Detroit Tigers Sunday Lineup: Torii Hunter Returns To Action, Avisail Garcia In CF Again


May 25, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.