ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

2 Comments

Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Rangers, which is scheduled to get underway right around 8:05 p.m. ET:

DETROIT TIGERS                TEXAS RANGERS
1. Austin Jackson, CF         1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Ryan Raburn, LF           2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B        3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Victor Martinez, DH       4. Michael Young, DH
5. Magglio Ordonez, RF       5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Alex Avila, C                 6. Mike Napoli, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS         7. Nelson Cruz, RF
8. Ramon Santiago, 2B       8. David Murphy, LF
9. Brandon Inge, 3B           9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

SP Justin Verlander, RHP        SP C.J. Wilson, LHP

No real surprises in Ron Washington’s lineup. The Rangers will be facing all right-handed starters, so don’t look for much to change throughout the ALCS.

The Tigers, on the other hand, have made some changes. Delmon Young was left off the ALCS roster due to an oblique injury, so Ryan Raburn will take his place in left field and bat second while Miguel Cabrera will move into the No. 3 spot in the order. This is significant, as Cabrera has batted cleanup in all but just one game this season. It may seem like a minor change, but the more at-bats for Miggy, the better. Everybody else simply moves up a spot in the order while Brandon Inge will make a start at third base against the southpaw.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

Daniel Shirey/Getty Images
3 Comments

Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.