ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Tigers-Rangers series:

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

SP Max Scherzer, RHP         SP Derek Holland, LHP

Not only is Delmon Young back on the Tigers’ roster after initially being removed because of an oblique injury, he’s starting in left field and batting third. That’s either one helluva miraculous recovery or Jim Leyland really hates to make changes. With a left-hander on the mound Brandon Inge gets the nod at third base and Ryan Raburn starts over Don Kelly.

On the flip side Ron Washington is sticking with the same lineup and batting order against Max Scherzer that he used versus fellow right-hander Justin Verlander in Game 1.

UPDATE: Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Leyland has two lineups ready, so Young will be a game-time decision and Andy Dirks will start if he can’t go.

UPDATE #2: Young apparently checked out OK during batting practice, so he’s starting.

A.J. Hinch: “If it was any other time of the year, [José Altuve] wouldn’t be in the lineup.”

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It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.

Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:

He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.

Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”

During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.