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Tigers Vs. Reds: Starting Lineups For Friday's Series Opener

On the verge of a 15-game stretch against National League opponents, the Detroit Tigers will kick off a three-game set in Cincinnati on Friday night with right-hander Rick Porcello on the hill.

In addition to toeing the rubber for 12th time this season for the Tigers, Porcello will be forced to take a few cuts from the plate to help his own cause. The 23-year-old hurler has only made 12 plate appearances as a batter in his MLB career, but sports a .250 average with a pair of RBI.

Back in the No. 2 hole for the second consecutive game, Detroit slugger Brennan Boesch will try to build on his 2-for-4 performance in Thursday's win over Cleveland. Boesch is hitting just .227 on the year after posting an impressive.306/12/44 line before the All-Star break last season.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday's tilt:

Tigers

1. Quintin Berry - CF

2. Brennan Boesch - RF

3. Miguel Cabrera - 3B

4. Prince Fielder - 1B

5. Delmon Young - DH

6. Jhonny Peralta - SS

7. Gerald Laird - C

8. Ramon Santiago - 2B

9. Rick Porcello - SP

Reds

1. Zack Cozart - SS

2. Chris Heisey - CF

3. Joey Votto - 1B

4. Brandon Phillips - 2B

5. Jay Bruce - RF

6. Ryan Ludwick - LF

7. Miguel Cairo - 3B

8. Ryan Hanigan - C

9. Mat Latos - SP

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