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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lineups, as Tigers look to go to 4-0 vs. Orioles

Dang, a kid like Nick Castellanos gets the first RBI in his career, and he's benched the next day.
Is it about the baserunning? No, not at all. Click the blue words to see why.
Castellanos was replaced in the lineup by Don Kelly, whose only appearance so far has been as a defensive replacement late in Friday's game.
"Nick didn’t need a day off. Kelly needed a day on," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was more about getting Kelly into the game. I didn’t want those guys on the bench for too long a period of time where we can’t count on them in big situations. ... With all the off days and rainouts it could be that guys don’t play for two weeks. Just can’t have that. It’s unfair to them."
How about playing right-handed bats Alex Gonzalez and Rajai Davis against Bud Norris, a right-hander who's tough on righties?
"Well, Davis hit a homer yesterday. You can’t bench a guy that hit a homer. And Gonzo’s faced him before," Ausmus said.
Is that a hard-and-fast rule?
"I don’t want to commit to that, but right now, that’s what I’m going with," Ausmus said with a smile.

The Tigers have started the season 3-0 six times in the last 31 years (1984, 1985, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2014).
Last 4-0 start: 2012. 
Last 5-0 start: 2006. 
Last 6-0 start: 1985. 
Last 7-0 start (also 8-0, 9-0): 1984.

DETROIT TIGERS (3-0) Ian Kinsler, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Victor Martinez, DH
Austin Jackson, CF
Alex Avila, C
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Don Kelly, 3B
Rajai Davis, LF

Pitcher: Rick Porcello

David Lough, LF
Nelson Cruz, RF
Chris Davis, 1B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, DH
J.J. Hardy, SS
Matt Wieters, C
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
Jonathan Schoop, 3B

Pitcher: Bud Norris


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