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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tigers lineup vs. Twins, Game 37: Porcello vs. Blackburn

The Tigers (18-18) return from a nine-game, three-city road trip to face the Twins (10-26) for a short two-game series, the first meeting of the season between the two American League Central rivals.
Here is the lineup the Tigers will send out against Nick Blackburn (1-4, 7.18 ERA):

Austin Jackson, CF (R)
(.323, 5 HR, 16 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 6-for-15)
Andy Dirks, LF (L)
(.351, 3 HR, 11 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 2-for-3)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
(.308, 8 HR, 31 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 13-for-29, 3 HR)
Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
(.292, 5 HR, 18 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 2-for-13, HR)
Delmon Young, DH (R)
(.234, HR, 10 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 1-for-3)
Alex Avila, C (L)
(.240, 4 HR, 12 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 4-for-11, HR)
Ryan Raburn, 2B (R)
(.162, HR, 6 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 2-for-6)
Brennan Boesch, RF (L)
(.234, 4 HR, 15 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 3-for-15, HR)
Ramon Santiago, SS (S)
(.154, 5 RBI; vs. Blackburn: 6-for-21)

Jhonny Peralta is just 5-for-26 (.192) career off Blackburn, in part the reason for getting a rest Wednesday.

Rick Porcello (3-3, 5.18 ERA) is pitching for the Tigers, looking to bounce back from a loss in Oakland his last time out.

Erik Komatsu, CF (L)
(.240, 1 RBI)
Brian Dozier, SS (R)
(.297, HR, 2 RBI)
Joe Mauer, DH (L)
(.270, HR, 15 RBI; vs. Porcello: 3-for-17)
Josh Willingham, LF (R)
(.286, 7 HR, 21 RBI; vs. Porcello: 2-for-5)
Justin Morneau, 1B (L)
(.230, 4 HR, 9 RBI; vs. Porcello: 3-for-16, HR)
Ryan Doumit, C (S)
(.252, 5 HR, 23 RBI)
Trevor Plouffe, RF (R)
(.133, HR, 3 RBI; vs. Porcello: 2-for-6)
Alexi Casilla, 2B (S)
(.250, 4 RBI; vs. Porcello: 3-for-11)
Jamey Carroll, 3B (R)
(.222, 7 RBI; vs. Porcello: 4-for-10)

Denard Span, who had the best career numbers against Porcello coming in (8-for-22/.364) was a late scratch with left hamstring soreness, replaced in the lineup by Komatsu.


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