Detroit Tigers set to face Florida Southern in Grapefruit League tuneup (Game preview)

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Joker Marchant Stadium

The Detroit Tigers have been working out as a team for a little under two weeks and now it is time to face off against somebody other than themselves. The Tigers will play an exhibition game against the Florida Southern Moccasins on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.

Facing off against Florida Southern is something the Tigers do annually as a tuneup game before getting into Grapefruit League play. The Moccasins come into the game with a 7-7 record and look at this game as a chance to see how they stack up against professional competition.

As for the Tigers, they will be playing many of their regulars to start the game though they won’t be in for more than an at bat or so. Tim Melville, a minor-league free agent and non-roster invite, will make the start and likely pitch two innings or so. Kyle Ryan, Buck Farmer, Omar Duran, Jose Valdez, Angel Nesbitt and Joe Mantiply will follow Melville.

Here is the full starting lineup for the Tigers.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Jose Iglesias, SS
3. J.D. Martinez, RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
5. Rajai Davis, CF
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
7. Jordan Lennerton, 1B
8. Bryan Holaday, C
9. James McCann, DH

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