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Friday, July 4, 2014

Tigers Independence Day lineup vs. Rays


The Tigers take on the Rays on Independence Day, with essentially the same lineup they used in Game 1 of the series.

Don Kelly is the lone addition to the lineup, making his first start for the Tigers since June 20, and his first start at third base since June 3. He's made just one trip to the plate — Thursday night's trip to the on-deck circle notwithstanding — since June 20.

DETROIT TIGERS (48-34):
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: Drew Smyly, LHP (4-7, 3.57 ERA)

TAMPA BAY RAYS (38-50):
Desmond Jennings, CF
Ben Zobrist, SS
Brandon Guyer, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Logan Forsythe, 2B
James Loney, 1B
Sean Rodriguez, DH
Jose Molina, C
Kevin Kiermaier, RF

Pitcher: Alex Cobb, RHP (3-6, 4.20 ERA)

Military theme for pregame ceremonies today.
Tech. Sgt. William Hyde, 171st Aerial Refueling Squadron, is delivering the game ball to the mound.

Ceremonial first pitches: Keith Sekuterski representing the Detroit chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Lt. Colonel Shawn Holtz, 107th Fighter Squadron at Selfridge Air Force Base, representing active service members.

Finally, Staff Sgt. Mario Jimenez of 127th Wing will sing the National Anthem.

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