With the Detroit Tigers coming off winning 2 of 3 from the Boston Red Sox, they are looking to keep momentum on their side against their AL Central foe, the Chicago White Sox. After a disappointing and frustrating May, and a three game sweep at home to the Toronto Blue Jays to start June, everything began to click again(save for Joe Nathan) against the reigning World Series Champion BoSox.
Miguel Cabrera, who was removed out of last night’s game for a tight hamstring, will be in the lineup tonight as the DH.
Detroit Tigers(33-26) at Chicago White Sox(31-33) 8:10pm EDT
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket(click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy
When We Last Met
The Tigers last played the White Sox at the end of April, sweeping a short, two-game series in Chicago. While the first in the set was a hard fought battle with the winning run scored by the Tigers in the top of the ninth, the most recent game against Chicago featured domination of the White Sox lineup by Max Scherzer, who pitched 6 innings without giving up a run.
Rick Porcello(8-3, 3.69ERA) looks to continue his upward trend after a quality start that unfortunately ended in a loss to the Blue Jays on June 4th. Though Rick did get the loss, his performance was much improved over the terrible 12 hit, 8 run outing against Texas on May 24th.
Porcello has not yet faced off against the White Sox in the 2014 season, but last season went 4-0 in 6 starts and posted a 2.13ERA against the White Sox. Porcello had a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings pitched at U.S. Cellular field.
Hector Noesi(1-4, 5.29ERA) started against the Tigers the last time the two teams met and took the loss, pitching 3.2 innings, and giving up four runs on five hits.
Noesi did not face the Tigers in the 2013 season, but didn’t perform well against them in the 2012 season, pitching 5 innings and again giving up four runs on five hits.
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Don Kelly-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-DH
- Victor Martinez-1B
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Austin Jackson-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Miguel Cabrera — day-to-day
- Luke Putkonen - 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan - Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks - 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias - Out for season
- Bruce Rondon - Out for season
Chicago White Sox
- Matt Lindstrom – Status Uncertain
- Felipe Paulino - Out indefinitely
- Avisail Garcia – Out for season
- Nate Jones – June-ish