Detroit Tigers (70-59) vs New York Yankees (68-61) — 7:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 80 degrees, 50 percent chance of storms
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- The Yankees helped the Tigers out by beating the Royals in a rain makeup game last night in Kansas City. The Tigers sit 1.5 games behind KC in the Central and a half game behind Seattle for the wild card.
- After playing .500 ball at home most of the season, the Detroit Tigers have started playing better at Comerica Park recently. They lost their last series there against Seattle, but before losing 2 of 3 in that series, they had won seven of their previous nine.
- Like the Tigers, the Yankees have also played better on the road (35-30) than at home (33-31) this season.
- After struggling with offense consistency for much of the second half, Detroit scored 31 runs in the four-game series in Minnesota. While nearly 8 runs per game will not likely be duplicated in this series, if the bats have come around, they should be able to hit against the average New York starting staff without Masahiro Tanaka and C.C. Sabathia.
- New York would need a big comeback to catch first place Baltimore in the last month (down six games), but this could present a big series for the Yankees playoff hopes as they sit two games behind the Tigers, and 2.5 behind the Mariners for the second wild-card spot.
- Should the Yankees fail to make the postseason this year, it would be the first time since 1993 that they failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years (1994 ended the season before the playoffs).
When We Last Met
The Tigers offense seemed to enjoy their New York vacation and failed to show up for the four games in the Bronx earlier this month. Detroit managed to score just six runs in losing three of four games, including being shutout 1-0 on Aug. 7. Detroit took two of three games from New York at Comerica Park the last time they visited, in April 2013.
Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10) will look to capitalize on another great start after shutting out the Tampa Bay Rays for a complete game last Wednesday. Rick scattered three hits and struck out four batters in the victory. He also had a very solid outing in the Bronx more than two weeks ago, allowing just one run in seven innings of the 1-0 Tigers’ loss.
Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01) bewitched Tigers’ bats when he picked up the 2-1 win back on Aug. 4. He allowed five hits, one run (zero earned) and struck out eight. He has stayed hot after that game, allowing four runs since. Like Porcello, he is coming off a complete game shutout, 3-0 against the Astros last Thursday.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Rajai Davis-CF
- 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