Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

The good news for Michael Fulmer is that he won’t get to face Nelson Cruz, at least not in the starting lineup. On the flip side, he’ll face seven left-handed batters and a switch-hitter in the Mariners lineup. The one right-handed bat, Dae-Ho Lee, didn’t start the first two games of the series.

On the Detroit side, Steven Moya returns to the Tigers lineup after being off yesterday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 4-for-8 for his career off Hisashi Iwakuma, gets the start behind the plate.

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


tigers1957logoTIGERS
(career numbers off Iwakuma)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (11-for-29, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-9, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-12, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-7, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (4-for-8, double, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-10, 3 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

oldseattlelogoMARINERS

  1. Leonys Martin, CF
  2. Seth Smith, RF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B
  6. Adam Lind, DH
  7. Ketel Marte, SS
  8. Steve Clevinger, C
  9. Nori Aoki, LF

P: Hisashi Iwakuma

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

Mike Aviles gets the start in right field over Steven Moya with lefty James Paxton on the mound for the M’s. Other than that, regular lineup.

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Paxton)

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

P: Justin Verlander

oldmarinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-6, walk, K)
  2. Seth Smith, DH (4-for-24, HR, 7 walks, 8 K’s)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (9-for-49, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, RF (8-for-34, double, 3 HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (5-for-9, 3 doubles, HR, walk)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (5-for-20, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (3-for-11, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
  8. Ketel Marte, SS
  9. Nori Aoki, LF (4-for-14, 5 walks, 2 K’s)

P: James Paxton

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners


Ian Kinsler returns after a day off to what is pretty much a regular lineup. With Casey McGehee now off the roster, designated for assignment after a pinch-hit appearance to make room for reliever Dustin Molleken, the Tigers are back to a three-man bench with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Andrew Romine and Mike Aviles.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Nathan Karns)

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

P: Mike Pelfrey

marinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers vs. Pelfrey)

  1. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-5)
  2. Seth Smith, RF (7-for-17, 2 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (3-for-17, double, walk)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (1-for-6, K)
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (1-for-5)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (1-for-6, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (7-for-15, 2 HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Nori Aoki, LF
  9. Ketel Marte, SS (3-for-3)

P: Nathan Karns

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals


Ian Kinsler’s rare day off avoids the matchup with Chris Young, off whom he’s 2-for-15. But then, aside from Justin Upton, the Tigers don’t have a whole lot of good numbers against Young. Mike Aviles, 6-for-22 on this trip, gets the start at second. Cameron Maybin moves up to the leadoff spot.

Those of you who were complaining about the FOX broadcast last night will be happy to have the Tigers back on FSD. Mario Impemba, Rod Allen and John Keating are back to work after a Saturday off on the road.

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

1945tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Chris Young)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-2)
  2. Mike Aviles, 2B (1-for-6, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-15, double, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-10, double, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (5-for-15, double, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-3, K)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-6, K)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-2, double, walk)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (2-for-6, K)
  6. Paulo Orlando, RF
  7. Brett Eibner, LF
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-2)

P: Chris Young

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals


Cameron Maybin returns to the Tigers lineup after missing the first two games of the series to deal with left quad tightness. Victor Martinez remains in the lineup at DH after it looked like his knee might have buckled out of the box in the sixth inning (Ausmus said he simply slipped). Casey McGehee, promoted this afternoon from Triple-A Toledo, is available off the bench, restoring Detroit’s bench depth to four players.

A reminder: Tonight is a FOX network broadcast, rather than Fox Sports Detroit. Adjust your channels accordingly.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Edinson Volquez)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-20, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-1, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-11, double, 3 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-18, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-11, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (8-for-20, 4 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-7, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-13, K)

P: Matt Boyd

royalsbigrlogoROYALS (career numbers against Boyd)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS (2-for-6, K)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-8, double, walk, K)
  4. Lorenzo Cain, CF (3-for-10, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (1-for-8, K)
  6. Kendrys Morales, DH (6-for-9, double, triple, HR)
  7. Paulo Orlando, RF
  8. Brett Eibner, LF
  9. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (1-for-1)

P: Edinson Volquez

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals


Steven Moya gets the start in right field, batting seventh, as the Tigers move on without J.D. Martinez. Look for Moya to get close to regular playing time, according to manager Brad Ausmus, with Mike Aviles starting against some lefties.

Cameron Maybin is out of the lineup for one more day. He passed his running tests Friday afternoon, but Ausmus said they’re going to give him one more day as a precaution before bringing him back. He is available to pinch-hit or pinch-run.

Yordano Ventura is still awaiting the appeals hearing on the suspension he received for hitting (and fighting) Manny Machado earlier this month. The Royals could try to time his suspension around an off-day so that they could simply skip his spot in the rotation without needing another starter.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Ventura)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-16, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-11, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-10, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-16, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-11, walk, 4 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-2, walk, K)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-6, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF (1-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

royalslogonotextROYALS

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  4. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  5. Salvador Perez, C
  6. Kendrys Morales, DH
  7. Paulo Orlando, RF
  8. Brett Eibner, LF
  9. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B

P: Yordano Ventura

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

Victor Martinez returns to the Tigers lineup at DH, but Cameron Maybin isn’t starting for the second time in three days. Justin Upton shifts over to center, with Mike Aviles making his fifth consecutive start coming off back-to-back two-hit games. Jose Iglesias bats second.

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

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Danny Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-17, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-21, 3 doubles, 8 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-23, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-16, triple, 3 K’s)
  7. Justin Upton, CF (0-for-1, K)
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-8, 2 K’s)
  9. Mike Aviles, LF (3-for-13, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

sluggerrrrROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS (12-for-66, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (19-for-69, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 11 K’s)
  4. Lorenzo Cain, CF (7-for-27, double, HR, 6 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (21-for-44, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  6. Kendrys Morales, DH (12-for-34, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 8 K’s)
  7. Paulo Orlando, RF (1-for-3, double, K)
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Brett Eibner, LF

P: Danny Duffy

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.

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

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.

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

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

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