Well, and here I thought having Dixon Machado called up would mean that we’d be spared the awe-inspiring sight of Hernan Perez at the plate for a while. A lot of us have been saying that Ian Kinsler could really use a day off (he was 1-for-Houston, with a number of cringe-worthy strikeouts), so Brad Ausmus is giving the day off to…Miguel Cabrera, who just went 2-for-4 with a HR. Hmm. Miguel will be replaced by Babe Hernan Perez at first; Dixon Machado gets his first major league start at short.
There will be more days off coming I presume; the Tigers are beginning a West Coast trip without the usually travel day off, going from a late-afternoon Detroit game to an afternoon game on the West Coast, something I can’t remember happening in a long time.
They play three in Oakland, then travel down to maybe their least favorite place to play the LA Angels, which will give them 20 straight games without a day off by the time it is finished.
Kevin asked whether this is just a .500 team we are watching (throw out the first week-and-a-half of the season, and that is what they have been achieving). Something to ponder. The A’s have been struggling, but the Tigers have a habit of letting struggling teams off the hook (I’m sure when they read today’s lineup they felt the hook loosen a bit).
Hopefully the return to his old stomping grounds will put Yoenis Cespedes in a Home Run Derby kind of mood.
Today’s Jet-Lagged Lineup:
- Anthony Gose, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- JD Martinez, DH
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Tyler Collins, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Hernan Perez, 1B
- Dixon Machado, SS
Here is a nice story about the cover photo. Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day.