May 12, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielderTorii Hunter
(48) is restrained by umpire Paul Nauert (39) after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Tigers defeated the Orioles 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
After a rather fun and strange game at Camden Yards Monday night, the Detroit Tigers continue their road trip against the Baltimore Orioles, looking to clinch a series win with a victory in Game 2. With the 4-1 win yesterday, the Tigers, sporting MLB’s best record, improved their road mark to 9-4 while the Orioles fell to 9-8 at home.
Detroit Tigers (22-12) at Baltimore Orioles (20-16) — 7:05 PM EDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy, chance of showers
When We Last Met
In a battle of American League division leaders, first blood went to the Central-leading and visiting Detroit Tigers 4-1. The Tigers received yet another terrific outing by Rick Porcello and manufactured a pair of runs to battle back from a 1-0 hole. Ian Kinsler sealed the deal with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Frustrated, O’s starter Bud Norris threw at the next batter, Torii Hunter, hitting him in the ribs. Then all fun broke loose. Norris was tossed while Torii jawed at him and Baltimore’s bench causing both benches and bullpens to clear. Ultimately order was restored and the Tigers’ bullpen pitched a perfect eighth and ninth to secure the win.
Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.96) has pitched much better since his disastrous first start against the Angels just about a month ago. He’s allowed just five runs in 17 1/3 innings since that four-run, six-hit, three-inning outing on April 18. He was cruising along in his last game, last Thursday against Houston, but got into trouble and surrendered the 2-0 lead by allowing the Astros a three-spot in the fifth inning. Drew picked up a win against the Orioles in early April. Pitching out of the bullpen, Smyly relieved Anibal Sanchez after a rain-delay and went three innings, allowing just one hit, no runs with three strikeouts and a walk.
Old friend Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4, 4.72) will take the mound for Baltimore. The Tigers enjoyed Jimenez’s stint in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians and generally battered him. Since being traded from Colorado to Cleveland during the 2011 season, Jimenez has a 6.35 ERA in five starts, though he did manage to win two of games (2-3). The right hander got off to a poor start, but has put together back-to-back nice games, allowing no runs and one run to the Twins and Rays respectively, both wins.
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-DH
- Victor Martinez-1B
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Torii Hunter –Questionable (starting)
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan – 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – Out for the season