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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lineups for opener vs. Chicago White Sox

If you look closely in the pic, you can see the damage done to the outfield by last week's Jimmy Buffet concert. You can also see former manager Jim Leyland in the foreground (shorts, checked shirt) talking with White Sox personnel.

Brad Ausmus went with a less conventional batting order for Tuesday’s game, batting Miguel Cabrera in the cleanup spot for just the fifth time this season. Rajai Davis moved up into the second spot, while Ian Kinsler hit in Cabrera’s normal third slot.

The previous four times, it was a matter of trying to get Davis up in the order, and on the basepaths ahead of Cabrera and Victor Martinez.

“It has to do more with how Raj is doing against (Jose) Quintana, more of a matchup thing,” Ausmus said of Davis, who coming in was 8-for-20 vs. the White Sox starter, with two doubles and a home run.

Cabrera, who was sitting near Ausmus’ media scrum in the Tigers dugout, agreed with the move, even if it was just to make a joke at his own expense.

“Miggy’s only hitting .309. You gotta move the lineup. You gotta do something because he doesn’t do anything. So you gotta move different lineups so we can score runs, guys,” Cabrera interjected.

And the thought of more runners on base in front of him?

“Yes, please,” Cabrera said.

The lineup had more changes before the game started, though, when Nick Castellanos had to be scratched late. He was struck by a grounder in batting practice, leaving a contusion on his right index finger. He is day-to-day.

Cabrera slid back over to third base, while J.D. Martinez slid into the lineup and hit in the seventh spot.

Austin Jackson, CF
Rajai Davis, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Bryan Holaday, C
Eugenio Suarez, SS

UPDATED lineup:
Austin Jackson, CF
Rajai Davis, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Victor Martinez, 1B
Torii Hunter, DH
J.D. Martinez, RF
Bryan Holaday, C
Eugenio Suarez, SS

Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez, RHP (7-4, 3.45 ERA)

Adam Eaton, CF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Jose Abreu, 1B
Adam Dunn, DH
Dayan Viciedo, RF
Connor Gillaspie, 3B
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Tyler Flowers, C

Pitcher: Jose Quintana, LHP (5-7, 3.15 ERA)


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