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White Sox at Tigers, lineups, Sunday, May 6

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland  watches from the dugout during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland watches from the dugout during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

The important change today: Brennan Boesch is no longer hitting in the two-hole. Boesch, who was projected by many (myself included) to have a solid season due to batting in front of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, has been a huge disappointment. This morning, he has a batting average of .213 and an on-base percentage of just .234. At least he's hit for some power: Four home runs puts him in a second-place tie with Alex Avila, behind Miguel Cabrera's seven. Still, that does not justify leaving him in the No. 2 spot the lineup. Cabrera and Fielder can't drive on what is not there.

Dirks will take over the spot. He's batting .302 -- though his OBP is not good at .318. Dirks also has a .535 slugging. That's the kind of No. 2 batter Leyland likes to see, basically.

The Tigers manager looks like he wants to get out of town on a high note. Many complain about Leyland's "Sunday lineups," although he's not alone in those. But this Sunday, he's got all of his normal starters in the game against a White Sox starter with limited experience under his belt, Dylan Axelrod.

Baseball-Reference preview

Tigers lineup:

Austin Jackson, CF (RH)
Andy Dirks, LF (LH)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (RH)
Prince Fielder, 1B (LH)
Delmon Young, DH (RH)
Alex Avila, C (LH)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (RH)
Brennan Boesch, RF (LH)
Ryan Raburn, 2B (RH)

SP: Rick Porcello (RH)

White Sox lineup

TBA

SP: Dylan Axelrod (RH)