Detroit Tigers (65-54) vs Seattle Mariners (65-55) — 7:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 71 degrees, partly cloudy
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- Austin Jackson‘s seat on the team plane has barely cooled as the former Tiger (2010-14) will face his former mates for the first time. Since leaving Detroit, AJax has been so-so for the Mariners, hitting .250 with five RBIs. Four of those came in one game, when Austin drove in all four Seattle runs last Sunday.
- If Jackson leads off in tomorrow’s game, he will be the first batter to face David Price in his home debut for Detroit.
- Lloyd McClendon, the former hitting coach for Jim Leyland, will also make his return to Comerica Park.
- The Mariners come in red-hot, winners of 9 of 10 and coming off a home sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, yet it hasn’t really helped them gain any ground in the AL West, still in third place trailing the A’s by eight games and the Angels by 5.5. However they are only a half-game behind the Tigers for the second Wild Card spot, making this a big series for both clubs.
- While the Tigers have been severely lackluster lately, they have been improving at home. Detroit will be looking to extend their season-high five-game winning streak at home tonight.
When We Last Met
The Tigers took the first game of a three-game series in Seattle behind a strong performance from Justin Verlander on May 30, but the offense went flat and scored two runs through the final two games, losing by scores of 3-2 and 4-0 to drop the series.
Like many pitchers on the recent road trip debacle, Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11) deserved better in his last start, last Thursday against the New York Yankees. He allowed a run on nine hits over seven innings but was tagged for the 1-0 loss. Three days later, he appeared in relief in Toronto after the Tigers burned through their bullpen and was charged with another loss after the Blue Jays walked off in the 19th inning. Porcello has not lost three games in a row this season.
James Paxton (2-0, 2.38) has been impressive since coming up from Triple-A Tacoma on two separate occasions this season. He has started two games in this tour of duty for Seattle, receiving no-decisions in each of them despite allowing three total earned runs. Paxton faced the Tigers at Comerica Park last September, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings and received another no-decision in the 5-4 Detroit win.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Justin Verlander – Day-to-Day
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Joakim Soria – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season