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ALDS, Game 3: A’s-Tigers lineups

Oct 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin AP AP

Lineups for the first of four games (!) today …

CF Coco Crisp
3B Josh Donaldson
SS Jed Lowrie
1B Brandon Moss
LF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
RF Josh Reddick
C Stephen Vogt
2B Eric Sogard

SP Jarrod Parker

Oakland manager Bob Melvin is going with the same lineup he used in Game 2, except Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie have swapped places in the batting order. Donaldson hit second 23 times during the regular season, including frequently down the stretch, and Lowrie was actually the A’s most-used No. 3 hitter all year.

CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
LF Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
2B Omar Infante
SS Jose Iglesias

SP Anibal Sanchez

In an effort to boost the offense Detroit manager Jim Leyland has decided to let Jhonny Peralta make his first start of the playoffs as a left fielder. Peralta was pushed out of the shortstop job during his 50-game suspension and worked out in left field to prepare for this scenario, appearing in three games as an outfielder late in September after previously never starting at a position other than shortstop or third base.

  1. philliesblow - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Would someone tell Prince Fielder his .179 career post season average is not acceptable? Another 0-fer from him and I’m ready to bench him, put Victor Martinez at 1B, DH Miggy, and put Peralta at 3B.

  2. cabrera24 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    2. Iglesias
    3. Fielder
    4. Cabrera
    5. Peralta
    6. Martinez
    7. Avila
    8. Hunter
    9. Infante
    Maybe this will spark their struggling offense .

  3. cabrera24 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Phillies blow : I strongly agree .

  4. cabrera24 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    1.jackson CF
    2.Peralta 3rd base
    3. Cabrera DH
    4. Martinez 1b
    5. HunterRF
    6. Kelly LF
    7.pena C
    8. Iglesias SS
    9. Infante 2b

  5. Detroit Michael - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Dirks is the Tigers’ best LF against a LHP starting opponent.

    • Detroit Michael - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Oops, I meant against a RH starting pitcher.

  6. sportsdrenched - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Yay, 12 hours of playoff baseball! Too bad I can’t just lay on the couch all day and watch it. I’ll leave the number crunching of the line-ups to you NERDS. Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Simmer down there, Sparky.

      • sportsdrenched - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Sparky? At least have the decency to go with Turbo or Slugger.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        C’mon, I’m a Tigers fan. 😉

  7. APBA Guy - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    The key is the pitching matchup: Anibal Sanchez vs a very shaky Jarrod Parker. If Parker can get through the first 2 innings, we’ll have another close game.

    Disclaimer: My A’s/Tigers predictions have been hilariously wrong this season. Historio and other Detroit fans have been very considerate in not pointing this out at every opportunity.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I’m feeling good about today’s game — and not just because I have the video up on my computer and my boss is gone!

      Eat ’em up, Tigers! Grrrrrrrr!!!!!

  8. cabrera24 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Andy dirks vs RHP .260 , .209 during day games .

    Johny Peralta vs RHP .282 , .318 during day games .
    These stats are based on regular season .
    How’s Andy Dirks an option ?

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