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The Detroit Tigers beleaguered bullpen was probably happy with their sudden two-day vacation after Sunday’s rain postponement in Minneapolis and Monday’s scheduled off-day, but the rest of the team, coaches, and fans are a little tired of multiple days without baseball. The team will attempt to take their frustration out on the rival Chicago White Sox as the Tigers pay their first 2014 visit to the glorified Little League park known as U.S. Cellular Field.
Fans of off-days need only wait two days as Detroit will take Thursday off in another example of ludicrous baseball scheduling featuring off-day–two-game series–off-day.
Detroit Tigers (12-9) at Chicago White Sox (14-13) — 8:10 P.M.
U.S. Cellular Field — Chicago, IL
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 61 degrees, 60 percent chance of storms (no more rainouts, please)
When We Last Met
The Tigers and White Sox met just one week ago for a four-game series at Comerica Park. The teams split the series, but Detroit had a chance to win all four games. In Game 1, the wheels fell off Anibal Sanchez‘s wagon when he lost a shutout in the seventh inning and allowed three runs while the offense couldn’t muster more than one run in a 3-1 loss. Two days later, Ian Krol allowed a grand slam to turn a 4-2 Tigers’ lead in the seventh into a 6-4 deficit they could not recover from.
It’s a shame Justin Verlander‘s Sunday start was washed out in Minnnesota because he has been great against the Twins, especially at Target Field. He hasn’t been as fortune at U.S. Cellular because of its ridiculous dimensions. Tonight’s game will put Verlander’s new found ability to limit homers to the test. He’s allowed just one gopher ball in 33 innings in 2014. J.V. (3-1, 2.18) continued his solid start to the season when he beat these White Sox, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out seven in the 8-6 Tigers’ win exactly one week ago.
Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.90) has pitched very well against the Tigers in his short career and last Thursday was no different, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings, but he was out-dueled by Scherzer. He is seeking his first win in nearly a month, receiving a no-decision and two losses in his last three starts.
UPDATE: Avila out, Holaday in. Avila is suffering from back spasms and is out but could be used as a pinch hitter.
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Danny Worth-SS
- Alex Avila – Day to Day
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season