin Encarnacion is out today, serving a one-game suspension he received for bumping umpire Vic Carapazza last weekend while arguing a called third strike. Russell Martin is also getting a day off from the Jays lineup.

On the Detroit side, Mike Aviles gets the start in right field against R.A. Dickey. He’s 3-for-6 off the knuckleballer.

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Dickey)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-21, 3 HR, 2 walks, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (4-for-19, 7 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-30, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-19, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-f0r-13, double, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-14, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (3-for-6, walk, K)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-8, triple, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-6, double, walk, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

jayslogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, RF (4-for-13, 2 K’s)
  2. Josh Donaldson, DH (6-for-23, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Michael Saunders, LF (2-for-3, double, triple)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2-for-10, double, HR, K)
  5. Kevin Pillar, CF (0-for-4, K)
  6. Devon Travis, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-12, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Darwin Barney, 3B (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  9. Josh Thole, C (2-for-10, double, walk, 3 K’s)

P: R.A. Dickey

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


Current Tigers batters are a combined 4-for-35 with four walks and 11 strikeouts against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez. Then again, a lot of good players have bad numbers against Sanchez these days. Thus, while the Jays have a little less punch in their lineup with Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak out against lefty Matt Boyd, they also don’t need to give Sanchez a ton of support to expect a good chance to win.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sanchez)

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

P: Matt Boyd

jaylogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers against Boyd)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  2. Josh Donaldson, DH (1-for-5, HR, walk)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (1-for-4, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Russell Martin, C (1-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (1-for-3, HR, K)
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF (2-for-5, HR)
  7. Junior Lake, RF
  8. Devon Travis, 2B (0-for-2)
  9. Darwin Barney, 3B (0-for-2)

P: Aaron Sanchez

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