Detroit Tigers vs Florida Southern College Mocs — 1:05 PM ET
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Joker Marchant Stadium — Lakeland, FL
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy
Detroit Tigers’ baseball is back! And as is customary for the Tigers and nearly every team in baseball, they face an annual exhibition game against college kids as a tune-up to the start of Grapefruit League action, beginning tomorrow against the Baltimore Orioles. But baseball is baseball, so we will take what we can get during the early going.
Don’t expect much action from the known names in today’s lineup. Usually in the FSC game, they play in the field, get one at-bat and exit, run sprints in the outfield and will be hitting the sights of beautiful Lakeland, Florida by the time the fifth inning rolls around.
When We Last Met
The Tigers moved to an all-time series advantage of 25-1-2 with a 12-0 destruction last February 25. Drew VerHagen started that game, following by Robbie Ray (tear), Kyle Lobstein (tomorrow’s Grapefruit opening starter), Jose Ortega, Juan Martinez, Jose Valdez and Mercedes Melvin.
Jose Iglesias appeared in the first of just three exhibition games which would be the extent of his 2014 season, walking in his only at-bat. Steven Moya was 2-2 with a double and triple, Daniel Fields and former Tiger Eugenio Suarez accounted for the home run action, each belting a solo shot. Dearly departed (from the Tigers) Don Kelly and Tyler Collins each notched a double.
Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup
Tim Melville will get the start on the mound this afternoon. If you’re asking “who?” you’re in good company. He is brand new to the Tigers’ organization and is in his first year of being in big-league camp. The 25-year old spent six seasons languishing in the Kansas City Royals’ system and has experienced a tough time post-Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.79 ERA since coming back in 2012. He is definitely a raw project and thus getting the start in a practice game for practice games.
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Jordan Lennerton-1B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- James McCann-DH