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White Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Pierzynski Starts Over Flowers Against LHP Smyly

Here is a look at the lineup for the opening game of the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers game:

  1. Alejandro De Aza - CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez - SS
  3. Adam Dunn - DH
  4. Paul Konerko - 1B
  5. A.J. Pierzynski - C
  6. Alex Rios - RF
  7. Dayan Viciedo - LF
  8. Brent Morel - 3B
  9. Gordon Beckham - 2B
  • Jake Peavy - P

In a unusual move, the White Sox will be starting C A.J. Pierzynski over rookie, right-handed batter C Tyler Flowers.

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On his career, Pierzynski has struggled against left-handed pitchers -- such as SP Drew Smyly who pitches for the Tigers on Friday -- hitting only a .302 weighted on-base percentage against lefties, compared to his .327 wOBA against righties.

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