Tigers at Mariners, lineups, Wednesday, May 9

May 8, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Don Kelly makes a leaping catch into the stands for the final out in the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Detroit defeated Seattle, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Quick lineup bullet points:

  • Joaquin Benoit will be the closer. Jose Valverde has the night off, as Tuesday was Potato's 4th appearance in the past 5 games.
  • Andy Dirks left hamstring is still an issue, he has the night off to rest it. Dirks is available to pinch hit, if needed.
  • Brennan Boesch is 7-12 against Mariners' starter Jason Vargas.
  • A catcher leading off for the Mariners? Isn't that a violation of some sort of unwritten baseball rule?
  • Former Tiger Casper Wells gets a start...and Alli smiles.
  • Alex Liddi, Tiger Killer, is back in the lineup for the Mariners. He was 6-13 with 2 HR and 4 RBI in 3 games against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
  • .189 hitting Chone Figgins gets a spot start, which hopefully cancels out Liddi.

Baseball-Reference preview.

Detroit Tigers lineup:

Austin Jackson, CF (RH)
Brennan Boesch, RF (LH)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (RH)
Prince Fielder, 1B (LH)
Delmon Young, DH (RH)
Ryan Raburn, LF (RH)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (RH)
Gerald Laird, C (RH)
Danny Worth 2B (RH)

SP: Drew Smyly (LH)

Seattle Mariners lineup:

John Jaso, C (LH)
Brendan Ryan, SS (RH)
Ichiro Suzuki, RF (LH)
Jesus Montero, C (RH)
Kyle Seager, 2B (LH)
Justin Smoak, 1B (S)
Alex Liddi 3B (RH)
Casper Wells, LF (RH)
Chone Figgins, CF (B)

SP: Jason Vargas (LH)

Thoughts?

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