Blogs > Out of Left Field

A sometimes-irreverent look at Detroit's Boys of Summer, the Tigers, as they try to defend their three straight American League Central titles.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tigers try to avoid a series sweep vs. Indians in Sunday's finale


The Tigers lost both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, extending their losing streak to four games, and are trying to stave of a series sweep in Sunday's finale (1:08 p.m./FSD) before heading off to Arizona.

DETROIT TIGERS (53-41):
Austin Jackson, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, DH
Victor Martinez, 1B
J.D. Martinez, LF
Torii Hunter, RF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Andrew Romine, SS

Pitcher: Drew Smyly, LHP (4-8, 4.00 ERA)

CLEVELAND INDIANS (50-47):
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Michael Brantley, CF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Ryan Raburn, LF
Nick Swisher, DH
Yan Gomes, C
David Murphy, RF
Mike Aviles, 3B

Pitcher: Josh Tomlin, RHP (5-6, 4.21 ERA)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tigers lineup for Game 2 of doubleheader vs. Indians


The Tigers have dropped three straight, including the last game before the break, and go into the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader with their divisional lead down to 5 1/2 games.

Victor Martinez will indeed start both games of the doubleheader at designated hitter.

DETROIT TIGERS (53-40):
Austin Jackson, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, LF
Torii Hunter, RF
Don Kelly, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Eugenio Suarez, SS

Pitcher: Max Scherzer, RHP (11-3, 3.35 ERA)

CLEVELAND INDIANS (49-47):
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Mike Aviles, SS
Michael Brantley, CF
Carlos Santana, DH
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Nick Swisher, 1B
David Murphy, RF
Roberto Perez, C
Chris Dickerson, LF

Pitcher: Zach McAllister, RHP (3-5, 5.63 ERA)

Tigers lineup for Game 1 of doubleheader vs. Indians


The Tigers came into Saturday's doubleheader needing an arm for the bullpen, so they brought Corey Knebel back up.

Drew VerHagen was called up as the 26th man, and got the start in the first game.

Victor Martinez was in the starting lineup for the second straight game, after missing 11 of 13 to finish out the first half of the season, but manager Brad Ausmus was unsure he'd play Martinez in both games of the doubleheader.

"That won’t be decided until after the first game. Let’s see how it goes," Ausmus said Saturday morning.

DETROIT TIGERS (53-39)
Austin Jackson, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
JD Martinez, RF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Eugenio Suarez, SS
Bryan Holaday, C
Rajai Davis, LF

Pitcher: Drew VerHagen, RHP (MLB debut)

CLEVELAND INDIANS (48-47)
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Michael Brantley, CF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Nick Swisher, DH
Yan Gomes, C
David Murphy, RF
Ryan Raburn, LF

Pitcher: Corey Kluber, RHP (9-6, 3.01 ERA)

Tigers option Smith to Toledo, call up Knebel prior to doubleheader


DETROIT — The Tigers got reinforcements for their bullpen prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, recalling Corey Knebel, and sending down Chad Smith.

The team had already used its 26th-man exception to bring up their Game 1 starter, Drew VerHagen, so adding another arm required them to drop someone, and Smith threw 37 pitches in Friday’s loss. In all, the Tigers used five relievers in the final three innings Friday.

To get VerHagen on the 40-man roster, the Tigers cleared room by moving Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.

Knebel was up earlier in the season, so was already on the 40-man roster.

Friday, July 18, 2014

VMart opens 2nd half, back in Tigers lineup for first time since July 4


Victor Martinez missed the final eight games of the first half for the Tigers, and 11 of the final 13 before the break, but he's back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. It's his first game action since he left the July 4 game with recurring soreness in his side.

DETROIT TIGERS
Austin Jackson, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, LF
Torii Hunter, RF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Eugenio Suarez, SS

Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez, RHP

NOTES: It's Motown Night, so the national anthem will be sung by the Four Tops, while one of the group's members, Duke Fakir, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Sgt. Ryan Roush (Republic, Ohio) of the U.S. Marine Corps will deliver the game ball.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Porcello will pay (or at least donate) for #PickRick votes


With one more day to go in the Final Vote, Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello has announced that he'll donate $0.21 for every vote he receives (up to 100,000 votes) in Thursday's Twitter balloting.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, every use of the #PickRick hashtag will count as one vote, earning a contribution from Porcello for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Porcello has been steadily running in third place in the online voting for the first two days of the Final Vote, behind Chicago's Chris Sale and the Angels' Garrett Richards, but ahead of Cleveland's Corey Kluber and Houston's Dallas Keuchel.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No Miggy in the lineup, as Tigers close out series with Dodgers


DETROIT — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been trying to get a day off for Miguel Cabrera for about a week, a task made harder by the fact that Victor Martinez — the team’s backup first baseman — has been out of the lineup with an injury.

Wednesday is finally the day.

Cabrera was out of the lineup for the first time this season in Wednesday’s series finale vs. the Dodgers, with Don Kelly starting in his place.

“Miggy’s earned a day off,” Ausmus said. “I think he’s the one guy that hasn’t had a day off all year.”

Cabrera recorded his 359th multi-hit game with the Tigers on Tuesday, tying him with Rudy York for 14th-most in franchise history. It was his 101st game of three or more hits since coming to Detroit.

“That’s why he hasn’t had a day off all year. He’s not the type of guy you want out of the lineup,” Ausmus joked. “But he had three hits yesterday, so I figured the odds are in my favor that he doesn’t get three hits today. But I’d never bet against Miggy.”

There were other reasons for choosing Wednesday:

“Generally speaking, when you’re a regular player, you want a day game off. Night games are much easier, you get to sleep in, get a full night’s sleep. Day games are usually what regulars like,” Ausmus said.

“It’s tough to play matchups with Miggy, because he hits most people. To be truthful, the best time would’ve probably been Sunday, if they hadn’t changed it to a night game, because historically, he and David Price — the numbers are in Price’s favor. But when they changed it to a night game, that kind of changed my thought process, because again, day games are better for regulars.”

And the final four games of the first half are against the Tigers’ closest competitor in the American League Central Division.

“We’re playing outside the division, we’re playing outside the league, if you want to get technical,” Ausmus said. “So that was kind of the thought process behind it.”

Cabrera has played in 148 or more games every full season in the big leagues, and 157 or more in eight of his first 10 full seasons.

Last year, dealing with the core muscle injury that necessitated offseason surgery, he missed 13 games in the second half of the season after taking just one day off in the first half.



DETROIT TIGERS (49-37):
Austin Jackson, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Torii Hunter, DH
J.D. Martinez, RF
Don Kelly, 1B
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Eugenio Suarez, SS
Rajai Davis, LF

Pitcher: Max Scherzer, RHP (10-3, 3.47 ERA)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (51-41):
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, LF
Andre Ethier, CF
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Miguel Rojas, SS

Pitcher: Zack Greinke, RHP (11-4, 2.66 ERA)