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Torii Hunter Leads Off For First Time Since 1999

Source: Aaron Gleeman, NBC Sports

ALCS Game 4Here is the starting lineup tonight for the Tigers:

RF Torii Hunter

3B Miguel Cabrera

1B Prince Fielder

DH Victor Martinez

LF Jhonny Peralta

C Alex Avila

2B Omar Infante

CF Austin Jackson

SS Jose Iglesias

SP Doug Fister

Here is the interesting part: Tigers manager Jim Leyland has dropped slumping leadoff man Austin Jackson into the eighth spot and moved everyone else up, which means Torii Hunter is batting leadoff for the first time since 1999 and Miguel Cabrera is hitting second.

Statistical studies have shown that a team?s best hitter should typically bat No. 2, but obviously most managers don?t buy into that. Cabrera has hit second just twice in his career, both in 2004 when he was a 21-year-old with the Marlins. Jhonny Peralta is back in the outfield, with Jose Iglesias manning shortstop, and perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire lineup is that Leyland didn?t find a way to start Don Kelly somewhere.


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