Torii Hunter missed a few games — he was resting a sore elbow after getting hit by a pitch and then left to attend his son’s high school graduation — but he’s back and penciled into the starting lineup today for the series finale in Baltimore.
Here’s Sunday’s full starting lineup, as Tweeted by the Detroit Tigers’ official Twitter account:
#Tigers lineup: Dirks 7, Hunter 9, Cabrera 5, Fielder 3, Martinez DH, Peralta 6, Avila 2, Santiago 4, Garcia 8. Porcello is starting.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 2, 2013
The Orioles are seding out another right handed pitcher — rookie Kevin Gausman — but Jim Leyland and the Tigers are continuing to give Avisail Garcia a (long overdue) extended shot. Garcia has started each of the past three days, hit safely in each of those games, and posted a slash line of .364/.462/.636. Small sample size indeed, but it’s better than the batting lines that Don Kelly has posted. Avisail has a .794 OPS in 39 plate appearances at the major league level this year.
Santiago will take over at second base for Omar Infante — looks like just a scheduled day off for Omar — so Andy Dirks will move into the leadoff spot for the afternoon. Other than that, it’s a standard Austin Jackson-less lineup.