May 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) celebrates with second baseman Ian Kinsler (3)after their game against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. The Tighers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers: Game Time, TV/Radio Schedule, Lineup

Detroit Tigers (28-16) vs. Texas Rangers (23-25) — 7:08 PM EDT

Comerica Park – Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)

Weather: 74 degrees, sunny

When We Last Met

The Detroit Tigers got off the schnide last night with a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. Included in the festivities was Andrew Romine‘s first career home run — a shot down the line off the foul pole. Anibal Sanchez led the way with seven strong innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts.

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello gets the nod for the Tigers. He’s on pace for his most impressive season with a 2.91 ERA (3.19 FIP, 3.32 xFIP) and a miniscule 1.20 BB/9 rate. His strikeout rate of 5.6 per nine is down from last year’s rate of 7.2, but it would still qualify as the second-highest rate of his career.

Nick Martinez will make his fourth career start this afternoon. He has an impressive 2.28 ERA in 27.2 total innings this year, but that level of success isn’t necessarily supported by his peripheral stats (he’s walked nearly as many as he’s struck out), but he’s benefited from a low BABIP and high strand rate.

Tigers Lineup

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Austin Jackson, CF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

Injuries

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