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Tigers’ Opening Day lineup is out, 25-man roster named

Dixon Machado and Tyler Collins made the final roster list, and who’s pitching when for the first five games of the season.

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It’s finally here. Opening Day, 2017.

The Tigers’ first lineup of the regular season was announced on Sunday and confirmed on Monday when the team tweeted out the first official lineup card. Right-handed starter Justin Verlander will get the start against the White Sox and Jose Quintana

J.D. Martinez is noticeably absent from the lineup as he recovers from a Lisfranc sprain, but that was to be expected. James McCann, who left an exhibition game on April 1 with a left hand bruise, was briefly questionable for Opening Day, but his inclusion in the lineup alleviated any doubts.

With this lineup comes the threat of rain (that has since begun) and a tentative start time of 4:10 p.m. ET. That off day on Tuesday is looming, but chances that the teams play through it and deal with a delay(s) aren’t ruled out, either.

Opening Day lineup

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Nicholas Castellanos 3B
  3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  4. Victor Martinez DH
  5. Justin Upton LF
  6. Mikie Mahtook RF
  7. James McCann C
  8. JaCoby Jones CF
  9. Jose Iglesias SS

Tigers bench

Tyler Collins
Andrew Romine
Dixon Machado
Alex Avila

Tigers pitchers and remaining players

Justin Verlander, SP
Michael Fulmer, SP
Jordan Zimmermann, SP
Matthew Boyd, SP
Daniel Norris, SP
Shane Greene
Francisco Rodriguez
Bruce Rondon
Kyle Ryan
Anibal Sanchez
Alex Wilson
Justin Wilson

J.D. Martinez (disabled list)

Tigers’ initial starting rotation

Monday (Opening Day): Verlander
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: Zimmermann
Thursday: Norris
Friday (home opener): Fulmer
Saturday: Boyd

And that’s it, folks. What do you think of the Opening Day lineup?