The Phillies will trot out an unconventional lineup for their series opener in Detroit. Darin Ruf gets his first start of the year in left field, and Jimmy Rollins moves from the leadoff spot to third in the order.
Michael Young has been the most productive of the Phillies' leadoff hitters this season, batting .323 in 14 games. Rollins has hit .266 with a .310 OBP at the top of the order.
Playing in an AL park allows the Phillies to make Delmon Young the designated hitter, which is what he should be. (The Orioles could sure use a DH, by the way. Theirs have hit .201 with no power this season. Just saying...)
Cole Hamels is on the mound, looking to rebound from the near heat-stroke he had last Saturday at Citi Field. The forecast calls for a nice, 78-degree night in Detroit, so the perspiration that affected Hamels' command last weekend shouldn't be an issue. This is Hamels' first career start at Comerica Park.
He's opposed by towering Tigers righty Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90). Fister is a sinkerballer with impeccable control -- he's walked 1.6 batters per nine this season and 1.6-per-nine since 2011. He does lead the AL with 14 hit batsmen, but that's because he throws inside so often, not because he's erratic.
Miguel Cabrera hasn't played all week because of a sore hip flexor and is out again Friday. But Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez have been scorching of late -- Martinez has hit .355 with a .950 OPS over his last 29 games and Hunter's at .342 with a .600 slugging percentage over his last 28.
In a minor roster move, Humberto Quintero cleared waivers and elected free agency rather than a second demotion to Triple-A.
1) Michael Young, 3B
2) Kevin Frandsen, 1B
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Chase Utley, 2B (first time batting cleanup since 5/20)
5) Delmon Young, DH
6) Darin Ruf, LF
7) John Mayberry, CF
8) Laynce Nix, RF
9) Carlos Ruiz, C