Detroit Tigers (73-61) at Chicago White Sox (61-74) — 1:10 & 7:10 p.m. ET
U.S. Cellular Field — Chicago, IL
TV: Fox Sports Detroit for both, MLB Network for early game
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket for both (click for affiliates)
Weather: Game 1: 76 degrees, 50 percent chance of storms; Game 2: 75 degrees, 60 percent change of storms
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For the second Saturday in a row (and third time since the All-Star break), the Detroit Tigers will be part of a day-night doubleheader. The Tigers do not appear to like doubleheaders, going 6-18 in both games of a doubleheader since 2010, being swept in half of those played during that time. They have not swept a doubleheader since taking two from Chicago in Comerica Park on July 24, 2009.
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Justin Verlander settled down after a shaky first inning and pitched perhaps his best game of the season. He scattered nine runs, allowing just the one first inning run and went seven innings to get the bullpen some rest heading into today’s two games. The Tigers posted two runs in the third inning and pushed across five in the fourth to cruise to a 7-1 win on Friday.
Kyle Ryan is the latest young arm to be called up by the Tigers to start one-half of a doubleheader. Ryan was the organization’s 12th pick in the 2010 draft and had been turning heads at Erie earlier this year before being promoted to Toledo. In five starts at AAA, Ryan is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and has not allowed a home run.
Not to be outdone, the White Sox will also give a youngster his major league debut Saturday night when they turn to Chris Bassitt. Chicago picked the 25-year-old in the 16th round of the 2011 draft and was listed as the 15th best prospect within Chicago’s organization by Baseball America. He has been with AA Birmingham this year, where he has posted a 1.56 ERA and 3-1 record in six starts.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Alex Avila-C
- Don Kelly-3B
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Ezequiel Carrera-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