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Grand Rapids Press Apr 29, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis returns to lineup; Andrew Romine, James McCann to start

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis returns to lineup; Andrew Romine, James McCann to start

Davis left the game Sunday between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians with tightness in his right groin. MINNEAPOLIS -- Rajai Davis is back in the starting lineup. Davis left the game Sunday between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians with tightness in his right groin. He did not start in either of the next two games, although he was available off the bench Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins. Davis is starting in center field and leading off today for the Tigers against the Twins. Andrew Romine is starting at shortstop in place...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Jose Iglesias batting second; Rajai Davis, Nick Castellanos not in lineup

Detroit Tigers lineup: Jose Iglesias batting second; Rajai Davis, Nick Castellanos not in lineup

Anthony Gose has just six hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 27 at-bats and struggles against left-handers. He will start in center and bat ninth. MINNEAPOLIS -- No Rajai Davis plus a left-hander on the mound plus a struggling Anthony Gose equals Jose Iglesias batting near the top of the lineup. Iglesias will bat second tonight for the Detroit Tigers as they open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Davis, who was slated to start today against Twins left-hander Tommy Milone, left the game Sunday due to tightness in his groin. He is listed as day to...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2015
Analysis: Rajai Davis has helped spark offense, so timing of injury is especially bad for Detroit Tigers

Analysis: Rajai Davis has helped spark offense, so timing of injury is especially bad for Detroit Tigers

Davis got off to a 1-for-8 start this season, but he is hitting .394 (13 for 33) and has scored 12 runs in his past 10 games. He leads the American League in steals with six. DETROIT -- No one knows how long Rajai Davis will be out of the lineup. But this definitely is a bad time for the Detroit Tigers to lose him. Davis basically jogged to first base in the ninth inning of his team's 8-6 win over the Cleveland Indians. It was his third hit and the fourth time he had reached base in the game. Then he walked off the field due to tightness in his right groin....
Rajai Davis leaves game in 8th inning with a tight right groin

Rajai Davis leaves game in 8th inning with a tight right groin

Rajai Davis appeared to pull up on a single up the middle in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians, and was immediately removed from the game.Anthony Gose came on as a pinch runner for Davis, who had started the last two games, and went 5-for-8 with six runs scored.It's unknown what Davis' injury may have been. [UPDATE: The Tigers announced Davis left the game with a tight right groin, and is day to day.]
Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis leaves game in ninth inning due to tightness in groin

Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis leaves game in ninth inning due to tightness in groin

Davis went 3 for 4 with a triple, two singles and three runs scored Sunday afternoon. He was also hit by a pitch. DETROIT -- Rajai Davis was having a great day. Then he walked off the field.  Rajai Davis  Davis was removed from the game Sunday afternoon in the top of the ninth inning after suffering an injury on his way to first base. The Tigers announced a short time later that he left the game due to tightness in his right groin and is day to day. Davis singled to the outfield with one out and one on in the ninth and trotted to first base. Tigers manager Brad...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Avila his hitting just .189 with a .645 OPS this season, but McCann is hitting just .174 with a .469 OPS. DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians have right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound. But Brad Ausmus is going with Rajai Davis and James McCann in the starting lineup. Ausmus starts Anthony Gose and Alex Avila, both left-handed hitters, against most right-handed starters. Gose has six hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 27 at-bats but is still hitting .333 for the season thanks to an extremely hot start. Gose batted .500 through his first 18 at-bats this...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 15, 2015
Tigers 1, Pirates 0: Alfredo Simon throws eight shutout innings, Rajai Davis homers for lone run

Tigers 1, Pirates 0: Alfredo Simon throws eight shutout innings, Rajai Davis homers for lone run

Simon allowed just two hits -- both singles -- and did not issue a walk in eight innings of work. PITTSBURGH -- The Detroit Tigers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates in consecutive games. They did it in games started by their fourth and fifth starters. Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings Wednesday night and Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie for the second consecutive game as the Tigers earned a 1-0 win over the Pirates. Simon allowed just two hits -- both singles in the fourth inning -- while throwing eight shutout innings. Shane Greene allowed just...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 14, 2015
Tigers 2, Pirates 0: Shane Greene throws eight shutout innings; Rajai Davis knocks in winning run

Tigers 2, Pirates 0: Shane Greene throws eight shutout innings; Rajai Davis knocks in winning run

Greene was extremely efficient and effective. The Pirates had just three hits -- all singles -- against him. Two of those three hits were infield singles. Greene did not issue a walk. PITTSBURGH -- Hits and runs were hard to come by. But Rajai Davis and Shane Greene made sure the Detroit Tigers didn't lose two in a row. Davis knocked in a run in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and Greene threw eight shutout innings Tuesday night as the Tigers pulled out a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler made some...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 14, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus discusses lineup decision; plans set for Justin Verlander's simulated game

Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus discusses lineup decision; plans set for Justin Verlander's simulated game

The formula Tigers manager Brad Ausmus uses to decide who starts in center seems simple. If its a left-hander, its Rajai Davis. If its a right-hander, its Anthony Gose for the most part. But not always. PITTSBURGH -- Anthony Gose is 0 for 5 with four strikeouts since hitting a home run off Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to lead off the game Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.  But the fact that Rajai Davis was in the starting lineup tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates had more to do with Davis than with Gose. Davis started in center for the Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 14, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis starting in center vs. right-hander; J.D. Martinez hitting fourth

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis starting in center vs. right-hander; J.D. Martinez hitting fourth

Davis is 4 for 9 with two doubles and a triple against Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. PITTSBURGH -- Rajai Davis is in the starting lineup against a right-handed starting pitcher. But Davis has pretty good numbers against that right-hander. Davis is 4 for 9 with two doubles and a triple against Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. Davis is starting in center field. Anthony Gose is expected to get the majority of the starts against right-handed starters, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said all along it wouldn't be a straight platoon and that...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 8, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose in leadoff spot, Rajai Davis moves to bench vs. Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose in leadoff spot, Rajai Davis moves to bench vs. Minnesota Twins

Anthony Gose will make his season debut today and Rajai Davis will move to the bench as the Detroit Tigers continue their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. DETROIT -- Rajai Davis got the starting nod in center field on opening day. Today, it's Anthony Gose's turn to patrol the grassy outfield at Comerica Park. Gose will make his season debut Wednesday and Davis will move to the bench as the Detroit Tigers continue their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. With Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco scheduled to make his season debut today, the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 6, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus explains why he chose Rajai Davis over Anthony Gose in CF

Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus explains why he chose Rajai Davis over Anthony Gose in CF

Davis, a much better hitter against left-handers, is 7 for 26 (.269) with four doubles, four RBIs and four strikeouts against Hughes. DETROIT -- Anthony Gose is expected to get most of the starts this season when the Detroit Tigers face a left-handed starting pitcher. So why was Rajai Davis in the opening day lineup instead of Gose? It seems that it is due in part to the splits Phil Hughes posts, in part due to how Davis and Gose have played against Hughes in the past and in part because it is opening day. "Phil Hughes has reverse splits," Ausmus said. "Not only...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 6, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis in leadoff spot; Miguel Cabrera dominates Twins starter

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis in leadoff spot; Miguel Cabrera dominates Twins starter

Miguel Cabrera is hitting .516 (16 for 31) with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs in his career against Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes. DETROIT -- The Minnesota Twins are starting a right-hander. But Rajai Davis is in the leadoff spot anyway. Davis will be the first Detroit Tigers batter to step in the box this season when he leads off on opening day against the Minnesota Twins. Anthony Gose is expected to get plenty of starts against right-handers this season, but he is 1 for 11 with four strikeouts vs. Twins starter Phil Hughes. Davis is 7 for 26...

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