Detroit Tigers vs. Florida Southern College Moccasins
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Tigers' tentative pitching order:
Phil Coke, Eddie Bonine, Enrique Gonzalez, Cody Satterwhite, Fu-Te Ni and Joel Zumaya.
Tigers' tentative batting order:
1. Austin Jackson (CF)
2. Johnny Damon (LF)
3. Magglio Ordonez (RF)
4. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
5. Carlos Guillen (DH)
6. Don Kelly or Kory Casto (3B)
7. Ramon Santiago (2B) (Sizemore was to start but was taken out of the lineup this morning)
8. Gerald Laird (C)
9. Adam Everett (SS)
Ah, at last! We have actual baseball being played. This is like a pre-exhibition game. Technically, the Grapefruit League doesn't open until Wednesday when the Tigers face the Jays. But who's going to worry about technicalities when there is baseball. Being played.
A quick word about the the Tigers' opponents: Florida Southern -- located in Lakeland -- is ranked No. 1 in Division 2 and enters the game with a 13- 1 record.
The Tigers' initial batting order looks a lot like what I expect it will look like during the regular season opener, just sub in third baseman Brandon Inge at the No. 6 spot.
Pitcher Phil Coke will be making his Tigers' debut after being brought over in the winter meetings trade in December. Austin Jackson, Johnny Damon and Kory Casto will also be putting on the Tigers uniform in competition for the first time.
Since we don't know yet how we'll be able to track what happens in this game, here's a link to the FSC's LiveStats page, which may or may not be up and running. The scoreboard on mlb.com is here. -Alli