James McCann gets the start behind the plate over Alex Avila today, even with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound for Seattle. Brad Ausmus said McCann and David Price have worked well together in recent starts, including last time out, so he’s keeping the pair together.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-26, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (11-for-27, 5 doubles, 4 HR, 7 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-9, 2 HR, 2 walks)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, HR, 3 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-5, double, HR, 2 K’s)
- Marc Krauss, 1B (2-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
- James McCann, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
- Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-4, triple, walk, K)
P: David Price
- Austin Jackson, CF (4-for-21, 2 doubles, 11 K’s)
- Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-10, walk, 2 K’s)
- Nelson Cruz, DH (12-for-32, double, 4 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Robinson Cano, 2B (18-for-67, 3 doubles, triple, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
- Franklin Gutierrez, LF
- Mark Trumbo, RF (6-for-16, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
- Logan Morrison, 1B (2-for-6, double, K)
- Chris Taylor, SS (0-for-2, walk, K)
- Jesus Sucre, C
P: Hisashi Iwakuma
Jose Iglesias returns after missing last night’s game with illness. He joins a parade of right-handed hitters the Tigers will send up against Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery, who actually has held hitters from the right side to a lower average (.206) and OPS (.570) than he has left-handed hitters (.255 AVG, .721 OPS).
- Rajai Davis, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Victor Martinez, DH
- J.D. Martinez, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Jefry Marte, 1B
- Jose Iglesias, SS
P: Anibal Sanchez
MARINERS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
- Kyle Seager, 3B (1-for-7, double, 2 K’s)
- Nelson Cruz, RF (1-for-7, HR, 3 walks, K)
- Robinson Cano, 2B (3-for-14, double, K)
- Seth Smith, DH (9-for-24, double, 4 HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
- Mark Trumbo, 1B (5-for-15, double, 2 K’s)
- Dustin Ackley, LF (2-for-6, triple, HR, 2 K’s)
- Brad Miller, SS (0-for-1, 2 walks)
- Mike Zunino, C (0-for-1, 2 walks, K)
P: Mike Montgomery
The Mariners have lined up six left-handed hitters to face Shane Greene, who has allowed a .349 average and .993 OPS to left-handed batters this season. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a pretty standard lineup for Taijuan Walker except for Andrew Romine, who gets a start at shortstop in place of the ill Jose Iglesias.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, K)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-3, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, double)
- Marc Krauss, 1B (2-for-4, double, HR, 2 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, HR)
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-2, HR, walk)
- Andrew Romine, SS
- Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-5, 2 K’s)
P: Shane Greene
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Kyle Seager, 3B
- Nelson Cruz, DH (2-for-8, 5 K’s)
- Robinson Cano, 2B
- Seth Smith, RF
- Dustin Ackley, LF
- Brad Miller, SS
- Logan Morrison, 1B
- Mike Zunino, C
P: Taijuan Walker
Ian Kinsler sent his go-ahead two-run homer Monday night 396 feet to left field, according to MLB’s Statcast, and sent the Tigers from a potentially crushing loss to a 5-4 win over the Mariners. He hopes it sent a message a little further upstairs towards the Tigers front office to hold off on selling.
“I would like to send any message I can — text message, email, whatever,” Kinsler said. “Yeah, we’ve always had the pieces. Yes, we have weaknesses. Yes, we have strengths, just like any team. But baseball’s crazy. Every year you see something crazy happen in this game and you have to continue to compete, and you have to continue to play hard, and hopefully the guys upstairs see something positive and try to shore up those weaknesses.”
Whether Monday’s win makes a difference remains to be seen. If it does, it’ll depend a lot on what happens the rest of the week. A report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today cited sources inside the organization saying the Tigers are preparing to put David Price and Yoenis Cespedes on the market ahead of free agency. At the same time, others from clubs monitoring the Tigers told MLB.com that the team isn’t expected to decide whether to buy or sell until the end of the week. That doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t an internal decision, but at this point, teams are still waiting to see what the Tigers want to do.
“Have not heard anything different,” one Major League front-office member said late Monday night.
As some have pointed out, that timetable coincides with the start of a three-city, 10-game road trip that carries the Tigers through the trade deadline.
From an attendance standpoint, any public signal to sell would make more sense to delay until after the last game of the Tigers’ homestand Thursday. Coincidentally, David Price is scheduled to start that game. The Tigers are planning to gather top officials and scouts with them on the road, including next week’s series at Tampa Bay just before the deadline.
A wait-and-see stance essentially puts the onus on the players to prove this team deserves a chance to try to salvage this season. Kinsler wants to see this team take that brief window and make a point.
“I hope there’s urgency in this clubhouse,” Kinsler said. “If you’re asking me personally, absolutely. I don’t want to be in a situation I haven’t been in since 2008. I’ve been running for the postseason since 2009, year in and year out. I don’t want to do the other thing. I don’t want to just play baseball for no reason. There’s a lot of opportunity here, and I think everybody understands that and hopefully there’s still urgency here.”
At the same time, Kinsler acknowledged, “It’s our fault. We’re playing the games. It’s a tough industry. The Tigers organization has to make a decision. Obviously for the past however long — six, seven years — they’ve had the best interests in mind. Whatever they do, we have to roll with it, and hopefully it’s something that we can look at as a positive in here and get going.”
Nick Castellanos is in the starting lineup after hyperextending his right ring finger and bruising his cheekbone on that hopper Sunday. He said he dealt with headaches last night, but felt fine riding an exercise bike earlier today as team medical staff tested him to see if he felt dizziness as his activity level rose.
Jefry Marte gets the start at first base as the Tigers load up on right-handed hitters against J.A. Happ, fresh back from Triple-A Tacoma.
- Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-3)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-7, triple, walk, K)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-16, double, walk, 5 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, double, 2 walks, K)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, walk)
- Jefry Marte, 1B (2-for-4, double, HR)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-4, double)
- James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-1, double, walk)
P: Alfredo Simon
- Brad Miller, SS (2-for-4, double, K)
- Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-2, walk)
- Nelson Cruz, RF (2-for-8, double, HR, 3 K’s)
- Robinson Cano, 2B (4-for-9, walk)
- Seth Smith, LF (1-for-2, walk, K)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-9, walk, K)
- Mark Trumbo, DH (2-for-9, 2 doubles)
- Logan Morrison, 1B (1-for-3, HR)
- Mike Zunino, C (0-for-3, K)
P: J.A. Happ
Day off for Nick Castellanos. Andrew Romine gets the start at third. Meanwhile, Marc Krauss returns from paternity leave and returns at first base, moving Alex Avila back behind the plate for Justin Verlander. Dixon Machado was optioned back to Toledo to make room for Krauss.
TIGERS (career numbers off Miguel Gonzalez)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-11, double, HR, walk)
- Anthony Gose, CF (5-for-15, double, triple, HR, 2 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-8, walk, 3 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5, walk)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3)
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-5, 3 walks, K)
- Marc Krauss, 1B (0-for-3, K)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6)
- Andrew Romine, 3B (1-for-2, K)
P: Justin Verlander
ORIOLES (career numbers vs. Verlander)
- Manny Machado, 3B (2-for-11, double, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Jimmy Paredes, DH
- Adam Jones, CF (7-for-36, double, HR, walk, 10 K’s)
- Chris Davis, RF (5-for-23, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
- Matt Wieters, C (3-for-22, double, triple, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- J.J. Hardy, SS (9-for-36, double, 3 HR, walk, 6 K’s)
- Travis Snider, LF (5-for-14, 2 doubles, triple, HR, 5 K’s)
- Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-7, walk, K)
- Chris Parmelee, 1B (5-for-16, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
P: Miguel Gonzalez
No changes on the Tigers’ end for O’s right-hander Chris Tillman. Baltimore, of course, juggles its order for lefty David Price, including Steve Pearce at first base and Nolan Reimold in left field.
A common-sense reminder for those who haven’t been outside today: It’s hot and humid, and it’s expected to stay that way well into the evening. If you’re going to the game, stay hydrated. The Tigers have sent out a reminder that fans can bring sealed bottles of water to Comerica Park. With this weather, it also makes sense to start drinking water ahead of time.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-18, double, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-8, 3 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-12, double, HR, 2 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, HR)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-5)
- Alex Avila, 1B (1-for-8, HR, 3 K’s)
- James McCann, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-9, double, 2 K’s)
- Anthony Gose, CF (6-for-12, double, triple, 5 K’s)
P: David Price
- Manny Machado, 3B (4-for-15, double, 3 K’s)
- Steve Pearce, 1B (4-for-14, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
- Adam Jones, CF (12-for-47, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 12 K’s)
- Matt Wieters, DH (15-for-41, 6 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 14 K’s)
- Chris Davis, RF (4-for-15, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
- J.J. Hardy, SS (13-for-39, 5 doubles, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
- Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-5)
- Nolan Reimold, LF (4-for-25, HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
- Caleb Joseph, C (0-for-2)
P: Chris Tillman
As expected, Alex Avila gets the start at first base with Marc Krauss (who’s actually 3-for-6 lifetime against Ubaldo Jimenez) on paternity leave. Unlike previous starts, though, Avila is batting sixth behind Nick Castellanos. James McCann starts at catcher.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-17, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-7, HR, 2 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-24, double, 3 HR, walk, 4 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-4, walk, K)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2, K)
- Alex Avila, 1B (5-for-23, double, HR, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
- James McCann, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-3, walk, K)
P: Anibal Sanchez
- Manny Machado, 3B
- Jimmy Paredes, DH (1-for-2, walk)
- Adam Jones, CF (2-for-4, walk, K)
- Chris Davis, RF (1-for-1, double, walk)
- Matt Wieters, C (1-for-3, HR)
- J.J. Hardy, SS (0-for-1, walk)
- Travis Snider, LF (1-for-6, double)
- Jonathan Schoop, 2B (0-for-3)
- Chris Parmelee, 1B (1-for-13, walk, 4 K’s)
P: Ubaldo Jimenez
The Tigers will recall infielder Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Orioles. He’ll take the place of first baseman Marc Krauss, who will be placed on paternity leave list while he joins his wife at home in nearby Deshler, Ohio, for the birth of their second child, a girl.
It’ll be the second call-up for Machado, who played three games with the Tigers in late May. He started two games at shortstop while Jose Iglesias was injured, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a strikeout. He did not play Thursday night for the Hens after returning from the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha Wednesday night.
For the season, Machado is batting .272 (87-for-320) for the Mud Hens with 15 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs. He’s also 12-for-12 in stolen bases.
What Krauss’ absence means for first base remains to be seen. It’s possible manager Brad Ausmus will go back to the first-base mix he had before the Tigers acquired Krauss a week and a half ago. Catcher Alex Avila started twice at first base before that, both times against right-handed pitching. The Orioles are scheduled to start three right-handers this weekend, opening with Ubaldo Jimenez Friday night.
Dean Green ended his first half of the season with Double-A Erie on the road at Harrisburg. Then he drove to Baltimore for a flight to the Eastern League All-Star Game in Portland, Maine on Wednesday. He knew before he hit the road that his next stop would be at Triple-A Toledo.
So on Thursday, he flew from Portland to Detroit, then flew back to Erie to pick up his stuff and head to Toledo. Then he started for the Mud Hens as the designated hitter Thursday night.
“It’s been a hectic last couple days,” Green said, “but it’s been fun. It’s been little rest, to say the least, but it was all worth it.”
It puts Green one step away from the big leagues. If he can hit, it could give the Tigers another option if they need it to fill in for injured Miguel Cabrera. But that seems to be a ways off.
Green ended his SeaWolves season batting .316 (79-for-250) with nine doubles, 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and an .872 OPS. He had nearly as many walks (30) as strikeouts (33).
“I did want to work on seeing the ball a little bit longer into the count and getting a few more walks too,” Green said. “I feel like it helped me out a lot this year, just because I was more disciplined at the plate and I was able to see pitches a lot better, just recognize them a lot more.”
He’ll get a test against more veteran pitchers in the International League. All the travel might have caught up with Green on Thursday, when he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, a popup and two groundouts, although his game-ending groundout was hit relatively hard to first base.
Green started at DH Thursday, but the plan calls for him to get some work at first base, continuing an effort to get him at least serviceable at the position.
“He’ll play some at first,” Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish said. “We’ll see.”
He will not be a slick fielder by any means, but the goal is to get him to make the expected plays.
“I’ve been getting my work in every day out there,” Green said. “Our infield rover, Scott Fletcher, made sure that I was getting my work in out there every day. I’ve been going out there trying to work as hard as I can on taking grounders, working on my footwork, stuff like that. So I feel like I’m adequate over there right now. I can still improve but I’m good to go. …
“I can hold my own over there, but I’m not going to toot my own horn about it.”
That does not necessarily put him on a fast track yet, as evidenced by the Tigers’ call-up of utility infielder Dixon Machado to fill in for Marc Krauss while he’s on paternity leave the next few days. Still, it’s a step closer.
“I hope Miggy gets better soon,” Green said. “You hate seeing a great player like that go down. But as far as that goes for me, that’s out of my hands. I just have to go out there and take care of my business. Whatever the organization decides to do, they decide to do. But I can’t worry about that. I have to go out and take care of my business and the rest will take care of itself.”