Detroit Tigers (80-66) vs Cleveland Indians (76-69) — 7:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy
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- There will be a chill in the air and feel like October baseball as the Detroit Tigers look to gain on the first-place Kansas City Royals while holding off the third-place Cleveland Indians for the final meeting of the rivals in 2014.
- The Royals are in first place by a half game (after a Thursday loss to Boston) over the Tigers. The Indians sit 3.5 games behind the Tigers.
- The Tigers are holding the second wild card spot by a half game over Seattle and one game behind Oakland for the top spot–the Indians are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.
- Eugenio Suarez is back in the lineup after Andrew Romine started all for the games in the Royals series.
- Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are at DH and 1B respectively again.
When We Last Met
These teams met just last week with the Tigers winning three of four in Cleveland. The last time the teams met in Detroit, Cleveland claimed three of four games, including sweeping a doubleheader on July 19. The season series is tied at eight, but the Indians have won four of the six games at Comerica Park.
David Price (13-11, 3.33) got knocked around early against San Francisco in his last outing on Saturday, allowing four early runs. He settled down and held the Giants to one more run and nearly pitched a complete game, exiting with two outs in the ninth inning. His team fell one run short in the 5-4 loss. The last time he faced Cleveland, on Sept. 1, he was brilliant. Price allowed one run on eight hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 2.69) is coming off his best game of the season, beating the Chicago White Sox by holding them scoreless through 8.2 innings allowing four hits and striking out eight. His outing before that one was also positive, allowing just one run to the Tigers, limiting the damage of 10 hits. That was the game, on Sept. 2, in which the bullpen blew it by allowing a three-run homer from J.D. Martinez in the ninth inning.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-DH
- Victor Martinez-1B
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Phil Coke – Day-to-day
- Anibal Sanchez – 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
- Nick Swisher – Out for season