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Tigers at Reds lineups, Sunday, June 10th: Sunday Night Baseball edition

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Bullet time! Let's hope the Tigers have a few bullets left for tonight's nationally televised series finale.

  • Brennan Boesch was to start as the right fielder, but was scratched from the lineup with a right ankle sprain suffered while sliding home with the game winning run Saturday. Yes, ANOTHER injury for an very short-handed team already missing everyday starters Jhonny Peralta, Andy Dirks and Alex Avila. Quintin Berry will take his place in right and will bat 2nd. Otherwise, the Tigers' lineup remains the same as yesterday, other than Drew Smyly will be allowed wield a bat in anger for the first time.
  • Jim Leyland has spoken. With the return of Austin Jackson to the lineup, Berry is an "extra player on the bench." When the Tigers get fully healthy, the outfield will be Dirks in left, Jackson in center and Boesch in right. Once the Tigers finish their tour of NL parks, Delmon Young will move back to DH, from where he should never move again.
  • On the injury front, the walking wounded are slowly improving. Doug Fister will be eligible to come the DL Wednesday, and the Tigers are on the fence between Fister or Rick Porcello getting the start that evening against the Cubs. Octavio Dotel is out for tonight's Reds series finale, but should be ready for the Cubs as well.
  • Taking a tour of traditional AL batting stats, you'll find Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder all over them. Cabrera and Fielder are 4th and 5th in the AL batting average race at .317 and .316, respectively. Cabrera is 2nd in RBI with 51, Fielder 7th with 39. Cabrera is 9th in OPS at .918, Fielder is just outside the top 10, standing 11th at .893. Cabrera is also 9th in home runs with 13 and 8th in SLG with .550. Fielder is 9th in OBP at .382.
  • What about MLB team batting? The Tigers are 15th overall in R (256), 7th in BA (.263), 12th in OBP (.324), 8th in SLG (.415) and 8th in OPS (.739).
  • This will the Tigers' 6th interleague game out of 18 this season. After yesterday's win, they are 3-2 against the senior circuit in 2012.
  • Tonight's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at 8 PM eastern. It's great everyone gets to see the game, but I hate weird start times with a passion. I felt off kilter with all Saturday long thanks to yesterday's oddball 4 PM first pitch. Baseball was meant to be played at 1 PM or 7 PM, period. At least 1 beat writer agrees with me.

Detroit Tigers:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Quintin Berry, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder,1B
5. Delmon. Young, LF
6. Ramon Santiago, SS
7. Gerald Laird, C
8. Danny Worth, 2B
9. Drew Smyly, P

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Zack Cozart, SS
2. Chris Heisey, CF
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Ryan Ludwick, LF
7. Todd Frazier, 3B
8. Devin Mesoraco, C
9. Homer Bailey, P