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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tigers lineup vs. Royals, Game 12: Scherzer vs. Sanchez

This is the lineup that the Tigers will send out for Wednesday's series finale (Scherzer vs. Sanchez), scheduled for 8:10 p.m. EDT. The game will be carried on FOX Sports Detroit-Plus. (for what channel that is on your carrier, click HERE)

DETROIT TIGERS (8-3, first in AL Central)
Austin Jackson, CF (R)
(.366 AVG, .469 OBP, 11 R, 8 BB, 3-2B, 4 RBI)
Brennan Boesch, RF (L)
(.267 AVG, 1 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
(.250 AVG, .500 SLG, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7R)
Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
(.341 AVG, .512 SLG, 2 HR, 6 RBI; 
vs. Sanchez: 5-for-14, .357, 4 BB, 2 RBI)
Delmon Young, DH (R)
(.270 AVG, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB)
Ryan Raburn, LF (R)
(.086 AVG, 1-2B, 2 R, 2 BB)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (R)
(.324 AVG, 6-2B*, 4 RBI, 5 R)
Brandon Inge, 2B (R)
(.167 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R)
Gerald Laird, C (R)
(.444 AVG, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 R)
* — tied for American League lead

NOTES: As a team, the Tigers are fifth in the AL in runs scored (54), second in average (.272), but also tied for second in double plays grounded into (12). The Tigers are tied for second in team ERA (3.09), second in strikeouts (98) and fourth in batting average against (.237).

• The Tigers already have a two-game lead in the division, and are five games ahead of both Minnesota and Kansas City. According to ESPNStatsInfo, the Tigers are off to their best 11-game start since 1984.

• Like Max Scherzer, who lasted just 2.2 innings in his first start of the season, Jonathan Sanchez lasted just  2.2 innings the last time he took the mound. For the season, the southpaw — acquired in an offseason trade with San Francisco for Melky Cabrera — is 1-0 with just 7.2 innings pitched in two starts, sporting an 8.22 ERA with a 2.217 WHIP.

Alex Gordon, LF (L)
(vs. Scherzer: 5-for-13, .385, 1 HR, 3 K)
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B (R)
(vs. Scherzer: 2-for-6, .333, 2B, RBI)
Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
(vs. Scherzer: 3-for-8, .375, 2B)
Billy Butler, DH (R)
(vs. Scherzer: 7-for-28, .250, 2-2B, 3 RBI, 5 K)
Jeff Francouer, RF (R)
(vs. Scherzer: 6-for-20, .300, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 7 K)
Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
(vs. Scherzer: 0-for-8, 1 K)
Humberto Quintero, C (R)
(vs. Scherzer: 0-for-3, 3 K)
Mitch Maier, CF (L)
(vs. Scherzer: 5-for-9, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 K)
Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
(vs. Scherzer: 2-for-12, 1 HR, 1 K)


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