Game 2015.20: Tigers at Twins

The Tigers are back to winning, taking the Indians series with a 2-game winning streak, and now they get the Twins, who they dominated by a combined score of 22-1 to start the season. It would be nice to get some momentum to take on the road to Kansas City on Friday.

The victory Sunday came with a cost, however, as Rajai Davis had to leave the game with a groin strain and is day-to-day. Davis says he doesn’t “think it’s serious at all,” but you may recall Davis struggled down the stretch at the end of last season with a bad groin.

David Price laid an egg his last start, on a night on which he said he couldn’t feel his fingers. It’s should be in the high 60s in Minneapolis tonight.

Today’s Price-Is-Right Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Hernan Perez, 3B
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

This is the most different lineup of the season so far. With Davis out, Gose plays center, but against the lefty Milone is slotted 9th, which gives Kinsler his first leadoff spot of the year. Also Iglesias moves up to 2nd, which, considering how often he puts the ball in play, should be a good spot for him. The slumping LOB machine Nick Castellanos gets a day off. The two missed pop flies in the same at bat could not have helped his cause.

17 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    April 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Just picked up the book “Billy Martin, Basball’s Flawed Genius” by Bill Pennington. I am about halfway thru it and it is a good and recommended read. While I knew and saw Martin managed the Tigers, I never knew he also played for them. The book chronicles the tuff baseball that we see very little of these days. Also there are hundreds of funny stories that include folks that were a part of the Tigers. While I usually try and read these type of books during the offseason, I high recommended reading it now. It will give you a different perspective of the 2015 season. Martin did wonders with rookies and vets.

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      April 28, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Just saw that the book on a list, and was wondering if it is “amazon worthy.” Also, I too only read baseball books in the off season, just makes more sense to me. I have a nightly obligation to watch Quick Pitch, and Heidi is in mid season form, if I may quote my main man/combat vet Jud.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

        FWIW,I love the Heidi comments on here.

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          April 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

          In his final season, Jim Price played on the 1971 Tigers which was Martin’s first season at the team’s helm. I wonder if he will read/mention the book on the air and his thoughts? Lots of great baseball trivia from the Martin’s varied and diverse life. I can’t believe it has been 25 years since his death.

    • Jud

      April 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

      ,Just got done reading “Boys in the Boat”….not a baseball book, but a great read for any sports loving person. I think it was $2.97 Kindle download. Tremendous story about USA olympic rowing which I knew nothing about. But the competitive nature of the book was excellent!

  2. TIGERS RULE

    April 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Just think of all the additional runs we would have scored if we wouldn’t have hit into all those DP’s. I think we might be close to the top of the league in hitting into DP’S.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

      April 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      There is the fourth DP; rather unconventional.

  3. TIGERS RULE

    April 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Stupid base running choices by Iggy and Miggy!

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Add JMart to the stupid base running moves tonight.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    April 27, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Iglesias needs a double for the cycle in this strange game.

  5. TIGERS RULE

    April 27, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Some of those extra runs might come in handy tonight!

  6. PHToy in HK

    April 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    A win is a win!

  7. Jud

    April 28, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Lets see according to Smokey Jr. McCann will platoon against lefties and Avila will platoon against eighties….except when they don’t….but seeing that neither can hit. I guess it doesn’t really matter.

  8. Jim EggersUSMC

    April 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Very sad news today about Kirk Gibson. He always exhibited such athleticism, and to hear of that diagnosis for him at a relatively young age, well life is not fair sometimes. My favorite memory of him is of course that back door slider that Eck hung and he hit it out of the park. I was lying in bed (it’s where the TV was) with my girlfriend at the time ( now life partner) and she commented that that was the most excited she had seen me, we had been dating for about six months at the time! I warned her that the phone was going to ring as my baby bro would be as excited as I was, and sure enough he called right on cue. When I told her about Gibby this am, she looked at me and said home run guy, right?

    • Coleman

      April 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Ah, I just came on to post the news, I had been wondering why he wasn’t in the broadcast booth as planned.

    • Coleman

      April 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Tweet from Mario:

      “Parkinson’s is about to get its butt kicked. “

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Jim….enjoyed your post. My three brothers and I are always calling each other after hearing or seeing a major Tiger event. As you know they are a part of our lives!