JUPITER, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers are in town from Lakeland for their second day of games in Jupiter after playing the Marlins yesterday at Roger Dean Stadium. St. Louis native (Parkway Central High and Missouri alum) Max Scherzer starts for the Tigers opposite Shelby Miller.
Scherzer won the AL Cy Young award in 2013 after leading the league in wins.
Here's Mike Matheny's lineup:
1) Matt Carpenter - 3B
2) Jon Jay - RF
3) Matt Holliday - LF
4) Matt Adams - 1B
5) Yadier Molina - C
6) Jhonny Peralta - SS
7) Mark Ellis - 2B
8) Peter Bourjos - CF
9) Daniel Descalso - DH
Following Miller out of the bullpen will be Sam Freeman, Tyler Lyons, Lee Stoppleman, Pat Neshek, Keith Butler and Eric Fornataro.
-- The big news of the day is the announcement of Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz to a four year deal. GM John Mozeliak and Diaz will be available to the media at 10:30am St. Louis time so check back to KMOV.com and Baseball STL for more then. But this signing is really big for the organization. Not only does it get them into what Mozeliak called "emerging markets" like Cuba and Asia it also gives them unprecedented depth at shortstop. Just a few short months ago this team had nothing. Pete Kozma was the starter. Now they have Jhonny Peralta for the present and, presumably, Aledmys Diaz for the future. The 23-year old Cuban is an offensively gifted prospect who hit .315 in his last season playing, 2012. The Cards say he'll likely start the season in the high minors, one would assume AAA-Memphis, before needing to earn his way to St. Louis. Where he plays, and how much, once he arrives in the majors remains to be seen. Diaz can play almost any position on the infield while Matt Carpenter can play 2nd or 3rd. Peralta can play 3rd in addition to shortstop. They also have Kolten Wong at 2nd. So this addition gives them a lot of options moving forward and creates a lot of competition.
-- It will be interesting to see Miller out there again in spring. His first appearance was nearly flawless. He gave up a leadoff home run to Daniel Nava for the Red Sox but was on fire after that. It's my contention Miller is on track to have a dominant 2014 not only because of his pure stuff and the fact he's a year old. But he's also due for a big year because of what happened last October when the Cardinals did not pitch him in the postseason. There's a chip on Shelby Miller's shoulder and that's going to lead to something special this season.