It’s a busy day in Detroit, as the Detroit Tigers get set to take on the Kansas City Royals in arguably the most important series of the regular season. Across the street at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions are gearing up to play the New York Giants on Monday Night Football as they begin their season. First things first, though. The Tigers – Royals game is at 4:08pm on FS Detroit and MLB Network. Here is tonight’s lineup:
Today’s Lineup: Kinsler 2B, Hunter RF, Cabrera DH, V. Martinez 1B, J. Martinez LF, Kelly CF, Castellanos 3B, Avila C, Romine SS. Verlander is starting.
Prior to the game, Brad Ausmus met with members of the media and discussed the condition of some of his key players:
-1B Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a bone spur in his right ankle. It’s clearly hindering his ability running the bases, but seems no have no effect on his performance at the plate. After hitting 1 home run in the month of August, Miggy has gone deep 5 times in just 7 games in September, and it hitting .500 (15-30) so far. The Tigers haven’t discussed off-season surgery with Cabrera quite yet. The feeling is that he’ll play through the pain, with him getting more time than usual in the DH spot. He is the DH for Monday’s game.
-RP Joakim Soria is nearing his return. Ausmus said he looked “real good” today, and could be activated from the disabled list as early as Tuesday. Soria threw a bullpen session Monday and unless something comes up in the next 24 hours, he will be back in the bullpen before the KC series ends. Expect Ausmus to be cautious with him once he does return.
-Major League Baseball announced it’s 2015 schedule today! The Tigers begin their 2015 campaign at home against the Minnesota Twins on April 6th, 2015. They conclude the year on the south side of Chicago against the White Sox on October 4th. Coming to Comerica Park next season are the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 30 – July 2), Cincinnati Reds (June 15-16), Chicago Cubs (June 9-10), and the Milwaukee Brewers (May 18-20). On the road, Detroit will make stops to St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Chicago (Cubs). 25 of their last 31 games are against AL Central opponents. The complete 2015 schedule can be found here:
The Tigers (78-65) are 2 games behind the Royals for 1st place in the AL Central, and sit a half game out of the final Wild Card spot that Seattle currently holds. Kansas City has won 5 of their last 6 games.
-Justin Verlander is looking for career win #150 tonight. He’ll look to rebound after last Wednesday’s start in which he gave up 7 runs in 6.2 innings.
-Game time today is 4:08pm, but be sure to get there early if you’re going to the game. Detroit will be rocking tonight! Let’s go Tigers & Lions!