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ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

Oct 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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

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 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.

  1. Richard In Big D - Oct 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    This move by Leyland clearly says:”If we lose today, it’s over, and playing an injured Delmon Young is our last, best hope to stay in this thing”. I hope the Rangers players are gracious enough to allot a percentage of their tickets so that the Tigers can be at the World Series too.

    • sunking1 - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      Hey Dick, one home game win does not a series make.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      That last sentence makes you sound like the rest of the blowhard-pompous Ranger fans I have to deal with on a daily basis.

  2. cur68 - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Rangers v. Tigers right now. AJ Pierzynski in the booth. Update on that; he’s not as bad as I was expecting. Described what it was like getting hit in the face with a foul tipped fast ball, then tipped his hat to a number of his colleagues in catching. Managed to do all this without actually talking about himself, too. Not bad AJ. Not bad.

    • cur68 - Oct 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      Great game. Rangers lead series 2 – 0, carried on the shoulders of Nelson Cruz who continues, in the post season, to be the guy who pwned the Blue Jays in the regular season. Walk off, grand salamii…like a stud.

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