Detroit Tigers (53-39) vs Cleveland Indians (48-47) — 1:08 AND 7:08 p.m. ET
TV: 1st game: Fox Sports Detroit; 2nd game: Fox Sports 1
Radio: Both games: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 1st game: 74 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain; 2nd game: 74 degrees, mostly cloudy
The Detroit Tigers play in their first doubleheader of the season as they make up the second of their four early season postponements. The day game added to the schedule today is a makeup for the April 15 rainout at Comerica Park.
The Tigers bullpen was taxed a bit yesterday and the one who was the most taxed by throwing more than 30 pitches, Chad Smith, was part of a series of transactions this morning.
Smith was sent to Toledo in exchange for Corey Knebel. To make room for Game 1 starter Drew VerHagen to be placed on the 40-man roster (he does not need to be added to the 25-man roster because of the 26-man roster on DH days), Joel Hanrahan was transferred to the 60-day DL retroactive to May.
When We Last Met
Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers appeared to be cruising to a win in their first game back after the All-Star break on Friday. He was making easy work of the Cleveland Indians until falling apart in the seventh inning. Cleveland rallied to tie and just went it looked like Al Alburquerque would save the team and get out of the inning with a tie, he allowed a two-strike three-run homer to Jason Kipnis and a solo shot to Asdrubal Cabrera. Damage done–Tigers lose 9-3.
Game 2: Max Scherzer (11-3, 3.35) had an up and down first half, but finished strong, going 5-1 in his last seven starts before the break. It’s been awhile since Scherzer has pitched for the Tigers, July 9, when he allowed a run on four hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win over the Dodgers. He pitched an inning in the All-Star game and picked up the win, the first Detroit Tiger pitcher to do that since Jim Bunning in the 1950’s.
Zack McAllister (3-5, 5.63) continues to struggle for the Tribe and has not won a game since April 21. He’s allowed 20 runs over his last four starts, but beat the Tigers by allowing a run on four hits over six innings on April 16.
Lineup Game 2
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Don Kelly-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Pat McCoy — 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – 60-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season