Detroit Tigers lineup: Rick Porcello to start on cold, windy day at Comerica Park

Rick Porcello Mug.jpgRick PorcelloDETROIT — it might be a good day to be a groundball pitcher.

Rick Porcello will make his first start of the season today when the Detroit Tigers open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The forecast for Detroit today calls for high temperatures in the 40s and winds of more than 20 mph.

Porcello went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts for the Tigers this spring. Left-hander Matt Moore, an early pick by many to be the American League Rookie of the Year this season, will start for the Rays.

Ramon Santiago was scratched from the starting lineup due to an illness that has hit several Tigers players as well as manager Jim Leyland. Danny Worth will start at second base in his place.

Alex Avila is also battling the illness but has been scheduled to get a day off today. Gerald Laird will start at catcher.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

TAMPA BAY RAYS1. Desmond Jennings, CF2. Carlos Pena, 1B3. Evan Longoria, 3B4. Matt Joyce, LF5. Ben Zobrist, RF6. Jeff Keppinger, DH7. Sean Rodriguez, 2B8. Jose Molina, C9. Reid Brignac, SS

DETROIT TIGERS1. Austin Jackson, CF2. Brennan Boesch, RF3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B4. Prince Fielder, 1B5. Delmon Young, LF6. Ryan Raburn, DH7. Jhonny Peralta, SS8. Gerald Laird, C9. Danny Worth, 2B

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rick Porcello to start on cold, windy day at Comerica Park


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