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The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox wrap up their ever so brief two-game series and the Tigers take yet another day off on Thursday. Detroit will look for their first series sweep since beating the Kansas City Royals twice in a weather abbreviated two-game series that started the season one month ago.
Today’s game will be a matinee affair from U.S. Cellular Field before the Tigers head to Kansas City to finish up their road trip over the weekend. The White Sox head to Cleveland for three games beginning Friday.
Detroit Tigers (12-9) at Chicago White Sox (14-13) — 2:10 P.M.
U.S. Cellular Field — Chicago, IL
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 55 degrees, 40 percent chance of showers (stop me if you’ve heard this before)
When We Last Met
The Tigers and White Sox dodged raindrops to stage a pretty entertaining game on Tuesday night. Justin Verlander pitched well, but one bad inning cost him a chance at a win and put his team in a 3-0 hole. Detroit chipped away at the deficit to tie. In the ninth inning, Bryan Holaday, who had been a late addition to the lineup, laid down the perfect bunt in the perfect situation to grab the lead and earn a win.
See it again here. Best part? Sad Hawk Harrleson at the end…
Unhappy Sports Illustrated cover boy Max Scherzer (2-1, 2.45) takes the mound on Wednesday afternoon looking to avoid the fabled SI cover jinx. Max has been great in his last two starts, allowing three runs and 10 hits over 13 innings of work. He has picked up two victories during that time, including last Thursday against these White Sox. Max has recorded 29 strikeouts in his last three starts.
Hector Noesi (0-1, 11.74) will get the nod from Chicago manager Robin Ventura this afternoon. This is his first start of the season and just his second start since the end of the 2012 season. Noesi has been well traveled during his brief major league career with stops in New York, Seattle, and Texas. The White Sox are Noesi’s third team this season. He started the season in Seattle, was traded to Texas on April 4, and DFAed on April 22. Chicago then claimed him on waivers. He did not face Detroit in 2013, and has just one career appearance against them–coming in 2012, allowing 4 runs in five innings.
Last night’s hero, Bryan Holaday, will get the start again for the Tigers. Alex Avila is still day-to-day, but will use the next two days to rest his back. He should be good to go for the Kansas City series this weekend.
Miggy and V-Mart switch off between first and DH and Rajai Davis gets the day off after a night in which he earned the golden sombrero.
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-DH
- Victor Martinez-1B
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Andrew Romine
- 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