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Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day 2015 lineups for Tigers vs. Twins

The lineups for Opening Day, 2015.

First pitch is at 1:08 p.m.
Actor J.K. Simmons, a Michigan native, will throw out the first pitch, while the Four Tops will sing the national anthem.

The only curiosity in the lineup was going with Rajai Davis in center field, over offseason acquisition Anthony Gose.

"It was basically (that) Phil Hughes has reverse splits. Not only that, Rajai had a good year for us, so part of me is glad that it was reverse splits, and it gave me a chance to play Rajai on Opening Day," manager Brad Ausmus. "So it was a combination of factors. But it was mainly a matter of reverse splits."

In 2014, right-handed hitters have posted a batting average of .289 with an OPS of .733 against Hughes, the Twins' right-handed starter for Monday, lefties .249 with an OPS of .619.

Davis is 7-for-26 off Hughes in his career (.269), while Gose is 1-for-11 (.091).

Ausmus also flipped Nick Castellanos up a spot in the lineup for Monday, over Alex Avila in the No. 7 spot, reversing how he'd penciled them in near the end of spring training. Avila is 1-for-14 off Hughes in his career.

"That’ll change, pitcher to pitcher, game to game," Ausmus said.

Rajai Davis, CF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitcher: David Price, LHP


Danny Santana, SS
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Torii Hunter, RF
Kennys Vargas, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Oswaldo Arcia, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Jordan Schafer, CF

Pitcher: Phil Hughes, RHP


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