Peralta and Dirks in game 3 lineup

Andy Dirks returns to the lineup for game 3 - Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Leyland is starting his best hitters in an attempt to shake off the dramatic game 2 result

Per Chris Iott at Mlive, the Tigers' lineup for today is:

1.       Jackson

2.       Hunter

3.       Cabrera

4.       Fielder

5.       Martinez

6.       Peralta

7.       Avila

8.       Infante

9.       Dirks

Hunter's flip over the wall is not keeping him out of action.

Peralta starts at shortstop over Iglesias.  With Verlander on the mound, there should be few ground balls.  Peralta is swinging a hot bat, so this makes sense.   Iglesias can pinch run and/or be a defensive replacement.

Avila in the seventh spot has the lineup alternating left / right for the bottom four spots, making the choice of relief pitchers slightly more difficult for John Farrell.

Dirks gets the start over Don Kelly in left.  With right-handed John Lackey on the mound, this should be a given.

If you had been asked on April 1 to write the lineup out for a playoff game against a right-handed starter, this is probably what you would have come up with.  There are no surprises in the results, just in how we arrived at this point.

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