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ALDS Game 2 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

Oct 7, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the A’s and Tigers, set to get underway at 12 p.m. ET:

1. Coco Crisp, CF              1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Stephen Drew, SS            2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF         3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Brandon Moss, 1B            4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Josh Reddick, RF            5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Josh Donaldson, 3B          6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Seth Smith, DH              7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. George Kottaras, C          8. Avisail Garcia, RF
9. Cliff Pennington, 2B        9. Gerald Laird, C

SP Tommy Milone, LH            SP Doug Fister, RH

The A’s have made just one lineup change following Saturday’s Game 1 loss, subbing in Kottaras for Derek Norris at catcher. Norris, a 23-year-old rookie, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday in his first taste of MLB’s postseason. Kottaras is a poor defensive backstop, but his bat does have some pop. And the Athletics will be hoping to pour on runs with Justin Verlander out of the picture for Detroit.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are featuring sweeping changes to their batting order with the A’s tossing a left-hander in Game 2. A-Jax remains in his familiar leadoff spot, but it’ll be Infante hitting second rather than Quintin Berry, who will open the game on the bench. Peralta will hit sixth rather than seventh and Laird will start at catcher despite Alex Avila going 2-for-3 with a homer in Saturday’s Game 1 victory. Garcia, a 21-year-old from Venezuela, will make his first start in a major league postseason game.

Consider this an open thread. The game is being broadcast on MLB Network.

  1. ezthinking - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Oakland goes home needing a sweep to move on. Falls short in Game 5. Complete game Verlander.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      I have a wedding to go to later this week — hoping for just three games for Detroit to do it then.

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Go, Dog, go!

  3. mplsjoe - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Have we made all the Chip Carey/Doug Fister jokes yet, or are we still on the Craig C./Dog Fister jokes?


  4. randygnyc - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    It struck me yesterday after watching prince fielder, than Jonathan Broxton later in the evening, that Prince is by far the most morbidly obese player in all of baseball. MUCH MORE OBESE than either Sandoval and Sabathia. I know babe Ruth was big, even Cecil, but is it possible that fielder is the most obese player in the history of baseball? Can’t be good for Detroit in the upcoming years.

  5. cur68 - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    This Dog Fister: he gots some nasty stuff.

  6. historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Seriously? They loaded the bases for us and we couldn’t turn that into a run somehow. C’mon, Tigers!

    • cur68 - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      I got this theory: Moneyball II: The G&PB’s Strikes back is going to be based on this season. It’ll be like Rocky II was to Rocky. This time the lovable underdog wins. Now, to heighten the pathos, the A’s need to lose some then win some before they face Apollo…er…The Cardinals in the finals. Of course the movie franchise goes down hill from there. By the time Moneyball IV comes out they’ll have no surprises left and will be relying on increasingly caricature-like foes. Still, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for the Tigers this movie…er…series. The G&PB has a plan and a script and no part of that involves Ultimate Tiger Victory.

      • cur68 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Man. Miggy doesn’t miss baseballs, eh? Crispy shoulda had that. Basket catch? Really Crispy? Really? G&PB gettin’ nervous.

      • cur68 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        G&PB relaxing now… (can’t you just hear Stallone’s voice yelling “Yoenis! Yoenis!” at the end there?)

      • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        This game is not looking pretty on either side.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        How’s that working out for you so far?

      • cur68 - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        The G&PB is just stirring the pot. Gotta make it good for the movie, see?

    • indaburg - Oct 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      As someone without a real rooting interest in either team, this is a great game. Lead changes, great pitching, timely hitting. True, some sloppy play (expected with play-off nerves). If I was a serious fan of either team, I would be having a heart attack right about now.

  7. randygnyc - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Terrible play by hot coco.

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