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The Detroit Tigers look to do something they haven’t done in a while–win two games in a row and win a series when they wrap up their weekend series with their tormentors, the Los Angeles Angels, today. The Tigers have lost or tied each series they’ve played since beating the Baltimore Orioles two of three from April 4-6.
Detroit Tigers (8-6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (8-9) — 1:08 P.M.
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
Radio: WXYT 1270-AM
Weather: 66 degrees, sunny
When We Last Met
After allowing a first inning homer to J.B. Shuck on Saturday, Max Scherzer righted the ship, allowed just three hits, two walks, and fanned nine batters–one start after striking out 10 in five innings in a loss against San Diego. Scherzer, and a couple of homers from Tigers’ batters, led the way for a 5-2 win at Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Angels, dating back to 2012.
Oh boy, Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15) and the Los Angeles Angels don’t mix–but then again, no Tigers’ pitcher (aside from Scherzer) has fared well against the Angels recently. Porcello was roughed up in two starts against LA last year, allowing 16 runs and 19 hits in just FIVE INNINGS–OUCH. Porcello had a great first outing this season, allowing three hits and just one run over 6 2/3 innings, but those positive results were immediately erased in his last start, allowing five runs on 10 hits in a 6-0 loss to San Diego.
Hector Santiago (0-2, 4.96) has struggled in 2014, losing his first two games and then receiving a no-decision against Oakland last Monday. He pitched much better in that game, however, allowing just one run and five hits over seven innings. He posted a 3.00 ERA against the Tigers last season as a member of the White Sox, but lost both games pitched. Austin Jackson is just 2-for-15 against the southpaw.
Worth will not be in Sunday’s lineup as Andrew Romine will receive his third straight start against his ex-teammates. Changes to yesterday’s lineup include Alex Avila returning to the starting lineup and Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez switching 1B and DH duties .