Detroit Tigers baseball returns on Thursday. Per a tweet from Detroit’s official Twitter account, we know what the team’s lineup will look like for Thursday’s contest.
Detroit Tigers players continue to make encouraging progress in Grapefruit League play.
While wins and losses don’t matter as much in Spring Training, it is nonetheless a good sign to see the team improving.
Detroit currently sits at 11-14 and will look to start a new winning streak after dropping Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Tigers had previously won four straight before the contest.
Wednesday saw Detroit jump out to an early 1-0 lead on a Nick Castellanos double. However, the team entered the ninth down a run thanks to a fifth inning that saw Toronto plate a pair of runs.
Dominic Ficociello quickly changed things by launching a three-run home run off Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini. The blast tied the prospect with Castellanos for the team lead in long balls this spring with four.
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Detroit would go on to lose the game as Shane Opitz hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the ninth.
Detroit will play on the road against Atlanta. Per a tweet from the Tigers’ official Twitter account, we know what Detroit’s lineup will look like. Here’s the batting order.
- Andrew Romine, First Base
- Nick Castellanos, Third Base
- Victor Martinez, Designated Hitter
- Mikie Mahtook, Center Field
- Alex Avila, Catcher
- Jose Iglesias, Shortstop
- Anthony Gose, Left Field
- Dixon Machado, Second Base
- Juan Perez, Right Field
Additionally, Justin Verlander will start for the Detroit Tigers.
The franchise’s resident ace has been excellent this spring, with a 2.16 ERA in five starts.
Said starts have spanned 16.2 innings. Over that span, Verlander has allowed 13 huts, six walks and just four runs.
He’s also struck out an even 12 batters.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Eastern time.