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Detroit Tigers(41-32) at Texas Rangers(35-41) – 8:05pm EDT
Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
TV: Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN2
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket(click for affiliates)
Weather: 82 degrees, 30 percent chance of storms
Torii Hunter returns to the lineup as the Tigers take on the Rangers, looking to win their sixth straight game. Much to the relief of fans, Hunter will not be taking J.D. Martinez‘s place in the lineup. It will be Austin Jackson getting the night off, J.D. will play left, which slides Rajai Davis to center.
When We Last Met
The Tigers and Rangers faced off last night with Drew Smyly on the mound and continued the hot streak, pummeling the Rangers 8-2. Smyly recorded another quality start and Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run in his first at bat against his former team in his former home park. J.D. Martinez continued his hot streak, breaking a late inning tie with a two-run homer.
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Anibal Sanchez(4-2, 2.33 ERA) comes off his sixth consecutive quality start, and outing against the Kansas City Royals in which Anibal went seven innings, gave up one run on five hits and a walk. Anibal has been the Tigers’ most consistent reliable pitcher so far this season, especially of late.
In his career against the Rangers, Sanchez is 1-3 with a 6.98 ERA, but Sanchez was the only Tigers’ pitcher that wasn’t shelled by the Rangers’ lineup when they were in Detroit in May.
Jun 20, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcherJoe Saunders
(47) reacts on the mound after allowing a run by Los Angeles Angels left fielderJosh Hamilton
(not pictured) during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Saunders(0-3, 4.11 ERA) picked up the loss in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, pitched 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs(four earned) on ten hits and three walks. Saunders is 1-3 with a 5.20 ERA against the Tigers in his career.
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- Rajai Davis-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Torii Hunter — Doubtful
- Ian Krol – 15-Day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season
- Tanner Scheppers – Out indefinitely
- Mitch Moreland – 2015
- Alexi Ogando – Late July?
- Prince Fielder – 2015
- Matt Harrison – 2015?
- Martin Perez – Mid-2015
- Kevin Kouzmanoff – July?
- Pedro Figueroa – 2015
- Jim Adduci – Out indefinitely
- Geovany Soto – June?
- Jurickson Profar – September?
- Engel Beltre – Out indefinitely
- Derek Holland – Early July?
- Joseph Ortiz – Late May?