Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates Game 8 Preview, TV Coverage, Lineup
By Dave Holcomb
Detroit Tigers (6-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-4) – 7:05 PM ET
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
TV: FSD (Click for Channel Guide)
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 59 degree, overcast
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The Detroit Tigers will sadly not finish the 2015 season undefeated, but they can get back in the win column when they take on A.J. Burnett and the Pirates on Tuesday.
When We Last Met
The Tigers were unable to spoil the Pirates home opener on Monday as Gerrit Cole pitched a gem, neutralizing the Tigers offense to just one run in six plus innings of work. Detroit was able to score three runs in the ninth off Pirates closer Mark Melancon, but Pittsburgh held on for the, 5-4, victory.
Anibal Sanchez allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings with four of those five runs coming on home runs.
Detroit will start right-hander Shane Greene, who was excellent in his first start last Thursday in rain-soaked Detroit. Greene threw eight innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. He also struck out five.
Veteran A.J. Burnett will be on the hill for the Pirates. He pitched five shutout innings in Cincinnati last week before allowing a home run to Joey Votto in the sixth. Burnett exited after 5 1/3, allowing two runs on four hits, one walk and striking out seven. He received a no decision.
Victor Martinez is again expected to be used as a pinch hitter as he was on Monday.
1. Rajai Davis CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. J.D. Martinez RF
5. Yoenis Cespedes LF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Alex Avila C
8. Jose Iglesias SS
9. Shane Greene P
Outfielder Starling Marte is off to a very slow start, hitting just .115 with 14 strikeouts in the first week, so he will have the night off. Corey Hart, who hit the game-winning home run on Monday, will start in right field. Gregory Polanco will be in left field.
1. Josh Harrison 3B
2. Gregory Polanco LF
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Neil Walker 2B
5. Corey Hart RF
6. Pedro Alvarez 1B
7. Francisco Cervelli C
8. Jordy Mercer SS
9. A.J. Burnett P
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – 15-day DL
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