Sanchez Day lineups: Tigers vs. Phillies

Anibal Sanchez gets a fairly regular Phillies lineup to test him in his first game action this spring. That includes Grapefruit League slugger Maikel Franco, he of the seven home runs so far, as well as Ryan Howard.

Radio-only broadcast today, on air at 1270 AM in Detroit and online at MLB Gameday Audio.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, DH
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Tyler Collins, CF
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B

P: Anibal Sanchez, Francisco Rodriguez, Justin Wilson, Blaine Hardy, Lendy Castillo, Logan Kensing

PHILLIES

  1. David Lough, CF
  2. Tyler Goeddel, LF
  3. Maikel Franco, 3B
  4. Ryan Howard, DH
  5. Darin Ruf, 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp, C
  7. Cedric Hunter, RF
  8. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
  9. Ryan Jackson, SS

P: Aaron Nola, David Hernandez, Luis Garcia, Severino Gonzalez, Reinier Roibal

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Nationals, at Braves

The Tigers split up their squads fairly evenly for this one, given how close the road tilt is. I wouldn’t read too much into James McCann batting second, other than trying to get him an extra at-bat without him having to catch too deep into the game in his first work behind the plate in about a week.

TIGERS (vs. Nationals)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. James McCann, C
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  7. Andrew Romine, 2B
  8. John Mayberry Jr., 1B
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Justin Verlander

TIGERS (at Braves)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Steven Moya, RF
  5. Casey McGehee, DH
  6. Tyler Collins, LF
  7. Mike Aviles, 3B
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Wynton Bernard, CF

P: Shane Greene

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Marlins

So James McCann felt strong enough this morning that he did get on the bus for the long ride to Jupiter. He’s in the lineup as the designated hitter for Saturday’s game against the Marlins, the finale of the two-day trip. On the flip side, Miguel Cabrera was originally expected to start at first base today, but he’s not in the lineup. Andrew Romine gets the start at first base instead.

UPDATE: Starting pitcher Daniel Norris has been scratched due to lower back stiffness, according to the team. Blaine Hardy moves up to start in his place. The Tigers had Preston Guilmet, Drake Britton and Logan Kensing on the trip if innings are available, so expect them to pick up some work.

TIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. J.D. Martinez, RF
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  6. James McCann, DH
  7. Mike Aviles, 2B
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Andrew Romine, 1B

P: Daniel Norris, Blaine Hardy, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Bruce Rondon, Preston Guilmet, Drake Britton, Logan Kensing

MARLINS

  1. Miguel Rojas, 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Derek Dietrich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  5. Martin Prado, 3B
  6. Justin Bour, 1B
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  8. Jeff Mathis, C
  9. Adam Conley, P

P: Adam Conley, David Phelps, A.J. Ramos, Jose Urena, Dustin McGowan

Tigers option Michael Fulmer to Toledo

In case you missed it this morning, the Tigers made their decision official on top pitching prospect Michael Fulmer: He’ll be starting at Triple-A Toledo. The team optioned him Friday to the Mud Hens, where he’ll pitch out of the rotation.

Fulmer pitched in four Grapefruit League contests for the Tigers this spring, allowing five runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings with five walks and seven strikeouts. Nearly all of the damage came over the last two games, both against the Astros in Kissimmee. He started last Friday, then pitched in relief on Wednesday.

The move ends what was an interesting debate within Tigers camp over what to do with the 23-year-old right-hander. While general manager Al Avila said last week that they had enough bullpen depth to stretch out Fulmer as a starter and use him for rotation depth, manager Brad Ausmus insisted no decision had been made and that Fulmer could still be a bullpen candidate while stretching out as a starter. His chances of cracking the rotation out of camp, by contrast, were slim to none.

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Cardinals

I’m off the next couple days, but filing lineups real quick. James McCann was originally slated to return to action today, but he’s still getting over his illness, so Bryan Holaday takes over behind the plate. McCann scheduled to DH tomorrow against the Marlins, but it’s difficult to envision him making the long trip while recuperating, so don’t be surprised to see someone else do that.

John Mayberry Jr. gets the start in left field today after playing exclusively first base so far this spring.

Today’s game is another telecast on Fox Sports Detroit, which is picking up the Fox Sports Midwest broadcast. It’s also available online at MLB.TV.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Tyler Collins, CF
  7. Casey McGehee, 1B
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. John Mayberry Jr., LF

P: Matt Boyd, Kyle Ryan, Bobby Parnell, Jose Valdez, Preston Guilmet, Lendy Castillo, Logan Kensing

CARDINALS

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Tommy Pham, CF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Jedd Gyorko, SS
  5. Matt Adams, 1B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Brandon Moss, RF
  8. Kolten Wong, 2B
  9. Adam Wainwright, P

St. Patrick’s Day lineups: Tigers vs. Cardinals

James McCann is still under the weather, so Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start behind the plate. With Victor Martinez out, J.D. Martinez gets a game at DH, with Nate Schierholtz starting in right.

The Cardinals sent a pretty good squad for the trip, including Matt Holliday, so it should be a decent matchup for MLB Network and Fox Sports Detroit.

TIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. Mike Aviles, 2B
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey, Bruce Rondon, Justin Wilson, Mark Lowe, Buck Farmer, Preston Guilmet, Logan Kensing, Lendy Castillo

CARDINALS

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, 1B
  4. Randal Grichuk, DH
  5. Brandon Moss, LF
  6. Tommy Pham, CF
  7. Greg Garcia, 2B
  8. Aledmys Diaz, SS
  9. Michael Ohlman, C

P: Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness, Seung Hwan Oh, Sam Tuivailala, Dean Kiekhefer, Austin Gomber, Jeremy Hefner, Deck McGuire

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Braves

Victor Martinez isn’t in the lineup today, and he isn’t in the tentative lineup for tomorrow. The Tigers have a home game Thursday against the Cardinals before their two-day trek to Jupiter. It would not be a surprise if the Tigers rest him until at least Sunday’s split-squad set, which includes a home game.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start at designated hitter today, batting cleanup. Tyler Collins starts in center for the second time in three four days. Mike Aviles starts at shortstop for the second time in four days.

Reminder: Today’s game is live on Fox Sports Detroit back home and MLB.TV online.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

P: Justin Verlander, Kyle Ryan, Angel Nesbitt, Bruce Rondon, Jose Valdez, Francisco Rodriguez

BRAVES

  1. Ender Inciarte, DH
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Nick Swisher, 1B
  4. Adonis Garcia, 3B
  5. Tyler Flowers, C
  6. Michael Bourn, LF
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

P: Bud Norris, Lucas Sims, Arodys Vizcaino

Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets


What was shaping up as a matchup between Jacob deGrom and a close-to-regular Tigers lineup isn’t happening, and not because of the weather. The Mets scratched deGrom from his scheduled start as a precaution with what was labeled as back stiffness,  so Seth Lugo will get the start. Considering Nick Castellanos missed a couple days with a sore back following his bus ride from Lakeland to Port St. Lucie last week, it’s tough to judge.

Yoenis Cespedes isn’t speeding up Florida’s Turnpike for this game. Curtis Granderson, however, is on the trip, making his return to Lakeland for the first time in a few years. Neil Walker, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda follow him in a top-heavy lineup that will face Daniel Norris and Shane Greene in round three of the Tigers’ fifth starter competition.

No TV today, but the radio broadcast is available on AM 1270 in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Daniel Norris, Shane Greene, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Drake Britton, Logan Kensing, Lendy Castillo

METS

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  6. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  7. Kevin Plawecki, DH
  8. Johnny Monell, C
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Seth Lugo, Sean Gilmartin, Hansel Robles, Zack Thornton, Kyle Regnault, Rainy Lara, Mike Hepple

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates


The back half of the home-and-home series features a different lineup than Saturday’s matchup in Lakeland. As the home team, the Pirates — who did not use the designated hitter yesterday in Lakeland — will let the Tigers use the DH today, which gives Casey McGehee a well-deserved day out of the field. The Pirates, in fact, are utilizing the DH today rather than have Gerrit Cole hit in his first start of the spring.

Steven Moya gets to take his cuts at historic McKechnie Field. Don’t make too much of his recent spat of playing time in left field, other than trying to acclimate him to either corner spot in the event the Tigers need his services as an injury fill-in or bat off the bench during the season.

Today’s game is televised live in Pittsburgh. It’s available on MLB.TV online. It’ll also air on MLB Network tomorrow morning at 6am. The radio call is available on 97.1 FM back in Detroit and at MLB Gameday Audio online.

TIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  4. Steven Moya, LF
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  6. Casey McGehee, DH
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. John Mayberry, 1B
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Matt Boyd, Drew VerHagen, Bobby Parnell, Blaine Hardy, Preston Guilmet, Drake Britton, Logan Kensing

PIRATES

  1. Josh Harrison, 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Starling Marte, LF
  5. John Jaso, 1B
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF
  7. Jason Rogers, 3B
  8. Elias Diaz, DH
  9. Chris Stewart, C

P: Gerrit Cole

Jimenez among four cuts from Tigers camp

Joe Jimenez has made a very strong case as the Tigers’ closer of the future. His more immediate future, however, is in minor-league camp.

The Tigers made their first round of cuts from Major League camp Saturday morning, including the high-powered Jimenez, left-hander Kevin Ziomek and catchers Austin Green and Kade Scivicque. All four were assigned to minor-league camp.

None of the moves were a surprise. As good as Jimenez looked this spring against big-league hitters, pitching up to his billing as MLB.com’s ninth-ranked Tigers prospect, the 21-year-old has yet to appear in a regular-season game above low Class A ball.

Jimenez’s two innings in Grapefruit League play were impressive. He struck out four of the nine batters he faced, allowing two hits, no runs and no walks.

“Joe has been a guy right now that we look at and say, ‘Hey, that guy can be one of our bullpen guys in the near future,’” general manager Al Avila told reporters on Thursday. “There’s a chance he starts in Double-A [Erie] or even a chance we start him in [Class A] Lakeland because of the weather and then move him up to Erie a little later in the season. We’ll make that decision a little later in spring.”

Though Ziomek opened the Tigers’ Spring Training schedule by starting against Florida Southern, the 23-year-old hasn’t pitched above advanced Class A Lakeland. Once Grapefruit League play began, he appeared in two games, allowing three runs on two hits in three innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

Ziomek, ranked sixth on MLB.com’s list of top Tigers prospects, is expected to open the season at Erie.

While Green isn’t on the prospect list, having just turned 26 last month, the backstop made an impression in camp beyond his stats. Though he went 0-for-6 at the plate in five Spring Training games, he handled himself well behind the plate.

“He’s a good worker,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s got a strong arm. He shows power with the bat. I think he needs to play more. As it is with all catchers, the catchers have to understand that their impact behind the plate is much greater than in the batters box. And as a result, the concentration has to be there every single pitch for your team and for that pitcher. Sometimes it takes young catchers, not just Greenie, a little while to understand that.

“That’s one of the hardest things in baseball, to concentrate every single pitch for six months at the Major League level, five months at the minor-league level. That’s part of the learning process.”

Scivicque fits into the same category. The Tigers’ fourth-round pick in last year’s Draft played 42 games at Class A West Michigan last year, but earned a non-roster invite to camp to serve as an extra catcher and learn from Major League veterans.

“When you first come to big-league camp, it’s really about the experience of seeing how it’s done at the Major League level, being around big-league players,” Ausmus said.

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