In preparation for their upcoming ALDS series against the Oakland Athletics, the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers announced their 25-man roster, according to Brian Britten of the team's media relations staff.
Though the roster is mostly a standard affair full of players you have heard of before, there were some surprises. Despite having 14 position players, outfielder Brennan Boesch will not be with the team against Oakland.
Playing in 132 games in the regular season, Boesch hit .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI, but he seemingly fell out of favor with manager Jim Leyland down the stretch. Ostensibly, he will be replaced by Don Kelly, who is the far better defensive player.
Also relatively surprising was the addition of Rick Porcello. With the series only being a maximum of five games, it stood to reason that Detroit would forgo having five starters on the roster.
Nevertheless, Porcello has experience and could be vital in long relief if one of the four other starters flounders.
Overall, the roster includes 14 position players and just 11 pitchers, all of which could prove to have a vital role against the Athletics.
The two semi-shocking playoff teams kick off their series Saturday at 6:07 p.m. ET at Comerica Park, where the Tigers tied for the second-best home record in the AL at 50-31.
It will be necessary that the team continues its fantastic play at home with the final three games of the ALDS all happening in Oakland.
With that in mind, here's a look at the Tigers' full roster in preparation for the kickoff of the series.
Tigers ALDS Roster
Pitchers: Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Drew Smyly, Rick Porcello, Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Jose Valverde
Catchers: Alex Avila, Gerald Laird
Infielders: Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Omar Infante, Jhonny Peralta, Ramon Santiago, Danny Worth
Outfielders: Delmon Young, Austin Jackson, Quintin Berry, Andy Dirks, Avisail Garcia, Don Kelly