Its Justin Verlander vs. Jason Vargas in a battle of the "JVs". This is Verlander's sixth start against the Royals, so he's pretty familiar with them, and they're familiar with him. He's given up 21 runs in 32 2/3 innings against the Boys in Blue so far.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila is still suffering the after effects from a concussion and is out tonight. James McCann who has all of five games experience in the big leagues, gets the start behind the dish. I'm sure he isn't nervous.
#Tigers lineup at KC: Kinsler 2B Hunter RF Cabrera 1B V. Martinez DH J. Martinez LF Castellanos 3B McCann C Suarez SS Davis CF Verlander P— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 19, 2014
Sowing Season Lineup: Escobar 6, Aok 9, Cain 8, Gordon 7, Perez 2, Hosmer 3, Butler DH, Infante 4, Moustakas 5, Vargas 1. #royals— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 19, 2014
Full crowd tonight. Should be loud.
Oh my god they gave out thunderstix here at Kauffman Stadium— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 20, 2014
God help us all.